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Amita Damascene vintage jewelry

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Amita Damascene vintage jewelry

Japanese landscape design with river, boat and mount Fuji brooch pin. Amita Damascene vintage jewelry

Amita Damascene vintage jewelry
The history of the Japanese jewelry brand Amita began in 1932 in Kyoto, founded by Shintaro Amita. Due to the WWII, the company ceased operations in 1940. However, in 1947, the president of the company Tomokuni Amita resumed the business as Amita Damascene Co., Ltd. The team of forty craftsmen made damascene jewelry by hand using 24 K gold and sterling silver.
Noteworthy, Amita Damascene is one of the most traditional handicrafts succeeded only in Kyoto since more than one thousand years ago. To support skills in jewelry craftsmanship, the company opened Amita Damascene Craftsmen Training School in 1952.
In the period from 1932, the management of Amita changed the name of the company several times. So, in 1957 Amita Damascene Co. Inc. became Amita Trading company, and in 1966 Amita Jewelry Corporation.
In the 1970s, with a change in company management and a decline in demand for jewelry, Amita Corporation redirected its business to the development of tourism opening hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. Amita jewelry produced from 1932 to the 1970s is highly collectible today.

Bamboo square shape gold and black tone cufflinks

Bamboo square shape gold and black tone cufflinks

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Amita Damascene vintage jewelry

Black base floral design brass earrings

Black base floral design brass earrings

Blossom branch damascene round brooch pin. Gold tone, white acrylic base

Blossom branch damascene round brooch pin. Gold tone, white acrylic base

Butterfly earrings with landscape painted wings. Gold tone, enamel

Butterfly earrings with landscape painted wings. Gold tone, enamel

Floral motif gold and black screw back earrings

Floral motif gold and black screw back earrings

Flower bouquet sterling silver earrings

Flower bouquet sterling silver earrings

Gold and silver inlay compact with scenic Japanese design

Gold and silver inlay compact with scenic Japanese design

Grape handpainted damascene round pin

Grape handpainted damascene round pin

Grapevine white and gold tone handpainted brooch

Grapevine white and gold tone handpainted brooch

Handpainted gold tone pendant

Handpainted gold tone pendant

Irises handpainted round sterling silver brooch

Irises handpainted round sterling silver brooch

Leaf design bar tie clip of gold and black tone

Leaf design bar tie clip of gold and black tone

Lily of the valley button shape brooch pin and screw back earrings of gold and black tone

Lily of the valley button shape brooch pin and screw back earrings of gold and black tone

Lily of the valley button shape screw back earrings. Gold, enamel

Lily of the valley button shape screw back earrings. Gold, enamel

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Mt Fuji fan links design bracelet. 24 K gold, enamel

Mt Fuji fan links design bracelet. 24 K gold, enamel

Scenic Japanese landscape round screw back earrings of black and gold tone

Scenic Japanese landscape round screw back earrings of black and gold tone

Silver and black floral design stud earrings

Silver and black floral design stud earrings

Square shape handpainted bamboo vintage gold tone lapel pin

Square shape handpainted bamboo vintage gold tone lapel pin

Sterling silver pendant and screw back earrings with floral design

Sterling silver pendant and screw back earrings with floral design

Sunflower design round gold and black tone brooch pin

Sunflower design round gold and black tone brooch pin

Silver and black floral design stud earrings

Silver and black floral design stud earrings

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Maker's mark

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