Astounding vivid blue, green, and orange enamel and acrylic earrings by Hattie Carnegie! This Egyptian Revival set of earrings feature a brilliant orange faux - carnelian scarab accented with a dangling moon - like enamel stripe semicircle. An amazing piece for those who love history and drama!
Hattie Carnegie was born Henrietta Kanengeiser in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. She was the second of seven children, and lived in poverty in her youth. The family immigrated to the United States when she was still a child, and settled in Manhattan. After her father’s death in 1902, Hattie took a job as a messenger at Macy’s to help support her family, and in 1904 she modeled and trimmed hats at a millinery.
In 1909 Hattie branched out, launching a hat making business with dressmaker Rose Roth, but by 1919 Roth had left the business, leaving Carnegie as the owner of “Hattie Carnegie, Inc,” a company that had a working capital of $100,000. Carnegie began traveling to Paris to buy original dresses to both sell in her shop, and use as inspiration for her own garment and accessory designs. Carnegie was instrumental in bringing Paris fashion to the United States; she imported Lanvin, Molyneux, Patou, Schiaparelli, Vionnet, and others, lavishing New York with gorgeous garments and groundbreaking designers that would have not crossed the pond otherwise. Carnegie also discovered and nurtured the talents of many prominent American designers, including Norman Norell, Pauline Trigère, and James Galanos. In 1925, Carnegie bought a building off of Park Avenue to house her $3.5-million-a-year business, and stayed there producing pieces throughout the Great Depression.
During World War II French haute couture came to a standstill. Carnegie rose to prominence on the international stage as an authority on fashion, and her works were seen in the theatre, cinema and on magazine covers. Although still glamorous, her designs became more austere when the United States joined the Allied Powers. As a part of the war effort, Carnegie designed a dress for Life Magazine. The dress patterns were published in the magazine alongside detailed instructions; it was said that although the dress could have been made for as little as $5, the original dress was valued at $175. After the war, Carnegie continued her business, the epitome of perseverance.
Gorgeous bold green choker necklace and earrings set made of famous bohemian glass! The dangling earrings are composed of a bold rectangular glass beads anchored by baroque swirls beset with milgrain details. The necklace has a center focus of three jade glass gems in a symmetrical art deco arrangement. The gems are flanked by hexagonal beads featuring the same flourishes on the earrings. The "chain" of the necklace is fully beaded with spherical and long, barrel shaped beads. Stamped "Czechoslovakia" on reverse.
Earrings 2" x .5"
Bohemia was the glass capital of Eastern Europe, craftspeople specialized in creating bright and brilliant works that rivaled the glassblowers of Venice. Designers and artists would source much of their findings and stones from Bohemia, making it a critical site for 19th and 20th century costume jewelry makers.
Rare 1940s Hobe silver and carved Bandora wood figure demi parure. The set includes a floral brooch reminiscent of a boutonnière with a tapered, wrapped base that gives way to a spray of sterling vermeil flowers, and a carved wood figure at the center. The earrings feature carved faces in bezel settings above a five - petal floral base. Marked on reverse.
Brooch is 3 inches and weighs 12 grams.
Earrings are .5 inches and weigh 2 grams each.