Marione Sterling Swizzle Stick
This one-of-a-kind necklace is composed of:
Retractable, sterling silver swizzle stick from the 1930-50s, Victorian watch fob clasp and chain from the late 1800s, and modern, genuine emerald and quartz gemstone charm accents. This pendant was made and sourced in England.
This necklace measures a standard 32" on an antique gold filled chain.
Retractable drink stirrers, in gold or silver, were all the rage from the 1920’s thru 1950’s. These intricate and articulated swizzle sticks were advertised as versatile jewelry that could be worn on a long necklace, watch chain or hung from a key fob. Their charming function was said to remove or restore effervescence in carbonated drinks: with the prongs extended, they were used to whip or create bubbles in a drink that was going flat.
These functioning baubles even found favor among royalty and celebrities alike: Queen Elizabeth was said to carry one, and Audrey Hepburn was gifted with a monogrammed retractable stirrer to commemorate her breakthrough performance in the 1951 Broadway stage production of Gigi. Audrey's gold swizzle stick from the 1950's was uniquely personalized with a hand-engraved charm and jadeite bead and recently sold through Christie's auction house for 23,750 pounds in September of 2017.
All of our modern heirlooms are designed with elements mostly from the late 1800s - 1920s and the highest quality solid gold and gold-filled components. To learn more about different types of gold and composition, check out our Gold Jewelry Guide.
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