Robert Levey, Davis Jaffe and Irving Landsman founded the Fashioncraft Jewelry Company in New York City in 1942. The company changed its name to Robert Originals, Inc about 1960. Their designs have natural and floral motifs with the use of faux pearls, colored glass, crystal beads and high quality imported rhinestones. The company closed in 1979. The "Original by Robert" mark was used from 1942 - 1979, with a copyright symbol added after 1955.
This fabulous necklace and clip earring set is a show-stopper. The necklace contains nine graduated length strands of glass and metal beads from 22 to 28 inches in length. There are six strands composed of hundreds of tiny frosted glass beads with the other three strands containing an intermittent pattern of elongated frosted glass, transparent blue & opaque white heart-shaped glass, small round olive green glass and gold-tone faceted round metal beads. The round push-in clasp is decorated with a combination of all the beads with the addition of three light blue rhinestones. The box, tab insert, clasp is marked "Original by Robert" within an artist pallet-shaped cartouche. The earrings are patterned after the clasp, though a bit smaller, measure 1" across. Mounted on a filigree gold-tone base and attached clip which is marked "Robert". The set has the look of Miriam Haskell, for whom Robert worked for a while. The beads drape and lay softly, while the earrings are very comfortable. There is one tiny gold bead missing on one earring (see photo); otherwise no condition issues. You will be admired by all who see you.
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