||Attleboro, MA (PRWEB)
September 28, 2007 -- Those who have ever wondered where the costume
jewelry, all glittery and sparkling, sitting in their grandmother's
jewelry box came from, or for those who were captivated by the curious
little figurine brooch that opened up or came apart to make an entirely
different piece of jewelry, will have some questions answered by reading
the recently published research paper, "American Costume Jewelry: A
History of Costume Jewelry Design in America", which can be found at
the Guyot Brothers website.
"A History of Costume Jewelry Design
in America" offers historical references and insights into an
industry as American as apple pie and jazz -- the costume jewelry
manufacturing industry. Where were those intriguing objects made? Who were
the design and manufacturing geniuses who figured out a way to make
thousands of exact replicas from a single model or rendering? Where were
these people located, and how did it all start?
Only developed since the early 20th
century, the production of costume jewelry has allowed the world to see
jewelry accessibility with new eyes, making an inexpensive form of
self-expression available to the common citizen. More than that,
employment in costume jewelry manufacturing in America fed families, built
neighborhoods -- and even cities like Attleboro, Massachusetts and
Providence, Rhode Island, which became affluent centers of jewelry
activity, thanks to the ingenuity of talented craftsmen and women.
To that end, Guyot Brothers Co., Inc. is
pleased to present their most recent article on the subject of jewelry
Costume Jewelry: A History of Costume Jewelry Design in America.
Authored by jewelry historian and past Tiffany Fellow at Historic New
England, Juliet Friedman, this scholarly work offers facts and insights
into the origins of costume jewelry in America and its progression through
the 20th century.
"Juliet's paper dovetails
beautifully with the other historical reference points in the Guyot
Brothers website," stated Andrea Guyot Twombly, Vice-President of the
103 year old jewelry findings manufacturing company. "The Guyot
website offers The Fashion Jewelry Hall of Fame to honor those designers
and manufacturers who helped shape the industry through their ingenuity,
creative spirit, and dedication to excellence. As a fourth-generation
family business, we believe it is important to preserve the history and
shared stories of this very special segment of our country's history, and
Juliet's excellent research does that along with appealing to students and
teachers as well as anyone who has an interest in American history, not
just jewelry history."
Located in Attleboro, Massachusetts, the
Birthplace of the Jewelry Industry in America, Guyot Brothers continues to
manufacture their high-quality line of stamped jewelry findings, including
filigree, charms, floral, and other decorative brass stampings. The
company maintains a showroom at their factory in Attleboro.
For those who are interested, a free
jewelry findings e-letter is available. Guyot's free irregular
e-letter is rapidly becoming the leading method of choice for being
apprised of market trends, items in the works, and new Guyot jewelry