Often described as milk or chalk, white glass jewelry was initially marketed and promoted as summer, seasonal or cruise jewelry. During costume jewelry's heyday new lines were created as seasons changed.
In the Robert necklace and earrings set presented (circa 1960s) one can see the clean fresh appeal of the lustrous white glass beads and cabochons. The necklace is comprised of bilateral strands of large white glass beads, each separated with tiny white beads. At center a button style cab medallion is encircled by a garland of pink enameled flowers, each accented with a clear chaton rhinestone. A beaded extension end and hook clasp provide closure. The matching clip earrings feature complementing white cabs with enameled and rhinestone set flower garlands. Necklace medallion and earring reverses are beautifully filigreed gold tone metal.
Partners Robert Levey (Levy) Landsman and Jaffe formed the Fashioncraft Jewelry Company in NYC in 1942. The name would later be changed to Robert / Original by Robert. Production ended in the late 1970s. Much of Robert jewelry has an uncanny resemblance to Miriam Haskell designs although most sources discredit any collaboration or relationship between the two.
The necklace is adjustable to about 15 inches. Center medallion is approximately 1 1/8 inches across with a 1/4 inch profile or height. Earrings are 1 1/8 inches across. Weight of the necklace and earrings set is 46 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components original and intact. All white glass beads and cabs free from chips, nicks, cracks or breaks, retaining clean white sheen. No stains or discoloration. Necklace strands appear strong and secure. Earring clips maintain tight grip. All enamel intact retaining crisp pink color. All rhinestone intact and uniformly clear and brilliant. No off or dead stones. Gold tone finish intact, fronts and backs. Some patina on hook and extension chain. Extremely clean. No damage / no repairs. Excellent vintage.
Reverse of each original earring clip is signed in familiar script: "Robert". Circa 1960s.
Wear your whites all year round. A man for all seasons. Robert. At Cody's.
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