Dutch jeweler Georg Arthur Jensen
Born in the city of Raadwad, north of Copenhagen, Georg Arthur Jensen (1866-1935) – a famous Danish jeweler, silversmith, founder of the company Georg Jensen. Aged fourteen, Georg began to study sculpture. Next, he graduated from the Danish Academy of Fine Arts where he studied jewelry design. After finishing his studies in 1884, young Jensen got the opportunity to pursue his own artistic interests. So, he traveled the world, honing his skills.
Jensen worked with ceramics, silver, and in 1904 opened his workshop in the center of Copenhagen. Here he became widely recognized for the elaborate jewelry in the art-deco style.
Although Jensen himself was an adherent of the modernist style, he had the wisdom and foresight to give the designer freedom of expression. Accordingly, this expanded his stylistic framework as a manufacturer and allowed him to keep up with the times.
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Dutch jeweler Georg Arthur Jensen
Jose Rodriguez vintage costume jewelry
Unfortunately, there is little information about the Jose Rodriguez jewelry brand. According to “American Costume Jewelry 1935-50” by Carla Ginelli Brunialti, Rodriguez was a Cuban citizen resident in New York. Patented by him several designs in 1940s included parrot on a branch, toucan, swallow and fish brooches, featured in this post. Traditionally, Jose Rodriguez used gold and silver tone metal, multicolor enamel, glass cabochons, lucite, faux pearls and rhinestones. Noteworthy is his Bird series with parrots, toucans, firebirds, swallows and peacocks. Undoubtedly, nature inspired Jose Rodriguez decorations is truly a rarity, desirable for collectors of vintage costume jewelry.
Ramona Crutcher vintage handmade jewelry
The author of this gorgeous Victorian style brooch is Lebanon Tenessi based jewelry designer Ramona Crutcher. Born 30 August 1953, Ramona, teacher by profession, created gorgeous handmade jewelry pieces in small qiantities. Created mostly in 1990s, all signed Ramona Cratcher decorations have become vintage rarity now. Traditionally, the jeweler used brass tone metal as the base and cabochons imitating natural stones, as well as rhinestones. The design of her high quality decorations is very beautiful, made in Art Deco, Victorian or mixed styles. Besides, each piece – brooch or hair barrette have quite a complicated design which included many cast brass pieces. For example, one hair barrette design included piano, calla lilies, embossed heart with iris, Victorian woman in a hat, etc.
Noteworthy, the designer usually signed her decorations “Ramona Crutcher”, or “Jewelry by Ramona”.
Amy Lacombe vintage costume jewelry
Los Angeles, California based artist Amy Lacombe is a philologist by profession, she graduated from Loyola Marymount University. However, instead of teaching French Language and Literature, she chose creativity, and in particular jewelry design and ceramics. Starting her design career in 1983, she has created unique hand-made porcelain jewelry that leaves no one indifferent. She sold through major department stores, online shops and catalogs. Noteworthy, most Amy Lacombe jewelry pieces which she created in 1980-1990s, have become collectible vintage.
According to Amy, the main inspiration for her creativity were her husband Bruno Lacombe, their two children, dogs, cats and nature. Loving people, animals, and color, she is grateful to be able to express this passion through her art. “I hope it brightens your day”, says Amy. Undoubtedly, it does. Now the artist, passionate animal lover, prefers working with ceramics and in particular creating bright figurines of animals, and mostly cats.
Swank artful cufflinks
Founded in 1897 in Attleboro, MA as Attleboro Manufacturing Co., the Swan company specialized in the manufacture and sale of women’s jewelry. Very soon, there was a great fire that destroyed the factory and the whole area of the city of Attleboro. Fortunately, some decorations and machines were saved. So, the company moved production to a nearby building, which remained the center of business for the next 100 years.
Originally, the company didn’t manufacture men’s jewelry at all. However, in 1908 the company created a new division called Baer and Wilde, which focused on the production of men’s jewelry. And one of their lines, in particular, “Kum-A-Part” became highly popular.
During the Second World War, the company made a feasible contribution, making medallions for soldiers and other emblems for the army. At the same time, the men’s jewelry line has gained real popularity, and they even stopped making the women’s line.
Isabel Canovas vintage costume jewelry
Made in limited quantities to a certain season, Isabel Canovas jewelry has become vintage rarity, highly collectible and valuable for jewelry lovers. Born in 1945 in Paris, French fashion designer, stylist and jeweler Isabel Canovas began her career very early. First, it was the famous Hermes company, and then she worked at Vuitton’s (in the 1970s). Also, she has worked as head designer for Christian Dior (for ten years). Finally, aged 37, she opened her own boutique located at the fashionable Avenue Montaigne in Paris. Later, she expanded her business to Madison Avenue in New York and in Madrid.
Most famous of her jewelry lines include Circus, African and tribal designs, as well as pieces inspired by nature. Traditionally, the Parisian designer labeled her products with the full name “Isabel Canovas”, or added the name of a certain decorations. Thus, each of her clown brooches have a name, for example, Alex and Quito (the above photo), marked on the back side.
Noteworthy, in 1992 Isabel Canovas ended her design career with the closure of her stores.
Marino vintage costume jewelry
Located in Pawtucket Rhode Island, American jewelry company Marino Jewelry Co. Inc. was active in the middle of the last century. Founded in 1932, it ceased to exist in the late 1970s. Noteworthy, the last mention of the company and an advertising poster with its decorations appeared in Vogue magazine in September 1978.
However, according to other sources, Marino Manufacturing Company, located in the capital of the jewelry world – Providence, Rhode Island, was active from 1957 to 1983. Perhaps these were two companies of the same name that produced costume jewelry in the middle of the 20th century. Besides, this explains the various markings on their decorations. In particular, some vintage items have marking “By Marino”, while others – simply “Marino”.
Traditionally, Marino-marked jewelery is high-quality products made from textured or polished metal of silver or gold tone. Exquisite design, attention to detail made these bracelets, brooches and necklaces very popular with lovers of costume jewelry. Also, Marino jewelry design included artificial pearls and cabochons imitating natural stones. Undoubtedly, Marino vintage jewelry is a rarity and desired for collectors. Accordingly, the price of Marino decorations will only increase with each passing year.