Fabric Free 24-Karat Gold Vintage Beaded Suit-of-Armor
This dazzling sexy and strong looking woman's suit of armor weighs 17 pounds and is made exclusively from 24kt gold German glass, Austrian Swarovski crystal, 24kt gold Japanese pony beads and gold metal findings.
The gold "window beads" were manufactured in Germany in the late 1950's with a very time consuming and expensive process. Each glass bead is machine ground perfectly flat on each side. After one side is ground, it is turned by hand for the next side to be ground. This process is repeated four to eight times depending on the number of sides the bead has. The end result leaves perfectly machine polished "window" surfaces. Once the beads are smooth on all sides they are vacuumed plated with 24 kt gold.
These beads shine like no other bead ever made. Each one reflects like its' own tiny mirror, especially when it hits the brilliant shine of stage lighting—it is breath taking. The accessories are made with the window beads and Swarovski crystal. The necklace's magnificent pendant is a high-pressured electroplated quartz drusy.