This beautiful set is featured, albeit with different stones, on page 473 of Julia Carroll's "Costume Jewelry 202". The demi pictured here, circa 1960s, is offered with huge glass, simulated Hematite cabochons, dogtooth prong set with large silvery leaves draped over the stones. The bracelet continues with additional leaves at side and a an embossed back half, filled with leaves, interlocking rings, beading, and fine grillwork. Whiting & Davis is noted for it's fine metalwork as well as integrating quality stones into the design. The clip earrings repeat the theme with large glass hematite stones and leaves that curl up from the bottom of the earrings. Whiting & Davis has once again shown their expertise in choice of materials and design. Workmanship is, of course, top notch. This set is not only gorgeous, it is pristine vintage, near mint.
The set includes the oval hinged cuff bracelet with an inside circumference of about 6 1/2 inches. At it's widest point in the front the bracelet is approximately 1 1/16 inches with a 1/2 inch profile or rise. The bracelet tapers toward the back to about 1/2 inch wide. Clasp is push in box type with fixed safety chain. The bracelet's opening or gap is about 2 1/2 inches. The matching clip earrings are about 1 1/4 inches x 1 inch with a 3/8 inch profile. The oval glass hematite stones are each about 25 millimeters x 18 millimeters. Weight of the set is approximately 56 grams.
Condition of the demi is excellent / pristine vintage. All components are original and intact. All stones are free from chip, nicks, cracks, scratches, or breaks. The mirror like hematite finish is outstanding, retaining all reflective properties. Top quality silvertone finishes intact on all pieces, front and back. Bracelet retains it's oval shape with proper hinge alignment and strong and secure clasp and safety chain. Earring clips strong and secure. No damage / no repairs. As fresh and fashionable as when created.
The bracelet is signed near it's hinge within the distinctively shaped Whiting & Davis cartouche "WHITING & DAVIS Co" with "MESH" above and "BAGS" below. Each original earring clip is signed "WHITING & DAVIS Co".
Whiting & Davis' reputation as one of the finest makers of mesh bags translated well into it's jewelry line. The metal work is superb and stones, whether genuine or simulated, are matched in quality. These pieces will continue to impress and inspire for years to come.
Whiting & Davis. Making a mesh of things.
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