In the depths of the depression, 1933, Stuart Nye bought some second hand tools and a little silver. Without any experience in jewelry or metal work, but with good taste, an eye for beauty and faith in himself, he began to make a few simple bangle bracelets. Through trial and error he learned the nature of his materials and began to fashion silver into the leaves and flowers so characteristic of their jewelry today. The original work was in Sterling Silver and this continues to be the most popular medium. Copper was added during the metal shortages of World War II. Brass was added during the silver price explosion in the winter of 1979-80.
This wonderful set, circa 1960-1970, was created in an all time favorite "Dogwood" pattern. Each piece is hand-crafted as it was at the beginning in 1933. The set consists of a necklace chain 16" in length, spring-ring closure, with single dogwood blossom measuring 1 1/4" in length by 1" in width, marked "Sterling"; pair of screw-back earrings with single dogwood blossom measuring 3/4" in length by 1/2" in width, marked "Sterling" and adjustable ring with single dogwood blossom measuring 5/8" in length and width, unmarked. Great vintage condition with no damages and original patina.