The world of jewelry is complex and rich, and collectors and lovers of beauty are always on the lookout for rare and remarkable accessories such as Adele Simpson jewelry pieces.
It is said that in order to achieve mastery in a field, you need to focus your energy, efforts, time, and attention in a certain direction.
However, over the years there have been some who have tried to become an exception to the rule, and the result of such an exception lies in the famous Adele Simpson jewelry, which was the creation of Adele Smithline.
The History Behind The Adele Simpson Jewelry
The fifth child of Latvian immigrants, Adele Smithline was born in New York City on December 8, 1903.
She danced alongside Milton Berle and other well-known artists when she was younger and appeared in vaudeville, but she preferred a career in fashion design to the unstable income of an entertainer.
Before creating the famous Adele Simpson jewelry pieces, she obtained her degree from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, at the age of 21.
Then she succeeded her sister Anna, the renowned clothes manufacturer from Seventh Avenue, as chief designer for Ben Girshel in 1927.
Adele Simpson was reportedly one of the most well-paid designers in America at the age of twenty-something.
In 1930, Adele Simpson married Wesley William Simpson.
Fashion Designer Adele Simpson
Adele started making fashion collections under her own name for Mary Lee, whose company was also located on Seventh Avenue, the street where American fashion was developed.
Mary Lee Fashions allowed the genius behind the famous Adele Simpson jewelry pieces to put her label on her designs of jewelry, perfume, and lingerie.
Adele purchased the Mary Lee Fashions in 1944 (or, according to other accounts, in 1949), and changed the name of the business to Adele Simpson Company.
Then, she transformed French haute couture into pret-a-porter collections by Americanizing it.
Also, Adele Simpson won numerous honors for her work as a professional, including the "Coty Award" in 1947.
On March 3, 1947, Life Magazine featured a picture of a wool crepe spring outfit. The article, "Newest trends give every woman's physique a chance," appeared in September of that year's Life Magazine.
Under the name "Givenchy," Adele Simpson created a special line of clothing for Bloomingdale's in New York in 1964.
Adele Simpson's autumn 1970 collection was ahead of its time. It featured high collars, dresses with skinny skirts knotted below the knees, Japanese designs, and silks.
The creator of the Adele Simpson jewelry kept designing her collections even in her 80s before finally quitting her job.
Before selling the company to Barron Peters in 1991, her daughter Joan Raines and son-in-law Richard Raines took over.
Barron Peters decided not to continue making clothing under the "Adele Simpson" brand. Later, he filed for bankruptcy.
Adele Simpson died on August 23, 1995, at the age of 91, at her home in Greenwich, Connecticut.
And let’s not forget that the wives of American politicians were particularly fond of Adele's blouses, suits, dresses, jackets, jewelry, and coats because they were so functional.
Adele sold collections to people including Lady Bird Johnson, the wife of President Lyndon Johnson, Mamie Eisenhower, Rosalynn Carter, Pat Nixon, and Barbara Bush.
The Mysterious Adele Simpson Jewelry
Like many other fashion designers working in the mid-century era, Adele Simpson also developed jewelry to go with her clothing lines.
Adele Simpson jewelry was briefly produced between the 1940s and 1950s, and because of that pieces with the Adele Simpson signature are rare in the collector's marketplace.
Research indicates that Adele Simpson's jewelry pieces were quite expensive when they were newly made, with price points ranging from $50 to $500.
Adele Simpson Company produced unusual designs, chains, medallions, necklaces, broaches, and earrings in sterling silver and gold plated metal using clear and color pave rhinestones, faceted crystals, and faux pearls.
Adele Simpson jewelry is well known for its unique, high-quality designs and prestigious reach.
Various manufacturers, including Schreiner of New York, made jewelry for Adele.
The most prominent feature of Adele Simpson's jewelry is the quality of its design and manufacture.
Even the backs of the pins and earrings are finished with decorative beading and have quality workmanship, as seen on the back of the pictured brooch.
The Adele Simpson jewelry is almost as pretty from the back as it is from the front.
The Beauty Of Genuine Adele Simpson Jewelry
It's not always easy to tell which piece of jewelry is the most popular because opinions and tastes differ. However, here are two of the Adele Simpson jewelry that deserves your attention.
The gorgeous set below is stunningly colorful and delightful: the clip earrings are with the scripted signature "Adele Simpson" on a rectangle attached metal tag at the top.
The pins, both in size and design, are an exact match for the earrings. Also, both pins have the same signature.
All of the deep red stones are prong-set. Light can enter through an opening on the rear of the huge red cabochon in the middle.
Also, this Adele Simpson jewelry is distinguished by the fact that dogtooth-shaped ornamental prongs are used to hold each huge stone in place.
Another Adele Simpson piece of jewelry is this beautiful chunky charm bracelet signed by the author.
Take note of the three magnificent charms that hang from this bracelet. Baroque pearl charm with a beautiful metal overlay on the left.
Charm following on the left: Green glass charm in the form of an egg with a red Bakelite ball.
Right Charm: A little dangling charm with a green stone attached to a fancy filigree charm with a green glass stone.
Still, it is difficult to determine the value of such rare Adele Simpson jewelry.
The Legacy Of Adele Simpson
The Adele Simpson jewelry line was limited in production and ceased operations in the 1950s and for, this reason, these pieces are rarely found today.
It should be pointed out that Adele’s work is known for its high quality and workmanship.
Since it is so rare, most collectors buy whatever Adele Simpson jewelry pieces they can find.
Beyond the passion of owning rare jewelry, whether as a collector or simply a gemstone lover, there are plenty of reasons why Adele's creations will undoubtedly catch your eye.
The Adele Simpson jewelry, with its finesse and beauty, will always bring you a serene smile and a sense of royalty.