Robert and Original by Robert were trademarks used by Fashioncraft Jewelry Co. of New York, circa 1942 to 1979. In 1960, the trademark was changed to Robert Originals. Although head designer Robert Levey's (Levy's) work has a remarkable likeness to Miriam Haskell's jewels, there appears to be no association of the two. Levy used similar wired components, high quality rhinestones, crystals, and faux pearls in designs reminiscent of the Haskell look.
The crescent climber earrings presented, circa 1950s-1960s, in a silver tone filigree leaf design, feature steel grey chaton and smoky quartz marquise rhinestones in tandem with clear and smoky quartz chaton rhinestones, the latter pairs, encircled with rings of grey faux seed pearls. Two disks of aurora borealis crystals are wired at bases of each earring. Midnight magic in smoke and mirrors from Robert.
The earrings measure a generous approximate 1 9/16 inches x 1 inch with a 1/2 inch profile. Largest chaton rhinestones are about 6 millimeters; crystal disks, approximately 12 millimeters x 10.5 millimeters. Weight of the earrings pair is about 20 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components original and intact. All rhinestones intact and sparkly. Clear rhinestones uniformly "white" and brilliant. Smoky quartz rhinestones retain color. Crystals retain aurora borealis finish. Steel grey rhinestones retain mirrored finish. Seed pearls retain color, nacre and luster. No chips, cracks or peels. Silver tone finish intact, fronts and backs, retaining desirable patina. Original earrings clips show some age appropriate wear. Clips strong and secure. All wiring appears secure. Extremely clean. No damage / no repairs. Excellent vintage.
Each earring clip (one a bit difficult to decipher) is signed in familiar script: "Robert". They date from mid to late '50s - early 1960s.
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