This is a beautiful and sparkling set of lavender and pale blue brooch and clip on earrings made with faceted and prong-set stones. Riveted back. Soft pastel colors, quiet design. All pieces marked BARCLAY. Approx. measurements: pin is 1 1/2" x 1", earrings 1"w.
Great vintage condition, except to the fact there is one tiny round missing rhinestone (as shown on pic). Very hard to notice. Aside from that, all is authentic, genuine, functional, clean and ready to wear. Circa 1940s. This set would cost $125-$150 if not one stone missing.
talkingfashion: Barclay Jewelry Inc., of Providence, RI, originated as the New England Glasswork Co. in 1911. It became Rice-Weiner Co. in 1938 with Alvin and Robert Rice as owners. The jewelry pieces were hand-set, glued in, using multicolor pastel rhinestones of various shapes and sizes to gold plated and silver filigree metals. The company split in 1946 and was named Barclay Jewelers Inc. with the designer Louis Mark using the Mark: "Barclay", on a pallet, "Barclay/Art in Jewelry" used since 1948, and "Peltanium" since 1953.
The architectural structure and workmanship of the earlier jewelry pieces was superior to the latter ones. Earlier jewelry had heavier weight, glued without overflow, and thicker metal plating. The multicolor rhinestone sets are a favorite with collectors