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West German Eloxal Aluminum Faux Marcasite Necklace and Earrings

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This is a wonderful vintage necklace and earring set from West Germany. The set is marked "W. GERMANY" on the hooks and on the earring clips. These pieces are made of an extremely lightweight aluminum called Eloxal, but the construction looks very convincingly like sterling silver and marcasites. Eloxal (electrolytic oxidation of aluminum) is so lightweight is is often mistaken for plastic. Eloxal is valued because it does not tarnish or corrode, and is resistant to scratching. It was made in several different colors. Many of the designs were made to resemble marcasite jewelry. Jewelry made from Eloxal is collectible.

The necklace is 17 inches long and 3/4 inches wide. The earrings are 1 3/8 inches by 5/8 inches.

The set is in excellent condition. The necklace shows no wear, damage, or corrosion. One of the earrings has a tiny bit of verdigris on the back, and no other damage to the metal. The clips work well. The one issue is that the earrings should have a left and right side design, but these are both either a right or left earring, one should be the opposite of the other, but they are not.

These pieces are very pretty, extremely lightweight and inexpensive in their original construction, but you have to touch it, or see the back to realize this is not sterling silver set with genuine marcasites. The set is made of Eloxal (electrolytic oxidation of aluminum), a lightweight aluminum.

vjse# 29.00

West German Eloxal Aluminum Faux Marcasite Necklace and Earrings

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Material: lightweight silver tone or plated metal
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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