Label: Hattie Carnegie
Necklace: adjusts to fit 12” to 14.5” long.
Center drop measures a total of 2.5” long.
Earrings: 1.25” by 1”
Beginning her career in fashion in 1909 with a small hat shop, and, by the late 1920s, expanding her business to a department-store-style venue--with everything a lady might need to dress herself from “hat to hem”--designer Hattie Carnegie eventually began offering a line of costume jewelry to complement her clothing designs. Jewelry marked with her name was sold as early as 1939. Carnegie continued to design for her fashion and jewelry label until her death in 1956. One of the many talented designers who had worked under her, Kenneth Jay Lane, continued to design for the Hattie Carnegie jewelry line, until starting his own company in the 1960s. This fabulous 1950s necklace and earrings set, featuring large, teardrop-shaped, pink art glass cabochons and pink, aqua, and white rhinestones, dates from sometime around the mid-1950s. It was most likely designed by either Carnegie herself, or KJL. All of the glass stones are prong-set in silver metal. The center pink cabochon has 3 dangles of rhinestones hanging from its lower end. The clip-on earrings sit with the large pink stones at the lower end, when worn. The necklace fastens with a hook-and-tail clasp, and therefore its size is slightly adjustable (more details in measurements). Both the necklace and the earrings are marked with “Hattie Carnegie” engraved on an oval plaque. The bright white and pastel rhinestones would make an unusual but lovely choice of vintage jewelry for a bride. This sparkling, mid-century rhinestone set is in excellent condition with no flaws to note. The unique colors and nice condition make this a find for a collector of Hattie Carnegie jewelry—or for anyone who appreciates fine pieces from the “Golden Age” of costume jewelry design!