I upcycled a strand of vintage Majorca pearls in making the very first Unity Necklace.
For this expanded part of the collection, I continue to use the beautiful strands with the statement clasp which begs to be worn askew in the front.
The long style is my personal favorite.
I acquired the unfinished strands from what was once stock from the Hobe family of jewelers. William Hobe founded an American branch of his family's jewelry company in 1927 and designed pieces for the Ziegfeld Follies. Folklore has it that this connection was the origin of the phrase “costume jewelry.”
Along the way, Hobe popularized Majorca pearls, which are among the most beautiful and durable simulated pearls in the world. They duplicate the serene luminous beauty of natural Oriental Pearls. The painstaking methods used in making Pearls of Majorca closely resemble nature's own layer by layer process.
Collectors of vintage Hobe jewelry find it in great condition because it was so well made.