Napier is Haughtier Jewelry Ad, 1970′s
Vintage Napier Jewelry is getting hotter by the second in vintage costume jewelry world. Amazing vintage Napier pieces are getting scarcer and scarcer while the demand is only getting higher, so it’s no wonder why fabulous Napier jewelry from a bygone era to the modern era are commanding top dollar. Couple that with the release of Melinda Lewis’ “The Napier Co.” Book and you have the perfect storm of a Napier feeding frenzy.
Lewis’ Napier book is literally almost 1000 pages of Vintage Napier Jewelry heaven which took over a decade of researching and writing on Lewis’ part. I came across this great article by Collectors Weekly which really gives us an inside look into the wondrous world of The Napier Co.
1930′s Brass Filigree Bracelets adorned with Glass Cabochons Stacked by Napier
Established in 1875 making it older than Whiting & Davis! From the beginning Napier did not want to be known as a costume jewelry company but rather a fashion jewelry company.
A Napier 50th anniversary announcement from 1928 celebrates a start date of 1878. Later anniversaries celebrated a 1875 start date. (From “The Napier Co.”)
Napier wasn’t known for just one style or genre like Trifari’s rhinestones or Monet’s metalwork. Starting as E.A. Bliss, the company produced ornate belt buckles, hair pieces, matchsafes, and chatelaines. Over 125 years, the firm that became known as The Napier Co. in 1922 made thousands of necklaces, bracelets,earrings, and brooches, too: Everything from frilly sterling silver filigree and modernist gold-plated metalwork to jewelry with beads, crystals, Catalin, and charms.
Brass and Antique Silver Ridged Beads along with green
From soup to nuts or from beads to rhinestones, from straight brass chains with an ornamental tassel to va va voom glamour, Napier did it all.
Look at this necklace below, it’s simply marvelous how the chains just seem to flow into glass beads over and over again like a waterfall of gorgeous!
Gold-plated snail chains with dangling crystal beads emerge from concave circles on this 1950′s Napier Necklace design. (From
Gold plated leaf earrings drip with foxtail chains and two crystals from
Napier introduced its “massive bows” in golden mesh in 1955. This one is connected to a gold-plated brass snake-chain choker with a gold-plated brass ring. (From “The Napier Company”)
Napier continued to do it all until 1999 when Jones and company bought their name and continue to produce jewelry under the Napier brand.
- Antiqued-brass ram’s horn necklace spewing chains and coral and turquoise glass beads.
In my personal opinion the golden days of Napier were definitely from the mid 1940′s to the 1960′s. That time period was the golden age of costume jewelry design. What I would give to go back in time and see department stores full of these amazing jeweled pieces! I’d buy them all!
The 1950s Napier “Lanterns” charm bracelet was a popular design. (From “The Napier Co.”)
All images are courtesy of the Collector’s Weekly article and The Napier Jewelry Co.