Monet was founded in 1927 as Monocraft by brothers Michael and Joseph Chernow to capitalize on the popularity of monogramming. They developed a process for metal monogramming first for autos and later for handbags.   Late in the 30s they began to produce jewelry monograms such as watch fobs. The true Monet that we know today came from their hiring of Edmond Mario Granville. Coming Monocraft with a background in fine jewelry from Cartier, Granville remained the company’s sole designer until the late 1950s and was executive designer until his death in 1969. His leadership would span the company’s humble beginnings as Monocraft to its eventual acclaim as Monet.

In 1977, Monet launched Ciani, a line of fine jewelry in 14-carat gold, sterling silver, and vermeil. Some pieces included onyx, ivory, semi-precious stones, and pave diamonds. Ciani pieces were specially packaged in velvet pouches or suede jewelry rolls to differentiate them from traditional Monet lines, and each silver piece included a polishing cloth.

The company passed through several owners and was purchased by Liz Claiborne in 2000. The Monet Group, which includes Trifari and Marvella like so many other grand names in CJ was moved out of the country and produces much lesser quality jewelry under those brand names.

Today, vintage Monet is particularly prized by collectors for its quality. Thanks to triple plating, it's not unusual for Monet pieces to last for decades without showing signs of wear on the finish.

$ 275.00

1970s Monet Amber & Gold Snake Chain Choker, Egyptian Style Necklace

Striking Egyptian style by Monet.
Approx. Size: 15" (38 cm) long including extender, middle piece 1.25 "x 1.5" (3 x 4 cm) 
Condition: Very good, very minor wear on snake chains.
Mark/Label: Monet
Vintage Piece, only one - Buy Now
 
This 1970s Egyptian-style necklace is an absolute stunner.  14 bright gold snake chains with a large center rectangle of gold.  Inset is a large oval of faux amber. The center section is thick adding some very interesting dimension to this chocker.  Extender chain with hook closure. 

Monet was founded in 1927 as Monocraft by brothers Michael and Joseph Chernow to capitalize on the popularity of monogramming. They developed a process for metal monogramming first for autos and later for handbags. Late in the 30s, they began to produce jewelry monograms such as watch fobs. The true Monet that we know today came from their hiring of Edmond Mario Granville. Coming to Monocraft with a background in fine jewelry from Cartier, Granville remained the company’s sole designer until the late 1950s and was an executive designer until his death in 1969. His leadership would span the company’s humble beginnings as Monocraft to its eventual acclaim as Monet. The company passed through several owners and was purchased by Liz Claiborne in 2000. Monet Group, which includes Trifari and Marvella like so many other brand names in CJ was moved out of the country and produces much lesser quality. 

 

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$ 42.00

Vintage 70s Monet Gold Elephant Brooch

This elephant has an upturned trunk for good luck
Approx. Size: 3" x 1.75" (7.5 x 4.5 cm)
Condition: Very good.
Mark/Label: © Monet
Vintage item – Buy Now.

Fabulous gold plated Indian festival elephant brooch by Monet. Textured surface mimics elephant skin. Bright green, red and gold saddle called a howdah. Large faux pearl on the upturned trunk. 


This is part of a pair.  See the other in green enamel trim
 

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$ 25.00

Vintage Monet Bird of Paradise Brooch, Rhinestones & Gold Metal

Stunning bird of paradise brooch.
Approx. Size: 2.75" x 1.5" (5 x 3.5 cm)
Condition: Very good
Mark/Label: © Monet
One of a kind vintage item. Get it before it's gone.

Highly detailed and loaded with sparkly rhinestones. Round chatons in the body and large baguettes on the perch. This piece is a nice size and would also look marvelous on an evening bag. Vintage from the 1980s.

 

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$ 42.00

Vintage Monet Gold Plated Elephant Brooch, Green Enamel

Fabulous gold plated elephant brooch by Monet
Approx. Size: 3" x 1.75"  (7.5 x 4.5 cm)
Condition: Very good. 
Mark/Label: © Monet. 
One of a kind vintage item – Buy Now.

Textured surface mimics elephant skin. Bright green, red and gold howdah (saddle). Large faux pearl on the upturned trunk.

 

This is part of a pair.  See the other in red enamel trim

 

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