Alexis Bittar Frosted Carved Pierced Drop Dangle Earrings
$95.00 These earrings are WONDERFUL!!! They are by Alexis Bittar known for creating beautifully colored frosted carved pieces of lucite jewelry and these are an excellent example of his work. The back of each earring is painted in a pearlized color which shimmers through the carving on the front of the earrings and the back is coated in gold color paint. It looks like shimmering ice. The oval goldtone designer cartouche with the words ALEXIS BITTAR is on the back of the earrings. The wires are gold filled and wonderful!
The earrings are tapered in design, almost like a teardrop... These beautiful amazing earrings measure 1-3/8" long and are 1/2" wide (at widest point) and almost 1/2" thick. The lucite surface on the front and back of the earrings, the wires and the paint are all in excellent condition.
Alexis Bittar was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1968 to parents that were both University professors and avid antique collectors. At the age of 10, Alexis learned to value of hard work by selling flowers from a hand cart. In 1982, Alexis' parents gave him a tangled pile of antique jewelry as a birthday present. This sparked his interest in the detail and craftsmanship of each piece and he began selling jewelry on St Mark's Place in New York City. At the age of 18, he started going to New York City clubs which helped to turn his interests to fashion and dance. In 1987 Alexis graduated from high school and went to college in upstate New York. He dropped out of college during his second semester and returned to partying and started selling antique jewelry and vintage clothes in lower Manhattan. In 1992, Alexis started to settle down and began designing his own costume jewelry, carving lucite and creating pieces made from semi-precious stones and metals. Alexis moved his vending location from St Mark's place to the corner of Prince and Green Streets. Designing bold and colorful designs, Alexis was discovered by Dawn Mello (Fashion Director of Bergdorf Goodman) who introduced him to the retail world of costume jewelry. In 1993, attending his first trade show, he struck up a long time business relationship with Saks Fifth Avenue. In 1994, Alexis started a relationship with the Museum of Modern Art and also began exporting his jewelry to Harrod's in London and Isetan in Japan. During 1996-97, he was asked to design lucite and stainless steel furniture for the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and limited edition home decor pieces for Barneys New York and Takashimaya. Alexis designed a ready-to-wear line of jewelry for Burberry's which incorporated their signature plaid onto lucite. Alexis collaborated with other designers to create custom pieces of jewelry for use on TV shows such as Sex in the City. Other famous people and stars include Michelle Obama, Joan Collins and Lady Gaga to name a few. In 2004, Alexis opened his first boutique on Broome Street in New York City. Alexis continued to get requests from museums and other designers to create pieces for them and his works were features in various fashion magazines. Alexis expanded his business and opened several more retail boutiques in New York City, San Francisco and Chicago. Alexis was best known for his earlier pieces of thick, bold and beautifully colored designed pieces in frosted ice-like carved necklaces, earrings and bangles in lucite.
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