This "Chinaman" parure is one of the iconic sets produced by the HAR company in the late 1950's to early 1960's. Rare and highly sought after. The jewelry of this design appears in a number of books on costume jewelry including Leigh Leshner's Collecting Art Plastic Jewelry (page 97), Cherri Simonds's Collectable Costume Jewelry (page 93), Lyngerda Keely & Nancy Schiffer's Costume Jewelry, The Great Pretenders (page 155), as well as others. This parure being offered for sale consists of a bracelet, a pin, and two different sets of earrings.The style is fantastical, as are the most popular of HAR's designs. The faces of the figures are molded plastic made to resemble carved ivory. This set is in gold vermeil, and features red AB rhinestones, faux stones of turquoise and jade, among others. T are pagodas, dragons and other fanciful items portrayed in this exotic design. The Chinaman figures wear coolie hats on the bracelet, pin and one set of earrings, and are hatless in the other set of earrings. The clothing is of a highly decorative design, featuring flowers and fleur-de-lis jacket claps. The bracelet measures 7 inches long. The pin is 2.25 inches high, and 1.5 inches at its widest point. Both sets of earrings measure 1.25 inches tall. All pieces are in very good condition with slight age appropriate wear on the bracelet and the earrings that feature the hat (some slight wear to the vermeil in the parts that are raised higher in the design - see photos). The pin and the hatless earrings are in near mint condition. The clasps on all pieces are in great shape. This is a rare opportunity to own a set of HAR's most famous designs, one that is highly sought by serious collecters of vintage costume jewelry.
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