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Jeff Lieb vintage costume jewelry

Jeff Lieb vintage costume jewelry

1980s brooch. Gold tone alloy, purple cabochon, Swarovski crystals, faux pearl. 10 cm. Jeff Lieb vintage costume jewelry

Jeff Lieb vintage costume jewelry
This brooch combines Italian mood, French elegance and American progressiveness! The American designer has been creating jewelry at his studio in Highland Park, Illinois for over 40 years (since 1978 to present). Traditionally handcrafted, these pieces as wearable art are coveted by collectors and jewelry lovers. Lieb has created a special line of jewelry for Donald Trump’s Taj Mahal Casino. Swarovski Crystal Elements Approved Designer, his work appears in motion pictures, galleries and unique stores. The possession of Jeff Lieb jewelry is an indicator of rare taste and a certain status in society.
Lieb, who began his activity in 1978, sells his jewelry pieces in more than 1,000 galleries and boutiques nationwide. Noteworthy, the designer signes all his pieces on the back side.
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Lambert Brothers New York City jewelry company

Lambert Brothers New York City jewelry company

Swirl earrings. 14 K Gold, sapphire. Lambert Brothers New York City jewelry company

Lambert Brothers New York City jewelry company
Quality jewelry lasts, according to one of the oldest jewelry companies, Lambert Bros NYC founded in 1877 by Italians August Lambert and his brother. Later, Henry L. Lambert (1905 – 1983) headed his father and uncle’s business. Noteworthy, before joining the family company, he had studied gem cutting and jewelry design in Amsterdam and Paris.
The company’s store located at Third Ave at the corner of 58th street, sold bracelet watches, medals and a variety of fine jewelry – cigarette cases, pearl strings, rings, bracelets, cufflinks, brooches, earrings, chains and necklaces. Creating their jewelry pieces, the designers of the company used precious metals – gold, platinum, and sterling silver. Also, precious stones, such as diamonds, rubies, sapphire, opal, emeralds and more. Traditionally, they stamped their pieces on the back side with the name of the company and the purity of metal. For example, Lambert Bros NY 10 K gf, or sterling.
Zale Corporation of Dallas bought Lambert Brothers Jewelers Inc. in 1977, before Mr. Lambert’s retirement in 1978.
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Admira Admark vintage costume jewelry

Admark Sterling vintage costume jewelry

Hummingbird brooch. Sterling silver, gold vermeil, crystals. 7cm. 1950s. (Admira) Admark vintage costume jewelry

Admark vintage costume jewelry
This vintage brooch “Hummingbird” is a magnificent example of detailed realistic figurative design retro jewelry. Marked “Admark Sterling”, it is 12 K gold filled. The eye of the bird is an insert of deep ruby ​​glass.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based company Admira Jewelry Corporation was created by a designer-jeweler Albert Adler in 1945. Noteworthy, he renamed the company in 1954 into Admark Co Inc. According to sources, the company actively worked till 1960s. Then, after ups and downs, a rebirth in the 1980s, and a change of owners and directions, the company ceased to exist.
Especially valuable is genuine and imitation jewelry created in the 1940s-1960s.
Traditionally, the designers of this company used 12 K gold filling, sterling silver and natural stones. In particular, carnelian, rock crystal, carved shell, tigers eye, jasper, black onyx, chalcedony, chrysoprase, and more. The markings most often include “Admark”. Thanks to the high quality and craftsmanship, the vintage jewelry of this company has been perfectly preserved. However, these decorations are extremely rare in the vintage jewelry market and collectible.

