Monocraft, founded by brothers Michael and Jay Chernow in the late 1920s, developed an excellent plating process utilized in the production of jewelry in the late 1930s. The pieces, signed "Monet", featured premium finishes in tasteful, classic designs. Many were unencumbered with rhinestones and other embellishments. The company, purchased a number of times from the late '60s and on, moved out of the country circa 2000.
The three piece parure presented is a glorious mid century modern marvel. It includes the wonderful clamper bracelet in matte and shiny gold tone with high profile ruffles encircling the bracelet; the bow style brooch fanning out with ruffles and the crescent clip earrings with ruffles climbing the ear. Monet's expertise in the design and plating process is evident in it's modern twist on the traditional ruffle and it's juxtaposition of Florentine / satin and glossy finishes.
The bracelet has an inside circumference of about 6 inches. Width is approximately 1/2 inch and profile or height, a generous 7/16 inch. Brooch is about 2 inches x 1 1/2 inches. Clip earrings approximately 1 3/8 inches x 3/4 inch. Weight of the three pieces parure is 94 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components original and intact. No dents or improper bends to metal. All gold tone finishes intact, fronts and backs. Clamper bracelet retains alignment and strong, snap shut back hinge. Pin mechanism and earring clips strong and secure. Extremely clean. No damage / no repairs.
All pieces signed. The bracelet on inside hinge plate: "MONET" underscored with copyright symbol. The brooch on reverse within a rectangular cartouche: "MONET" preceded with copyright symbol. Each original earring clip: "Monet" underscored with "PATD." These are the clips that "comfort close" -- paddles are tightly riveted and close via desired pressure to clip -- no snap shut harshness. The set dates circa 1950s-1960s.
Ruffle some feathers with Monet. Traditional with a twist. At Cody's.
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