The best costume jewelers created signature features or lines we can all relate to: Haskell's pearls, Renoir's Matisse line of enameled copper, Eisenberg's stones and Hagler's beading. Trifari's rhinestones even earned them the title of "The Rhinestone Kings".
Napier's fast forward fashion sense is reflected in much of their jewelry. Be it sleek and sassy or strong and solid, Napier broke down barriers -- ridding jewelry of extraneous add-ons and extras. Delivering a product that was beautifully designed in it's simplicity. Straight forward and undiluted. Materials and workmanship, particularly in the vintage Napier pre 1990s, was top notch. When one encounters a vintage Napier from the 1950s or 1960s, it's most likely a piece than can easily fit into current fashion trends.
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Now to an example of Napier jewelry I've been referring to. Circa 1950s-1960s this wonderful pendant style necklace and earrings set is as contemporary now as when created. Super shiny chromed metal cable/rope type chain links culminate in a large, thick, black thermoset disk encased in a circular chromed metal housing with large integrated bails at each side. Matching screw / clip earrings (clips with adjustable tension screws) have high sheen chromed metal centers sandwiched between graduated sections of black thermoset. Note how the center metal sections mimic the shape of the curves in the necklace's chain links. Attention to design detail is a signature Napier trademark.
The necklace is an approximate 22 fixed inches with foldover clasp. The pendant portion is about 1 7/16 inches x 1 1/4 inches x 5/16 inch thick. The earrings are about 1 3/8 inches x 9/16 inch. Weight of the set is approximately 116 grams.
Condition of the demi is excellent vintage. All components original and intact. All chrome finish intact on all pieces, front and back. Chain links secure. No missing links. All thermoset sections intact with no damage. Wonderful shine and luster to metal and thermoset. Screw clip earrings strong and secure. No damage / no repairs.
All pieces signed mulitiple times. The necklace is signed on it's original foldover clasp with "Napier". Reverse of pendant housing signed "NAPIER" with copyright symbol following. Each original earring clip signed "NAPIER". Chromed metal lip on reverse of each earring signed "NAPIER" with copyright symbol.
Vintage Contemporary. Napier does it best.
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