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Cadoro, or Cadoro Jewels Corporation, was a Manhattan-based jewelry company founded in 1954[1] by Steven Brody and Daniel Stoenescu (aka Staneskieu), specialising in fashionable costume jewelry sold via department stores such as Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.[2] The company closed in 1987 following Brody's retirement as president.[2]

Company history[edit]

Steven Stuart Brody (1919[2] or 1926,[3] Philadelphia – 23 December 1994) initially studied business administration at Wharton School, Pennsylvania,[4] then attended the Curtis Institute of Music. After a stint as an actor in radio soap operas,[4] he went to Paris, where he met Daniel Stoenescu (1921[3]-after 1970), son of the Romanian artist Eustațiu Stoenescu, and nephew of Princess Ghika,[4] who proposed they go into jewelry design together.[5]

Cadoro, which was launched on Fifth Avenue, became known for inventive jewelry which used chenille and plastics alongside more traditional crystals, brushed gold, and enamel for designs which were bought by the likes of the Duchess of Windsor and Barbra Streisand.[5] In 1969, Cadoro also designed body jewellery in the form of filigree bras and breastplates for wearing with trendy see-through clothing to enable followers of fashion to preserve their modesty.[6] Cadoro's metal "breastplates" were inspired by a statue of Venus found at Pompeii.[6] The following year in 1970 Brody and Stoenescu were two of a group of costume jewelry designers awarded special Coty Awards, alongside Alexis Kirk, Marty Ruza, Cliff Nicholson and the first black recipient of a Coty, Bill Smith.[7][8] Cadoro designs for that year were Indian-themed, following on from an African and Pre-Columbian art-inspired collection in polished wood and carved gold and silver.[9]

Examples of Cadoro jewelry are held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art.[1][3]

Brody became president of the company in 1960, and when he retired in 1987, the company also closed down. He died at the Beth Israel Medical Center on December 23, 1994, of pneumonia following a long illness.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Cadoro in the collection of the Met.". Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Obituary: S. Steven Brody, 75, Designer of Jewelry". The New York Times. 1 January 1995. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Ring Stephen (sic) Brody (American, born 1926) and Dan Stoenescu (American, born 1921)". MoMA. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Lambert, Eleanor (1976). World of fashion : people, places, resources. New York: R.R. Bowker Co. p. 213. ISBN 0835206270. 
  5. ^ a b Hughes, Alice (24 August 1966). "A Woman's New York". The Reading Eagle. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Nemy, Enid (17 February 1969). "No Matter What You Call It, Body Jewelry Is Made to Top Nudity". Utica Observer Dispatch. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  7. ^ McDowell, Colin (1984). McDowell's Directory of Twentieth Century Fashion. Frederick Muller. pp. 299–301. ISBN 0-584-11070-7. 
  8. ^ Banik, Sheila (July 1981). "Bill Smith: The Maverick". Black Enterprise: 36. 
  9. ^ Lambert, Eleanor (19 September 1970). "Ethnic Theme Monopolises Front Seat in Fashion". The News and Courier. Retrieved 29 November 2012.