Stanley Hagler was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1923. A veteran of World War II, he graduated from the University of Denver with a law degree in 1949. His design career began in the early 1950's on a dare, when he designed a bracelet "fit for a queen" for Wallace Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor. The result was a gold-plated bangle decorated with see earls which the Duchess-who loved precious an costume jewelry-fell in love with. She became a huge fan, piquing the interest of the style-conscious when she wore Hagler's bracelet to the Bal de Masque at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. At the insistence of the staff of Vogue magazine Hagler went on to reproduce the design using a profusion of multi-colored glass beads and flowers. He established the Stanley Hagler Jewelry Co. in New York's Greenwich Village 1953 with Edward Nakles. Vogue magazine followed his work with enthusiasm, and the Denver Post described it as "opulent and provocative" in 1956.
He worked as a business advisor to Miriam Haskell in the late 1940's and his jewelry was heavily influenced by Frank Hess's designs, with both designers favoring intricate floral motifs. Hagler also produced Oriental-inspired pieces and figural work, such as butterflies. However, he is perhaps best known for another Haskell theme—his faux baroque pearls, which displayed exceptional luminosity. Hand-blown beads were dipped up to 15 times in pearl resin, and individually strung to emphasize their quality.
Hagler's choice of other components was no less exacting: hand-blown "art glass" stones from Murano; Swarovski crystals in clear, vibrant pinks, coral, purples, and greens; rose montées; seed pearls and seed beads; and exceptional Russian gold-plated filigree all feature, as do more unusual materials such as carved-bone flowers. His work was hand-wired —"manipulated jewelry," as he described it to the Vintage Fashion and Costume Jewelry Club in 1995.
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