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Stuart Nye vintage costume jewelry

Stuart Nye vintage costume jewelry

Willow three leaf pin. Sterling silver. 1950s. Stuart Nye vintage costume jewelry

Stuart Nye vintage costume jewelry
Large handmade vintage brooch “Willow Leaves” of the famous American brand S. Nye / С. Nye (North Carolina).
Stuart Nye began making handmade (forged) jewelry in the North Carolina mountains in 1933, during the Great depression. The beautiful nature of his native mountainous region inspired him to create original jewelry. He had no experience, bought used jewelry tools and started. He used pieces of copper during World War II, due to the lack of metal, and brass in the 70s when the price of sterling rose sharply.
Always inspired by nature, his jewelry is part of the American modernist tradition. His “Dogwood”, “Willow Leaf”, “Calla Lilia”, “Pine Cone” and other lesser known collections are in high demand, collected and worn all over the world. Undoubtedly, this is a vivid evidence of the relevance of the iconic style that he created over 80 years ago. And this work has been going on for the 87th year of continuous production.

Sterling silver dogwood brooch pin of sterling silver

Dogwood brooch pin of sterling silver

Located in Asheville North Carolina, Stuart Nye silver shop employs talented craftsmen with a rich heritage. When Stuart retired, he sold his studio to one of his elite department buyers.
Although he passed away in 1962, unique pieces of jewelry are still being created in a limited edition, by hand, based on his sketches in the same place. Traditionally, all pieces have marking “NYE” inside a shamrock.

Initials NYE in a shamrock

Initials NYE in a shamrock

Stuart Nye vintage costume jewelry

Calla Lily Sterling Silver Copper Brooch Pin

Calla Lily Sterling Silver Copper Brooch Pin

Dogwood Floral Brooch. Sterling silver

Dogwood Floral Brooch. Sterling silver

Dogwood Flower Blossom brooch of sterling silver

Dogwood Flower Blossom brooch of sterling silver

Dogwood flower clip on earrings. Copper, silver plated, patina. 2.5 cm. 1980s

Dogwood flower clip on earrings. Copper, silver plated, patina. 2.5 cm. 1980s

Double Flower Brooch Pin. 925 sterling silver

Double Flower Brooch Pin. 925 sterling silver

Feather brooch pin. Sterling silver

Feather brooch pin. Sterling silver

Flower brooch pin. Sterling silver

Flower brooch pin. Sterling silver

Gold tone calla flower brooch of sterling silver

Gold tone calla flower brooch of sterling silver

Oak Leaf Brooch. Sterling silver

Oak Leaf Brooch. Sterling silver

Pansy brooch and screw back earring. Sterling silver

Pansy brooch and screw back earring. Sterling silver

Pansy brooch. Sterling silver

Pansy brooch. Sterling silver

Pine cone cufflinks. Sterling silver. 1950s

Pine cone cufflinks. Sterling silver. 1950s

Round shaped Pine cone engraved brooch pin. Sterling silver

Round shaped Pine cone engraved brooch pin. Sterling silver

Square shaped pine cone cufflinks. Sterling silver

Square shaped pine cone cufflinks. Sterling silver

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