Alice Caviness was a Long Island, New York jewelry designer who started a company of the same name in the 1940s. She retired in 1970 but her company continued making jewelry until 2000. Alice Caviness jewelry is known for its imaginative designs and high quality materials, Caviness pieces were originally sold in exclusive, high-end shops and boutiques. They are somewhat difficult to find in the secondary marketplace and consequently prices can be above average to high. They are available though and worth seeking out.
Alice Caviness was involved in every stage of her business from design to marketing She was joined in her jewelry venture by her husband Jules Junquerra who was previously in the lampshade business. She employed two additional designers, Lois Steever who continued to run the company after Caviness retired, and Camille (Millie) Petronzio who later worked as a designer for Miriam Haskell. (Click here to read my blog about Miriam Haskell jewelry)
In addition to pieces being produced in her own factory, Caviness also imported and commissioned some designs. Pieces from Germany were often made of sterling silver or gold over silver.
The Caviness hallmark is most often an oval cartouche with ALICE CAVINESS spelled out in block letters. Some production was done in West Germany and those pieces also bear a stamp reading West Germany.
In some cases, only one piece in a parure or set was hallmarked, so as pieces were separated over time, unsigned pieces hit the secondary market.
Thank you to Merry Shugart who contributed photos. To see her shop, The More The Merrier, just click here.
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