.This is the first run of necklaces created exclusively for Bakelite Queen by Moan's Couture NYC. These are made using vintage Bakelite and handmade settings, hand strung beads all in a NYC studio. Each is one of a kind. They are 19 inches long from clasp to tip, the neck opening is generously sized at an adjustable 22+ inches. Gorgeous Butterscotch Bakelite centerpiece with beautiful citrine, red and black vintage faceted beads handmade butterscotch and black Bakelite beads, more red and black vintage beads, embellished with rhinestones. Photographs cannot even begin to display the scale and beauty of these incredible hand made pieces.
Please read about the Artist and the Studio in NYC
We all do it…Carelessly flip over a pretty piece of costume jewelry and inspect the finish work underneath. But that’s not all; we’re also looking for the designer’s label. Who made it is just as important as what it looks like. With Moans Couture, the irony is that something so small, like a name stamp, could mean something so grand. Moans Couture jewelry pieces are works of art — wearable art produced in limited quantities. Made in the USA, inspired by the magic of New York City, each piece envisioned and created by the designer, Christopher Crouch, whose friends call him “Chris”.
New York City is like a compass, guiding aspirational individuals to their destiny. That sentiment may be cliche, but it’s true for Chris. He arrived in 1989. Handsome, blonde, nineteen years old, standing six-foot four-inches tall. Naturally, he dabbled in modeling for a time. But, having attending culinary school in his native Oregon, Chris began working in restaurants and taking side jobs in catering. Born with an entrepreneurial spirit, parlayed his talent for organizing delicious feasts into his own catering business. Hungry for new experiences, he accepted a job in purchasing at the advertising giant OGILVY & MATHER. Soon, he was recruited by the FORD FOUNDATION. While there, he attended night school at NYU. Feeling restless and unfulfilled he left the non-profit to blaze a new trail toward the career he always wanted - jewelry.
Chris began his jewelry career in 2001 at CYMA Watches and Sequoia Jewelry, where he obtained first-rate knowledge and experience in jewelry merchandising. Mentored by Hugh G. Glenn, a world class jewelry businessman, and Yves Kamioner, a third generation Belgian jeweler, his earliest impressions of the business were influenced by leaders of the industry. Yet, the no-nonsense world of wholesale watches, gold, and diamonds left his creativity stifled. When an opportunity to work with an iconic costume jewelry designer presented itself, he jumped at it.
A chance introduction in 2006 to Lawrence Vrba led to a trial work period in the famous designer’s Fifth Avenue studio. Chris was told prior to starting that if he weren’t able to produce jewelry to Vrba’s very high standards within two weeks, he would be let go. Exceeding Vrba’s expectations, Chris spent the next 8 years as senior assistant to the iconic jewelry designer. Finally, under the keen eye’s of a master, Chris found a home to flourish as an artist.
By 2009, the working relationship with Lawrence Vrba warmed into a close friendship. Vrba encouraged Chris to start selling his own pieces on the side while still working full time at Lawrence Vrba’s studio. Vrba, half joking, suggested he call the line Moans Couture, named after Chris’s drag persona, Farrah Moans. The name stuck!
During his apprenticeship, Chris built pieces sold under the award winning Lawrence Vrba label for celebrities (such as Beyonce and Katy Perry). Other notable clients include: the Broadway productions of Hairspray, Wicked,Exit the King, Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes, and various items for The Metropolitan Opera. The fashion world requested pieces from Vrba’s studio for Zac Posen’s 2013 Resort Wear runway show, and Chris was there to build the pieces. The annually televised Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show began as a project where Chris made pieces for Vrba. As the years have passed, Chris has increasingly been credited under his own label for select Moans Couture pieces worn by some of the most beautiful models in the world.
Through his pedigreed apprenticeship and peerless experience in Vrba’s studio, Chris absorbed the skills and techniques that inform his design vision today. In 2013, Chris grew more established as a designer and free lance jewelry maker in NYC. Notable credits include making the jewelry for the hit Broadway production of ALADDIN, working on jewels with the HBO series GAME OF THRONES, the off Broadway burlesque spectacular “Queen of the Night”, and the 2014 Katy Perry “Prismatic” Tour.
As he matured artistically, Chris was fueled by his omnipresent desire to do and achieve more. He officially launched his own line in the fall of 2013, with Vrba encouraging and supporting him all the way. Chris’s style celebrates the tradition of massive, solidly built statement jewelry. And has already gained a considerable following.
The design philosophy is simple: He makes jewelry for himself; jewelry that makes him happy. Soldering jubilation into each piece, Chris believes the joy embedded into every bauble will shine through on whomever wears it. That perspective is good for business, too.
Moans Couture pieces are sold by high-end costume jewelry dealers like BAKELITE QUEEN all over the world. As far as Moscow, romantic as Paris, and luxurious as Palm Beach; Moans Couture pieces are represented every day in exotic locations somewhere on the globe. All product photos are of the actual item. Colors may differ slightly from actual product appearance due to differences in products and lighting conditions. Please contact me if you have specific additional photo requests as photos are part of the description.
