Above: June 12, 1942 “Fall Bow Knots, Flower Sprays Shine in New Sterling Settings.”
The left piece described as “Rippled bowknots” with a dull and shiny finish in sterling silver. The right brooch is a gold-plated sterling orchid with a large amethyst rhinestone for its center.
In May 1942 the company featured a new copper-tone sterling silver finish in its line. The company’s jewelry was designed using one of three different finishes; two-tone gold, all red-gold, or a copper and silver finish. The jewelry was set with “finely faceted stones” in light to dark shades of topaz, amethyst, and green.
According to the 1942 trade magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, three primary motifs “orchid rose, tulip and pond lily” made up part of the upper-end line. These pieces featured large “deep-color” stones flanked by pave-set rhinestones in lighter complementing shades. Also made in the fine jewelers’ tradition, its bow-knot motifs, which ranged from modernistic to romantic had the same choice of finishes. The company featured matching figural earrings or hoop designs.
In addition to traditional figural motifs, the company made wartime designs that included Service Star and Victory pins. These pins were featured during the 1942 American Retail Jeweler’s convention held in New York’s Waldorf-Astoria.
The company also featured as part of its “plain sterling” bird and floral motifs for bracelets.
In 1943 the company’s line included lapel pins, floral sprays, and watch mountings all in gold-plated sterling with imported stones. Floral spray pins were designed with “movement” and were accented with “faceted jewels” and rhinestones.
The lapel pin figural motifs, also gold-plated sterling, included fish, birds, elephants, cockatoos, penguins, and “beasts,” which were heavily encrusted with rhinestones to accentuate design detail. Other designs were described as follows, “Owl pin of rose, gold-plated sterling has two round eyes of bright stones encircled with rhinestone. One wing is ‘feathered’ with small rhinestones.”
“A tropical fish has fins and tall in two-tones of gold-plated sterling while the entire body is a diamond-shaped, simulated amethyst.”