Henrietta Kanengheiser was a teen when she immigrated to NYC around 1900. The lore has it that she got the idea for her name by asking who was the richest man in America at the time; the Carnegie billionaire. She then made it her moniker, as she was clearly all in with big plans from the start! The nickname ’Hatti’ (English Hattie - from England. ‘Hat’) came from an association with her work in the hat industry, where she had her beginnings. By 1919, she was the sole owner of Hattie Carnegie Inc. and in 1923, her line of gorgeous evening dresses saw the light, and the rest is history! She became a famed milliner and fashion designer, and her fashion empire was at one time worth around 8 million dollars. By the 1940s, her successful shop on 49th street was more of a department store, with a millinery and a ready-to-wear hat shop, an antique furniture shop, china and glass, a cosmetic and perfumes counter, and the jewelry department! Hattie Carnegie’s “cocktail jewelry” gained notoriety due to its elegance, attention to detail and creativity - and this 2-piece set is no exception!
This demi-parure is a stunning relic of a moment in time. It features Givre glass tulips and pastel-colored, marquis-cut rhinestones in shades of pink and green. The brooch measures about 2 1/4 inches long and wide, while the clip-on style earrings measure about 1 1/4 inches long by 1 inch wide.