Alice Caviness' use of the highest quality art glass stones is exemplified in the remarkable 1960s-1970s vintage rhinestone and faux striped agate combination pin / pendant and earrings demi. Large, beveled edge, lustrous, flat topped oval art glass stones have magnificent, high definition stripes in toffee, caramel and chocolate browns. Topaz colored chaton rhinestones are set around a framework of honeycombed goldtone. The Caviness firm utilized their own factory. In house quality control was paramount as evidenced by this premium set.
The demi includes the brooch, which also includes a concealed hook at reverse's top for use as a pendant. The brooch / pendant measures about 2 1/4 inches x 1 3/4 inches with a 3/8 inch profile. The stone proper is an astounding approximate 38 millimeters x 28 millimeters. Matching clip earrings are about 1 1/8 inches x 1 inch x 1/4 inch thick. Stones are about 17 millimeters x 12 millimeters. Weight of the set is a respectable approximate 40 grams.
Condition is excellent / pristine vintage. All components are original and intact. All faux agates free from chips, nicks, cracks or breaks. No scratches or abrasions. All rhinestones intact, retaining color and sparkle. All goldtone finishes intact, front and back of all pieces. Pendant hook, pin back and earring clips strong and secure. No damage / no repairs.
All pieces are signed. The brooch on reverse within an oval cartouche "ALICE CAVINESS". Each original earring clip signed "ALICE CAVINESS".
Contributors to Julia C. Carroll's "Costume Jewelry 101" advise that the Caviness pieces that will rise in value are the bold pieces with flashy, high quality stones. Sets are a big plus and of course, condition is key. Check out the set offered and I think you'll agree that all bases are covered. With Caviness at bat...it's looking like a home run.
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