Payments Personal check, money order, or Direct Checkout. I can no longer accept Paypal as their return policy is inconsistent with my shop policy. If you wish to use PayPal, contact me directly my decision will be based upon prior purchase history or recommendation from another shop keeper. Layaway arrangements are all acceptable payment options. LAYAWAY ITEMS ARE NON RETURNABLE . Easiest most convenient for you will be to use Direct Checkout or contact me directly with your your credit card. All payments must be in US dollars and all payments must be made within ten (10) days of the order date. Items with pending payments including layaway orders will be marked with a HOLD tag on the site until payment is received and processed. If payment is not received within 10 days the order will be cancelled, notification of cancellation will be made via email and items returned to inventory. "
Coupon Code discounted items are NOT eligible for return. Please make your selections carefully when purchasing with a coupon. If an item has been picked up from one of my shos 60 miles away a trip charge will be deducted from the sale price as I have spent a half day driving and fuel charges.
" Layaway terms are 25% down, non-refundable deposit, balance due within 60 days of order date and is available only on orders of $50.00 or more. Layaway items are not returnable. Upon receipt of final payment on a layaway the item will be shipped first class insured for the amount paid and shipping notification will be made to the buyer. Some items including lay away will require personal invoice from me. Please email me with you selection, and I will send you a discounted personal invoice. If you wish to use another form of payment, you must contact us first, for authorization. International orders are gladly accepted, however at the present time we are not accepting credit card orders for international orders. We reserve the right to refuse any order that does provide a valid, working email address or other verified shipping information.
Layaway and Discounted or purchased with Coupon Codes are not eligible for return.
" Shipping Policy - All items will be shipped via USPS (US Postal Service) unless otherwise stated. First class USPS shipping is as posted in the United States on all Jewelry items. You may choose to have additional insured if so, you must email me so I can send you a new invoice including the insurance price.First $50 is included in the standard shipping. Any Other shipping method, please contact me directly. Paypal, credit cards and money orders ship within 1-2 days of payment clearance/receipt. Personal checks ship in 5-7 days, or less depending on previous purchase history. If you have a special shipping need, we will do our best to accommodate, please don't hesitate to contact me directly. International shipment costs are TBD (to be determined) and will be calculated once your order is received. We will email you with the shipping options and costs to your country. I only use FedX for some countries for reliability and tracking. Customs documents are filled out using the correct amount of purchase and description of the item. " I list 1-2 weeks shipping but it is usually within a week, my physical brick and mortar shop is 50 miles away so sometimes I have to make a trip to pick up an item from the shop and this adds to the shipping time. If you need an item right away, please convo me and I will try to get it shipped as quickly as possible.
International buyers must contact me for shipping options or pay the minimum shipping as stated on the listing. International items are NON-REFUNDABLE
Discounted or purchased with Coupon Codes are not eligible for return.
Just contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 14 days of delivery
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
We want you to be happy with your purchase so please be sure to read all descriptions and size and condition info. All items are original and unrestored unless otherwise stated. Professional restorations will be noted in descriptions. Refunds WILL NOT be issued if items are returned without prior authorization or returned without following stated guidelines. Items returned in different condition than originally shipped will not not be accepted and refund will not be issued. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about any item, we want you to be happy with your purchases Please note: We are not responsible for shipping damage or loss. Items which are insured and arrive damaged or are lost will be handled via claim with the US postal service. We are not responsible for uninsured or underinsured items, and can not to be held responsible for items which are delayed, lost or damaged by the post office or any other shipper. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about this policy, your satisfaction guarantees you will shop with us again! " If an item has already been picked up from my shop 60 miles away a trip charge will be deducted from the sale price as I have spent a half day driving and fuel charges. Items that have been placed on layaway. Please read descriptions carefully and ask questions.
DISCOUNTED OR ON SALE OR COUPON PURCHASES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR RETURN. SOME SPECIAL LISTINGS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR RETURN.
International Orders are NOT eligible for return, please ask questions, look at photos, ask questions, request more photos, etc...Due to extremely high international shipping costs and the extended time it requires to ship and return an item, it would be out of inventory for over 30 days.
" Condition Definitions Excellent = Almost new condition, no noticeable flaws, dull, dark or yellow stones, virtually no plating or enamel loss. Sometimes this will be listed as "pristine condition" Very good = some minor signs of wear or age i.e. slight wear to plate or enamel, minor foil damage possible on a couple of stones, etc. Flaws will be minor. Specifics will be pointed out in the description. Good = signs of wear and age, specifics will be pointed out in description. Noticeable plating and/or enamel loss, copper may have some scratching, original patination is gone, some dull or graying stones. Fair = major condition problems, broken pin stems, serious wear, plating is gone, loose hinges,, deterioration of stones probably not in desirable wearable condition. Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding specific conditions or color questions. Unless otherwise stated, we make every effort to ensure that colors represented on the page are accurate. Additional views of items can be sent within 24 hours if needed to make a purchasing decision.
Discounted or purchased with Coupon Codes are not eligible for return.