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Signed Tilia vintage botanical jewelry

Signed Tilia vintage botanical jewelry

Chestnut Leaf branch 925 sterling silver brooch. 1960s. Signed Tilia vintage botanical jewelry

Signed Tilia vintage botanical jewelry
The history of Tilia silver jewelry brand began in 1963 in a neighborhood of Aarhus, the city of Åbyhøj, Denmark. Noteworthy, the brand’s name comes from a species of trees or bushes, known as tilia (linden). The brand’s owner was Ove Hans Georg Eriksen, who handcrafted leaf and floral design jewelry with the use of electroplating.
Traditionally, when creating botanical jewelry, Ove H.G. Eriksen used silver and gold plating. The technology for creating original jewelry is that the processed plant or other natural object is lowered into a special solution with silver. Under the influence of an electric current, a galvanization process occurs, as a result of which the plant leaves behind a three-dimensional image.
Made in 1963-1974, botanical jewelry numbered and marked “Tilia Danmark Sterling Solv” (silver) is rare and highly collectible.
Danish craftsmen are known for creating naturalistic three-dimensional jewelry, collectively known as Flora Danica. Each product is unique, because the base for such jewelry is flowers, leaves, branches, buds, bark and even grass.
is the nature and beauty of Denmark as it is: forget-me-nots, lilacs, daisies, rose hips, rosebuds, clover, lettuce and parsley.
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Signed Truart vintage costume jewelry

Signed Truart vintage costume jewelry

Egyptian woman face etched sterling silver brooch. 1940s. Signed Truart vintage costume jewelry

Signed Truart vintage costume jewelry
The history of Truart jewelry began in 1939 in New York, NY. According to Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office, Arthur M. Cohen filed for registration of his trademark “Truart” for personal wear jewelry (not included watches) on 10 May 1939. The company manufactured sterling silver jewelry for about three decades, and ceased to exist in the 1960s.
The design of Truart pieces suggests that big part of jewelry was handcrafted in the workshops located in the so-called “Jewelry City” of Attleboro, Massachusetts. Traditionally, the craftsmen used sterling silver and art glass imitating precious stones. The marking includes “Truart Sterling” on a palette shaped base.
Noteworthy, some sources state, that “Hingco Co. on Aleppo St., Providence, Rhode Island adopted Truart”. In fact, Hingeco Vanities Inc. (located at 12 Addison Pl., Providence 9, RI) was a manufacturer of compacts, vanities and jewelry, including patriotic and military. It owned TruEart trademark in the 1950s, which has nothing to do with Truart.
Truart jewelry pieces are highly collectible, and appeared in some reference books on vintage and antique jewelry. In particular, Flower pin mentioned on page 415 of Ralph M. Kovel’s “Antiques and Collectibles Price List 1993”.
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Signed Maxim vintage costume jewelry

Signed Maxim vintage costume jewelry

Weird Face brooch. 1960s. Gold tone, rhinestones. Book piece featured in Kathy Flood’s Book of Pins & Pendants ‘Vintage Visages’ published 12 May 2012. Signed Maxim vintage costume jewelry

Signed Maxim vintage costume jewelry
Incorporated in the late 1950s, the French jewelry trademark Maxim ceased to exist in the 1970s. High quality and handcrafted, the brand’s pieces showcase the fine work of the designer. These are figurative animal and floral, classic and art deco earrings, brooches, and bracelets. Traditionally made from gold and silver tone alloys, with the use of semi-precious stones and Swarovski crystals, rhinestones and art glass. The marking consists of the word “Maxim” in stylistic script letters, without a copyright sign.
Noteworthy, among American jewelry brands, there are three Maxim brands. The oldest of them is from 1929, and two brands registered in New York and Florida in 1991. Thanks to the unique markings, it is easy to distinguish them from the eponymous French jewelry brand Maxim.

In the wake of interest in costume jewelry in the 1960s, many French fashion houses expanded their business into runway jewelry and accessories. Having become world famous, these companies received international registration of their jewelry trademarks. Among them are Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Rochas, Celine, Paco Rabanne, Jean Paul Gaultier, Cacharel, Nina Ricci, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Guy Laroche, Lanvin, Chloe, Kenzo, and others. These brands have been successful for several decades and their history is well known.

