Collectable Jewellery

Vintage Butler & Wilson Silver Tone Swarovski Crystal Crocodile Necklace

$282.98

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  • Details
    Classic Butler & Wilson at their best! A wonderful in your face japaned silver toned crocodile necklace, with a pave set face of clear Swarovski crystals with red crystal eyes... It is just fantastic!! and it looks surprisingly cool when worn!! The necklace is beautifully made, the crocodiles' body has all the horny scales and the skin is wonderfully realistic. The tail curls around the base of the neck with the wonderful head resting on the collar bone! The crocodile is linked to a chain at each which allows the necklace to be worn at different lengths, it also has the B&W sign hanging on the end of it. The crocodile even little details like the teeth are included.

    I love it! it is a great piece and very comfortable to wear.

    Measuring 18 inches in length

    Marked B&W in a round cartouche on the back and on the B&W mark hanging on he chain end.

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


    History

    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 Giorgio 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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