This is a pair of highly collectible and rare HAR genie clip-on earrings. The genie’s face is enamelled in a deep bronze, he wears a turban decorated with sapphire blue rhinestones and a ruby red cabochon with a ‘dragon’s breath’ finish, which glows blue and purple, depending on how the light hits it. The sides of his vest or waistcoat are decorated with a band of clear rhinestones. He is holding a ‘lucite’ ‘crystal ball’. These earrings are the mirror image of each other and made to be worn with the genie looking inwards to frame the face.
This is a classic covetable design from HAR, one of their most sought-after. The earrings are in excellent condition, with some wear to the gold plating on the reverse. There are some spots of what I am almost certain is the original glue, discoloured, on the decorated trims of the waistcoat. (I say I am almost certain it is the original glue, as I have had this exact same thing on so many of my HAR pieces.) There is also some discolouration on the end of the metal-pieces which go into the ‘crystal balls’ and hold them in place. Again, this is very common with HAR genies. These are both very minor flaws. The earrings are 1 5/8 inches long. As is usual with HAR, only one earring is signed on the reverse.
HAR were in business from the 1940s until the late 1950s. These earrings appear in many books on costume jewellery – p. 230 of ‘Signed Beauties of Costume Jewelry’ by Marcia Brown, and p. 60 of ‘20th Century Jewellery’ by Caroline Pullée, for example.
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