Jewelry History

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 […]
January 14, 2015

The Dolly Madison Bracelet

  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 […]
November 14, 2014

Displaying One’s Party Affiliation is No New Fad

Displaying One’s Party Affiliation is No New Fad Political symbolism dates back to 1874 after a series of political satire cartoons were published in a number […]
October 20, 2014

Aluminum Jewelry in Fashion: Giorgio Sant’ Angelo

Eloxal (electrolytic oxidation of aluminum) jewelry was made mostly from the mid-1940s to the mid-1960s. Eloxal jewelry can be found marked Germany or W. Germany and […]