Michael and Joseph Chernow started Monet in 1919, a Rhode Island Business that originally began as a Monogramming Service – which was a huge trend in the 1920s.
Monet Jewelry Fun Fact: Edmond Mario Granville, who designed for Cartier was employed with Monet until 1939
The original name of the company was MonoCraft and they didn’t start creating jewelry as “Monet” until 1937, this is the jewelry that collector’s now consider collectible costume pieces and most of the popular items are MidCentury and Retro in Era. The Monet insignia was not on jewelry before 1955, so if you find a piece of Monet without the name inscribed you’ve potentially found a pre-1955 piece.
Monet Jewelry Fun Fact: The “friction” ear clip and the “barrel clutch” for pierced ears were invented by Monet.
Monet Jewelry Brand was a unique innovator of “tailored jewelry” competing in the trendy 1970s Jewelry market. These were Gold and Silver plated pieces, beautiful crisp, clean – without stones. This was a “Mod” look and the pieces are now considered “statement” necklaces and jewelry.
Vintage Retro and Monet Jewelry Today
Liz Clairborne purchased Monet in the year 2000 and you can find new versions of the Monet Jewelry Line. Note – it is the MidCentury and early 19th century jewelry by Monet that collectors look for – these products bought by Liz Clairborne are not considered collector items (though one day they might be!)
Tip: Costume jewelry can be very expensive and a great investment, but an item that shows major signs of usage will be a poor investment of your time and money. A piece that is in good condition will increase in the future.