Ian St. Gielar for Stanley Hagler N.Y.C Brooch c1990
Stanley Hagler is among the most highly regarded costume jewelers, adorning celebrities, collectors, and fashion icons from the 1950s through his death in 1996. Fine glass and Swarovski crystals are intricately hand-wired to create stunning multi-dimensional pieces known for their boldness. Hagler honed his skills while working under costume jewelry legend Miriam Haskell in the 1940s. He refined this meticulous craftsmanship and instilled the tradition in his head designer, Ian St. Gielar, who took over the company upon Hagler's death. Through years of increasingly automated production of both fine and costume jewelry, Stanley Hagler N.Y.C. continued to finely detail and hand-work their pieces in the fine tradition. This piece is exemplary of their work. Iridescent amber glass beads texture flower petals and leaves with sparkling faceted crystal centers amongst a stately glass leaf and gold accents. The brooch makes a statement, measuring 2 1/4 inches x 3 1/4 inches at its widest points.