Attleboro, MA (PRWEB) September 28, 2007
Those who have ever wondered where the costume jewelry, all glittery and sparkling, sitting in their grandmother's jewelry box came from, or for those who were captivated by the curious little figurine brooch that opened up or came apart to make an entirely different piece of jewelry, will have some questions answered by reading the recently published research paper, "American Costume Jewelry: A History of Costume Jewelry Design in America", which can be found at the Guyot Brothers website.
"A History of Costume Jewelry Design in America" offers historical references and insights into an industry as American as apple pie and jazz -- the costume jewelry manufacturing industry. Where were those intriguing objects made? Who were the design and manufacturing geniuses who figured out a way to make thousands of exact replicas from a single model or rendering? Where were these people located, and how did it all start?
Only developed since the early 20th century, the production of costume jewelry has allowed the world to see jewelry accessibility with new eyes, making an inexpensive form of self-expression available to the common citizen. More than that, employment in costume jewelry manufacturing in America fed families, built neighborhoods -- and even cities like Attleboro, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island, which became affluent centers of jewelry activity, thanks to the ingenuity of talented craftsmen and women.
To that end, Guyot Brothers Co., Inc. is pleased to present their most recent article on the subject of jewelry history: American Costume Jewelry: A History of Costume Jewelry Design in America. Authored by jewelry historian and past Tiffany Fellow at Historic New England, Juliet Friedman, this scholarly work offers facts and insights into the origins of costume jewelry in America and its progression through the 20th century.
"Juliet's paper dovetails beautifully with the other historical reference points in the Guyot Brothers website," stated Andrea Guyot Twombly, Vice-President of the 103 year old jewelry findings manufacturing company. "The Guyot website offers 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. As a fourth-generation family business, we believe it is important to preserve the history and shared stories of this very special segment of our country's history, and Juliet's excellent research does that along with appealing to students and teachers as well as anyone who has an interest in American history, not just jewelry history." The article can be found at
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 brass stampings. The company maintains a showroom at their factory in Attleboro.
For those who are interested, a free jewelry findings e-letter is available. Guyot's free irregular e-letter is rapidly becoming the leading method of choice for being apprised of market trends, items in the works, and new Guyot jewelry findings. An archive of past issues is available for browsing at To subscribe, simply go to http://www.guyotbrothers.com/guyotstudios/Archive1.htm