Albert Weiss' smoky quartz colored rhinestones, meant to imitate fine German smoky quartz, were extremely popular with the glitterati of the day. A 1959 print ad promoted these stones as jewelry with the "Black Diamond Look". The public loved it and Weiss ran with it. The company, one of the most recognizable names in the industry, remained successful for the length of it's run, circa 1942-1971.
The silver tone, climber style clip earrings feature an array of marquise and two sizes of chaton rhinestones, all in smoky quartz color. They measure about 1 1/4 inches x 3/4 inch with a 5/16 inch profile or height. Marquises are approximately 15 millimeters x 7 millimeters; largest chatons, about 9 millimeters. Weight of the earrings pair is approximately 12 grams.
Condition is excellent / pristine vintage. All components original an intact. All rhinestone intact and uniformly brilliant. No cloudy, off, or dead stones. All sparkle as created. Even smoky quartz (gray) color throughout. No chips, cracks, nicks or breaks to stones. All silver tone finish intact, fronts and backs. All soldering secure. Earring clips strong and secure. Extremely clean. No damage / no repairs. Pristine vintage.
Each original earring clip is signed: "WEISS" no copyright symbol. Circa 1950s-1960s.
Where there's smoke, there's fire. The Black Diamond Look from Weiss. Get it at Cody's.
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