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HATTIE CARNEGIE was the creator of a fashion empire designing not
only clothing and accessories but jewelry as well.
Carnegie costume jewelry was made from the 1940’s to
the 1970’s. She often used
specific themes in her jewelry lines, an example being her Oriental
group, her beaded flowers and her poured glass pieces. Some of
her major designers were Norman Norell, Pauline Trigere,
Peggy Moonan, Nandine Effront.
Elegant and innovative, her jewelry remains both wearable and
collectible today. Jewelry under this name was produced for several more
years after her death in 1956.
Hattie Carnegie jewelry was made from about 1939-1979.
Her earlier jewelry was marked with the "HC" mark, and it’s some of my
favorite. It tends to be heavier and larger than her later pieces, and
her fur clips are well balanced and easy to wear. She used wonderful
elements like glass cabochons, pressed glass leaves and overlapping
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM 17th or 18tj century seal looks so much like the Hattie Carnegie
clips seen at the right. The seal is 3" by 1-3/8" and was donated by J.
Pierpont Morgan in 1917. It is made of gold, platinum, diamonds and
emeralds. What a wonderful thing! Carnegie must have been inspired by this
HC Hattie Carnegie royal king and queen fur clips with pearlized
bellies and clear rhinestone accents in a lovely matte gold tone setting,
circa 1945. Both have the earlier "HC" mark for Hattie Carnegie on the back.
The king is 2-1/4" by 1-1/4", the queen 2-5/8" by 1-1/2". There is a
piece of cream colored felt glued to the back of the queen, as you can see
in the photo, but not on the king. These are such a great couple and can be
worn together or one at a time. In very good vintage condition, the only
flaw is a bit of very light scuffing on a pearl belly, hard to notice unless
you are looking very closely. There is a similar piece, a seal, in fine
jewelry in the Met Museum and on their web site
HERE. Theirs is from the 17th-18th century and made of carat gold,
diamonds. Ours of course is a piece of costume jewelry, but I bet the Met’s
seal was Carnegie’s inspiration for her set.
HATTIE CARNEGIE enameled cherub
brooch, 4". This is a large and heavy piece with lustrous enameling, and
unlike any Carnegie I have seen before. This is marked on the back
"HC" the earlier Carnegie mark.
Hattie Carnegie purple and clear rhinestones 4" fur clip, circa 1940.
|HC CARNEGIE green rhinestones set|
in gold tone exotic face fur clip with green glass bead dangles, marked with
attributed but unsigned purple and blue poured glass clip, 2-5/8".
HATTIE CARNEGIE older
"HC" mark unfoiled teardrop-shaped clear rhinestone flower fur clip with red
and clear rhinestone accents, 3-1/3".
HATTIE CARNEGIE HC Hattie Carnegie
poured glass fur clip in red, blue and green with black enameled accents on
gold tone, a big beauty at 4-1/2". This has the older "HC"
Carnegie mark on the back.
HC Hattie Carnegie fur clip with lovely red glass cabochon decorated sea
shell shapes set in gold tone, light finish
wear on close examination, marked "HC" in a diamond on the back,
circa 1940s, 2-3/4" by
2". This is in excellent vintage condition, ready to wear and enjoy.
CARNEGIE purple watermelon
and purple, blue, pink and green rhinestones and marguerites brooch, 2-3/4".
HC Hattie Carnegie purple and clear rhinestones fur clip, circa 1940,a
nice large 4-5/8" by 2". The purple rhinestones are unfoiled
and in excellent condition while the clear ones do show slight graying. The
setting is silver tone and the two-pronged clip works perfectly and snaps
shut as it should. The three vertical pieces hang from the top bar,
moving when you walk.
HC marked Deco style green glass hinged brooch with clear rhinestones
and all set in silver tone. The mark on the back is "HC", the older Carnegie
mark from the 1940s.
HATTIE CARNEGIE pastel blue and green glass cabochons necklace set in
silver tone, 18" circa. 1960s. These stones seem to glow
from within, really gorgeous.