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Viggo Wollny vintage silver jewelry

Viggo Wollny vintage silver jewelry

Modernist design sterling silver coral brooch. Marked VW FAMMIK. 1950s. Viggo Wollny vintage silver jewelry

Viggo Wollny vintage silver jewelry
Copenhagen based Danish silversmith Viggo Wollny created modernist, abstract and classic design pieces from 1921 to 1973. Handcrafted in his “Fammik” workshop, these bracelets, brooches, cufflinks and earrings are in high demand today, sold at auctions. Traditionally made from silver and gold with the use of semi-precious gems, the decorations have marking VW Fammik, and Denmark Sterling.
In October 1962, Viggo Wollny took part in the largest of its kind in Scandinavia exhibition “Jewellery for millions” at the Hotel d’Angleterre. Noteworthy, he was the oldest among other 12 Copenhagen goldsmiths who exhibited their jewellery from 2 to 4 October 19662.

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Signed LDADPR vintage costume jewelry

Signed LDADPR vintage costume jewelry

Geometric design round shaped brooch. Silver tone metal, mother-of-pearl. 3 cm. 1980s. Rodier-LDADPR. Signed LDADPR vintage costume jewelry

Signed LDADPR vintage costume jewelry
Incorporated 21 March 1984, the company “Labora Dermoco Active Dr Pierre Ricaud”, alternatively known as LDADPR, is famous for luxury products and creams to reduce wrinkles. The company began its activity as a retail seller via mail order houses or via the Internet. Its founder, Pierre Ricaud, was a family doctor and godfather of Yves Rocher. Initially, the company specialized in skincare market stagnated in France, but later extended its network of beauty salons in European countries.
In fact, the production of costume jewelry, as part of an advertising campaign took place in the 1980-2000s. The variety of materials and designs amaze. Multi strand bead necklaces, chains, bracelets, charms and pendants, often with semi-precious stones. The materials included silver, gold, metal alloys, leather, resin, plastic, enamel, quartz, mother of pearl, rhinestones, art glass, Swarovski crystals, and natural gemstones. In addition to costume jewelry, the company produced wristwatches.
Noteworthy, LDADPR produced costume jewelry and wristwatches in collaboration with another well-known French brand, Rodier. Accordingly, the markings on most jewelry pieces include the two words “Rodier” and “LDADPR”.
About Rodier, French fashion, perfume and accessories brand for women. Founded in 1848 by Eugène Rodier, the company originally created cashmere, knitwear and woolen clothing. And from the middle of the 20th century, the company began producing pret-a-porter clothing and jewelry. Later, the company began to produce perfumes. To date, Rodier has branded boutiques in more than 20 countries around the world. Jacques Rodier, who began his jewelry designer in 1956, also worked with Chanel.
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Signed Musi vintage shoe clips

Folded napkin design shoe clip. Filigree gold plated, Aurora Borealis rhinestones

Folded napkin design shoe clip. Filigree gold plated, Aurora Borealis rhinestones. 1960s. Signed Musi vintage shoe clips

Signed Musi vintage shoe clips (1959-1971)
The history of the world’s best shoe jewelry marked “MUSI”, began in 1959 in Brooklyn, New York. Its founder was Murray Simon, who named his company using the first two letters of his first and last name.
Noteworthy, the talented and successful jeweler and businessman, Simon created costume jewelry back in the 1930s. Billboard magazine ran advertisements for Murray Simon Co. jewelry regularly, especially during the period 1942-1945.
Murray Simon subtly felt the market conditions, and in different periods of time he did exactly what was in demand. Thus, during the Second World War, he created military Insignia Jewelry line, the army and navy service caps. After the WWII he continued manufacturing costume jewelry – brooches, necklaces, charms, and bracelets. However, by 1950s the company was facing problems. Due to lack of orders and shortages of materials, the company had to lay off 85 workers, reducing from about 100 to 15 workers. According to the decision of the Committee on Finance of US Congress in 1952, Murray Simon had to pay a large amount of money as Unemployment Compensation.
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Karen Brent vintage costume jewelry

Karen Brent vintage costume jewelry

Floral design brooch pendant. Brass tone metal alloy, faux pearls, amber glass. 5.5 cm. 1970s. Karen Brent vintage costume jewelry

Karen Brent vintage costume jewelry (1970s)
The history of Karen Brent costume jewelry brand is shrouded in mystery. No catalogs, patents, or trademark data banks mention this brand or company. According to scarce sources, jewelry was produced for a short time, around the 1970s, in Ontario, Canada. Rare to find jewelry of this brand demonstrates classic style, exquisite handicraft and filigree design. The materials used to create these jewelry are gold and copper tone alloys, superb crystals, imitation pearls and rhinestones. The marking on the back side of each item includes “Karen Brent” in stylized script, on a rectangular base with a copyright mark.
Thanks to excellent quality and the use of best materials, these 50-year-old pieces have been well preserved to this day.
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