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Angela Cummings Necklaces

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.

Find vintage Angela Cummings earrings, necklaces, brooches and other accessories on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Angela Cummings
Platinum 19.87 TW Diamond South Sea Pearl Necklace by Angela Cummings for Assael
By Angela Cummings
Located in Troy, MI
Assael is a name synonymous with the finest pearls of the world and Angela Cummings is renowned for her impeccable designs. Put them together in this one of a kind scalloped necklace...
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21st Century and Contemporary Angela Cummings Necklaces

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Diamond, South Sea Pearl, Platinum

Angela Cummings 34 Carat Diamond Swirl Platinum Necklace
By Angela Cummings
Located in Holland, PA
Platinum Diamond Swirl Necklace by Angela Cummings Circa 1995. With 341 round brilliant cut diamonds VS1 clarity, G color total weight approx. 34ct 1 round sapphire Details: Measurem...
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1990s American Angela Cummings Necklaces

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Diamond, Platinum

Angela Cummings Organic Waves Sterling Silver Necklace
By Angela Cummings
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1990s Angela Cummings Sterling Silver Organic Waves collection Necklace, measuring 16 inches in length and 1 1/4 inch wide, comes in the original Suede covered Presentation box...
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1990s American Angela Cummings Necklaces

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Sterling Silver

Angela Cummings Studios 1983 Rare Modernist Links Necklace .925 Sterling Silver
By Angela Cummings
Located in Miami, FL
Free form links necklace designed by Angela Cummings. Beautiful and rare piece, created in New York city at the silversmith atelier of Angela Cummings back in the 1983. This necklac...
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1980s American Modernist Vintage Angela Cummings Necklaces

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Angela Cummings Studio 1983 Very Rare Organic Necklace in Solid 18kt Yellow Gold
By Angela Cummings
Located in Miami, FL
Magnificence necklace designed by Angela Cummings. Gorgeous one-of-a-kind sculptural piece, created by Cummings at her own studio in New York city, back in the 1983. This very rare ...
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1980s American Modernist Vintage Angela Cummings Necklaces

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Angela Cummings for Tiffanys Pearl & 18k Gold Necklace
By Angela Cummings
Located in New York, NY
Necklace signed Angela Cummings double strand of hand knotted pearls with an modernist 18k yellow gold clasp. Pearls average approximately 9mm. Stamped 1984 Cummings 18k. Total weigh...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Angela Cummings Necklaces

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Angela Cummings Hematite Bead Yellow Gold Necklace
By Angela Cummings
Located in Holland, PA
Angela Cummings 18k yellow gold hematite 38" long bead necklace. With 1 strand of Hematite beads Each bead is approximately 8mm in size Can be worn single or double strand 1 main cen...
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1980s American Vintage Angela Cummings Necklaces

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Hematite, Yellow Gold

Angela Cummings 1991 Studios Perforations Free-Form Necklace Solid .925 Sterling
By Angela Cummings
Located in Miami, FL
Perforations necklace designed by Angela Cummings. Beautiful sculptural necklace, created by Angela Cummings at her goldsmith studio in New York city, back in the 1981. This moderni...
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1990s Modernist Angela Cummings Necklaces

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Angela Cummings Studios 1983 Rare Aegean Links Necklace in .925 Sterling Silver
By Angela Cummings
Located in Miami, FL
Aegean linsk necklace designed by Angela Cummings. Beautiful and rare piece, created in New York city by Angela Cummings back in the 1983. This necklace was carefully crafted at her...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Angela Cummings Necklaces

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Angela Cummings White and Green Mother of Pearl Snakeskin Gold Collar Necklace
By Angela Cummings
Located in Holland, PA
18k Yellow Gold Inlaid White And Green Mother Of Pearl Snakeskin Collar Necklace by Angela Cummings. With Inlaid white and green mother of pearl to resemble snakeskin. This necklac...
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1980s American Vintage Angela Cummings Necklaces

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Pearl, Gold

Angela Cummings Black Coral Snakeskin Yellow Gold Collar Necklace
By Angela Cummings
Located in Holland, PA
18k Yellow Gold Inlaid Red And Black Coral Snakeskin Collar Necklace by Angela Cummings. With Inlaid red and black coral to resemble snakeskin. Details: Weight: 124 grams Length: 1...
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20th Century American Angela Cummings Necklaces

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Coral, 18k Gold

1980s Angela Cummings Ruby Gold Link Necklace
By Angela Cummings
Located in Lambertville, NJ
An 18k yellow gold link necklace by Angela Cummings, crafted in 1980s, decorated with ruby cabochons. Necklace is 17" long and 28mm wide , weighs 115.7 grams. Marked: 1981, 18k, Cumm...
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1980s American Vintage Angela Cummings Necklaces

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Ruby, 18k Gold

Angela Cummings Gold Leaf Pendant Necklace
By Angela Cummings
Located in Troy, MI
Angela Cummings is known for her passion for nature and the three-dimensional art of sculpture. This pendant design for Assael of New York is a stylized 18k yellow gold leaf design. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Angela Cummings Necklaces

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Platinum Diamond Omega Necklace with Detachable South Sea Pearl Diamond Pendant
Located in Troy, MI
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Angela Cummings necklaces for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers a range of Angela Cummings necklaces. 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 necklaces, from our inventory of 2, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look. This collection has 7 pieces as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 20th Century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider necklaces by Emilio, Marina B and Cellini!. Angela Cummings necklace prices can vary depending on gemstone, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at US$3,300 and tops out at US$96,005, while pieces like these can sell for US$44,750 on average.

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