Two 1960s Hattie Carnegie Lapis and Pearl Beaded Bug Brooches
Two 1960s gold-tone Hattie Carnegie bug brooches made out of faux lapis and covered in faux seed pearls and blue glass stones. They both have pearl heads and two green glass eyes. The larger brooch measures 1 1/8" long x 1" wide and is signed, 'Hattie Carnegie' on a plaque on the back. The smaller brooch measures 3/4" long x 7/8" wide. It is not signed on the back. The pair is quite adorable and can be worn together or separately.
Hattie Carnegie Inc. was founded in 1918 as a clothing line. In 1939, Hattie Carnegie began producing jewelry to be worn with her clothing. Like Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli, Carnegie flourished in the “cocktail jewelry” movement, specializing in brooches and matching sets of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Her jewelry designs were meant to give a touch of flair to otherwise conservative outfits. Hattie's designs are noted for their attention to detail and creativity. Carnegie jewelry was worn by celebrities such as Tallulah Bankhead, Joan Fontaine, Norma Shearer, and Joan Crawford.