Kirsten's Corner

14K Gold Modernist Necklace by Jules Brenner


The simple and elegant modernist necklace is by jeweler Jules Brenner. Composed of five long curved biomorphic baton links, with circular jump rings in between, ending in a hook clasp.  The necklace is 15" in length and lays beautifully with the design being integral to this function, as the sweeping shape of the links lay and beautifully grace the neck. Circa 1960 when Jules started working in gold, the piece is stamped Jules Brenner and 14K.  It weights 19 grams.

Jules Brenner (1917-1991), was a native of New York City, began his career as a painter and sculptor, but later, turned to jewelry-making as his main focus. Beginning in 1953, he had a store in Greenwich Village for which he created modernist pieces, mostly in silver. In 1963, he moved his shop to Lexington Avenue and began working in gold, casting many pieces using the lost-wax process. His pieces embody clean line and biomorphic forms.

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