Marjorie Baer vintage costume jewelry (1979-1991)
The history of the “MB SF” jewelry brand began in 1979 in San Francisco, California, founded by Marjorie Ellen Baer (December 31, 1953 – October 6, 2007).
Born in North Hollywood, she studied art and interior design at the University of California, Santa Cruz and George Washington University in Washington, DC. After working on several design projects, Baer settled in South San Francisco and founded Marjorie Baer Accessories, Inc.
She opened an art studio where a small group of innovative artisans and jewelers began creating wearable art.
MB designers used hammered metals, including bronze, copper and silver, as well as resin, art glass and semi-precious stones. They labeled their pieces with the initials M. Baer Acc. S.F., Baer SF, or “MB SF,” which stands for Marjorie Baer and San Francisco.
Made between 1979 and 1991, these pieces of jewelry are collectibles.
Handcrafted with great attention to detail, her jewelry and, in particular, the variety of designs is astounding. In addition to costume jewelry, earrings, brooches, pendants and necklaces, the company’s craftsmen produced belts, hair ornaments and various fashionable women’s accessories.
Marjorie E. Baer was active for almost thirty years until brain cancer left her unable to work. She passed away in 2007 at the age of 53.
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