This vintage rare Selro jewellery is in very good condition. This unsigned SELRO Asian princess bolo necklace and earrings demi-parure is a lovely example of genuine SELRO jewellery. Most Selini or Selro jewellery pieces were not signed.
The gold coloured bolo style necklace has a herringbone style chain which passes through the back of the medallion making it adjustable in length. At the end of each chain is a plastic Thai princess head each with painted red lips, black eyes and eyebrows and gold painted hair. One of these heads has a bit of wear and has lost some paint which was very common with these pieces which date from the 1950s. The medallion is a Thai princess head set on a rounded square gold colour metal plaque. This head has a gold metal hat above the crown. Some of the eyebrow pain has worn off. Each ear has a separate gold hoop earring and at the bottom of the head is a white faux pearl. The chain is in excellent condition and there is a very strong hinged clasp.
The matching earrings each feature the same head as the medallion and the paint is in really good condition. The hoops in the head’s ears are much bigger on the earrings and add a real element of fun.They are clip-on and the backs are also in very good condition.
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.
This is an amazing demi parure from the 1950s and should be enjoyed by SELRO collectors or simply because of the fun and the quality of the construction!
The necklace weighs 58 grams. The necklace measures 44 cm but is adjustable. The earrings weigh 10 grams each and measure 2.5 cm x 3.5 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.