This Vintage Rhinestone Expansion Bracelet in its Original Box, and if Bling is your thing this year it is definitely for you.
Also from the Estate of an obvious collector (see other listings for more from this estate) It has stones bright enough to make one wonder if it is diamonds or the rhinestones it actually is. Unmarked as to the maker, I have been trying to find out if I can uncover just who made this beauty and I will update here if I can. It is not an import as it has no country of origin mark and likely was made by one of the better Jewelry manufacturers here in America. It's just that well constructed.
All stones are prong set, it consists of 102 Round and Emerald Cut Rhinestones, 68 of the round cut stones cover the top and bottom tears, and 34 Emerald Cut stones occupy the middle tear. All of the stones are crystal clear so please note that any dark you see on this piece is a reflection of my camera.
Because it is an expansion bracelet it fits wrists from 5 ½ inches around to 7 inches.
I am happy to add that this purchase includes the original box which is in quite good vintage condition.
It has minimal ware to the teal blue velvet on the outside and the inner lining retains good coloring. I estimate this bracelet and box to be from the mid 50's to 60's.
Bracelet condition is Excellent Vintage, I can find not scratches on the stones and no blemishes to the silver-tone plating on the bracelet.
FYI: The Estate sale was for items owned by William and Susan Ecenbarger.
William won the Pulitzer Prize for General news in 1980 for his outstanding reporting of the Three Mile Island nuclear accident coverage. (TMI to us locals)
He was a reporter and and editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer in his day and also Freelanced with his work having been published in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Esquire, Audubon and other leading newspapers and magazines.
William wrote historical books too; “Walkin' the Line: A Journey from Past to Present Along the Mason-Dixon”, published in 2000 and “Glory by the Wayside: The Old Churches of Hawaii which was co-authored by his wife Susan (who also did the principal photography for the book). This was released in 2008. He not only won the Pulitzer, but in his writing career he also won the George Polk Aware, and the Lowell Thomas Travel Writer of the Year among others.
I am assuming that Susan was the collector of the fabulous jewelry I saw there. Be sure to find the other offerings of Eisenberg Weiss and Pell that I have for you here in my shop.