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Jacques Kreisler vintage costume jewelry

Jacques Kreisler vintage costume jewelry

Cameo brooch. Carved shell, yellow and rose gold vermeil. Jacques Kreisler vintage costume jewelry

Kreisler vintage costume jewelry

Founded in 1914 in New York by Marcus Stern and Jacques Kreisler, The Stern-Kreisler Jewelry Company specialized in the production of high-end jewelry and bijouterie. Very soon they began to do business with the best department stores across the country. Originally, the company specialized in the production of men’s accessories – cufflinks, tie clips, bracelets and chains for watches, etc. Some years later, Jacques Kreisler became a sole owner of the company, which he renamed to Jacques Kreisler Manufacturing Co.
According to retro ads posters, the company moved to North Bergen, New Jersey. One of the designers who worked for the company was William Diehl. In 1948, Kreisler expanded his product lines and added watches and leather watch bands to men’s and women’s jewelry.
Also, seven years later they stopped the production of high jewelry lines launched in 1945 and mainly produced costume jewelry. Noteworthy, the manufactory ceased operations in 1979. In fact, Kreisler jewelry is rare and quite expensive.
Traditionally, markings included the brand’s name “Kreisler Quality USA”, or “Kreisler US” with a star, and sometimes added the purity of metal, for example 1\20 – 12kt G.F.
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Kate Hines vintage costume jewelry

Kate Hines vintage costume jewelry

Russian gilt matte finish floral design brooch, glass cabochon. Kate Hines vintage costume jewelry

Kate Hines vintage costume jewelry
“A woman wears jewelry that is of her choosing, that is an expression of herself. Once chosen, it is no longer the designer’s, but her own”. Kate Hines
American jewelry designer Kate Hines first registered her own store in Tiverton, Rhode Island, in 1981, categorized under Jewelry Stores. Also, she incorporated Kate Hines Inc. company 5 June 1997 in Providence, Rhode Island.
According to sources, she graduated from Rhode Island School of Design. Immediately after leaving school, she founded her own studio in Tiverton, RI with a great desire to create jewelry. To achieve her goal, she hired four young talented craftsmen who successfully created beautiful high-quality jewelry, embodying the designer’s intentions. She combined modern and classic and created wearable art. As a result, the jewelry collections of this brand have found their buyers and fans.
Besides, in 2006 Hines registered Pearl Poodle jewelry brand. Exhibited in prestigious galleries in London, Australia, Boston and New York, her jewelry put Kate at the forefront of the revival of American costume jewelry.
The company with an annual revenue of less than $500,000 ceased to exist in early 2010s. Kate Hines jewelry page on the social network and her website became inactive in 2012.
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Metropolitan museum of art MMA vintage costume jewelry

Metropolitan museum of art MMA vintage costume jewelry

Sunburst brooch pendant. 24 K gold plated. 5.5 cm. 1980s. Metropolitan museum of art MMA vintage costume jewelry

Metropolitan museum of art MMA vintage costume jewelry
For several decades, many large museums have been producing varied collections of jewelry, based on ancient jewelry, paintings, and objects of decorative and applied art stored in museum collections. Some of the most famous are the jewelry collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA) and the National Gallery of Art (NGA). Earrings, necklaces, brooches with the markings of these museums (MFA, MMA, NGA) have long been collectibles. Some of them have become real collectible rarities and are in great demand among collectors and fans of costume jewelry.
Traditionally made as copies of museum originals, they demonstrate high quality workmanship and the use of high-quality materials. In particular, silver, high-quality jewelry alloys, expensive crystals, pearls, gold (14, 22, 24 K) and colored enamels.
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Signed Jesara vintage costume jewelry

Signed Jesara vintage costume jewelry

Fish brooch. Jelly Belly, goldtone metal, rhinestones. Early 1990s. Signed Jesara vintage costume jewelry

