Posted 4 months ago
This is a pair of Jay Flex earrings that I found at a local consignment shop. From what I've been able to learn online, Jay Flex was a Montreal-based company that made rhinestone costume jewellery from the 1930s until the 1960s. The story is that Gustave Sherman worked at Jay Flex before creating his own company, also in Montreal. Every Jay Flex piece is set in sterling silver, and they tended to use clear chatons and baguettes arranged in simple geometric patterns. As a result, they can sometimes look slightly staid, especially next to Sherman's more sophisticated and brilliantly coloured pieces. Nonetheless, the stones are always high-quality, and the settings invariably sterling.
This pair of earrings is unusual thanks to the purple amethyst stones, especially those prominent navettes. They're also just a touch odd-looking. Not only are the circles of clear stones slightly flattened, the screwback findings are attached at different points so that they look positively asymmetrical when worn! They have the look of identical twins who part their hair on opposite sides.
At any rate, I couldn't resist buying them as a charming example of a lesser-known Canadian rhinestone manufacturer.