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Art Deco 89 Jewelry is my latest discovery! In fact I really can't understand how I never came across it before. After all, Elizabeth Taylor had some in her collection.
Maybe it's because this high class company only lasted one year. A shame really considering this jewelry is GORGEOUS! But the short period of its manufacture means that it is now pretty rare, which probably explains why I'd never seen any.
So what's the story?
Larry Joseph, who was the owner of the Hattie Carnegie Company in the 1960s and 1970s, set up a new company in Rhode Island in the 1980s to make the most of the Art Deco Revival. He had been lucky enough to obtain the rights to a lot of fabulous old Art Deco designs. (OK, I'm now really jealous).
Some of the famous designers reproduced by the company were big names from the 1920s and 1930s including:
The company produced a lot of designs and were known for their high end quality pieces with prices to match.
Sadly, and I haven't been able to find out why, the company only lasted a little over a year, which is why they are marked Art Deco 89 for the year they were made.
This is what the marks look like on the back:
So, understandably, these days Art Deco 89 jewelry is fairly rare and quite expensive. But I think it would make a good investment, as it will only get rarer and more collectable. Here are the current listings on Etsy.
For more information, check out Warman's Jewelry by Kathy Flood. We are indebted to Kathy for the use of her photos on this page and her invaluable research into Art Deco jewelry.
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