Alice Caviness began a jewelry line in the 1940s to complement fashions, much as Chanel and Schiaparelli had done. Lois Steever and Camille (Millie) Petronzio were employed as designers who worked with Caviness until her death in 1983. Petronzio went on to design for Haskell while Steever continued the Caviness business until the late 1990s.
The wonderful '50s-'60s vintage gold tone brooch and earrings set presented features alternating rows of glass faux moonstone cabochons and aurora borealis chaton rhinestones. The arched rows swirl and interlock in bypass fashion. With her signature flair, Caviness combines the glow and luminescence of the moonstone with the superb color spectrum and dazzling sparkle of the aurora borealis rhinestone -- a marriage made in the heavens.
The brooch measures an impressive 2 3/4 inches x 2 1/4 inches with a 5/8 inch profile or dome. Matching clip earrings are about 1 1/2 inches x 1 1/4 inches. Simulated moonstone cabs and ab rhinestone chatons are approximately 3 millimeters. Weight of the brooch and earrings demi is 60 grams.
Condition is pristine vintage. All components original and intact. All rhinestones intact, retaining aurora borealis treatment and brilliance. All imitation moonstone cabs intact retaining creamy glow. No dents, improper bends, crush or collapse to metal. Wonderful loft and movement. All gold tone finishes intact, fronts and backs. Pin mechanism and earring clips strong and secure. Extremely clean. Little, if any wear. Excellent / pristine vintage.
All pieces signed -- the brooch on reverse within an oval cartouche: "ALICE CAVINESS" and each original earring clip: "ALICE CAVINESS". Circa 1950s-1960s.
An astounding aurora borealis and moonstone mix. Make believe magic. Cast your spell with Caviness. At Cody's.
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