Dating kjl jewelry
Monet’s clip-on earrings mimicked small bows, intricate flora, fruit baskets, and wedding-band-style hoops, a Monet signature.
Some designs were geometric, with metal twists and concentric circles.
Sterling silver bracelets were plated in pink gold or yellow gold with heavy link designs.
In the late 1940s, Monet introduced large single-charm bracelets.
The colored stones would not last, though, as these early pieces were superseded by later collections focusing on the design and hue of the metal itself.
When the United States entered World War II, metals like brass and platinum were rationed, and Monet’s Providence factory was retooled to produce shell casings, ammunition, and seals for torpedoes.
He came to Monocraft with a background in fine jewelry from Cartier.
Click-Its were promoted aggressively in store with “mat” pages advertising the product at the counter.
Demand was so great for these new products that the brothers opened their first factory in Providence, Rhode Island.
Other pins were more lighthearted, such as the popular figural pins—Geraldine the Giraffe, Pedro the Pup, Lionelly, Mary’s Little Lamb, and Honey Bear were gold-plated with bright enamel accents.
After the war, Monet returned to a fully operational factory.