The Napier Jewellery, known for its fashion-forward vision, eclectic style and stunning, bold designs, was established in the late 1800s in the United States and began as a gilt men’s watch chain manufacturer.
James H. Napier became president of the company in 1920 served until his death in 1960 with his broad vision.
In the 1920s and 1930s, Napier made necklaces, bracelets and earrings in a range of styles including designs featuring Egyptian motifs, Victorian Revival and Deco-style. In the 1950s, Napier became notable for its simple, modern, geometric and floral designs. Some of the metalwork was inspired by Mexican and Scandinavian designs.
Napier jewellery was sought after and worn by famous personalities of the time, including Marylin Monroe, Grace Kelly, Arlene Francie and the Duchess of Windsor which further enhanced the brand’s image.
Although Napier jewellery is no longer a prominent brand, today the vintage Napiet is still highly valued and sought after by collectors and fashion lovers.