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Robert Lee Morris vintage costume jewelry

Robert Lee Morris vintage costume jewelry

Abstract design 925 sterling silver, red wood pendant. 11 cm. 1980s. Robert Lee Morris vintage costume jewelry

Robert Lee Morris vintage costume jewelry
American jewelry designer from the 1960s, Morris first exhibited his work at the Sculpture to Wear exhibition in 1972, thereby launching his career and meeting influential clients. Also, he caught the attention of the press. Morris carved out a segment of the jewelry market for himself by selling his jewelry through Artwear stores in New York. Thanks to his close ties with leading fashion magazines, his work and his name became known throughout the country.
But when it all began, less than fifty years ago, it was impossible to predict that any of this would happen. When he left Beloit College in Wisconsin in the late 1960s, he was “full of very revolutionary ideas”. Morris grew up in an Air Force family, spending his ten years in Japan and his senior years in Brazil.
His success story in jewelry design began on an abandoned farm in Wisconsin. There he, together with a small group of like-minded friends, learned how to make jewelry. However, when the house burned down, Morris and his friend moved to Vermont and opened a workshop there. They did what they knew and had to do to make money. He read books on jewelry, such as the Thomas Gentille’s jewelry book. Everything else, history and success grew out of these small beginnings. Already in the late 1980s, more than 60 people worked for his company, located in the center of one of the New York districts.

925 Sterling silver resin dangling earrings. 6 cm. 1990s

925 Sterling silver resin dangling earrings. 6 cm. 1990s

He sees in his jewelry “a very intense, focused worldview that makes people feel. “I want people to fall in love with my work and, by falling in love, discover something new in themselves.” Morris jewelry represents an alternative to modern jewelry, and at the same time, is a traditional jewelry. It is now fashionable jewelry crafted from metals ranging from 18k gold to gilded brass.

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During his long successful career, Morris managed to collaborate with such brands and designers as Karl Lagerfeld, Jeffrey Bean, Michael Kors, and Kansai Yamamoto. And together with Donna Karan, they released 36 amazing collections. His collaboration with Calvin Klein in 1981 earned Robert a Coty award. Also, Morris received 2 CFDA awards from the Council of Fashion Designers of America: in 1985 and 1994. In 2011, Morris sold his brand to Haskell Jewels.

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Robert Lee Morris vintage costume jewelry

Belt. Brass and copper helix. 1980

Belt. Brass and copper helix. 1980

Belt. Gold-plated brass. 1980

Belt. Gold-plated brass. 1980

Black onyx swirl design pendant necklace

Black onyx swirl design pendant necklace

Bracelet. Gold-plated brass. 1981

Bracelet. Gold-plated brass. 1981

Brass sterling silver mother of pearl modernist design pendant

Brass sterling silver mother of pearl modernist design pendant

Cross pendant sterling silver

Cross pendant sterling silver

Double leaf gold plated earrings

Double leaf gold plated earrings

Eternal curve silver necklace

Eternal curve silver necklace

Flower leaf design sterling silver necklace

Flower leaf design sterling silver necklace

Forgive heart shaped pendant

Forgive heart shaped pendant

Leaf gold tone earrings

Leaf gold tone earrings

Matte gold tone disc clip on earrings. 1990s

Matte gold tone disc clip on earrings. 1990s

Modernist design sterling silver earrings. 1980s

Modernist design sterling silver earrings. 1980s

Mother-of-pearl sterling silver brass pendant

Mother-of-pearl sterling silver brass pendant

RLM studio signature

RLM studio signature

Spiral gold tone brooch pin

Spiral gold tone brooch pin

Squares sterling silver brass dangle earrings

Squares sterling silver brass dangle earrings

Sterling silver modernist design pendant

Sterling silver modernist design pendant

Swirl design gold tone clip on earrings

Swirl design gold tone clip on earrings

Swirl design sterling silver cuff bracelet

Swirl design sterling silver cuff bracelet

The Infinity symbol 925 sterling silver pendant. 6 cm. 1990s

The Infinity symbol 925 sterling silver pendant. 6 cm. 1990s

Triangles design gold plated choker

Triangles design gold plated choker

Waves gold plated brooch pin

Waves gold plated brooch pin

White porcelain brass pendant

White porcelain brass pendant

Yellow gold tone brass art glass ring

Yellow gold tone brass art glass ring

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