Jewelry History

May 28, 2023

Napier Tailored Jewels Have Dual Personality

Napier Tailored Jewels Have a Dual Personality : A look back with WWD. During the 1940s, The Napier Co., a renowned jewelry manufacturer, faced certain challenges […]
April 12, 2023

The Unusual: Napier Ceramic Beads

  This is an unusual set for Napier featuring glass/ceramic beads. Mark and jump rings date this set to the 1950s – early 1960s. All pieces […]
April 4, 2023

Napier Oversized Jewelry

We just love these oversized pieces! A perfect statement piece! Coming this week to our website. What’s your favorite large Napier brooch?  The hibiscus and butterfly […]
February 5, 2022

Post War Jewelry Manufacturing

Some of the most collectible Napier jewelry are the pieces made post-war as the company transitioned back to civilian interests. These bracelet designs still speak to […]
May 20, 2021

Napier Peacetime Manufacturing

In 1945, the Army Quartermaster depot in Philadelphia announced that Napier would be one of the nation’s jewelry firms that would continue to manufacturer Army insignia […]
May 18, 2021

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 […]
March 27, 2020

Napier Embraced The Boutique Look–1950s & 1960s Shoulder Duster Earrings

In the 1950s, boutique jewelry, a version of higher-end jewelry was seen in finer department stores across the nation. Napier, mostly known for its tailored lines, […]
April 10, 2018

Roman Influence: Napier Byzantium Jewelry Collection

Roman Influence: Napier Byzantium Jewelry Collection Influenced by Roman traditions, the jewelry from the Byzantine Empire played an important role toward the expression of social status […]
September 5, 2016

Napier’s Wire and Metal Bending Department

Wire and Metal Bending Department The unique detail of Napier’s jewelry was often the result of designs created in Napier’s Wire and Metal Bending Department. These […]