It is a rare occurrence to happen upon a Celia Harms necklace – her bracelets, though scarce as well, are a little easier to find. Harms worked in the 1950s-60s in Veracruz yet based on what I have seen of hers, her jewelry has a distinct character while remaining within the wider context of 20th c. Mexican jewelry design. The torque necklace at hand, wrought of gilded sterling silver, is adorned by a luscious, layered charm pendant. Below the large polished agate there hangs a multitude of wire-wrapped tumbled amethysts and quartz of various colors; branches of coral; sodalite and lapis beads as well as an articulated fish charm and a filigree sphere. Perfect for those breezy summer nights on the beach, don’t you think?
Size/Weight: approx. 14 1/4″ – 14 1/2″ inner circumference (including the 2 1/8″ gap); pendant adds a 4 3/4″ drop to the torque; 64.0 grams (on a postal scale)
Hallmarks / Date: fully marked with maker’s signature as well as “STERLING 925”; 1960s
Condition: excellent vintage with fantastic visual interest, fun to wear and to behold, with no damage or repairs noted and great patina that has added a mellow glow to the vermeil finish
Offered at $450.00