The Napier Book Publishing Updates

NEWS: NAPIER BOOK UPDATE We’ve been away for a bit as we work on wrapping up getting the final files ready for the printer. I’m happy to say we passed our first “file quality” test, and gave approval for the preliminary print color test. Mark and I also made an extremely difficult, scary, yet critical […]

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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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Napier Jewelry Christmas Pins and Christmas Tree

Napier Jewelry Christmas Pins and Christmas Tree

The Napier Co. manufactured a variety of Christmas pins throughout the years, including wreaths, candy canes, trees, Christmas bells and snowflakes. In the collectors genre, these pins are highly desirable and have maintained a strong demand on the secondary market. These pins, especially the rhinestone embellished motifs, are heavily coveted by collectors. Napier pins can […]

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The Napier Ballerina Brooch

The sterling Napier ballerina brooch set is often thought of as a great introductory piece to the new sterling silver Napier collector. However, the long-held attribution that this dancing lady was designed by Natacha Brooks, because of a 1944 U. S. design patent, is actually incorrect. The Napier prima ballerina was designed by a leading […]

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The “Frosted Leaves” Collection

The “Frosted Leaves” Collection With Thanksgiving just two days away, I decided to share this remarkably stylish necklace that was presented by The Napier Co. in November, 1957.  The light-weight design features a bib with seven cascading drops all tapered in length. The antiqued-gold frosted finish has remained as velvety as the day it was […]

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The Napier Charm Bracelet

The Napier Charm Bracelet The Napier charm bracelet has been a coveted collectible to own in the realm of costume jewelry collecting. Historically, The Napier Co. had a long-standing reputation for creating and producing, high-quality charm bracelets. The bracelets were as whimsical as the designer’s creativity—lending a sense of play in a intensely competitive and […]

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