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Hand-Carved Designs: A New Way to Appreciate Jewlery as Art

One way to appreciate art is through the hand-carved designs by Napier. The Napier designers were first and foremost sculptures. Every cast piece was hand-carved in-house with meticulous detail before a mold was made. The hand-carved designs by Napier were numerous, especially with the conversation pieces. In this example you can see the lines that create […]

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Napier Iridescent Cocktail Ring

The Glam and Glitter of Christian Dior, Swarovski & The Aurora Borealis Rhinestone

In 1949, Christian Dior implemented the first licensing fee. By 1950, he had signed his first American licensing contract for accessories, opening up a lucrative business in the accessories market. In 1956, when Swarovski in collaboration with Christian Dior developed the aurora borealis metallic coating for rhinestones, a plethora of glitzy and elaborate jewelry found […]

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Napier Sterling Cigarette Case

Historical Significance: Jewelry Company Blazes the Market with Giftware Line

The Napier Co. and its predecessor, The E. A. Bliss Co., had an extensive history in the jewelry manufacturing industry, but did you know that the company had a large business portfolio of manufacturing novelty and giftware items? Beyond necklaces, bracelets, earrings and pins, the company from almost its inception to 1974, manufactured a wide […]

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1983 Gift with Purchase Mirror

The Long History of the Gift with Purchase

In the 1980s, as department stores turned to jewelry manufacturers to offer more competitive pricing, a new trend emerged within the industry. Trifari, Monet, 1928, and The Napier Co. all began to use “Gift with Purchase” marketing—a program designed to reward customers for purchasing the product. Gift products ranged from vanity items, velveteen jewel boxes, […]

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That’s a Wrap: Bows Aren’t Just for Wrapping Presents – Fashion Embraces Decorative Ribbons

That’s a Wrap: Bows Aren’t Just for Wrapping Presents: Fashion Embraces Decorative Ribbons One of the favorite motto’s of a vintage jewelry aficionados is, “What’s old is new again.”   Bows have been an important part of adornment for centuries and The Napier Co., like many jewelry manufacturers utilized the bow motif for decades. Bows have […]

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Fashion’s 2013 Fall Pendant Necklaces

The statement necklace will be stepping aside for 2013 fall fashion accessory must-have — the pendant necklace. But that doesn’t mean this new, yet pastime favorite will go without being notice. The pendant necklace can be equally dramatic, and this season’s necklaces are taking a dramatic plunge. The 1970s in my opinion was the “Decade […]

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The Napier Co. Designers

As a jewelry historian and a collector, I am always seeking to know who designed a particular piece of jewelry. But as the history of early fashion jewelry manufacturers fades into the sunset, determining the authorship of design isn’t always an easy task. For some companies like The Napier Co., designers did not take personal […]

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Melinda Napier Interview

Napier Book Impact

A 2 minute selection from The Napier Book DVD interview with Melinda Lewis – Author of The Napier book, about what she wanted to accomplish with The Napier Book. The DVD interview is about 30 minutes of insight into the company and the book. Enjoy!

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