It is almost a surprise when you touch the links and they are smooth! Please pardon the inadequate photos; the necklace is. Each panel has an interesting shape, evoking a Scandinavian plant leaf and with the scalloped edges and points, makes for an intriguing outline against skin or fabric while adding to the depth and dimension. The repetition of forms gives the necklace a wonderful flowing sense of movement as the garland of leaves wreathes your neck.And note there are 17 leaves, running the entire length of the necklace, making it so much prettier than those you see most of the time, where there are just 5 or so on a chain. The necklace measures about 5/8" wide by a little over 16" extended, and has a secure, well-working push in clasp.
Each leaf panel is slightly convex, better to conform to the shape of your neck and the necklace lays beautifully. It is in Very Good / Excellent vintage condition. Upon close examination and magnification with my jeweler's loupe, I see nothing more than the light surface dirt, scratches and tarnish expected due to age.
There are the usual minor manufacturing imperfections in the enamel, including a few underlying tiny dark spots and a few off-white ones, minuscule bubbles and slight unevenness where enamel meets metal, also visible only upon close examination. The sterling was gold-plated (vermeil) and the gilding, which is more pronounced on the back than the front, has mellowed over time to a warm, gleaming glow. It is signed on the back of the receiving end of the clasp "Norway Sterling 925 S" along with a V hallmark that is the stylized "FJ" in a triangle signature of Finn Jensen of Oslo. There are also three crowns in a circular cartouche and an "S" in a hexagonal cartouche, which are Swedish import marks. This versatile necklace has the elegantly cool look and clean lines typical of the best Scandinavian Mid Century Modern design and in basic white, is.
Strong and elegant; simple, yet dramatic, managing to be at the same time both tailored and feminine as well as casual and dressy, it will go with everything year round, night or day, to work or play. Whether the occasion calls for a no nonsense business suit, jeans or a glamorous cocktail dress, this handsome necklace always looks just right. It will take you in style from your winter whites to your tropical days and nights.Striking and smart, it is one you will find you reach for and wear all the time. It would also make a terrific gift, although I doubt you will want to part with it, and will come to you gift-boxed, just in case.
Expert craftsmanship and design combine to make this vintage Finn Jensen sterling and guilloche´ enamel necklace a Work of Art and a worthy addition to any collection. Please see our other listings for more great vintage jewelry, including Scandinavian. Both methods include gift box. International buyers aware of the rules and expenses of importing into their country are welcome. WE LOVE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS!
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The item "Sterling White Enamel FINN JENSEN Leaf NECKLACE Classic Vintage Norway 17 Leaves" is in sale since Thursday, November 26, 2015. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Vintage Ethnic/Regional/Tribal\Scandinavian". The seller is "momandpopcybershop" and is located in Houston, Texas.This item can be shipped worldwide.