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Signed Katrina vintage costume jewelry

Signed Katrina vintage costume jewelry

Musician brooch pin of gold tone, enamel, rhinestones. 1980s. Signed Katrina vintage costume jewelry

Signed Katrina vintage costume jewelry (1985-1995)

Incorporated in 1985, Katrina Inc., was a family business founded by artist Kathleen Mooney, and Floyd and Virginia Y Mooney. Headquartered at 1227 Lieghton, Anniston, Alabama, the company made jewelry and related items for just over a decade. However, the company ceased to exist only in 2010.

A characteristic feature of the Katrina design is its multicolor, artistic performance and many details. Also, the use of a variety of materials including metal alloys, ceramics, resin, textile, lucite, art glass, acrylic and rhinestones. The styles of these brooches, earrings and pendants also range from classics to the funky, vibrant colors of the the 1980s disco era.

The company logo and maker’s mark include an image of a cat with a stylized word Katrina in script. Undoubtedly, unique wearable art pieces from this brand can be a great addition to any vintage costume jewelry collection.
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Signed Amsel vintage costume jewelry

Signed Amsel vintage costume jewelry

Peacock gold filled filigree brooch. Signed Amsel vintage costume jewelry

Signed Amsel vintage costume jewelry (1960s)
The history of the Canadian jewelry brand Amsel began in 1962 and lasted just over a decade. The company was mentioned in business directories of Québec silver jewelry manufacturers in 1963, 1967 and 1973.

The Amsel Bros Company, located at 4372 blvd. St-Laurent, Montreal, handcrafted silver, gold and metal items. A characteristic feature of this brand’s jewelry is its fine filigree work and high quality workmanship. Moreover, the most common design in a variety of textures and shapes is the national Canadian symbol – the maple leaf.
Today, Amsel jewelry is extremely rare and collectible.
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Ella L Cone modernist silver jewelry

Ella L Cone modernist silver jewelry

Detailed shaped sterling silver earrings with the image of a Helmsman at a ship’s wheel. 1950-60s. Ella L Cone modernist silver jewelry

Ella L Cone modernist silver jewelry

Renowned modernist silversmith, jewelry designer and artist Ella L. Cone (1898-1974) was a representative of The Wearable Art Movement. She began making jewelry in the 1930s in New York. In the 1940s, she moved to Massachusetts and launched her own business which she ran until her retirement in the 1960s. The Silversmith’s Shop which she owned during the 1940s – 60s had two locations – 342 Bolyston Street, Boston 16, and 584 Main Street, Hyannis, Massachusetts.

Although her artisan jewelry items were featured in the books on modernist and mid-century jewelry, yet little is known about her biography. Handcrafting necklaces, earrings, cufflinks, pendants, brooches and bracelets, the designer used sterling silver and gold. Today, jewelry marked “Ella L. Cone” and “Sterling” have a high collector’s value.

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Signed LFC vintage costume jewelry

Signed LFC vintage costume jewelry

Flower Basket brooch. Gold plated, crystals, pearls. Signed LFC vintage costume jewelry

Signed LFC vintage costume jewelry
Based in Southend-on-sea of Essex, southeast England, and incorporated on 30 December 1952, L F Coverdale & Co Ltd began its activity in 1947.
Originally headed by Phyllis Matilda Ellen Wickenden, a small team of craftsmen made high quality brooches, pins, pendants, and clip-on earrings using 24 K gold. Also, silver, enamel, Swarovski crystals, rhinestones, and cultured pearls. The maker’s mark includes initials L.F.C.
Noteworthy, they made jewelry both for sale and for other British jewelry companies. Among them, in particular, were Rosita, Butler & Wilsons and others.
In 1964 Nadine Ellen Joan Wickenden joined the family business and soon became its director. The company ceased to exist in 1995.
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Bill Tendler mid-century modernist jewelry

Bill Tendler mid-century modernist jewelry

Geometric design sterling silver pin. Bill Tendler mid-century modernist jewelry

Bill Tendler mid-century modernist jewelry (1948-1973)
Iconic American silversmith Bill Tendler (1906-1973) was one of the founders of the wearable art movement, along with such renowned metalsmiths as Sam Kramer, Arthur King, Francisco Rebajes, Ed Wiener and Art Smith. Greenwich Village in New York was an urban artists’ colony and home to their shops, including Tendler’s studio, which he operated on West 4th Street from 1948 to 1963. Tendler later moved to another part of Greenwich Village, where he worked until his death in 1973.

Handcrafted mostly from sterling silver and signed “Tendler,” his jewelry looks like miniature abstract or geometric sculpture. In addition to sterling silver, the artist used natural stones, including citrine, agate, and more.
Noteworthy, according to some sources, in the 1970s, Bill Tendler began working with gold and was active until 1981, the year of his death.

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Signed Diana vintage costume jewelry

Signed Diana vintage costume jewelry

Double flower brooch pin of gold tone. 1950s. Signed Diana vintage costume jewelry

Signed Diana vintage costume jewelry (1948-1960s)
Launched in 1948 in Newark, New Jersey, Diana was one of several jewelry trademarks owned by Krementz & Company, Inc (1886 – 1997). Although Krementz history began in 1886 when five men started jewelry business, but it was in 1922 that George Krementz and Julius Lebkeucher joined their families into Krementz & Co.
Diana jewelry line includes Victorian and classic designs, rose and plant motifs, so popular in 1930-50s, filigree details, the use of high quality crystals, cubic zirconia, and natural gems. Made of 10-18K gold plated sterling silver, Diana fine jewelry pieces are increasingly rare and highly collectible.
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Signed Regel vintage costume jewelry

Signed Regel vintage costume jewelry

12 K gold filled flower brooch pin. Signed Regel vintage costume jewelry

Signed Regel vintage costume jewelry (1932-1950s)

The history of jewelry marked Regel or A.Regel began in 1932 in Providence, Rhode Island. According to some sources, Regel operated in Cranston, Rhode Island, while other sources point to Warwick, Rhode Island. However, long before entering the United States, Regel operated in Pforzheim, the jewelry capital of pre-war Germany. It is noteworthy that Regel was a manufacturer not only of jewelry, but also of men’s accessories, such as lighters. By the way, the German word “Regel” means “rule”.

Registered in the USA, A. Regel company continued to produce lighters and high-quality jewelry using gold, silver, cubic zirconia and Austrian crystals. The jewelers handcrafted classic ornate brooches, pins, necklaces, pendants, clip-on earrings with floral and leaf motifs, bows and circles, and often with filigree elements. The maker’s mark traditionally includes a stylized “A Regel” or “Regel”, 10-14 K gold or sterling silver.

Today, Regel jewelry is rare and highly prized by collectors and lovers of antique and vintage jewelry.
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