Archive | Brooches

Enjoy our carefully curated selection of vintage Napier brooches at the Napier Book site.

The Mother-Daughter Series

The Napier Co. was not only known for its stylish and sophisticated designs, but it was also known for its whimsical figurals or as the company called them, “conversation pieces.” In the mid to early 1960s, Napier presented a conversation pin line called, “The Mother-Daughter” series. These pins came in two sizes so both mother […]

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Napier Figurals

Napier figurals are an excellent way to start collecting Napier jewelry. Whether you choose animals, florals, or people, you are sure to find some incredible items. Many of these pieces have three-dimensional attributes, gorgeous colors and enticing textures. Most of the cast figurals manufactured by Napier were made in the 1960s and 1970s. The hand-manipulated […]

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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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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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