Jesara vintage costume jewelry
A family business of Aram and Jessica Kalfian, JESARA JEWELRY, INC. was registered in the Register of the state of Connecticut under the legal form of Stock. Established on 2nd May 1989, the company had worked for a short period, expired in 1999.
Despite such a short period of work, the products of this New York based company were comparable in quality and design with such fashion icons as Givenchy, Dior and Kenneth Jane Lane. Traditionally, the masters of this company used alloys of gold and silver tones that mimic precious metals. Also, lucite and art glass, rhinestones and cabochons. High-quality vintage costume jewelry of this company has become collectible and highly sought after for lovers of vintage jewelry.
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Signed Best vintage costume jewelry

Signed Best vintage costume jewelry

Funny frog with umbrella vintage brooch. Polished Silver tone metal, black rhinestones (eyes), crystal. Signed Best vintage costume jewelry

Signed Best vintage costume jewelry
A chain of American catalog showroom retail stores, Best (also known as BEST Products) was founded by Sydney and Frances Lewis in 1957. Originally headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, the company went out of business in 1997. The Lewises sent out their first catalog and the first showroom at 4909 West Marshall Street in Richmond, in 1957. By 1956 (the bankruptcy time) the company had 11 Best Jewelry stores in 23 states, and a nationwide mail-order service. 1992-1993 catalog featured jewelry pieces alongside with watches, pens, Sunglasses, luggage, electronics, lamps, toys and sporting goods.
Noteworthy, costume jewelry of this company has its own unique style, which allows these jewelry to become a rarity and collectible. Characteristic was the use of two metals in one jewelry piece – silver and gold tone metal, the brilliance and texture of which were close to precious metals. Also, the masters used pearlescent enamels, lucite and sometimes a very small amount of rhinestones and crystals. Traditionally, the jewelry of this company has the marking BEST in italics on the reverse side.
The thematic focus of design – festive and patriotic symbols – angels, flags, Halloween symbols, Easter and Christmas figures, as well as animal figures.
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Dubarry Fifth Avenue DFA vintage costume jewelry

Dubarry Fifth Avenue DFA vintage costume jewelry

1960s brooch of circle shape with changeable charms as the symbols of four seasons – winter, spring, summer and autumn. Gold tone textured metal, enamel, plastic. Dubarry Fifth Avenue DFA vintage costume jewelry

Dubarry Fifth Avenue DFA vintage costume jewelry
Named after the famous French Du Barry jewels, Dubarry Fifth Avenue, an American costume jewelry company, began operating in the early 1940s. However, after two decades of successful work, in the mid-1960s, the New York-based company ceased to exist.
Traditionally, the masters of this company used metal alloys of gold and silver tones, enamel, rhinestones and semiprecious stones for the production of costume jewelry. Initially, the decorations were supplied with paper tags, but later they began to be marked with DFA, or Dubarry DFA on the back side.
High quality workmanship allowed DFA to cooperate with the most famous jewelry companies of that time. In particular, Goldette and Napier, for whom the DFA produced several series of jewelry. At the moment, the jewelry of this company is vintage and highly collectible.
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Marjolein Bastin MB vintage costume jewelry

Marjolein Bastin MB vintage costume jewelry

Christmas theme bunny in the snow forest framed brooch with dangling bird, pinecone and holly leaf. Marjolein Bastin MB vintage costume jewelry

Marjolein Bastin MB vintage costume jewelry
The Dutch artist, writer and jewelry designer Marjolein Bastin (b. 1943) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts (Arnhem, Netherlands). In 1974, the young artist began working with the Dutch women’s magazine Libelle, with which she continues to work until now. In parallel, she was engaged in writing.
Since the early 1990s, Marjolein began working with several American companies, including Hallmark, which produces postcards, stationery, calendars, souvenirs and jewelry. So, from the beginning of the 1990s, alongside with illustrations and drawings the artist began creating jewelry designs. These designs included an incredible amount of small details – flowers, insects, birds, butterflies and entire sets of the gardener. The ability to notice and carefully depict the smallest details of each plot is precisely the corporate identity of Bastin.
Hallmark artist Bastin created her jewelry pieces for 10 years, mostly in the 1990s. Now these decorations are vintage and highly collectible. Traditionally, they have two markings “Bastin” and the year of manufacture on the back side of decoration, and two letters MB, often on the front side.
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