Hattie Carnegie was born in Vienna in 1886 as Henrietta Kanengeiser, but while she was still a teenager, the family emigrated to America and adopted the name Carnegie.
In the early 1900’s she started a chain of Parisian-style dress and hat boutiques in New York that sold Carnegie-designed clothing. She also began making jewellery to complement her dresses and by the mid 1920’s her dresses and accessories were sold in all the leading department stores.
From the beginning her shops were frequented by the rich and famous, among her clientele were many prominent film stars and aristocrats including Joan Crawford and The Duchess of Windsor. Her jewellery epitomises the glamour of Hollywood!
Costume Jewellery by Judith Miller