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Vintage Seaman Schepps Necklace with ruby, emerald, sapphire, and diamond

“I passed by the store, saw it in the window, and just had to have it. So I went in and bought it for myself.”

Just a few days ago, a vintage Seaman Schepps necklace (circa 1950s) found its way back to our store. Isn’t it just absolutely gorgeous? Chock full of untreated Ceylon sapphires, emeralds, rubies, and a few diamonds, this necklace is a perfect example of Schepps’ bold, maximalist style. But there’s more than meets the eye. In his characteristic whimsical way, Mr. Schepps made this necklace to convert into 2 bracelets and a brooch!

Vintage Seaman Schepps Necklace can be worn as bracelets and brooch

The quote above is from the woman who owned this dazzling piece. A quintessential piece for a quintessential Schepps woman. Seaman Schepps changed the jewelry landscape in the 1940s and ’50s by creating boldly colorful, fashionable pieces that women often purchased for themselves. The essence of a Schepps piece wasn’t how many carats of diamonds you had (though, carats of all kinds were rarely in short supply on a Schepps piece), it was about making a statement. Come to think of it, Seaman Schepps was the daddy of statement jewelry!

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