Here we have a demi parure from one of the most famous designers of all time. Elsa Schiaparelli's jewelry is well known, among other things, for her unusual and unique choices of beads, most often one of a kind. Here is such an example. We have an assortment of art glass beads, the blue ones with swirls are in an assortment of sizes, there are what appear to be hand formed beads, and 3-dimensional triangular bright green beads which add a wonderful bright splash of color, and contrast to the blues. The necklace has two strands, the shortest of which is 16" including the beautiful extension. The earring are 1 1/4" diameter and each of them are marked with the Schiaparelli signature, which dates these between 1949-1955. One does not come upon such a well priced Schiaparelli set often!
Schiaparelli earlier jewelry, was showy, imaginative, and bold with innovative designs. She is best known for her whimsical designs taking inspiration from nature, the circus themes, and the signs of the zodiac. Her jewelry designs also include Native African Art, and Jungle Primitives. She designed chunky suites with prong-set molded iridescent glass stones (called watermelon) and aurora borealis rhinestones (developed by Swarovski in 1955) or large faceted colored glass stones that were produced in the mid 1950s. The company used pot-metal, sterling silver and gold plated backings. Lisner produced her earlier jewelry, and Ralph de Rosa made her pieces in 1949. Elsa retired in 1954 with the Schiaparelli line discontinued around 1955. Lydo Coppola (married name Toppo), in Paris, designed pieces for Schiaparelli early in her career. Schiaparelli early 1930s pieces were unsigned and are rarely ever seen today. In the late 1930s, jewelry pieces were signed "schiaparelli" in lower case block letters up until 1949 and "Schiaparelli" in script after 1949, and "Designed in Paris--Created in America" 1949. Elsa died in Paris in 1973. Her jewelry is highly sought after and very collectible.
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