In the 1930’s Cat-eye glasses are born after Altina Schinasi walked by an optician’s office and noticed the lack of stylish options for women. Inspired by the masks that Schinasi saw in Venice, Italy, she designed glasses with exaggerated framing around the eyes. After being turned down by multiple opticians, she finally gained a fan in one glasses boutique in New York City. During the 1940’s - early 1960’s the now famous frames started to be referred to as the “Harlequin.” The trend was a rectangle lens with a thick frame, a slight uplift at the sides, and small details at the corners such as little gold stars.
As fabulous as these are, it only made sense that they should transcend from eye jewelry into “traditional” jewelry! A fun conversation piece, connection to a favorite Aunt, Mom or Grandmother or just because you are an individual with style...this necklace is guaranteed to bring joy!