I was given this coral bead necklace and earrings by an elderly relative early 1980s, and told she had owned them "over 20 years" so I am guessing 1960s vintage ?
I have been researching and it seems this is salmon and angel skin coral? Do I have that right?
The gold stamp on the velvet housing the earrings says Genuine Coral and they have gold posts, and the necklace has a silvertone barrel clasp. Necklace is 17 inches, just under 1/4 inch diam beads and the earrings are just over 1/4 inch diam
I am seeing a very varied price range on vintage unmarked coral sets so does anyone have a good reference or personal knowledge on this.
Thanks for educating me :-)
I can honestly say I have sold some coral quite recently that went over 400. :)
Whether or not these are angel skin is hard to say since color is hard on a computer monitor. But....some of the beads look a little dark to be angel skin. But that again, could be my monitor. Angel skin are generally a pale pink. Paler then what I'm seeing.
Are you seeing any imperfections in the round beads of the necklace. They may look perfect, but when looked at with a loop you should still see small spots or "dimples". Mine I could actually see waves, almost like pearls.
Mine were red and from 1930s.
The color is pretty accurate ...but then as you mention monitors differ so....
It is definitely a predominantly salmon pink blended with paler pink and whitish hues, and yes, dimpled and wavy surface. The earrings are more uniformly salmon.
The earlier red coral pieces do seem to get great prices, though I saw a necklace not unlike mine (but with spring ring clasp) for $375 (minus earrings)
Was that a wishful thinking price or an actual selling price? They can differ quite a bit.
I will generally take both into account. Just make sure your beads are about the same price as those in the other necklaces you check. Yours are a bit smaller then mine were.
Mine sold on ebay at auction and now that I think about it, it's been almost a year. Time flies when you're having fun. Or just when you get my age. Not sure which.
I have also sold others that didn't sell for that. Branch coral and some that were more salmon with pink and white. But the salmon ones also needed restringing.
Since prices can vary quite a bit, you need to price it in a way that you feel comfy if it sells for that. I have a cameo bracelet that is priced a tad high, but then, I'm not in a hurry to sell it either. I'm not done drooling over it. If you know what I mean?
Thanks so much for the input and yes, I'm going to try to find a fair price yet also one that makes it worth parting with ...if I do decide to sell it. I don't often wear it but do like it, especially combined with a turquoise bead necklace that I bought from a roadside artisan near the Petrified Forest in Arizona. They look so good together!
See, I am already trying to find reasons not to list it lol ;-)