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KIM craftsmen vintage costume jewelry

Tragedy and Comedy theatrical mask cufflinks made of copper. KIM craftsmen vintage costume jewelry

Tragedy and Comedy theatrical mask cufflinks made of copper. KIM craftsmen vintage costume jewelry

KIM craftsmen vintage costume jewelry

The history of Kim Craftsmen, the Largest Custom Jewelry Manufacturer in NYC during the 1950’s to the early 1980, lasted for nearly 50 years, before it ceased to exist in 1997.
Carl and Marty Shimel were still teenagers, when in 1950 they decided to opened their first business in New York. First, they began from wholesale jewelry, as the brothers did not have any money or experience to make jewelry. Opening their own store also turned out to be costly and troublesome. Therefore, the Shimels became intermediaries. After registering a company with the simple name “C & M”, Carl and Marty began to travel to Biju factories, buy costume jewelry decorations, and then resell these riches to retail chains.
Whether intuitively feeling what the demand will be, or simply not fully trusting their own taste, at first the brothers specialized exclusively on charms and monogrammed bracelets. The choice was right. C & M got regular customers, and the Shimels had an impressive bank account and a desire to expand their business.
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Jean Cocteau designed costume jewelry

Jean Cocteau designed costume jewelry

Trinity ring created for Cartier. Jean Cocteau designed costume jewelry

Jean Cocteau designed costume jewelry
Writer, poet, artist, director – Parisian intellectual and dandy Jean Cocteau in 1924 offered his friend Louis Joseph de Cartier, the son of the founder of the brand, to create a special ring. In particular, the ring that would combine the three incarnations of love – friendship, love-passion and loyalty. Thus, he became the designer of one of the most famous rings of the 20th century. He created a ring consisting of three inseparable rings made of three different precious metals. Yellow gold symbolized friendship, rose – passion, and platinum – loyalty. Besides, already in the 1990s the name “Triniti” stuck to it. The ring was ordered for Natalia Paley – aristocratic, fashion model and actresses. The cult ring, produced to this day for more than 90 years, has become a symbol of absolute love and was ingeniously simple. Noteworthy, Jean Cocteau wore the very first ring on his little finger all his life until his death (1963).
Also, Cartier jewelers have created a whole collection on the basis of this design – pendant on a chain, bracelets of the same type (since 1927), etc. The romance of the very idea of ​​three sides of one feeling led to the fact that Trinity became a popular ring for weddings and engagements.
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Signed M Jent vintage costume jewelry

Signed M Jent vintage costume jewelry

Sparkling flower and leaf wreath brooch. Gold tone, rhinestones. Signed M Jent vintage costume jewelry

M Jent vintage costume jewelry
For nearly half a century, jewelry marked “M Jent” has delighted lovers and collectors of costume jewelry. Exquisite handmade, beautiful design and high quality of performance distinguish M Jent costume jewelry. Traditionally, jewelers use a gold tone jewelry alloy, multi-colored enamels, lucite, crystals and rhinestones, as well as semi-precious stones. The design of all jewelry can be divided into three types – modernist, abstract and classic. Featured here vintage decorations made in the 1970s – 1990s are traditionally in demand among collectors and lovers of costume jewelry.
The owner of Coventry, Rhode Island based company that employs approximately 6 jewelers – George Sadue. A small privately owned company began producing beautiful costume jewelry in 1977, but according to other sources, a decade later.
MJ means M Jent, or MJ Enterprises, and the exact address of the company – 5 Apple Blossom Lane, Coventry, Kent, Rhode Island.
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New vintage – Premier Designs costume jewelry

New vintage - Premier Designs costume jewelry

Cancer Zodiac sign pendant of silver tone. New vintage – Premier Designs costume jewelry

New vintage – Premier Designs costume jewelry
Originally, the couple Joan and Andy Horner founded their company in 1985 as a family business. However, the success of the first collections was so overwhelming that the production had to be urgently expanded. The popularity of Premier Designs grew rapidly and quickly expanded beyond America.
The success became possible thanks to the correctly chosen style, designed in the spirit of classic costume jewelery of the middle of the last century. Also, due to high quality of its decorations and well-thought-out marketing policy. Besides, active lifestyle of company founders who actively participated in many charity projects, added to the success. Noteworthy, Premier Designs stamp entered many reference books of American antique and vintage costume jewelry.
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Guglielmo Cini vintage costume jewelry

Guglielmo Cini vintage costume jewelry

Swan brooch. 14 K Gold plated, sterling silver, faux pearl. Guglielmo Cini vintage costume jewelry

Cini vintage costume jewelry
Cini has existed since 1922 to the present. Guglielmo Cini, an Italian jeweler from Florence, created a small family-owned firm, Сini Jewerly Company, in 1922. The company was in Boston until 1957, before moving to Laguna Beach in California.
In 1979, Guglielmo Cini died, but his wife, along with partner Felipe Mendoza, continued the business. Felipe Mendoza was a student of Guglielmo Cini and has been running his business for 45 years. Traditionally, Guglielmo Cini worked with silver and gold. Thanks to the talent of the designer, his jewelry has always been very appreciated. In the 1950s and 60s, he began to use artificial stones in his jewelry.
Cini is currently located in California and managed by his granddaughters. Guglielmo Cini once said: “In the world of mass production, everyone wants to have something for the soul.” Indeed, we all get tired of the standard, and vintage jewelery created by Ciner – products with character.
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Freirich vintage costume jewelry

Freirich vintage costume jewelry

Gold plated Victorian style classic design brooch. Freirich vintage costume jewelry

Freirich vintage costume jewelry
Founded by Solomon Freirich, the French-American company Freirich existed from 1922 to 1990. Initially, the main focus was the manufacture of accessories for clothing and hats (including for Chanel and Dior). However, in the 1960s, the company launched a line of handmade jewelry, distinguished by high quality workmanship.
According to sources, son of Solomon Freirich, Arthur joined the company in 1955 and greatly expanded the manufacture of costume jewelry. Father and son immediately decided that they did not need much, they needed everything. However, keeping up with the titan volumes of the American bij-production was almost impossible. Accordingly, the Freirichs relied on the uniqueness of their jewelry, while the majority of large companies tried to reduce the cost of production, using automatic machines and conveyors. But the Freirichs continued making jewelery manually. The craftsmen carefully assembled “multi-component” necklaces and bracelets, fused the cloisonne and chamfered enamels on brooches and pendants, manually fixed jewelery-cut crystals.
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Luca Razza vintage costume jewelry

Luca Razza vintage costume jewelry. Impressive Taurus the Bull Zodiac sign pendant. Gold tone jewelry alloy, white plastic

Impressive Taurus the Bull pendant, from the series of Zodiac signs. Gold tone jewelry alloy, white plastic (resin). Luca Razza vintage costume jewelry

Luca Razza vintage costume jewelry
Founded in the early 1960s by American designer Luca Razza, “L.Razza” became famous thanks to its jewelry line “Zodiac Signs”. For example, as in the top photo – rare and collectible pendant in the form of a bull’s head. Such series of animal heads (elephants, lions, owls) decorations repeatedly appeared in glossy editions of that time. In addition, this company became known for developing a type of plastic that amazingly imitates ivory.
Traditionally, the priority was large figure decorations with animals, zodiac signs, angels, and initials. And now the excellent products marked Razza very much appreciated in the catalogs, appear in fashion blogs with an enviable constancy.
Noteworthy, Luca Razza jewelers made products by hand, using jewelry alloy of silver and gold tones, as well as plastic and enamel. The company was active in the jewelry market for 10 years, until the early 1970s.
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