ORA vintage costume jewellery
First, it was a creative duo of designers Oreste Agnini and Ralph Singer (Italian Raffaele Cantaluppi) who used the name ORA for their jewellery. Originally, they made the jeweled buttons and brooches for the Eisenberg line of clothing. But later, when they ended with Eisenberg, in 1920-1930s, they began producing jewellery known as ORA. The name of their Chicago based company which employed 200 people, was “Agnini & Singer”. Noteworthy, their earlier products didn’t have any mark on them. However, already in late 1930s they began marking their jewellery pieces with the brand name “ORA”.
According to some jewellery guides, the name ORA is a combination of the names Oreste and Ralph. But according to other sources, Ora in Italian means “hour”, and they advertised their jewellery as “Jewels of the Hour.”
Most often ORA vintage costume jewellery features various motifs, from music to Masonic, Art Deco design, with an abundance of crystals. And always ORA jewelers demonstrate high quality and creative design in their jewellery lines.
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ORA vintage costume jewellery
20th century most jeweled film director Alfred Hitchcock
The famous “king of suspense”, Alfred Hitchcock is, probably, the most “fine-cut” film director of the 20th century. And it is not only because in most of his films stylish precious stones appear, it is mainly due to the fact that the plot and playwriting of all his creations resemble gems that are fantastically well cut.
The son of the faithful London Catholics and a pupil of the Jesuit College of St. Ignatius, Hitchcock, apparently from early childhood, learned the values of painstaking work, control of the results of which the Lord God himself exercises.
He with amazing jewelry precision worked out and carried out everything – from psychological collisions and dialogues to building light space and composition of the frame. The characters are embodied in his films by the most stellar and stylish ladies and gentlemen of the past cinematic age. Marlene Dietrich and Ingrid Bergman, Grace Kelly and Tippi Hedren, James Stewart and Gregory Peck, Carrie Grant and Sean Connery … Ladies who are able to easily wear breathtaking diamond necklaces and pearl necklaces with natural ease. Men who could properly tie ties and gracefully use a gold-plated cigarette case.
Richelieu costume jewellery
Founded in the early 1900s, the company Joseph H. Meyer Bros Co., based in Brooklyn, New York, first used the brand known as Richelieu in 1911. Richelieu produced jewelry for both women and men, in a variety of styles, fashionable during the XX century.
Traditionally inexpensive, Richelieu jewellery became quite popular for its design with artificial pearls, as well as artificial coral. Most of the works of the Richelieu brand, which the collector can meet today, date from 1960-1970s. Richelieu jewellers carefully and masterfully made spectacular decorations of polished metal of gold tone with artificial pearls, clear crystal or colored cabochons. There are decorations with the use of antique metal, but they cost a little more.
In 1978, the Lisner jewelry house, led by David Lisner, bought this company. Accordingly, from that moment they began to label their costume jewellery Lisner-Richelieu. In 1985, the company completed its existence, leaving a stunning collection of jewelry made of Lucite, Austrian rhinestones Aurora Borealis, and rock crystal of high quality.
Nettie Rosenstein costume jewellery
Born in 1890 in Salzburg, Austria, Nettie Rosencrans became famous American fashion and jewellery designer. Her parents moved to Harlem, New York while she was a young child. There, Nettie married businessman Saul Rosenstein ran a women’s underwear business (1913). Soon, under the surname of her husband she and her sister began her career in the fashion world. First, it was a hat business. And in the early 1930s, having created a new company, Nettie significantly expands her activity and creates clothes, linens, bags, perfumes and costume jewelry. The work of the talented designer had a stunning success and in 1938 she received the Neiman Marcus Fashion Award for her collection.
Meanwhile, the designer’s creations have grown in price, reaching hundreds of dollars, crazy prices for those times! Also, in 1947, Nettie received another award in the fashion field – Coty Award. Noteworthy, in 1953 a talented designer created a dress for the first lady of the country for the inauguration ceremony of the president.
Moschino Bijoux costume jewellery
Born in 1950 in Milan, Italy, Franco Moschino – the famous Italian designer. Moschino had established his own brand in 1983, after many years of work (for 11 years) as an illustrator for Giorgio Armani. He started with jeans and clothes for special celebrations, then developed models of shoes, lingerie, evening dresses and costume jewellery. Well known that Moschino loved “provocation” and approached with irony and humor in his design. He sold his ornaments under the brand name “Moschino Bijoux”.
Franco Moschino died in 1994, and Rosella Giardini, who had worked with him for many years, became a designer of the brand.
Ralph Massey sculpted costume jewellery
A very realistic brooch from the 1988 Living Nature collection. Made of resin, hand-painted and varnished. According to the artist himself, his decorations are miniature sculptures.
Born in 1938, Ralph Massey is a talented American artist, sculptor and jewelry designer. Prior to the 1980s, in his work he preferred sculpture. However, in the early 1980s, together with the artist Sylvia Benneth, he opened the art studio “Raven”. And since that time, the main direction in his creativity, has become the creation of jewelry decorations and jewelry boxes. The most interesting collection was “Wildlife”, brooches, earrings and rings in the form of animals and birds. Also, no less interesting was the line of jewellery inspired by the characters of the books “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Wizard of Oz.”
However, in the early 1990s, Massey closed his workshop “Raven” and focused exclusively on painting. All the works of Ralph Massey are rather rare and are appreciated by collectors.
Panetta vintage costume jewellery
Benedetto Panetta, another Italian, wrote his name in the history of jewelry. Born in Italy, he moved to America in 1901. Being a jeweler, he first worked in small companies, but then there was a fateful meeting with a fellow countryman, and Benedetto became a designer at Trifari. In those days, Trifary was already a large and very prestigious manufactory. Having received invaluable experience, in 1945, Benedetto opens his own company “Panetta”. From the very beginning, Benedetto set a goal, to erase the line between precious jewelry and costume jewelry. According to Panetta, ornaments should look real. And I must say Benedetto succeeded in it. PANETTA jewelry looks very expensive and exquisite, and almost all products are handmade.
After the death of Benedetto in 1960, his sons Amadeo and Armand continued the family business. However, the company ceased to exist in the late 1980s.