HATTIE CARNEGIE brooch and earrings set with topaz colored art
glass cabochons and beads accented with yellow and topaz rhinestones, a
three-dimensional set with the "leaf" portion standing above the cabochons,
circa 1960s. The brooch is 2-1/2" by 2" and the clip back earrings are
1-1/2". This honey and caramel colored set is even better in person, with
delicious colors and a wonderful design, and it is in excellent vintage
|CARNEGIE HC mark sterling and|
rhinestone brooch with clear center stone and clear, blue and red
surrounding stones, marked "HC, pat 206695, sterling" on the back, circa
HATTIE CARNEGIE rose, blue and green poured glass
and clear rhinestones set in gold tone back-hinged 7" by 1-1/4"
bracelet and 1" earrings. Both bracelet and earrings marked on the
back "Hattie Carnegie". #C25032
poured glass clasp on a 15" gold tone mesh necklace.
CARNEGIE poured glass green and rosy pink brooch with
clear rhinestone accents, 2".
HC CARNEGIE cat pin with a
swiveling head and a purple cabochon ball, 4-1/8". what a great
poured glass ring in amber and green colored glass set in gold tone, marked "patn 2961855"
(for B. Newman, 1958), adjustable from size 5-1/2 to 7-1/2.
multi-colored poured glass dagger brooch, 5"
|HATTIE CARNEGIE poured glass|
earrings in gorgeous cranberry and green set in gold tone, 1-3/4".
|HATTIE CARNEGIE brooch with golden glass leaves surrounding black glass|
bugle bead center set in gold tone metal, 2-1/3" by 2". Similar molded glass
leaves were also used by Hobe and Schreiner during this time period and I have a
real fondness for them.
|CARNEGIE gorgeous poured glass|
earrings in red and green with gold tone settings, 1".
HATTIE CARNEGIE citrus golden and
lime green molded glass leaves set in gold tone around a honey-orange
faceted center rhinestones brooch, 2-7/8".
DAZZLING large blue art
glass stone surrounded by "carved" green glass leaves set in gold tone
2-1/4" brooch and 1-1/2" earrings. This is unsigned, but made
both front and back like the Carnegie brooch #C29669.
HATTIE CARNEGIE green and yellow leaves brooch and earrings, brooch
3-5/8" by 2", clip back earrings 1-1/2". Each stamen has a tiny clear
rhinestone at the top, and each one pivots on the tip for movement. The
brooch is marked "Hattie Carnegie" and the earrings just "Carnegie".
Hattie Carnegie made different versions of this brooch, as you can see here.
CARNEGIE Hattie Carnegie brooch with frosted golden glass leaves surrounding
black glass bugle bead center, all set in gold tone metal, 2-1/3" by 1-3/4".
Similar molded glass leaves were also used by Schreiner during this circa
period, and I have a real fondness for them.
g h #X39463
And even the backs are not quite the same.
Lucite rabbit pendant on a gold metal chain with original tags, marked "Hattie Carnegie" on the bottom
with a copyright mark, bunny is 2" by 1-1/2", gold filled chain 22" long.
HATTIE CARNEGIE poured
glass clasp necklace with gold tone chains, 26-1/2" wearable length with a
1-1/2" by 1-1/4" clasp. This wonderful ling necklace has 6 different styles
of chain in gold tone.
HATTIE CARNEGIE gray cardboard box, 8-3/4" by
4-1/4" and 1-5/8" deep. #C40524
CARNEGIE pale yellow art glass
beads three-strand necklace and earrings, necklace 16" and earrings 1-1/4".
|CARNEGIE earrings with topaz|
colored art glass cabochons, yellow and topaz rhinestones, three-dimensional
with the "leaf" portion standing above the cabochons, 1-1/2".
|HATTIE CARNEGIE purple, and blue|
cabochons brooch and earrings with lavender, pale yellow, blue and clear
rhinestones and artificial pearls, brooch 2-1/4" earrings 1-3/4".
HATTIE CARNEGIE aqua and dark blue glass peacock swirl bead necklace and
clip back earrings. The beads are accented with rich blue rondelles, faceted
transparent saucer shaped green beads and gold tone flowers, chains and
findings, just gorgeous. The necklace is a wearable size of 19" and the
earrings are 1-1/8". All pieces are signed "Hattie Carnegie" on the back.