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Giorgio Beverly Hills vintage costume jewelry

Giorgio Beverly Hills vintage costume jewelry

Bow and pearl bell dangle brooch. Gold tone, clear rhinestones, faux pearl. Giorgio Beverly Hills vintage costume jewelry

Giorgio Beverly Hills vintage costume jewelry
The history of the American brand Giorgio Beverly Hills began in 1961, when George Grant and Fred Hayman founded the women’s fashion boutique at 273 Rodeo Drive. Thus, the name Giorgio comes from the name of George Grant, and Beverly Hills from the location of the boutique. However, already in 1962, Hayman bought the business from Grant. Among the buyers of the boutique were such famous personalities as Natalie Wood, Princess Grace, Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor, and others. Along with perfumes and clothes, the boutique also sold costume jewelry bearing the name of this boutique. In addition, along with jewelry, the boutique offered precious jewelry made of gold, with natural stones and diamonds.
Traditionally, different companies and designers have supplied and created jewelry for the boutique. These include Pejois Inc., Ronte, Victoria Wieck, Pauling, David Kuo, Zina, Charmant and many others. Accordingly, Beverly Hills jewelry does not have a particular style. However, the silver jewelry created by modernist designer Zina between 1970-1990 stands out.
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La Roco vintage costume jewelry

La Roco vintage costume jewelry

Moon crescent brooch. Gold tone alloy, faux amber, rhinestones. 7 cm. 1950s. La Roco vintage costume jewelry

La Roco vintage costume jewelry
Based in Seattle, Washington, American jewelry company Layko, Ross & co Inc. began its activity more than hundred years ago, in 1918. According to sources and jewelry pieces available on the vintage jewelry market, the company ceased operations in the 1960s. Traditionally, the designers used high quality materials for creating beautiful lockets, earrings, tie clasps and brooches, which have perfectly survived to this day. For example, this large filigree crescent brooch with citrine glass and honey topaz inserts. Jewelry from this manufacturer is quite rare, sold at auctions. Basically, La Roco products were not marked, but sold with a tag. Occasionally found on clips, the “La Roco” hallmark in script is for some reason almost never used on brooches.
Rare jewelry
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Ballet Jewels Inc vintage costume jewelry

Ballet Jewels Inc vintage costume jewelry

Vintage oval brooch. Gold tone bijouterie alloy, faux turquoise. 4.5 cm. 1960s. Ballet Jewels Inc vintage costume jewelry

Ballet Jewels Inc vintage costume jewelry
Before Harold P. Bass founded his own jewelry company, he successfully worked for Bass-Weiner inc. Thus, according to the patent office, he patented one of his own jewelry designs on July 7, 1942. However, in the early 1950s, Weiner and Bass parted ways. Harold founded his own company, Ballet Jewels Inc. in New York City (1952). Harold had a son, Thomas, who later became vice president of the company.
Noteworthy, such famous brands as DeLizza&Elster made jewelry for Ballet Jewels Inc.

Today, the company located at 389 5th Ave, is still operating, but its policy and its management have changed. Now it is a premier global supplier of private label costume jewelry and wholesaler of precious metal & gemstone jewelry.
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Rice Weiner vintage costume jewelry

Rice Weiner vintage costume jewelry

Jungle head brooch. Gold plated metal, plastic imitating ivory elephant task, turquoises and ruby cabochons. 10 cm. 1942. Marked Alexander Korda. Rice Weiner vintage costume jewelry

Rice Weiner vintage costume jewelry
The company that has made a very big contribution to the culture of vintage jewelry and has created wonderful collections, in fact, remained “nameless”. This was due to two factors. First, their own jewelry lines were marked only with the name of the collection. Second, custom-made collections were marked with the name of the customer.
The entire life path of Providence Rhode Island based company Rice-Weiner, which began in 1938 and ended in 1946, can be roughly divided into three milestones. Creation of own collections, collaboration with Alexander Korda and production of jewelry for McClelland Barclay.

Designed by McClelland Barclay 'Modern' brooch. 6.5 cm. 1940. Yellow and white metal alloys, rhinestones

Designed by McClelland Barclay ‘Modern’ brooch. 6.5 cm. 1940. Yellow and white metal alloys, rhinestones

In 1938, Louis E. Hirsch, general manager of Rice-Weiner & Co, filed the company’s first patent. In particular, the Eagle with Arrows Brooch, designed by Louis C Mark.
Between 1940 and 1941, the company created two wonderful collections “Etrusceana” and “Indo – Craft”. Jewelry pieces from these collections, which have survived to this day, amaze with their beauty, graceful lines and some kind of dream of distant countries. These collections were also patented by the designer Louis C Mark. According to the Brunialti catalog, the company also had collections in oriental and Asian motives.
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