Monet is a line of costume jewelry that was developed by Michael and Joseph Chernow. The brothers founded the company to offer an alternative to some of the more expensive pieces offered by Coco Chanel and Elso Schiaparelli. The key to their plan was to create a costume jewelry style that mixed the two designers' ideas.Know More
Monet jewelry included interpretations of the Chanel designs of animals and people along with surreal impressions, as seen in the Schiaparelli collection. The brothers included rhinestone simulations of emeralds, sapphires and rubies.
Eventually, the stones were replaced with a focus on the color and shapes of the metal used. The jewelry was a huge success, but during World War II, the jewelry factory was retrofitted to produce ammunition, shell casings and other weapon materials. During this time, brass and platinum were rationed, so the brothers began creating jewelry out of sterling silver.
After the war, full production of Monet jewelry started back up with new styles, but the sterling silver jewelry continued to be a large portion of the jewelry produced. In the 1940s, the world was introduced to the single-charm bracelet. During that time, Monet saw its clover, perfume mask and lovebird charms become popular.Learn More
To cast jewelry, create a mold, run it through a burnout cycle in a kiln, melt metal, pour it into the mold, and quench it in cold water. To finish the jewelry piece, remove it from the mold, file away the rough edges, and polish it.Full Answer >
To organize your jewelry, separate out your fine jewelry, and secure the pieces in a locking jewelry box. Select several pretty pieces of costume jewelry for a wall display, and organize the rest in a large jewelry box.Full Answer >
The numbers 750 stamped on jewelry means that it is 18-karat gold. The jewelry piece is 18 parts pure gold and six parts metal alloy.Full Answer >
The abbreviation "DWT" in jewelry means "pennyweight." A pennyweight is a unit of mass equal to 24 grains, 0.05 troy ounce or 1.56 grams. Jewelers and gold buyers use pennyweights or grams to weigh gold and other precious metals.Full Answer >