Eugene Jewelry Crystal & Glass Bridal Set
Necklace: 18"l with 3" extender;Earrings: 0.75"w x 1.375"h
This white and crystal bridal set of necklace and earrings from the 1950s consists of white milk glass beads with a checkered pattern, clear aurora borealis crystal beads, some shimmery white art glass beads, and a few clear navettes rhinestones. In between each bead is a white glass seed bead. The end brackets of the necklace each have a clear emerald-cut rhinestone on top, and there is a teardrop-shaped one on the top of the J hook, which matches the ones on the earrings. The earrings are set in silver-tone metal, which on the backs present the same intricate filigree work associated with the jewelry of Miriam Haskell.
The inside chain measures 18" from end to end, and is adjustable 3" shorter. The backs of the clip-on earrings are signed “Eugene”; however, the necklace is not.
All pieces are in excellent vintage condition. They appear as if they have never been worn. This set would give a fresh, cool appearance on a hot summer day, and also be lovely for any bride.
Eugene Schultz once worked for Miriam Haskell, but he had his own business, Eugene Jewelry Co., and designed his own line of costume jewelry for about ten years, beginning in 1962.
Eugene jewelry pieces often had very unusual clasps, and often these clasps were so decorative that their visual appeal was an important part of the overall design. Eugene pieces were also handmade and they looked similar to handmade Miriam Haskell pieces. Eugene costume jewelry is also noteworthy for its unusual and intricate designs.
Lots of the Eugene costume jewelry pieces were unmarked, the necklaces especially. The earrings and bracelets that were marked were signed “Eugene” and sometimes “Eugene” was in script.
Collectors have noted that it is sometimes difficult to identify Eugene pieces that aren’t signed, especially because some Eugene costume jewelry pieces are so similar to Miriam Haskell’s jewelry. Also, pieces with the unusual, fancy clasps can be difficult to find in good condition, especially the fragile clasps that were decorated with tiny pearls.
Still, signed Eugene costume jewelry pieces that are in good condition are worth adding to any collection and may even be an excellent investment because the pieces are relatively rare, since they were produced by hand for only about ten years.
Eugene costume jewelry sets are especially tremendous finds, but as with all vintage costume jewelry sets, collectors should check all the pieces carefully to make sure they match.