This extraordinary demi parure set is very hard to find and from an extremely limited production during only a 2 year period in the early 1960's. The short-lived line, Amourelle, was introduced in 1963, made by Kramer and designed by Frank Hess, who had become famous as the head designer for Miriam Haskell for more than 30 years prior. This highly collectible demi parure set was one of Amourelle’s few artistic creations that was produced between this 2 year window the company existed.
The set is very versatile with the ability to transition from a simple 4-strand "pearl" choker necklace with earrings and/or brooch, to a bold haute couture statement necklace and earring set.
All pieces feature lovely (imitation) pearls with a silvery platinum color finish intermixed with heavy gold plated beads, leaves and other golden design accents.
The choker necklace measures approximately 16" long. The pendant / brooch measures 3-5/8" long. The earrings measure 2-1/4" long.
Signed "Amourelle" with the copyright symbol on the back of the brooch / pendant and both earrings.
I have viewed most of the imitation pearls under a microscope and the finish is excellent with little to no wear, even around the bead hole area where it is usually most visible. There is a very fine wire reinforcement on the back of the brooch weaved through the filigree. Even though it is not gold in color, I hadn't noticed it until looking under a microscope. I now see it without a scope, but it's definitely not obvious. Also on the brooch, I see another small reinforcement of the same sort in between 2 beads facing the back of the brooch on both of the dangles. This is also the only area that I can see a very small area where the finish has worn thru on 1 pearl, also facing the back/inside of the brooch. Please see the last pic where I have circled these areas in red. I see no missing beads or pieces.
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