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Monet originally was founded in Providence, RI in 1929 by two brothers, Michael and Jay Chernow and the business name was Monocraft. Monocraft produced gold plated monograms which were set on handbags in the store at the time of purchase. The business expanded and the company became recognized as a manufacturer of durable and quality initials. The Chernow brothers, capitalizing on this advantage, began manufacturing jewelry under the name Monet around 1937. Much of the 1940's jewelry used silver as the base metal. Monet was also responsible for several technological advancements in jewelry, such as the development of the friction ear clip which adjusted so it could firmly fit the ear with out causing undue and painful pressure; and the barrel clutch for pierced earrings which replaced the butterfly clutch. These earrings stated above, I'm familiar with. I call them screwback clipbacks...because the clip can be adjusted by turning the knob to tighten or loosen.

In the late 1940's to early 1950's necklace had an average price of about $12.00 to 20.00 while earrings could be purchased between 4.00 and 7.50.
Monet was acquired by General Mills in 1968 and in 1977 they introduced a new line of jewelry called CIANI, with some pieces priced as high as $500! The firm was then purchased by Crystal Brands Jewelry in 1989 and is still in operation. Your major departments stores still carry Monet.


The above information is from Fred Rezazadeh's book Costume Jewelry, A Practical Handbook and you can order this book from my bookstore). I suggest this book because there is much more to learn about Monet and other Major Designers...!

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Contemporary Monet Necklace and Earrings NWT. ..$37
Contemporary Monet Necklace and Earrings NWT. The beauty look of crystals without the weight. The dangles of amber and blue are all faceted plastic yet they look like the real thing! There are faux pearls throughout and two dangling rhinestones. Tiered necklace measures adjustable to 20-1/2". The matching chandelier earrings are pierced posts and measure 3-1/2" long. The earrings are on their original card and the original tag with UPC is still attached to the necklace. The card with the earrings states 14kt gold filled. I would assume they mean the POSTS. Such a beautiful set that I would keep in a heart beat if I had somewhere to wear it! You'll love it!
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S524 Price: $37.00

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ES370 1980s Monet Red Enamel Goldtone Clip On Earrings...$16
1980's Monet Red Enamel and Goldtone Clip On Earrings. Measure approx. 1-1/2" x 1-1/8". Excellent condition.
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BS186 Vintage Monet Brushed Goldtone Bangle Bracelet ...$16.00
Vintage Monet Florentine Finish Goldtone Bangle Bracelet with faux onyx and carnelian gemstone cabs. These are plastic. Nice brushed textured finish. Excellent condition. Measures 2-1/2" across the inside.
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BS186 Price: $16.00

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S403 Monet Pink Pearlized Stickpin and Pierced Post Earrings....$16.00
Monet Pink Pearlized Stickpin and Pierced Post Earrings. The stickpin is still on the card. The stickpin measures 4" long x 3/4" wide. The settings are silvertone. The earrings measure 1-1/2" x 1/2" and are pierced posts. The set is new and never worn.
S403 Price: $16.00

Monet Art Moderne linked set. S013 $42.00
Circa 1950 This is one nice Art Moderne styled set. Goldtone, linked choker length necklace (15") complimented with a bracelet (7"). Each link is only 1/8" long x 1/16" wide...very delicate in appearance with a nice feel to it. Quality Monet. Bracelet has safety chain as well. Both hold the Monet tags! Very good condition; wear on the underside that goes against the skin.
S013 Price: $42.00

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NS593 Monet 1970's White Glass Handknotted Bead Choker...$28
Monet 1970's White Glass Handknotted Bead Choker. Measures adjustable to 18". The beads are all uniform and are about 1/4" in diameter. Excellent condition.
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NS593 Price: $28.00

NS584 Vintage Monet Red Glass Choker...$34
Vintage Monet Red Glass Choker. Handknotted 1/4" in diameter cherry red beads with swirls of maroon color in them. The choker measures adjustable to 18" and is in excellent condition. A beautiful quality piece!
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NS584 Price: $34.00

NS583 Monet White Plastic Bead Necklace...$16
Monet White Plastic Bead Necklace. Gold spacer beads in between each 1/2" in diameter white plastic bead. (Smaller beads near the clasp). The necklaces measures 18-1/2" long and in excellent condition showing no wear.
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NS583 Price: $16.00

NS548 Vintage Monet Faux Pearl Hand Knotted Necklace measuring 18"...$19.00
Vintage Monet Faux Pearl Hand Knotted Necklace measuring 18". The clasp is stamped MONET. The Pearls are 6mm in size. Excellent condition.
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NS548 Price: $19.00

NS435 Monet Handknotted Faux Pearl Necklace...$24.00
Monet Handknotted Faux Pearl Necklace measuring 23". The pearls are about 8mm. Goldtone filigree clasp that is marked Monet. These came in a felt bag marked Sentiment. I'm not sure this is original to these. The pearls are in excellent condition. The only flaw is where the bead tips are - the string has a tint of green inside the tips. Other than that... excellent!
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NS435 Price: $24.00

NS313 Circa 1950s Art Moderne Design Silvertone  Choker...$33.00
Circa 1950's Art Moderne Design Silvertone Choker adjustable to 18" x 1/2" wide. This is similar to S013 only in silvertone. Monet hang tag. Excellent condition.
NS313 Price: $33.00

NS015 Older Black Bead/Brass Monet Choker $23.00
Black plastic beads with brass spacers...adjustable length to 18", therefore is a choker but can be worn at a longer length for the larger neckline. This is an older piece probably late 40's early 50's...
NS015 Price: $20.00

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PS945 Monet Faux Mabe Pearl Sapphire Stone Flower Pin...$10.00
Monet Faux Mabe Pearl Sapphire Stone Flower Pin. What a pretty pin! the center holds a faux pearl cab and around the edges of each of the petals are sapphire colored stones. The goldtone pin measures 3/4" in diameter. New condition.
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PS945 Price: $10.00

PS891 Monet Goldtone Pin...$7.00
Monet Goldtone Pin. This pin has simple styling in shiny goldtone finish. Measures 2" x 1/2". Excellent condition.
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PS891 Price: $7.00

PS869 Monet Goldtone Bow Pin c 1950s....$16.00
Monet Goldtone Bow Pin c 1950s. The bow measures 2-3/4" x 2". Very good condition.
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PS869 Price: $16.00

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