Presenting a Napier classic: a 1950s goldtone 'Cumquat" necklace, consisting of a thick rope chain with a center drop of three brown moonglow plastic drops, topped with leafy bead caps featuring a thick curled metal tendril. The necklace is adjustable to about 18"; the center drop is 3.5" long. Excellent condition! Marked "NAPIER" on the hook.
A version of this necklace in silvertone with blue moonglow drops may be seen on page 310 of "The Napier Co. - Designing 20th Century American Costume Jewelry," by Melinda L. Lewis. Ms. Lewis indicates, in her book, that this necklace came in a variety of colors; the most common color is blue.
The 'Cumquat' series was one of Napier's best sellers, according to Ms. Lewis; the collection followed on the heels of the success of the 1950s Napier charm bracelets. The designer was Eugene Bertolli. Mr. Bertolli, who died in 2015, spent 38 years at The Napier Company; his positions included Chief of the Design, Senior Vice President, and member of the Napier Board of Directors. In two separate years, his designs won the "Designer of the Year" award in international jewelry design competitions. (taken from Eugene E. Bertolli's obituary, which may be found via Google search.)
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