Collectable Jewellery

Huge Vintage Butler & Wilson Faux Pearl and Bead flower Necklace


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  • Details
    Well there is big and then there is this HUGE B&W statement necklace! It measures a staggering 2 Foot and 2.5 inches in length!! The largest flower measures 2 3/4 inches in width.
    The necklace consists of 4 rows of black and white pearls onto which are set 2 3 dimensional flowers onto each side, made of white glass petals with white and black pearls clustered into the centre. These flowers are held together with wire drilled through each petal and the flower is then set onto the top of the 4 rows of pearl. In the middle of the necklace is the largest of these flowers, set in three tiers of galss petals, from which hangs 7 rows of black and white pearls of varying lengths which each have a set large opaline lozenge shaped glass beads on their ends.

    This is the sort of necklace that would look amazing with a kaftan on a beach holiday!

    It is a limited edition necklace made by Butler & Wilson to celebrate their 40th anniversary and I have never seen another like it.

    Measuring 2 foot and 2.5 " in length x 2 3/4" in width.

    Marked B&W in a round cartouche on the back. The brooch pin is secured with a fully functional long pin and rollover clasp

    Sold in excellent vintage condition with its original stones and settings and in its original gold anniversary box


    From the very beginning the legendary English costume jewellers Butler & Wilson never did subtle. Wilson and his partner Nick Butler started life 40 years ago on an antique jewellery market stall in Antiquarius in London's King's Road. Three years later, they opened their famous shop on the Fulham Road and added their first original designs to their Art Deco Collection. By the end of the decade, the Butler & Wilson team had been asked to design the Christmas lights in Regent Street. In the next decade, they were commissioned to work with both Pirelli calendars and Georgio Armani; they established a foothold in Harrods and a shop on Sunset Boulevard in LA. When Buckingham Palace opened up to the scrutiny of the general public, Butler & Wilson were appointed to design a range of jewellery inspired by the palace's interiors. They also had a long-term fan in Princess Diana.
    Future historians of human adornment may puzzle over the 1970s vogue for fake diamanté spiders worn on ladies' black evening dresses. Students of fashion will wonder why bow-tied teddy bears in rhinestones began to adorn female lapels in the power-dressing 1980s. Psychologists of male purchasing patterns will speculate why so many comfortably-off men, on their wives' birthdays, instead of heading for Asprey and Tiffany's to purchase an 18-carat diamond, went instead to a shop in London's Fulham Road and picked out a pewter-crystal flamingo to adorn the memsahib's bosom...

    Why were these bits of jewellery so popular? Because they were gorgeous, and cute and witty, and lent a lustre of vivacity to ordinary people and ordinary clothes. All had an old-fashioned gaiety about them; they were throwbacks to the Jazz Age and the flapper decade, not just their Art-Deco designs but their love of paste diamonds and resplendent fakery for its own sake.

    A slightly shocking lurch down-market, saw Butler & Wilson linked up with the QVC shopping channel. It made them a fortune and saw the signature designs of their early days being joined by rhinestone Bambis and yet more animals and birds: raccoons, owls and butterflies. It all served to make these early classic pieces hard to find collectors pieces that are now hugely sought after and traded.
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