Amco vintage costume jewelry
A. Micallef and Company (AMCO) was founded in Providence, RI, the USA in 1919. However, the signature “AMCO” first appeared on jewelry in 1935. The company produced costume jewellery of amazing beauty made of gold, or gold filled and silver products: rings, cameos, brooches, pendants, bracelets, and earrings. Traditionally, AMCO jewelry has a stunning design, and is of high quality, comparable to such brands as Van Dell and Krementz. The company ceased to exist in the 1970s, so now these vintage items are of high value and continue to grow in value.
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Amco vintage costume jewelry
Norwegian Art Nouveau – Marius Hammer jewelry
Marius Hammer was one of the rather famous masters of the Scandinavian Art Nouveau. He lived in Bergen and belonged to a family of hereditary Norwegian jewelers, many generations of which have preserved the traditions of northern goldsmithing. However, Marius himself, whose life years (1847 – 1927) occurred in a turbulently innovative period in decorative and applied art, experimented with traditional and new styles. Terefore, his decorations have a unique author’s look. This is undoubtedly modern, but the Hammer style is radically different from the typical Scandinavian modern style, with its simple lines and cool range of enamels. Marius Hummer usually filled the simple and symmetrical outer contour of the frame with filigree and additional decorative elements.
In his jewelry, he used the motifs of traditional Viking ornaments, but creatively transformed them, and, at the same time, managed to preserve the harmony of the ornament in his transformations. Undoubtedly, this testifies the master’s great talent and impressive knowledge in jewelry.
Kenneth Cole KC vintage costume jewelry
The American company Kenneth Cole KC appeared in 1982 named after its creator, Kenneth Cole, a brilliant American businessman and designer. Although Kenneth Cole deals mainly with clothes and footwear, but sometimes it pleases customers with new lines of costume jewelry. The main themes are Christmas, Halloween, St. Valentine’s, Independence and Thanksgiving Day. In addition, angels – one of the favorite stories of past collections. The main materials in his costume jewelery are jewelry alloy of silver and gold tone, pearlish enamel, as well as multicolor crystals and art glass.
Unique handmade Sajen costume jewelry
In the mid-1980s, American jewelers Richard and Marianne Jacobs, inspired by Indonesian and Balinese ethnic ornaments, created their own Sajen line of jewelry. Translated from Indonesian, “Sajen” means “offer”. An amazing brand of jewelery, Sajen has grown into a whole stylistic direction, combining the European vintage style and aesthetics of Indonesia.
Jewelry is completely different from what was done in the 1980s. No cheap chic, plastic and pompous. Yes, the decorations are all rather massive, but the masters use only natural stones, and both stones and their combinations are quite rare. Also, beautiful cut and author drawings, and engravings. Everything together gives a feeling of something lunar, alien, and at the same time very organically accepted here on Earth.
American vintage – Emmons costume jewellery
The company Emmons Jewelers Inc. appeared in 1949. Charles Stewart, its founder, named his company Emmons after his wife Caroline Emmons Stewart.
All Emmons jewelery has a very high standard, always a rich texture and chic design.
Considered to be quite rare, Emmons jewelry has never been “consumer goods” sold in supermarkets, department stores, or sent by mail. Instead, for the distribution of his jewelry Stewarts came up with a unique scheme. In particular, to become the happy owner of such jewelry was possible only at a special “jewelry” party. By the way, that’s why it’s almost impossible to find Emmons posters. Emmons Jewelry did not need any advertising.
French vintage – Catherine Popesco jewellery
The magical works of French jewelry designer Catherine Popesco carry the spirit of the heyday of modernism, while emphasizing the traditions of the French jewelry art, unique chic and attractive luxury. The uniqueness of the products lies in the fact that their production uses ancient traditional technologies for creating jewelry.
According to sources, Catherina Popesco, wandering around Paris, found a warehouse with a lot of antique stamps for jewelry from the period of 1900-1930. She used the priceless heritage of France to create a unique collection. The jewelry of this brand is created using a unique technology, in which a unique process of old silver or 14 karat gold on a copper thinnest base.
The complete manual manufacturing cycle gives the jewelry not only a unique look, but also an amazing energy. Each Catherine Popesco brooch is one of a kind with a unique design, fine jewelry work.
Dalsheim vintage costume jewellery
Vintage lovers know American costume jewellery marked Dalsheim very well. Its owner was Maurice J. Dalsheim who founded Dalsheim Accessories Inc. company in New York City in the late 1930’s. Producing costume jewelry – necklaces, bracelets, brooches, pendants and earrings, the craftsmen used bronze, or silvertone and goldtone metal bases. For decorating they used fresh water and faux pearls, colored stones of topaz, sapphire, emerald, amethyst, watermelon, and onyx. Also, Austrian glass crystals, clear or colored rhinestones and carved Lucite plastic beads of various colors. Dalsheim jewelry advertisements decorated popular fashion magazines, including Vogue (1958).
Noteworthy, the early products of Dalsheim Accessories Inc. didn’t have marks on them, and they released their costume jewellery with paper labels. The first marked jewelery appeared in 1939, and in 1955 they added “C” symbol to the mark. So, the marked Dalsheim jewelery itself was rare. Unfortunately, the company ceased to exist in 1956.