This one-of-a-kind statement necklace features a rare large, mid-20th century bronzed, asymetrical floral brooch signed Renoir and handwoven chainmail embellished with vintage taupe aurora borealis beads, also mid-century.
necklace is 20" long
pendant is 2 1/4" wide and 3/4" thick
pendant can be removed and worn as a brooch
bronze S hook clasp in the shape of a snake
vintage copper/bronze brooch
vintage glass beads
The Renior jewelry company was founded in California in 1946 by Jerry Fels, and produced jewelry through 1964. Fels studied at the Arts Student League and the National Academy of Design before serving as a fighter pilot during World War II. Renior jewelry was largely made with copper, influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement which had valued handmade objects and "humble" materials such as copper and brass.
This colorful necklace features a circa 1930 "apple juice" bakelite dress clip, converted to a pendant. Vertical rows of clear and amethyst-colored rhinestones add sparkle, while the handwoven brass chain features vintage (circa 1960) faceted lucite links. An antique glass button dangles from the clasp.
bakelite pendant is 2" long and 1 3/8" wide
length can be extended - please indicate desired length when placing your order for this piece
vintage bakelite and rhinestone converted dress clip
This necklace features a large antique art glass button with paste stones, circa 1890, suspended from brass chain handwoven in a rosette design. The button's high-domed, purple and brown glass cabochon is 1" in diameter and set with prongs that are an extension of the pierced design. The metal is brass with a golden wash.
brass and art glass button
jeweler's brass jump rings
brass lobster clasp
The antique button was produced during the "Gay Nineties," an American term coined in the 1920's referring to the last decade of the 19th century. In Europe, this same time period is known as the "Belle Epoque" and in England is called the "Naughty Nineties." Regardless of its name, it was a period characterized by ornate and decadent styles. Buttons of this era were large, usually featured a focal glass "jewel," and adorned outerwear.
The original shank of the button is still attached to its backside so as to maintain the integrity of this antique artifact. When laid flat, the shank causes the button to slightly cant to the side, however this effect is virtually eliminated when the necklace is worn due to its suspension from the chain.