Archive | January, 2013

Napier, Design and Inspiration

  Although the designers at Napier were outstanding jewelers, silversmiths and artisans, they too, turned to other companies for design inspiration. This page was taken from a 1932 Cartier catalog that was part of The Napier Archive.As discussed in the book, many catalogs from other companies were used either to examine the marketplace and current […]

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Cartier and The Napier Archives

Although the designers at Napier were outstanding jewelers, silversmiths and artisans, they too, turned to other companies for design inspiration. This page was taken from a 1932 Cartier catalog that was part of The Napier Archive. As discussed in the book, many catalogs from other companies were used either to examine the marketplace and current […]

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New Book on Fashion Jewelry Icon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BENICIA, CA (December 28, 2012) – Decade by decade from the late 1870s, The Napier Co. created high-quality costume and sterling silver jewelry, and fashion adornment. A new book, The Napier Co.: Defining 20th Century American Costume Jewelry, chronicles the styles, the materials, and the evolution of The Napier Co. jewelry across […]

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Legends in Silver Heraldic Jewelry by Napier

Heraldic jewelry enjoyed popularity several times during the 20th century, including the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. So when it comes to indentify a particular decade that a piece could have been introduced into a jewelry line can often be difficult from a visual perspective. Fortunately, our ability to research collections has improved over the […]

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