|5 necklaces, same clasp, similar charms & findings|
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My current hypothesis is that someone in China made charm necklaces featuring Chinese stones, cinnabar, cloisonne and silver filigree in the style used for Chinese necklaces but adapted for foreign tourists. [see blog post link - http://www.beadiste.com/2015/12/puzzling-evidence-deco-chinese-charm.html]
Perhaps some of these foreign tourists - Miriam Haskell, for a prime example -
bought a supply of similar Chinese components, and made a raft of necklaces, bracelets, and brooches using them.
Helen Burton evidently made a trip to Rhode Island in the late 1930s (will have to re-find this source) and sold a bunch of things. Maybe whatever the East Coast costume jewelry workshop responsible for this jewelry - if it was indeed a workshop there instead of China or Europe - stocked up from her?
And when WWII intervened to cut supply lines to Asia, substituted wood and "Bakelite" and glass components to continue this "Chinese charms" look.