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Melinda Lewis author of The Napier Co. Defining 20th Century Costume Jewelry

Melinda Lewis author of The Napier Co. Defining 20th Century Costume Jewelry

Jewelry historian Melinda Lewis spent 11 years researching the history of a single American jewelry manufacturer—The Napier Co.

Determined to bring the first book about this company to the public, she interviewed over fifty former employees from around the country spanning multiple generations. Those interviewed included the great-grandson of William Rettenmeyer, the designer who started in 1891; to designers who worked for Napier from 1941 to the close of the plant; as well as executive management, including the former CEO, Ron Meoni; and traveling salesmen, whose careers were no less than 30-plus years with the company.

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