Archive | April, 2013

Napier “Pipes of Pan” Collection

Napier introduced the “Pipes of Pan” collection in 1973. Renowned jewelry designer Francis Fujio designed this “brutalist-style” collection for Napier during a period the company was notably recognized for creating larger breastplate pieces. In the recently published book, The Napier Co.: Defining 20th Century American Costume Jewelry, the author features both the collar (shown in […]

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Ask your local community library to purchase The Napier Co. book.

Ask Your Library to Acquire this Book

Life By Design Publishing is commencing an active campaign to get The Napier Co.: Defining 20th Century American Costume Jewelry  book into community libraries across the country. We are asking fans of the book to print out and take to their local library the purchasing information to acquire this book title. Please download this form […]

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Collectible Napier Banks

Napier banks are a fun collectible which can bring back childhood memories of chores, saving money, and walks to the local Five and Dime store to buy a bag full of penny candy. The Napier pig bank became an iconic representation of the Napier bank collection Napier stopped manufacturing giftware and went on to focus […]

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Jewelry History—The Wartime Era

Jewelry History—The Wartime Era Foreseeing the possibility of limited raw materials during the war, those manufacturers who had stockpiled material, continued meeting consumer demand. The amount of material backlogged ranged from 60 to 90 days to as much as a two year supply for manufacturing. However, manufacturers could not simply manufacture goods from their stockpiled […]

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