Paul Selenger was born in Odessa, Russia in 1911. In 1927, he immigrated to the United States with his mother Rose and sister Fannie. Selenger became a U.S. citizen in 1942 and served his new country during World War II. Early in his costume jewelry career, he worked for H. Pomerantz & Co. in New York. Selenger's company, named for his mother, was in business from approximately the late 1940s until about 1975. He died at the age of 79 in 1990.
Selro/Selini is best known for amazing figurals, often depicting Asian and African faces, these unique pieces were designed by Selenger himself. There are basically three different figural faces that are found in Selro/Selini jewelry;an Asian woman face (often called ‘Thai Girl’), an old Asian man face and an African face. These faces can be found in numerous colors and textures, plus are often over painted and embellished with elaborate headdresses that are part of the metal settings. Much of Selro/Selini jewelry is unsigned and may have been originally hang-tagged.
This lovely pair of vintage gold-tone, clip-style earrings is adorned with a faux ivory "Thai Girl" face and large faux pearl. The earrings measure 1 1/4" in length and 3/4" in width with secure clip backs. There are no missing or damaged elements; some minor loss of paint on the faces.
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