Avon Jose Maria Barrera *signed* ‘Golden Falling Leaves’ on Gold Filigree Bib Necklace and Clip-On Earrings
While Avon may be better known for their cosmetics and beauty creams, their costume jewelry— particularly from the mid-1970s to the late 1990s—has become highly sought after. In 1886, at the age of 28, David H. McConnell began a company named the California Perfume Company, selling perfume door to door. The company’s first color catalogue was produced in October of 1906. In 1939, the company changed it’s name to Avon Products, Inc. In 1954, Avon began it’s wildly successful “Avon Calling” ad campaign. In 1971, Avon began to market costume jewelry and soon costume jewelry would be one of the company’s most popular lines. Some of this jewelry was produced by designers such as Kenneth J. Lane, Jose Maria Barrera, and others in the 1980s, and Avon’s reputation for offering high-quality yet affordable costume jewelry began to attract additional notable designers to the line. Now some of these pieces are in big demand and sometimes pricy, not to mention extremely difficult to find. This gorgeous set is representative of the beautiful falling leaves of Autumn.
These pieces are signed ‘Barrera for AVON’, created by Jose Maria Barrera in a lovely Spanish style filigree. The earrings are an octagonal shape, clip-on measure 1.5″ in diameter.
The bib necklace is exceptionally STUNNING and happens to be one of AVON’s more upscale jewelry designs. This piece measures 17″L and features three pieces linked together with the front piece on the bib measuring approx. 6.5″W x 2.5L”. The necklace has a hook clasp which is adjustable to ANY length and is finished off with a delicate golden sphere. Together the pieces weigh 5.2 oz.
Please take a look at the other Barrera for AVON jewelry available in our shop!