Kangaroo with Joey Pin

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

Kangaroo with Joey Pin
Kangaroo with Joey Pin

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 the texture of the kangaroo’s fur.

This is one of several figural pins that had moveable parts. In this case, the piece has a movable “Joey” in his mother’s pouch. Until the late 1970s, Napier rarely cast its own jewelry. According to the late Warren Dontigney, the hand-carved molds were sent to National Cast in Providence, Rhode Island. The raw or unplated castings would be returned to the plant for plating and finishing. This service would later be provided by Imperial Pearl, also located in Providence, Rhode Island.




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By Melinda Lewis -July 30, 2014

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Author: Melinda Lewis

Jewelry historian, Melinda Lewis is co-founder of Costume Jewelry Collectors Int’l (CJCI) and author of The Napier Co.: Defining 20th Century American Costume Jewelry.

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