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Celia Sebiri vintage costume jewelry

Celia Sebiri vintage costume jewelry

Kidney shape brass earrings with crushed stones. 1960s. Celia Sebiri vintage costume jewelry

Celia Sebiri vintage costume jewelry
Born 17 March 1913 Celia Sebiri was a celebrated fashion jewelry designer of 20th century, active in the 1950-80s. Aged 40, she began to create exquisite jewelry by combining semi-precious stones, while showing herself as a genius colorist. Her work bears a distinctive, unique artistic style, where no two pieces are alike. Traditionally, the designer used silver, brass, inlaid with crushed semi-precious stones of different shades. Each piece has marking “C.S.” and sometimes designer’s signature. Also, when she was designing jewelry for Avon (in 1987), her pieces were appropriately labeled “C.S. for Avon”.
The designer achieved her greatest success in 1973, receiving recognition from The Coty American Fashion Critics’ Awards.
Her work, sold in Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Martha’s, Amen Wardy and several other stores of this level, was expensive even in the 1960s.
Residing at New York, New York County, NY 10012, Celia Sebiri died on April 1, 2006 at the age of 93.
Noteworthy, Celia put her love for art and jewelry design into her daughter Karen (b. 1945). Young Karen, who helped her mother in the creation of jewelry, became an equally successful designer. According to a 1983 New York Times article, Karen created products using colors and clothing styles as inspiration. Her pieces were also sold in high-end stores and boutiques such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Cul de Sac in Bloomingdale. Already in 1983, her necklaces cost between $ 300 and $ 500. Today, signed works by Karen Sebiri are hard to find.

Mother-of-pearl faux ivory, brass clip on earrings. 1970s

Mother-of-pearl faux ivory, brass clip on earrings. 1970s

Signature

Signature

Celia Sebiri vintage costume jewelry

925 Sterling Silver oxidized balloons brooch pin. 1960s

925 Sterling Silver oxidized balloons brooch pin. 1960s

Blue topaz, crushed gemstones, brass earrings. 1970s

Blue topaz, crushed gemstones, brass earrings. 1970s

Brown stonegold tone clip on earrings. 1980s

Brown stonegold tone clip on earrings. 1980s

C.S. for Avon

C.S. for Avon

Carved quartz sterling silver earrings. 1970s

Carved quartz sterling silver earrings. 1970s

Carved shell onyx cuff bracelet. 1970s

Carved shell onyx cuff bracelet. 1970s

Dragonfly sterling silver natural stone pendant brooch. 1960s

Dragonfly sterling silver natural stone pendant brooch. 1960s

Fan locket with irises pendant of gold tone. 1980s

Fan locket with irises pendant of gold tone. 1980s

Faux pearl sterling silver earrings. 1960s

Faux pearl sterling silver earrings. 1960s

Halloween pumpkin and autumn leaves brooch for Avon. Gold tone alloy, enamel, rhinestones. 1987

Halloween pumpkin and autumn leaves brooch for Avon. Gold tone alloy, enamel, rhinestones. 1987

Made for Avon clip on earrings and brooch pendant. Gold tone metal, rose quartz cabochon. 1980s

Made for Avon clip on earrings and brooch pendant. Gold tone metal, rose quartz cabochon. 1980s

Signature

Signature

Modernist design blue turquoise sterling silver earrings. 1970s

Modernist design blue turquoise sterling silver earrings. 1970s

Mother-of-pearl dove sterling silver pendant. 1970s

Mother-of-pearl dove sterling silver pendant. 1970s

Natural banded agate stones gold plated clip on earrings. 1970s

Natural banded agate stones gold plated clip on earrings. 1970s

Red stone citrine clip on earrings. 1980s

Red stone citrine clip on earrings. 1980s

Shell mother-of-pear mosaic style clip on earrings, gold plated

Shell mother-of-pear mosaic style clip on earrings, gold plated

Sterling silver turquoise onyx coral bracelet

Sterling silver turquoise onyx coral bracelet

Turquoise sterling silver necklace. 1960s

Turquoise sterling silver necklace. 1960s

Designer's Signature

Designer’s Signature