Welcome…to my blog on Monet Jewelers!

After nearly four years of research I accumulated a lot of information about Monet Jewelers. All of it of course is in my book Monet the Master Jewelers. There were however, tidbits here and there, as well as a great deal of old advertisements and old pictures that just couldn’t be included in the book.  With 6oo photos already in the book, adding more would have really taken it over the top.  So, many of those extra photos as well as some “fun facts” will be frequently posted here for all Monet fans to enjoy.

Researching this book was a lot of fun for me; I had the opportunity of meeting so many interesting people, and a lot of former “Monettes”. The one thing that truly stands out for me about all those interviews and long conversations was how much people really LOVED  talking about Monet, you could hear in their voices and just see it on their faces,…it must have been an amazing company to be a part of.

I look forward to your comments or any special “Monet Moments” you may want to share with all of us, so feel free to write or friend us on facebook…and of course enjoy the book! 

Alice Vega - 2011


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The long anticipated book on the history of Monet costume jewelry, Monet…the Master Jewelers is now  available for ordering through Amazon.com.

In this the first and only book to date on this hugely successful and enduring company, all of the facts and “behind the scenes” stories are based on interviews with family members, friends and former employees as well as long lost interviews with the Chernow brothers themselves.

Filled with 600 photographs and lots of vintage newspaper and magazine advertisements this book is a real “must have” for anyone who loves vintage jewelry.



  • GESCH says:

    I hope that this book will come out digitally. I’ve ordered several of the digital collector books, and they are so beautiful. I look forward to this one coming out!

  • Lilly says:

    I am so looking forward to this coming out. I LOVE the beautiful cover you picked!

  • Irene says:

    This book is truly outstanding and long overdue! The large pictures of the beautiful Monet jewelry are awesome. The cover is elegant and the book is quite substantial with many, many pages of gorgeous jewelry and the history behind it. M and J would be very impressed, and Alice, you really did a terrific job! Thank you for all your efforts!

  • Adam says:

    Ordered through Amazon a few weeks back and just finished. Wonderful book with beautiful photography. Vega leaves no topic uncovered. A thoroughly detailed and compelling look into the history of Monet.

  • Jenny says:

    I am enjoying your book, as it is beautiful, informative, and comprehensive, with gorgeous
    photographs and well-researched. Long overdue, as the jewelry is so beautifully designed and well-made made. Love your work!

    • Alice says:

      Jenny, thanks so much for getting the book am glad you are enjoying it. Monet was an amazing company and researching it was a pleasure. Enjoy the book!!

  • Nancy Zell says:

    Hi Alice,
    I just received the book…. it is fabulous! Great job! I would love to share a piece I have with you and those on your blog. It is from the 40s heavy gold plate curb chain in a festoon and big red dangling jewels. Please let me know if and how I can share some photo, and maybe bet a little bit of information on the piece if you know about it. It is not in your book anywhere.

    • Alice says:

      Hi Nancy

      Am so glad you liked the book…Monet jewelry is amazing! I would love to see the piece that have – email me a photo would love to see it and will definitely let you know if I know anything about it!

  • Cathe Linton says:

    Alice- Thanks for this history!! I designed for Monet for three years starting in 1980. I still have several of their 1980’s catalogs and several of the earrings, necklaces and and pins I designed. This includes several pairs of 14k earrings designed for the Ciara line. I’m proud it was part of MY history!
    Cathe Linton

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About the Author

Alice Vega is a freelance fashion and graphic designer living in New York City. As a member of Costume Jewelry Collectors International and the Society of Jewelry Historians she has combined her long standing interest in collecting vintage jewelry with her passion for history, preservation and the arts in this her first book.


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