This vintage rare Selro jewellery is in very good condition. This unsigned SELRO Asian princess necklace is a lovely example of genuine SELRO jewellery. Most Selini or Selro jewellery pieces were not signed.
The bib necklace has an unusual flat snake like gold tone chain leading to two lovely joining pieces each with a faux pearl. There are three main elements to the necklace. The central piece is a rope style oval gold tone base with an open work metal setting which has a cream plastic Thai princess face with painted red lips, black eyes and eyebrows and gold painted hair. Some of the eyebrow paint is worn which was very common with these pieces which date from the 1950 but it is in fairly good condition. It is a very fine face (an indication that this is a genuine SELRO) with the well recognised hoop earrings and faux pearl at the bottom. This head has a gold metal hat above the crown. The two surrounding ovals each have a marquise shaped green lucite claw set cabochon with four tiny faux pearls around it. NOTE the marquise shape of the cabochon is another indication that this is a genuine SELRO. Copy cat versions of the Asian princess jewellery used rectangular cabochons.
Although fairly chunky the open metalwork and tiny pearls give the necklace a light feeling. It is a fairly short necklace which sits very nicely around the neckline. The back of the necklace provide some tell-take signs that this is a SELRO piece, with a heavy bracing to the back of each oval. each with
The chain is in excellent and there is a very strong hinged clasp.
This set is GENUINE SELRO.
PLEASE NOTE – There are a lot of bogus claims about Selro jewellery so it is important to be aware of the ways to properly identify them. Kathie Davies has done some incredible research and has developed a website to help people correctly identify Selro jewellery and, more importantly, to identify fakes. We recently received some pieces of jewellery which were describes as SELRO but are actually not made by that company. They are still lovely items of jewellery but at Kikulu we would not sell them with the wrong description as we care very much about our reputation. We will be listing those shortly as NOT SELRO.
The necklace weighs 58 grams and measures 40 cm. Presented in a beautiful satin drawstring bag.
About SELRO and SELINI jewellery
Although often used together the jewellery is rarely from both SELRO (which was a company started in the US in the 1940s by Paul Selenger) and SELINI which was another company run by Selenger. Selenger was responsible for the design of Selenger/Selini pieces.
Famous for the ‘Many faces’ of Selro – the jewellery featured Asian faces and this is what the company is most famous for.
Much of Selro/Selini jewelry is unsigned and was originally hang-tagged. There are some clues, however, to identifying unmarked Selro/Selini jewelry. Much of what is sold as SELRO/SELINI is not actually produced by them. Signed pieces are very rare.