HATTIE CARNEGIE big round clear rhinestones brooch with a slightly domed
side view. The brooch is unmarked, but it does have a blue paper Carnegie
hang tag. Measuring 2-1/2" across, it is brilliant and very reflective, and
set in silver tone.
HATTIE CARNEGIE green
glass melon shaped beads and clear rhinestones necklace and clip back
earrings, brilliant set. The necklace is marked both on the back and on a
foil hang tag, and the earrings are marked "Carnegie" on the clip backs of
both earrings. This dazzling set is in excellent condition, as though never
worn. The necklace is versatile 14-16" wearable size and the earrings 1-3/4". The
dangling beads add extra movement to the set. I cannot say enough about
how gorgeous this set is!
HATTIE CARNEGIE beaded
flower brooch, pink, opalescent, green and white, 2-1/4". This same piece was in
Christie Romero’s book "Warman’s Jewelry, 3rd Ed, page 190.
HATTIE CARNEGIE hinged
bracelet with a floral bouquet of white, green and blue glass seed bead
flowers and cranberry rose glass accent beads, all set in gold tone,
double hinged, 6-1/8" with 2" wide front. This piece was in Christie
Romero’s book "Warman’s Jewelry, 3rd Ed, page 190.
HATTIE CARNEGIE flower brooch
with white, pink and green glass seed beads set in gold tone and with the
original tag, 2-1/2". This same piece was in Christie Romero’s book "Warman’s
Jewelry, 3rd Ed, page 190. View
white, yellow and green daisy 4-1/2" pin and earrings.
flower bracelet and brooches.
These were also seen in Christie Romero’s "Warman’s Jewelry, 3rd Ed,
CARNEGIE 4" seed bead, rhinestone and glass beads brooch.
CARNEGIE 2-1/2" three-tone pink and green beaded flower brooch.
CARNEGIE seed beaded flower brooch, 3-3/4" total length.
made some terrific jewelry, and favorites are these beaded
gold tone leaves belt buckle with a belt in tan and one in brown. The
buckle is 5-7/8" by 2-1/4" and is is all one piece with rods in the back
through which to hold the belt and a hook to keep it in place. The belts
have been left whole so that you can pierce them to suit your own waist
size. Each belt is 36" long and 1-1/3" wide. #C37218
|HATTIE CARNEGIE with "HC" mark 2-3/4"|
gold tone church brooch with swinging bell, red cabs and clear rhinestones.
clear rhinestones earrings set in silver tone 1-1/3".
CARNEGIE peach sherbet plastic winged butterfly with gold tone and clear
rhinestones body, trembler wings on springs.
CARNEGIE gemsbuck (oryx) brooch
in green, coral and blue plastic with rhinestone accents, 3-1/2", circa
CARNEGIE blue and
green plastic fish pin set in gold tone metal with rhinestone accents,
|CARNEGIE brushed gold tone|
brooch and earrings with jade-looking green pierced and molded glass and
clear rhinestones, brooch 1-5/8" earrings 3/4". #C35719
|CARNEGIE Hattie Carnegie bird|
brooch with blue and orange molded plastic body and head, blue and orange
beads and clear rhinestones, all set in textured gold tone, 2-1/3".
CARNEGIE Hattie Carnegie gold tone
mesh bow brooch with dangling art glass beads, topaz colored faceted beads,
topaz colored rhinestones, 4-1/2" brooch and 1" clip back earrings. #C65173
HATTIE CARNEGIE royal queen fur clip with pearlized belly and clear
rhinestone accents in a lovely matte gold tone setting, circa 1945. It has
the earlier "HC" mark for Hattie Carnegie on the back and it’s 2-5/8" by
1-1/2". In very good vintage condition, the only flaw is a bit of very light
scuffing on a pearl belly, hard to notice unless you are looking very
closely. There is a similar piece, a seal, in fine jewelry in the Met Museum
and on their web site
HERE. Their piece is from the 17th-18th century and made of carat gold,
diamonds. Ours of course is a piece of costume jewelry, but I bet the Met’s
seal was Carnegie’s inspiration for her clip.
HC HATTIE CARNEGIE royal king and queen fur clips with pearlized bellies and
clear rhinestone accents in a lovely matte gold tone setting, circa 1945.
