Napier Time Flies By

Napier “Time Flies” Earring Set

Likely produced around the same time (c. 1950s) are these two pieces. The earrings may represent the fleeting nature of time, while the brooch’s symbolism may be related to the fact that bees can tell time from temperature cycles inside the hive. What do you think the designer’s had in mind when they created these pieces?

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.