Canada’s most renowned costume jewellery designer, Gustave Sherman, set up his factory in 1947 in Montreal. Previously he had been a jewellery salesman, so he knew his market well and created superior pieces for sale in department stores and boutiques. Sherman used high-quality Swarovski rhinestones and crystal beads, set in gold tone, rhodium or japanned settings and his pieces are relatively scarce and hard to find. In the 1970’s fashion trends turned towards silver and gold, and he began to make pieces in precious metals set with gemstones.
The company closed in 1981 but Sherman’s jewellery remains some of the most sought after and glamourous one can wear.
Costume Jewellery by Judith Miller