Frederick Mosell vintage costume jewelry
The history of the American jewelry brand Mosell began in 1940, when the French emigrant Frederick Mosell came to New York. Founding Frederick Mosell Jewelry Co. NY, he began producing costume jewelry in exquisite designs. Handcrafted, especially interesting are his plot brooches. These brooches, unlike all the others, in addition to aesthetic pleasure, carry some other emotional message. They create a special mood and become more interesting as a decoration. Basically, these story brooches date from the 1940s – 1950s. In the 1960s, there are already much less of them, due to the influence of time and fashion.
Catwalk and the so-called Egyptian revival style replaced plot decorations. Handmade in limited numbers, large gold-plated necklaces, brooches and earrings with large crystals and cabochons were suitable for wearing with an evening dress.
Also, animal and plant designs were very popular – birds, insects, starfish, ferns, leaves, etc.
Rare in the vintage jewelry market, Mosell jewelry, referenced in jewelry guides, is collectible. After four decades of successful work, Mosell ceased to exist in 1980.
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Frederick Mosell vintage costume jewelry
Ben-Amun vintage fashion jewelry
Egyptian by birth, Isaac Manevitz founded Ben-Amun jewelry company in the early 1980s. The name of the company comes from the name of his eldest son Ben and the last four letters of the name of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun. His wife Regina Manevitz has co-owned Ben-Amun for 40 years and serves as the designer’s muse.
All Ben-Amun products are handcrafted in a factory located in New York’s iconic Manhattan area. The cost of any piece of jewelry from Ben-Amun starts at $ 150, and this is not surprising, its jewelry is a work of art that you can wear. Isaac has a lot to be proud of, as his clients included such style icons as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Kate Moss, Blake Lively and Rihanna. In addition, Ben-Amun jewelry is regularly featured in Vogue, Elle, L’Officiel, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire and other prestigious fashion publications.
BJ Beatrix vintage costume jewelry
Nat Sugarman founded The Beatrix jewelry company after the second World War, in 1946. He named it after his sister, Beatrice. At first, the company didn’t mark their decorations, and was not particularly successful. However, all changed in 1965, when Leonard Mundell, the manager of the company became its new owner. Without changing the name, he changed the concept of the company. First of all, he began producing seasonal brooches dedicated to traditional and favorite American holidays. The most popular were, of course, Christmas, Halloween and Easter decorations.
Noteworthy, marking “BJ” or “Beatrix” wasn’t consistent until 1975, but from 1975 to 1977, marking on the back side was constant and mandatory. Traditionally, the designers of the company used gold tone metal, enamel, rhinestones and crystals.
According to Justia Trademarks website, Beatrix Jewelry Company registered several trademarks in 1976 – DUKE, DUCHESS, and HEAVENLY BOUTIQUE. Active for three decades (1946-1977), the company was sold to Treasure Master who only operated until 1983.
Today, included in collector’s guides, signed Beatrix or BJ, this jewelry is collectible.
Signed Metzke vintage costume jewelry
Located in Tallahassee, Florida, American jewelry company Metzke Inc. was founded in 1963. In fact, it was a family business, where the main designers were Dr. Fred W. Metzke and his wife Mary. Thanks to the talent of Dr. Metzke as the artist, and the creativity of his wife Mary, the small family company has grown to one of the largest pewterware manufacturers in the world. Metzke’s clients included such icons as Disney, Smithsonian, Neiman Marcus and Dillard’s. Also, large catalogs of gifts and thousands of small gift shops and boutiques sold their works.
In 1972, their son Stephen joined the family business having become the president of the company. However, in 1997 the company closed its doors, after three decades of successful work. Accordingly, all items marked “Metzke” are vintage and, thanks to their high quality and craftsmanship, are collectible. The price of these products will increase every year.
Charles Horner vintage costume jewelry
Resident of English town of Halifax, Charles Horner (1837-1896) was an English jeweler and founder of the Charles Horner of Halifax jewelry company. He founded the company in the 1860s and produced silver jewelry and accessories, including items for needlewomen. Among his more famous jewelry “lines” were Art Nouveau enamel pendants and necklaces, as well as twisted silver wire jewelry, “glass paste” brooches and silver hairpins. Noteworthy, Charles Horner was one of the first to use plastics in jewelry, in particular casein plastics.
Traditionally, all jewelry pieces by this company have hallmarks sterling silver – Chester – 1911 and Charles Horner’s trademark – C.H
The company began voluntary liquidation in 1984 and ceased to exist.
Stuart Nye vintage costume jewelry
Large handmade vintage brooch “Willow Leaves” of the famous American brand S. Nye / С. Nye (North Carolina).
Stuart Nye began making handmade (forged) jewelry in the North Carolina mountains in 1933, during the Great depression. The beautiful nature of his native mountainous region inspired him to create original jewelry. He had no experience, bought used jewelry tools and started. He used pieces of copper during World War II, due to the lack of metal, and brass in the 70s when the price of sterling rose sharply.
Always inspired by nature, his jewelry is part of the American modernist tradition. His “Dogwood”, “Willow Leaf”, “Calla Lilia”, “Pine Cone” and other lesser known collections are in high demand, collected and worn all over the world. Undoubtedly, this is a vivid evidence of the relevance of the iconic style that he created over 80 years ago. And this work has been going on for the 87th year of continuous production.
Bond Boyd vintage costume jewelry
The Canadian company Bond Boyd is known among fans of antique and vintage jewelry for its classic design, thanks to which its jewelry is always relevant and can be passed on in the family from generation to generation.
The company was organized in the 40s of the last century, and the peak of its heyday fell on the 1950-1960s. But in the 1970s, the production, which was headquartered in Canada, ceased to compete with mass costume jewelry from Southeast Asia. Therefore, the company decided to end the production of jewelry made of precious metals and continued to produce only jewelry made of jewelry alloys. However, after a while, Bond Boyd completely switched to making badges and medals for corporate orders.