HOBE-OVER 100 YEARS OF UNMATCHED CONTRIBUTION TO FINE AND COSTUME JEWELRY DESIGNS.
From my personal collection-- Lariats or lariat-style necklaces are very easy to wear and add elegance to any outfit. Paired with matching earrings they are twice as desirable and twice as chic. I have to admit that I have not been very familiar with the Hobe brand but this beautiful and intricately crafted set, purchased at an auction and subsequently verified by an expert, made a Hobe collector out of me and had caused me to study this prolific and wonderful designer and, whenever possible, to acquire his jewelry.
This seemingly understated demi parure is not only impeccably crafted but upon a closer examination one discovers its detailed and intricate design and the true art of Hobe. I call it “a pea in a pod”. Affixed at the center of two twisted, gold-tone mesh chains is a round, shades of green, confetti glass cabochon– the pea. It is set on a gold plated disc and semi-covered with four delicate textured and orange enameled leaves. The four leaves create a peekaboo effect of the green cabochon and are surrounded by a sculptured gold ring, affixed to the base and encrusted with clear Swarovski crystals. The free hanging parts of the mesh lariat chain end with two filigree golden metal balls which are separated by jade color beads. The larger of the filigree balls is suspended, each, with luscious , reminiscent of a vegetable greenery, 24 cable chain tassels capped with green beads. This beautiful set carries all the characteristics of Hobe designs of the 1950-1960 period– usage of rhinestones and beads, filigree metal work, mesh chains. It is also characteristic of more simplified and modern fashion trends of that era. The clip-on earrings are identical in the size and the design to the lariat's center-piece described above, with one difference: The “pea” is covered with two rather than four larger enameled leaves. The earrings’ clips have the signature Hobe’s rubber cylinder for added comfort. Both , the earrings and the lariat have a HOBE signature mark.
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DIMENSIONS: Lariat: 16.5” long. Chain: 7/16” wide. Central clasp: 1” in diameter. Tassels: 2.5” long ,each. Earrings: 1” in diameter.
MATERIALS: Premier 18 KT GP base metal. Twisted mesh chain: Glass Beads: Swarovski clear crystals. 3 round confetti round cabochons: Epoxy enamel
VINTAGE AND CONDITION: The demi-parure was verified by an expert as made sometime at the end of 1950’s, to middle of 1960’s. I assume that it was worn (no by me) but is in an excellent vintage condition, only with almost invisible damage to some of the enameled parts. All the crystals are intact and original and there are not visible scratches on the metal. It will be shipped in an elegant jewelry gift box.
ABOUT HOBE CIE. (1887-1990): The opulence and the splendor of Hobe jewelry which became known here as “Jewels of Legendary Splendor” have their roots in the fine jewelry of Europe and in the long family goldsmiths history over two continents. The family business was established in 1887 in Paris, France by Jacques Hobe who was a jeweler to the Royal Court of France. His son William had apprenticed at the family business becoming also a renown fine jewelry designer. Over time though, the Industrial Revolution in Europe had forced the Hobes to switch their designs to production of costume jewelry. William Hobe left France, settled in New York and in 1927 had established the HOBE CIE. “That put Hobe at the beginning of the American costume-jewelry boom between the two world wars”- per the Collectors Weekly. Florence Ziegfeld commissioned the company to design stage costume jewelry which, in turn, led to Hobe’s long association with Hollywood and its most famous stars. His knowledge of the history of the European royal courts’ jewels had led to the creation of the most opulent and artistic costume jewelry pieces. Hobe jewelry became renowned for its artistry, usage of semi-precious gems, heavy gold and silver plating, filigree metalwork, portrait miniatures and floral pins, to name a few. By the 1940’s the “Jewels of Legendary Splendor” by Hobe became a staple of elegant women wardrobe. By the 1950’s, with the change in the fashion trends, Hobe’s jewelry became more modern, less elaborate but still very beautifully designed and crafted. The Hobe family business stopped its operation in the early 1990’s. A company named Hobe continues to manufacture jewelry marked as Hobe under a differently designed mark.
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