Castlecliff Goldtone Tribal Pendant Necklace 1973 by Larry VRBA
This goldtone pendant necklace was created for Castlecliff in 1973 by the jewelry designer, Larry VRBA. Its pendant is large measuring 3" wide by 4 3/8" long which includes the 1 3/8" long bale. The chain is original to the piece and measures 16 1/2" long. The necklace is signed, 'Castlecliff' on the back of the pendant. The pendant appears to be an amalgamation of different tribal motifs. VRBA tells of visiting the Natural History Museum for inspiration and then creating his own tribal jewelry by reassembling the motifs into his pieces. The necklace's pendant consists of a poured orange glass stone in the center surrounded by what appear to be 'kissing' American Indian heads. The outer edge of the pendant is made of enameled pieces which could represent feathers from the Indians' headdresses. The pendant's bale appears to depict an Aztec design. The piece is in excellent condition and looks as if it was never worn.