Cuffs were always an import part of the Napier line for decades. This cuff features faux carnelian cabochons surmounted on a smooth polished gold surface—c. 1950s. It can be hard to circa date cuffs as the shape was often repeated from one decade to the next. Textures, stone shapes, plating shades play a factor in evaluating the Napier cuff. From The Napier Book https://ift.tt/3cnbS9h
This amazing Napier bracelet was feature in Vogue Italia April 2006. Styled by Edward Enninful and photographed by Steven Meisel. It was an honor to work with the fashion team! This bracelet is also featured in The Napier Book on page 383. These rhinestones were called “The Hope Diamond” by Napier. #napierjewelry #vogueitalia #stevenmeisel #edwardenninful #thejewelrystylist From The Napier Book https://ift.tt/3cnbS9h
Another example of Napier product placement as featured in the September 1963 issue of “Woman’s Day.” The editorial was titled, “High Fashion Knits.” Shown here is one spread from that editorial featuring Napier bangle bracelets and earring clips. From The Napier Book https://ift.tt/3cnbS9h
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This fabulous Napier bracelet was featured in American Vogue, May 1954. We’ve yet to see it in person. Anyone care to share this treasure? #banglecharmbracelet #napiertambourinecharmbracelet #napierjewelry #napierhistory #napierbook #vintagestyle #vintagevogue #1954 from The Napier Book https://ift.tt/3cnbS9h
First used in 1922, this hinged bangle bracelet remained a staple in the line for over 70 years. It can be found with many surface patterns, including polished, textured, basket weave, and gold or silver tapestry. The bracelet has a characteristic “lip” around the edge as seen in the bracelet above.
Or History of a Trademarked Bracelet: The Dolly Madison Bracelet
This article explains when the trademarked bracelet was first used by The Napier Co.
By Melinda Lewis – February 25, 2013
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Melinda Lewis, author of The Napier Book, is pleased to announce that The Napier Book has two bangles (designed by Eugene Bertolli) in the Forbes Jewelry Gallery as part of the “Out Of This World! Jewelry In The Space Age” exhibit. The exhibit runs from now, until September 7, 2013. Elyse Zorn Karlin is guest curator and the publisher and Editor-in-Chief of “Adornment” magazine.
From the site:
The Forbes Galleries, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, are tucked within the lobby of Forbes Magazine’s headquarters in New York City. The Galleries are typically open and free to the public 10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays.
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This open metalwork cuff, surmounted by oval and circ coral cabochons was part of a collection called, “Indian Sunrise.” The collection was comprised of link and cuff bracelets, earrings, and a necklace in rich coral tones with antique gold plating. This bracelet later made in silver-plated metal with faux turquoise stones.
“The Gloria Swanson Bracelet”
The bracelet featured below is famously known as the “Gloria Swanson Bracelet.” It was made for Gloria Swanson for the film, Sunset Blvd. The bracelet was inspired by two Cartier bracelets that Ms. Swanson had purchased in the 1930s. Like Coco Chanel, who was famously known for wearing her fine jewelry with costume, Ms. Swanson was often seen wearing both her Cartier bracelets paired with her Napier bracelet. The bracelet remained in the Napier line for more than 20 years.
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 trends, or for design inspiration. The Napier archives contained catalogs with examples from the finest joaillerie to competitors such as Coro, Trifari, and Whiting and Davis.
Jewelry of this style was referred to as “Court Jewelry” modeled after the exquisite jewels for the Monarchy. Napier surprisingly did design and manufacture extremely limited “Court Jewelry” pieces. An example of this type of jewelry can be found in chapter seven, Napier 1930s-1940s.
Other examples of designs from well-know jewelers, where possibly design inspiration was foster, are shown below with the Napier Rooster pin and the “Agreeable” Poodle pin.
|Above left is a copy of Tiffany’s poodle pin. This advertisement was found in the Napier archives and had the initials of all the designers of that time. This practice has been surmised to be a way to document that each designer had viewed the material. To the above right is Napier’s famous “Agreeable” poodle. This figural pin came in silver plate, gold plate and at least three known enamel colors, including black, white and grey.Below is an example of Tiffany’s rooster pin and to the right is the Napier counterpart. Each jewelry company had its own design aesthetic and Napier in no way copied the design, but rather possibly used resources such as Tiffany as inspiration for the design departments own creativity.