Vintage Monies Black White Shell Bib Necklace
This stunning dramatic Gerda Lynggaard vintage Monies black white shell bib necklace is made of custom cut beads of white mother of pearl and black shell. The clasp is custom-carved from a horn. There is no metal used at all.
Gerda Lynggaard would have all the design components of her jewelry custom-crafted in Africa and other exotic locations. The clasp is likely from Africa but the beads might be from the Pacific Islands. The result is organic and very sophisticated. This particular necklace makes great use of the dramatic contrast of its natural elements.
The striking geometric design wraps beautifully around the neck. It is composed of individual segments in increasing length cut to form a perfect fit.
The necklace center is 2″ wide and tapers towards the clasp.
The wearable length is 17″. It is in excellent vintage condition and dates from the 1980s.