Alice Caviness Jewelry History—1940's - late 90's - Alice
Caviness began her career as a fashion and glove model. She was a lovely petite blond with a southern
drawl and a dynamic but feminine personality. Capitalizing on her success in the garment industry, Alice
Caviness began production of costume jewelry after WWII. This jewelry line was to compliment her
fashion designs, much like Chanel and Schiaparelli. She had an abundance of flair, garnering attention
for her impeccable style of dress. Her jewelry reflects her sense of taste. It was sold only in the
finest stores. Based in Long Island, NY. Alice Caviness designed most of her costume jewelry and was
also involved in production and sales.
Two designers employed by Caviness were Lois Steever and Camille Petronzio,
both being young when they joined. Alice Caviness retired around 1980 and then died in 1983. Afterward,
Lois Stevens went on to run the company until about 2000. Camille Petronzio went on to work at Miriam
Haskell. All Caviness pieces are characterized by the use of high-quality materials and design.
Having trouble with the small sizes of
yesteryear? Well, most of us do!
The ladies were smaller
than the women of today.
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