Czechoslovakian Glass Pendant

Here's a wonderful piece of Czech glass that I found many years ago in a thrift shop at the foothills of the Helderbergs in Upstate New York. It was lying among piles of loud '80s costume jewelry, a bit of pink without a setting. The scene on the glass mirrors a Maxfield Parrish work of a nude bather circa 1920s.  The Czechs were known for their beautiful glass work and created many fine necklaces, bracelets, earrings and brooches right up until World War II.

These glass cameos were almost always found in a white metal filigree setting, but I knew it would be impossible to find a replacement, so I collaborated with a jeweler I dubbed "Turtle"(think thick glasses and small round head) and we decided upon a contemporary sterling silver pendant setting, which complimented the piece quite nicely.   

I had it in the shop until last spring, when a mother of a graduating student at a nearby college stopped in and fell in love.  The rest, they say, is history.


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