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.
Or The Art of Napier Jewelry
The article describes one way to appreciate the art of jewelry.
By Melinda Lewis -July 30, 2014
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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 and daughter could have matching adornment.
Here’s one example of the collection.
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 designs, primarily from the 1950s are often crafted with findings typically found on the fashion lines. Both the hand-manipulated and cast figurals have a unique “Napier Look” to them, with the later have a hand-carved appearance. In actually, most of the cast figurals were hand carved.