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Henry Schreiner vintage costume jewelry

Sparkling brooch, Aurora borealis crystals, 1940s. Henry Schreiner vintage costume jewelry

Sparkling brooch, Aurora borealis crystals, 1940s. Henry Schreiner vintage costume jewelry

Henry Schreiner vintage costume jewelry
German born jewelry designer Henry Schreiner opened his own jewelry manufacturing company in 1951. However, some researchers insist on 1939, but until 1951 the decorations still had no markings, and they are difficult to identify.
By this time, he had an impressive background in the Dior fashion house, with designers Norman Norrell and Pauline Triger. Meanwhile, in 1953 his daughter Terry and her husband Albert Ambros joined the business. In 1954 Henry died, but Terry and Albert continued his business.
In the 1950s and 1970s, Audrey Hepburn, Merlin Monroe, Bette Davis shone in decorations from Schreiner … The value and exclusivity of Schreiner Jewelery pieces are undoubtful and accordingly, increases their collectability.
First of all, they produced high quality decorations of unusual design and in small quantities and massively. Second, almost all – made by hand. Third, Schreiner used very expensive custom-made stones of special form and unusual colors, made in Germany by skilled Czechoslovak masters and in the best workshops in Austria. These stones and crystals are unique and no longer produced. And fourth, the combination of incongruous, no restrictions in the mixing of color and shape.
Noteworthy, Henry Schreiner was the first who began to use blackened jewelery alloy. Thus he wanted to emphasize the brightness and beauty of the crystals.
Besides, very often Schreiner created decorations specially for the shows, so they were large and noticeable.

Gently pink flower brooch 8 cm, metal of silver tone, flower core pink cabochon. Henry Schreiner vintage costume jewelry

Gently pink flower brooch 8 cm, metal of silver tone, flower core pink cabochon. Henry Schreiner vintage costume jewelry

A blacksmith in Bavaria, Henry Schreiner emigrated to the United States in 1923. There he began working at Better Buckle Company, which produced metal buckles, buttons and fasteners. For Henry work in this company has become a good school. Soon he began to invent and produce his own jewelry, as well as create jewelry for other brands – Adele Simpson, Norman Norell and Christian Dior.

Schreiner often made ornaments in the form of flowers – chamomiles, sunflowers, cornflowers, daisies and geraniums. Also you can find brooches in the form of dragonflies, pineapples, carrots, turtles, acorns and other unusual figures.

Ornaments looked unusual due to unusual color combinations and unusual arrangement of crystals – many were as if turned upside down. In fact, the company did not advertise the products, because their beautiful and spectacular were popular and sold without any advertising!

Jewelry marked “Schreiner”, “Schreiner Jewelry N.Y.C.” and “Schreiner Jewelry” were intended for retail sale. The company also developed the design of jewelry for Elizabeth Arden. The company ceased to exist in 1973.

Henry Schreiner vintage costume jewelry

Sources:
Jewelry decorations. Jewelry guide. 2004
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