Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a sterling silver parure or suite by Ella L. Cone c. 1955. This set consists of a link necklace, link bracelet and earrings. The design features a leaf done in a cast repousse with hand finishing. The leaves show veining with oxidation highlighting. The necklace and bracelet have loop link connectors. The necklace has 12 single leaves finished with a special clasp that was a hallmark of Ella Cone. The necklace is 15" long. Each leaf is 1-1/4" wide X 1-1/8" tall (maximum dimensions). The bracelet features a grouping of three leaves matching the necklace. It has 4 plaques. It is 7-1/4" long and each group of leaves is 1-3/8" wide X 1-1/2" tall (maximum dimensions). The fixture is a hook clasp. The earrings have a pair of leaves matching the set. The earrings are 1-1/4" tall X 7/8" wide (maximum dimensions). They have a screw back fixture. The necklace is marked "Ella L. Cone" + "XTO" + "Sterling". The set weighs 108.7 grams.
Ella L. Cone (1898 - 1974) was born in Massachusetts. Her maiden name was Levenson and she married Robert J. Cohen. The family changed their name to "Cone". She and her husband opened "The Silversmith's Shop" in Boston and Hyannis, Massachusetts during the 1940's using Ella's designs and craftsmanship. Her pieces reflect an Arts & Crafts tradition with a modernistic interpretation. A number of her pieces were naturalistic in style, including leaves and flowers. She also did some very abstract designs which were generally her handmade pieces. She died in 1974 in Massachusetts.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The silver is marked "Sterling".
Please note that vintage jewelry has been pre-owned, worn, and loved by its owner. The charm and beauty of vintage silver jewelry comes from the unique variations and characteristics inherent in hand-wrought silver. You may be able to see the artisan's tool marks. It is not new and perfect, nor should it be. This piece has its original oxidation and light patina.
Evocative Ella Cone Demi-Parure c. 1955