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Cookie Lee vintage costume jewelry

Cookie Lee vintage costume jewelry

Daisies Vintage Brooch Duet. Worn as a brooch and clips, or just a brooch (the photo below). Goldtone jewelry alloy. Decorated with rhinestones. Brooch size 8 cm, clips 3 cm. Cookie Lee vintage costume jewelry

Cookie Lee vintage costume jewelry
Having started her own business 33 years ago, Cookie Lee became a head and chief designer of Cookie Lee Inc. in 1985. According to the founder herself, the main idea was to earn money while staying home with her children, Steven and Katie. Meanwhile, as her business grew, she decided to give an opportunity for other moms like her, to build their own business with her. California based, Cookie Lee has become a direct sales company offered to the public since 1992.
Now, nearly 25 years later, thousands of Cookie Lee Consultants successfully make their business selling fashionable and affordable jewelry through home fundraisers and office shows.
However, exploring the sources of information available on the Internet, I’ve found – the last activity of the company relates to 2014. Website and social network pages are no longer available. Cookie Lee is no longer in business, and early jewelry pieces created by her has become vintage collectibles.
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Christmas inspired Mylu vintage costume jewelry

Christmas inspired Mylu vintage costume jewelry

Skiing Snowman Christmas brooch. Jewelry alloy of gold tone, enamel. Christmas inspired Mylu vintage costume jewelry

Mylu vintage costume jewelry
All these vintage goldtone brooches labeled Mylu create a special mood of expectation of a wonderful holiday – Christmas. Skiing Snowman, singing angel, sparkling Xmas trees, sledges, raindeers and gits – traditional Mylu Christmas motifs. At the same time, all these costume decorations of the last century are nostalgia for a bygone era.
Founded by Lynne Gordon and Marge Borofsky in the 60s, Mylu Design Company produced very high-quality jewelry. Noteworthy, even after many years this jewelry looks like new, thanks to the materials used and scrupulous manufacturing techniques. In 1968, Mylu joined the famous Coro and became its division. Coro and Mylu jointly released several collections, mostly Christmas and New Year decorations. In 1970 the Mylu brand ceased to exist, so these decorations are rare, and have a collection value.

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Leo Glass vintage costume jewelry

Leo Glass vintage costume jewelry

Silver flower vintage brooch. Sterling silver, rhinestones. Leo Glass vintage costume jewelry

Leo Glass vintage costume jewelry
Founded by Leo Glass in September, 1928, Leo Glass & Company Inc. produced costume jewelry of the highest quality, sold in the best shops. According to sources, Leo Glass himself had worked for Lisner jewelry company for 10 years before starting his own company. Their first decorations produced in 1929, included such collections as “Season’s Sensation” and Hawaian Lei Motif Jewelry.” The designers who worked in the company – Leo Glass, Anne Glass, Beatrice Glass, and David Mir (since 1941), who previously worked at Trifari.
Gradually, jewelry designers began producing low cost jewelry affordable for any woman, using clear rhinestones, sterling silver and jewelry alloy. However, in the second half of the 1940s, originality and quality of products fell to an average level. Located in New York City, Leo Glass & Company Inc. went bankrupt in 1957 auctioned off on August 27, 1957.
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Pastelli vintage costume jewelry

Retro ads - Pastelli vintage costume jewelry

Retro ads – Pastelli vintage costume jewelry

Pastelli vintage costume jewelry

In the early 1950s, the jewelry industry experienced a real boom, behind it was the devastating Second World War, which was consuming metals. In addition, the national spirit demanded a holiday after the “hard days” of the forties. As a result, the costume jewelery manufacturing companies opened one after another. Among others, the Royal Pittsburgh Jewelry Company, located in the state of Philadelphia, presented the Pastelli brand. Flower-leafy decorations became the most famous ones, as they were mostly immortalized on advertising posters that Pastelli launched since 1963.
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Giovanni vintage costume jewelry

Giovanni vintage costume jewelry

Gorgeous Rose brooch. Jewelry alloy of gold tone. Giovanni vintage costume jewelry

Giovanni vintage costume jewelry
This incredibly beautiful Christmas rose is a masterpiece of art. There is a legend that this rose blooms in snowy mountains on Christmas Eve, and it is called the “snow rose” or the Rose of Christ. Christmas rose is a symbol of hope, love and faith in a miracle! This legend of the Christmas rose served as the inspiration for the creation of the eponymous collection “The Legend of the Christmas Rose”, produced in the 1960s.
Noteworthy, Giovanni is not the name of a company, but a trademark of a jewelry line, the main idea of ​​which was floral motifs produced by Longcraft. Immediately, Giovanni jewelry, created by Longcraft, and in particular, its floral series, won the popularity of women all over the world. A careful approach to the choice of materials, constant development in the field of design and style, combined with the quality of products, led to success. By the way, late Giovanni decorations are compared to Givenchy.
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Jewels by Bogoff vintage costume jewelry

Pearl leaf brooch. Silver tone metal, crystals, faux pearl. Jewels by Bogoff vintage costume jewelry

Pearl leaf brooch. Silver tone metal, crystals, faux pearl. Jewels by Bogoff vintage costume jewelry

Jewels by Bogoff vintage costume jewelry
Once one of America’s leading costume jewelery companies, Jewels by Bogoff ranked third in the market after such giants as TRIFARI and CORO. They have developed and patented many new elements, subsequently widely used in the manufacture of costume jewelry.
Chicago, Illinois based company Jewels by Bogoff closed in 1958.
The founder of the company, Henry Bogoff, had wide connections in business, which allowed him to communicate with high-class jewelers. Thanks to this, he could practically copy their creations in his own jewelry. Bogoff jewelry had a very high reputation for quality,and each product was made by hand and had a lifetime warranty. The company invented many ways to create individual elements of jewelry, as well as the designs of jewelry, and in the mid-40s-50s, the company patented their creations. All products of the company had marks “Bogoff”, and after the 1955 appeared a copyright sign.
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Erwin Pearl vintage costume jewelry

Erwin Pearl vintage costume jewelry

Pharaoh brooch pendant. Jewelry alloy of gold tone, black enamel. Erwin Pearl vintage costume jewelry

Erwin Pearl vintage costume jewelry
Born in Austria, Erwin Pearl grew up in the US, where he moved with his uncle after the end of the Second World War. Since his youth he studied jewelry, and over time became one of the best diamond cutters in the world. Already in 1957, Erwin founded his own jewelry company. He began to produce jewelery of his own design using diamonds, pearls and precious stones. His attention to detail and outstanding craftsmanship helped create a series of exquisite jewelery. Accordingly, among his clients were politicians, movie stars and pop stars. Interesting designer jewelery, often gold-plated and using natural stones, brought him fame. The success was overwhelming, in particular, Erwin won first place at the prestigious diamond design Diamond International Award in London for 5 years in a row.
Noteworthy, in 1970 the company decided to start producing low-priced jewelry. Undoubtedly, costume jewelry has always been special love and priority of the master. The mark E. Pearl appeared in 1991, and was used in the early nineties. Products have become more accessible thanks to the materials used, but no less refined and elegant in design. Thus, the prices of Erwin Pearl jewelery vary widely – from affordable to very, very high.
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