PRETTY SIGNED KIRKS FOLLY FAUX PEARL AND GILT METAL HAIR PIN
This sale is for a signed Kirks Folly hair comb which probably dates from the 1980s.
CONDITION: good vintage condition.
SIZE: 4½ ins h x 1½ ins w (11.5 x 4 cms)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1980s
This pretty hair comb or hairpin has metal tines and a circular heading of bright gold coloured metal. The metal has been given the appearance of twisted cords and a large faux pearl cabochon is set into the centre.
The ornament is signed on the back of the heading.
The costume jewellery industry flourished in the 1980s, and women experienced a new freedom and confidence to wear frankly fake fashion jewellery. This was boosted by the glitz and glamour of TV soaps such as Dallas and Dynasty where jewelry could not be too big or bold.
The fashion hallmarks of the decade were big shoulders, big hair and co-ordinating costume jewellery. Hair was teased and ratted out, and this `big' hair cried out to be balanced by glitzy jewellery in gilt settings with huge fake looking stones. Hair accessories of the period were certainly neither small nor delicate and tended to be very much over the top!
Kirks Folly, a family owned business, has created a world of fantasy jewelry, home accessories. The collection covers a wide spectrum of themes-from fantasy to romance to storybook legends. The Kirks Folly story began in NYC in 1979 when the creative genius of Helen Kirk sparked the inspired foresight of her sister Jenniefer. Helen had always loved ornate, glittery objects and displayed a natural gift for design. The business took off when their products began to sell on QVC and is now one of the foremost names in quality costume jewellery.
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