Designed in the best tradition of the Duette-style fashion jewelry
From my personal collection: A very early piece from the late Joan Rivers Classics Collection, this type of unique, multi-purpose, duette jewelry , earrings and brooch in one, is quite rare (Page 96-97 and page 142,"Jewelry by Joan Rivers", 1995 edition book)
The two flower-motif, removable, clip-on earrings and the pin are crafted in a premier 18 karat gold-plate alloy and are beautifully paved with sparkling Swarovski clear round crystals. A large, bezel-set, Swarovski round crystal in the center, the stamen, dominates the design of the flower earrings. The pin, when the earrings are removed and worn separately, becomes a fanciful stem-like design, generously encrusted with clear round crystals and three gold tone crystal-"sprinkled" leaves. I did try a different pair of flower clip-on earrings, in my possession, on this stem and the brooch looked spectacular! The bases of the brooch and the earrings are imprinted with JOAN RIVERS signature.
The earrings- ,when worn alone, are stunning as well. Flower shaped and set in a premium 18K gold plate metal they are paved with sparkling clear, round and faceted Swarovski crystals . The petals are accentuated by a thicker and a gleaming golden metal rim. A large round and brilliant, clear and faceted crystal is bezel set and constitutes the flower’s stamen.
About Joan Rivers: Much has been written about the late Joan Rivers’ lifer story and her contributions to the fashion jewelry world. In addition to her career as a comedienne, an actress and a TV host, hers is a story of a life-long fine jewelry collector who had translated her passion for and her collection of beautiful and unique jewelry into establishing her own brand of a high end contemporary fashion accessories. Endowed with an impeccable taste and a sense of style, she had revived and interpreted the famous American designers of fine jewelry and had created a timeless and contemporary brand of gorgeous and unique line of costume jewelry. In her own words: ….” Our plan was to explore the world of jewelry, find the very best pieces, then adapt them so they would work for real women in real world…” My own knowledge of this field had been much enhanced by collecting her jewelry and by delving into the history of American fashion jewelry designers of yesteryear.
It is worth mentioning that , since her tragic passing, Joan Rivers vintage jewelry had dramatically risen in price and collectability.
DIMENSIONS: 3” long x 1-3/4” wide. The earrings are 1 inch in diameter.
MATERIALS: Premier 18K gold-plate metal and round clear Swarovski crystals
VINTAGE AND CONDITION: Purchased in early 1990's, the brooch as a set with the earrings had never been worn; the earrings were worn once or twice. Both are in a brand-new-like condition, having been carefully stored in one of my lined jewelry drawers. They show no signs of metal wear, with all crystals intact. The set will be shipped in the original brand pillow box and the dust cover.
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