“For the last 20 years, I have purchased caches of old glass elements whenever the opportunity was presented to me,” explained designer Shelley Cooper. “I had a wonderful connection with an importer active in business during the 1930s-50s, and I acquired some exceptional stock from him, often sight unseen.”
Reserving her vintage stash for the perfect design opportunity, Cooper created this rare display of pierced glass panels inspired by an oriental theme, prominent in fashion and decorating during the art deco years. After WWII, glassmakers in a region known as Gablonz, in Czechoslovakia, created glass components for fashion jewels to mimic jade, aventurine, cinnabar and lapis.
“The panels of my deco bracelet display their art, incised with cranes and fish,” Cooper explained. “I used “sun-ray” pattern carnelian glass to accent the colored panels on each link. Alternating panels of stylized blossoms set with crystal baguettes complement the glass panels, creating a large, yet slinky, antiquarian bracelet.”
Sweet Romance Jewelry Manufacturing is an American design studio and manufacturer producing the jewelry lines of Sweet Romance and Ollipop. CEO Shelley Copper is an artist, designer and historian who weaves history, beauty and imagination into jewelry designs which radiate the authenticity and spirit of many eras of fashion history. Her lines are sold to retailers and wholesalers worldwide as well as through the online jewelry boutique at sweetromanceonline.com and shelleycooper.com.