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Barrera vintage costume jewelry

Barrera vintage costume jewelry

Lilac brooch. Gold plated alloy, lucite, Austrian crystals, faux pearls, enamel. 10 cm. 1990s. Barrera vintage costume jewelry

Barrera vintage costume jewelry
Located in the center of New York, Barrera Holdings LLC began its activity in 1981 and is still active. The founders of the company, Jose and Maria Barrera, have proven that costume jewelry can be truly top-notch. High quality workmanship, the use of 24 carat gold, Austrian crystals of a special cut, and art glass imitating precious stones. Their jewelry, including pieces created for Avon (1989 – 1996), has always been very popular. Traditionally, the company sells its jewelry on its website, as well as through top boutiques, including Neiman Marcus.
In fact, the history of Barrera’s jewelry business began much earlier, in the 1960s. It was then that a lucky case brought the actress from New York to Texas. Maria saw Jose’s very first jewelry piece at the University of Texas student art exhibition. The actress bought the necklace she liked and returned to New York to put it on to a party. There she was spotted by the famous photographer and art editor of Vogue magazine Alexander Lieberman. Lieberman asked for a piece for the photo shoot. The decoration inspired magazine editor Diana Vreeland so much that she commissioned another series of art photographs for the April 1970 issue of Vogue magazine.
This happy turn of events pushed Jose and Maria to start a new life and their family business in New York. Over time, their three daughters Larisa, Alicia, and Mariel joined the company, and the business expanded.


Bouquet of Flowers vintage brooch. Metal alloy, crystals, black pearls

Bouquet of Flowers vintage brooch. Metal alloy, crystals, black pearls

Barrera jewelry trademarks

1981-2015 Barrera jewelry trademarks

Barrera vintage costume jewelry

'American Style' Earrings. Gold tone, faux coral. 1991

‘American Style’ Earrings. Gold tone, faux coral. 1991

Butterfly brooch. Gold tone alloy, mother of pearl, faux pearls, glass. 7 cm. 1990s

Jeweled butterfly brooch. Gold tone alloy, mother of pearl, faux pearls, glass. 7 cm. 1990s

Butterfly gold tone rhinestones brooch

Butterfly gold tone rhinestones brooch

Door knocker design gold tone earrings. Corinthian collection for Avon. 6.5 cm. 1989

Door knocker design gold tone earrings. Corinthian collection for Avon. 6.5 cm. 1989

Double flower brooch. Gold plated, enamel, crystals

Double flower brooch. Gold plated, enamel, crystals

Egg shaped filigree ornament earrings. Gold plated, red and black cabochons, pearls

Egg shaped filigree ornament earrings. Gold plated, red and black cabochons, pearls

Flower and leaves vintage brooch

Flower and leaves vintage brooch

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Hibiscus flower brooch. Gold tone, enamel, Swarovski crystals. 11.5 cm. 1980s

Hibiscus flower brooch. Gold tone, enamel, Swarovski crystals. 11.5 cm. 1980s

Leaf brooch. Metal alloy, rhinestones

Leaf brooch. Metal alloy, rhinestones

Maltese cross ring. Mayan style collection for Avon. 1994

Maltese cross ring. Mayan style collection for Avon. 1994

Pink and gold tone vintage clip on earrings. Gold plated alloy, art glass, rhinestones

Pink and gold tone vintage clip on earrings. Gold plated alloy, art glass, rhinestones

Rose vintage brooch. Gold lated alloy, green rhinestones

Rose vintage brooch. Gold lated alloy, green rhinestones

Starburst brooch pendant. 5 cm. Gold tone, enamel, rhinestones. 7.5 cm. 1990s

Starburst brooch pendant. 5 cm. Gold tone, enamel, rhinestones. 7.5 cm. 1990s

Sunflower gold plated black rhinestones vintage brooch

Sunflower gold plated black rhinestones vintage brooch

Venice collection dangle brooch. Gold tone, faux agate. 8 cm. 1990

Venice collection dangle brooch. Gold tone, faux agate. 8 cm. 1990

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