Lovers and connoisseurs of the history of jewelry are debating the exact date of the founding of Napier jewelry brand. It is known that this, one of the oldest companies in the production of jewelry, dates back to the 70s. XIX century The company, specializing in the onsite production of silverware, has changed its name several times over the course of forty years: first Whitney and Rice, later Carpenter and Bliss, and then E.A. Bliss Company.
James Napier brabd founder
In 1925, James Napier took over the company, visited the World’s Fair in Paris and returned impressed by European fashion, which influenced the style and design of Napier’s jewelery in the 1920s and 1930s. Various Egyptian themes also served as inspiration. Symbols such as scarab, cobra, images of Egyptian gods are embodied in the jewelry of this brand.
By the 30s, the company had achieved great success and fame. Her jewelry was worn by American film stars such as Lana Turner and Sonya Henie.
During the 1940s and early 1950s, Napier also made sterling silver jewelry in addition to bijouterie. Products plated with yellow or rose gold are becoming popular.
Jewelry for a beauty pageant
In the 50s. Napier made jewelry for the Miss America winners. Many Hollywood stars have worn this brand of jewelry. Even the first lady of the country, the wife of the President of the United States, Mamie Eisenhower, noted the Napier jewelry. In 1955, 25 silver elephant bracelets (the symbol of the Republican Party of America) were made, one of which was donated to Lady Eisenhower. Mamie loved this bracelet very much and regularly appeared in public in it.
In the late 1980s, Napier’s brilliance and popularity, unfortunately, declined and the company was sold to Victor & Co, in fact having existed until 1999.
The jewelry left to us by Napier still exists and is ready to please their new owners.