Amourelle by Frank Hess for Kramer, circa 1963. Names well known and respected in the vintage fashion industry: Amourelle's extremely limited production -- Hess' illustrious career as head designer for Miriam Haskell -- Kramer's top position in the hierarchy of costume jewelry production.
It was an era with renewed marketing strategies focusing less on the frills of the '50s, more on the sharper image of the '60s. Hess' Amourelle sought to hold onto the Haskell household as well as adopt the Kramer clan fans. It was a delicate balance that Amourelle accomplished beautifully. Since the line was in production for such a brief period, examples are extraordinarily rare.
The Amourelle demi pictured consists of an opera length double strand glass bead necklace with brass tone floret caps and tiny metal bead spacers. One strand of the translucent beads is in a honey amber shade, the other in a light peridot -- a totally smashing combination of glowing colors. (Please do remember -- color charting is an inexact science. Our interpretation of color may differ from others.) Clasp is Haskell like with an edge. Attached wired brass tone flowers and foliage share the spotlight with an artichoke like blossom. Strategically set chaton rhinestones in citrine, smoky quartz and topaz accent, complementing the bead colors in signature Hess harmony. Components are wired onto a filigree back which is soldered onto a push in box type base. Matching clip earrings complete the demi. Design scheme and rhinestone colors complement the necklace clasp and since each of these pieces is hand assembled there are slight variations in placement and dimensions. This is of course, the very nature of Amourelle jewelry -- It never appears like "production" jewelry but more artisan like -- as though each piece were the only piece. Amourelle captures your heart and soul.
The necklace's one strand measures about 27 inches, the other about 28 inches. Beads are approximately 8 millimeters. The necklace clasp is about 1 inch x 1 inch with a 1/2 inch profile or thickness. The clip earring are approximately 1 inch x 7/8 inch with a 3/8 inch profile or height. Weight of the demi is about 166 grams.
Condition of the demi is excellent vintage. All components are original and intact. All beads free from chips, nicks, cracks or breaks. Necklace is backstrung. Gorgeous brass tone patina with no verdigris. All rhinestones bright and brilliant with no dark, cloudy or dead stones. All wiring / soldering secure. Earring clips and necklace clasp strong and secure. No damage / no repairs. There is about a 1/2 inch slack in the light colored bead's strand near clasp, perhaps due to the stringing relaxing over it's 50 year reign. We have including a close up photograph for your examination. The buyer can determine if it warrants professional remedy.
Each original earring clip is signed "Amourelle" with copyright symbol following. As expected the necklace is not signed but is a definite part of this demi.
In choosing Amourelle you are selecting a small, rich slice of vintage jewelry history. Amourelle is Hess, Haskell and Kramer all rolled into one. Each has a story to tell. The most intriguing story is the jewelry itself.
Take a long look at Amourelle and let the love affair begin. At Cody's.
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