Jewelry Designer Inducted to Fashion Jewelry Hall of Fame

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Fashion Jewelry Hall of Fame inducts jewelry designer McClelland Barclay

This is costume jewelry design at its highest level. It will be enjoyed not only by the vintage jewelry collector and aficionado but also by students and casual admirers as well

Guyot Brothers Company, Inc., a century-old manufacturer of decorative brass jewelry findings used in making costume jewelry and in the related arts trades, established the Fashion Jewelry Hall of Fame to honor those designers and manufacturers who helped shape the industry through their ingenuity, creative spirit, and dedication to excellence. Profiles and storyboards of these legendary costume jewelry designers include photos of some of their greatest works and historical details surrounding their careers.

The most recent inductee, McClelland Barclay, has a story worth telling and reading. As with many fashion jewelry designers, McClelland Barclay's name never became a household word like Tiffany or Chanel, but his designs have stood the test of time and are now eagerly sought out by vintage and costume jewelry collectors who know what to look for in vintage costume jewelry for collecting and trade.

One of the more interesting aspects of the jewelry designed and produced by McClelland Barclay is the different ways in which his jewelry was signed. Many of his pieces had only partial signatures, and in some cases it is only the font style that gives up a clue.

The wide variety of works produced by McClelland Barclay includes posters for the Red Cross during World War I and recruiting posters for the U.S. Navy during World War II, as well as bookends, desk sets, scupltures, and a variety of metal household items.

As is true with artists and designers of all kinds, the circumstances of McClelland Barclay's life influenced his subject and style. Perhaps World War II was his inspiration for a brooch and earrings called Wings, featured in Mademoiselle Magazine in 1941.

The on-line story about this fascinating jewelry designer and artist can be found at the Guyot Brothers website    http://www.guyotbrothers.com/jewelry-history/jewelry-hall-of-fame/McClelland-Barclay/McClelland-Barclay1.htm
Included in the article is a detailed photo gallery of some of McClelland Barclay's most recognized designs, including a brooch named Carmen Miranda and other intricately designed Art Moderne and Art Deco Styles.

"This is costume jewelry design at its highest level. It will be enjoyed not only by the vintage jewelry collector and aficionado but also by students and casual admirers as well", stated Stephen Guyot, President of Guyot Brothers. Located in Attleboro, Massachusetts, the Birthplace of the Jewelry Industry in America, Guyot Brothers continues to manufacture their high-quality line of stamped jewelry findings, including filigree, charms, floral, and other decorative items. For viewing the line in person, they are represented in New York, New Jersey, California, Arizona, New Mexico, England, and France. The company also maintains a showroom at their factory in Attleboro.

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