Both have the earlier "HC" mark for Hattie Carnegie on the back. The king is
2-1/4" by 1-1/4", the queen 2-5/8" by 1-1/2". These are such a great couple
and can be worn together or one at a time. In very good vintage condition,
the only flaw is a bit of very light scuffing on a pearl belly, hard to
notice unless you are looking very closely. There is a similar piece, a
seal, in fine jewelry in the Met Museum and on their web site
HERE. Theirs is from the 17th-18th century and made of carat gold,
diamonds. Ours of course is a piece of costume jewelry, but I bet the Met
Museum’s seal was Carnegie’s inspiration for her set.
HATTIE CARNEGIE cameo
necklace and earrings set with imitation coral and white glass beads
necklace and earrings. gold tone beads with orange glass seed beads are used
every fourth time, creating lovely accents. The necklace is 19" wearable
length and clip back earrings 1-1/16". Both pieces are signed on the back
HC Carnegie "Oriental
tone with green and clear rhinestones exotic head two-pronged fur clip circa
the earrings and necklace on this clip dangle. This style brooch can be seen
in Brunialti’s American Costume Jewelry, Art & Industry" on page 74.
enameled and gold tone face brooch with coordinating earrings (earrings
Carnegie gold tone with aqua and clear rhinestones exotic head
two-pronged fur clip, 3-1/3". Both the earrings and necklace on this clip dangle.
Some finish wear present. Beware because this has been reproduced by some
other makers. View
cupid on pave heart pin, 1-1/3".
enamel and gold tone 2-7/8" pin with aqua cabochons and clear rhinestones.
CARNEGIE trembler winged insect
CARNEGIE clear rhinestone
and artificial pearl brooch, 2-1/3".
HATTIE CARNEGIE clear
rhinestone dangles fur clip set in silver tone, 3".
|CARNEGIE ivory flower|
brooch with the original tags and set in textured gold tone, 3-1/2". The silver
foil tag says "Hattie Carnegie" and the tan paper tag says "genuine ivory, 16.00
& tax". View
CARNEGIE smoke and clear rhinestones trembler necklace.
CARNEGIE cream ladybug pin
with aqua glass tiny cabochons and clear rhinestones set in gold tone,
circa 1960, 1-1/8". #C62456
antiqued silver tone and clear rhinestones 3-1/8" brooch.
CARNEGIE frosted givre white and
clear rhinestones earrings, 1-1/4".
| CARNEGIE Oct.1951, Vogue |
Glistening collar for evening. Actually four necklaces massed together,
Gilt mesh, gilt chains, glittering jewel colors, cabochon stones. Altogether
$60.00, by Hattie Carnegie. Bonwit Teller.
|HC Carnegie multiple|
gold tone chains and a sterling vermeil double stars catch with aqua rhinestones,
CARNEGIE brilliant clear rhinestones in japanned setting 8" by 3/4" bracelet
and 1-1/2" earrings.
HATTIE CARNEGIE clear rhinestone and glass pearl earrings set in gold
tone star shapes. These are clip backs and in very good vintage condition
with only slight graying in some of the clear rhinestones.
GENUINE Hattie Carnegie mermaid, photo generously provided by Robin Deutsch.
UNSIGNED NOTE: This
unsigned mermaid brooch is often attributed to Hattie Carnegie, but so
far, we have never seen a single signed version of it at all. This brooch WAS
seen by us back in the late 1990s, along with some other fakes and
knock-offs. It was being offered for sale at a Las Vegas Jewelry show by
CT company who made
jewelry, much of which looked like reproductions, including a few
brooches. (One Swarovski brooch was their crown.) There may be a signed version of this mermaid, and if so, we
would like to see it. So far, I see no evidence that it is by Carnegie
at all. Several styles of other Carnegie brooches with similar
elements to this have
now been reproduced.
Here is a part of a page from a CT Catalog from the 1990s. Shown here is
MERMAID brooch seen here at the left. The same catalog has
other knock-offs of some pieces by Carnegie, Swarovski and others but we
recall thinking they were not nearly as good quality as the real thing.
Some remind me of Ciner designs, but many of those are not exactly
alike. None of the ones we saw were signed.
CT & Company also used the names Carucci, Nina and Hui Designs. The
address on these catalogs are at the California Mart, and we were told
the pieces were made in Asia, China I think.