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Angela Cummings

Austrian, American, b. 1944

With her playfully bold, nature-inspired pieces, Angela Cummings has left a lasting mark on the world of jewelry design. Full of movement and sensational color, her eye-catching collar necklaces, stud earrings and bracelets continue to be favored by red-carpet celebrities and tastemakers the world over.

Cummings was born in Austria in 1944, during a time when her country was being torn apart by war. At the age of three her family moved to America, where she was raised. Returning to her native country as an adult, Cummings studied art in Perugia, Italy, then went on to study jewelry design in Hanau, West Germany. She graduated with a degree in gemology, goldsmithing and jewelry design from Zeichenakademie in 1967.

Cummings returned to the United States after finishing her studies. She marched into legendary American luxury house Tiffany & Co. in New York City and asked for a job. Under the mentorship of Donald Claflin, a designer who’d previously worked for David Webb, Cummings became a respected in-house designer for the brand. Her named collection, Angela Cummings Exclusively for Tiffany & Co., debuted in 1974.

Cummings created sumptuous 18K gold accessories that were inlaid with coral, opal, mother-of-pearl, jade and lapis lazuli. Not unlike the work of Elsa Peretti, who signed an exclusive contract with Tiffany & Co. in 1974, Cummings’ designs — seashell necklaces, maple leaf pendants — drew on the shapes and forms of the natural world. As her style continued to develop, Cummings integrated silver, precious gemstones and platinum into her work, creating exquisite juxtapositions by mixing the materials with wood and iron. Her pieces increasingly featured more movement-inspired elements — curling vines, crashing waves and billowing cloud forms — that hearkened to the rhythms of nature.

In 1982, People magazine featured Cummings' jewelry and the publicity launched her into the spotlight. Two years later, she established her own business, Angela Cummings Inc., and began to experiment with abstraction in her work, as well as allowing her surroundings in Japan, where she opened several boutiques, to inspire her adornments.

Cummings retired in 2003, making a brief comeback in 2013 to collaborate with Assael Jewelry, for which she created an exclusive line of cultured pearl jewelry.

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Average Sold Price
$5,876
Styles
Angela Cummings 1988 Studios Clip Earrings in 18Kt Gold with Hematite and Nacre
By Angela Cummings
Located in Miami, FL
Geometric clips earrings designed by Angela Cummings. Beautiful pieces created in New York city at the Angela Cummings studio, back in the 1988. These geometric octagonal pair of cl...
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1980s American Modernist Vintage Angela Cummings

Materials

Hematite, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Angela Cummings Assael Gold South Sea Pearl Yellow Sapphire Earrings
By Angela Cummings
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Pair of 18k gold new without tags earrings by Angela Cummings , with 10.5mm pearls and 6.30ctw in yellow sapphires. Earrings measure approx. 22mm in diameter Weight - 15.5 grams. Ma...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Angela Cummings

Materials

South Sea Pearl, Yellow Sapphire, Gold

Angela Cummings Pearl Yellow Gold Earrings
By Angela Cummings
Located in Atlanta, GA
These are not grandma's pearl earrings! Wearable modern shapes accented with beautiful cultured pearls. Angela Cummings at her best. Approximately 1 inch in size.
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1990s American Angela Cummings

Materials

Cultured Pearl, 18k Gold

Angela Cummings Double Loop Gold Earrings
By Angela Cummings
Located in Darnestown, MD
Double loop earrings by Angela Cummings in 18 karat gold with a matte finish. The irregularly shaped, intertwining hoops are of slightly different sizes with the bottom a hair larger...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Angela Cummings

Materials

18k Gold

Angela Cummings Gold Fish Scale Wave Bangle Bracelet
By Angela Cummings
Located in New York, NY
An 18 karat yellow gold bracelet, Angela Cummings, 1986. The hinged bangle designed as an undulating wave with a fish scale motif. Inner circumference approximately 6 7/8 inches. ...
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1980s American Vintage Angela Cummings

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold

Angela Cummings Vintage 18k Yellow Gold Swirl Clip-On Earrings
By Angela Cummings
Located in New York, NY
These gorgeous vintage earrings by Angela Cummings are crafted in 18k yellow gold and feature a 3-dimensional coiled swirling design completed with clip-on backs. Posts can be added ...
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1990s Angela Cummings

Materials

Yellow Gold

Angela Cummings 18K Gold Earrings, circa 1989
By Angela Cummings
Located in Aspen, CO
Angela Cummings earrings 18K yellow gold with a vegetative motif. These earrings are 1.25 inches long and .75 inches wide. Each earring is signed Cummings with the copyright date o...
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Late 20th Century American Contemporary Angela Cummings

Materials

18k Gold

Angela Cummings Earrings in 18K and Centering Heart Shaped Amethysts
By Angela Cummings
Located in Aspen, CO
Angela Cummings, a major designer for Tiffany & Co., has designed these very unusual and remarkable 18K yellow gold, amethyst and agate earrings are by Angela Cummings, they are slig...
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Late 20th Century American Contemporary Angela Cummings

Materials

Agate, Amethyst, 18k Gold

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Angela Cummings Sellers

Treasure Fine Jewelry
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David Precious Gems
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N. Green and Sons
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Angela Cummings jewelry & watches for sale on 1stDibs

Find a range of Angela Cummings watches & jewelry available on 1stDibs. These unique items were designed with extraordinary care, often using gold. While looking for the most stylish antique or vintage Angela Cummings jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Angela Cummings diamond jewelry & watches can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look, from our inventory of 22. This collection contains 115 pieces as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. Modern and contemporary are among the most popular styles of Angela Cummings jewelry & watches available on 1stDibs. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 20th Century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider jewelry & watches by Alex Soldier, Elizabeth Locke and Henry Dunay. Prices for Angela Cummings watches and jewelry can vary depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $395 and tops at $96,005, while pieces like these can sell for $5,175.

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