Nettie Rosenstein immigrated to the United States from Austria in the 1890s. She began her career as a fashion designer after she married Saul Rosenstein who happened to own a women's underwear business. Nettie eventually added accessories she designed, including handbags, gloves and jewelry, to her clothing line. She designed for celebrities and dignitaries including First Lady Mamie Eisenhower for whom she designed several pieces including her 1953 and 1957 inaugural gowns. Her designs were fairly expensive and many like her "little black dress" were widely copied.
Rosenstein's New York City company produced from 1935 to 1975. The jewelry she created to compliment her clothing is popular today but not nearly as popular as that of her contemporaries Elsa Schiaparelli and Hattie Carnegie. Consequently, it can be found on the secondary market priced to meet most budgets.
Rosenstein jewelry is almost always hallmarked with her name spelled out in full. Her sterling silver pieces and her heraldic motif pieces are probably the most desired by collectors.
From the Collection of Merry Shugart
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