Krementz vintage costume jewellery
First of all, jewelry lovers and collectors of vintage jewelry know the name “Krementz” fairly well. Interestingly, a rather large collection of Krementz jewelry was on board of the Titanic when it sank. Indeed, Krementz is a famous brand tested by time.
Traditionally high quality products, Krementz became popular thanks to the use of high-gold gilding. Because of this, their decorations look absolutely authentic. Noteworthy, the company has a long history (about 160 years!) and continues to produce jewelry today.
The Kremenz Jewelery history began in the 1860s, when George Kremenz founded his company in Newark, New Jersey. Meanwhile, the initial goal was to create men’s jewelry, such as buttons for collars and cufflinks.
In 1920, the company began the production of jewelry for women. Necklaces, brooches and other types of women’s jewelry quickly became popular. And by the 1930s, Krementz began selling its products internationally.
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Krementz vintage costume jewellery
Francisco Rebajes copper jewellery art
This is an inspired by African motifs original copper brooch with the image of an exotic Ubangi girl. The designer of his own jewellery line, Francisco Rebajes drew inspiration from the symbolism of ethnic masks and surrealism. In fact, creating his handmade copper decorations he followed the artistic principles of modernism: flexible fluid lines and stylized floral motifs.
Born in Spain in 1906, the future jewelry designer 16 year-old Francisco Rebajes moved to New York City in 1922. Like all emigrants, he took on any job. In 1932, he married Pauline Schwartz, against the wishes of her parents. Paulina and Frank began living in their friends’ apartment, where Frank set up a small workshop. The first collection of figures that Rebajes made from cans impressed the director of the Whitney Museum, Julian Fors, who bought it. This was the beginning of the great master’s journey.
In 1934 he opened a studio shop in New York City. Frank’s career reached its peak in the 1950s, when he had a store on Fifth Avenue. There he sold jewelry and art objects until 1967. However, by the 1960s he stopped making jewellery and focused on sculpture.
After returning to Spain, he made jewelry until his death in 1990.
American vintage – Regency costume jewelery
The history of the Regency jewelery brand began in New York City by the Polowitz family who owned Regina Novelty Company. In the short twenty-year period of its existence (1950s – 1970s), the company managed to create not so many jewelery. However, all Regency creations, especially labeled, is a good find for collectors of vintage costume jewelery, and their value grows every year.
The favorite motif of Regency jewelery is a butterfly, made in bright unexpected shades and spectacular forms. Also, many decorations have leafy and floral motifs with the rich use of high-quality rock crystal in contrasting or complementary color combinations.
Antique Scottish pebble agate jewelery
Now very rare, Scottish silver products with the inserts of agate, granite and other local stones. Such jewellery became especially popular when Queen Victoria, always feeling proud of her Scottish ancestors, bought Bolmoral Castle in 1848. In the design of the Celtic hand-made jewelry, they were often more refined and often made according to individual orders.
Craftsmen used agate, a variegated veined variety of chalcedony, in costume jewelry from the time of the Roman Empire, usually carved in the form of oval cabochon or figurines. The muted colors of agate — swampy green, rusty red and ocher — combined with the gray tones of granite matched the palette of the Scottish landscape. Agate biotechnology sometimes inherited the forms of Celtic embellishments. For example, a dagger brooch or a round brooch with a long hanging pin, a black topoloch motif, a harp, a Celtic cross and heraldic attributes for a weapon. All – made of polished agate, trimmed in silver with engraving.
Joseph Warner vintage costume jewellery
Founded by Joseph Warner in 1953, the Warner company produced jewelry till 1971. Known for its high quality workmanship, Warner costume jewellery is made of metal of gold tone, lacquered metal, and enamel, often decorated with rock crystal, and superior rhinestones. Traditionally, Warner costume jewellery includes flower designs, insects, animal and figural motifs. Noteworthy, in addition to traditional costume jewellery design, Warner produced a series of floral brooches with innovative motifs. In particular, mechanical brooches from the “day-night” series equipped with a cunning “opening and closing” mechanism. Among them – umbrella and flower brooches.
The company ceased operations in 1971. Today, all costume jewellery signed Warner, or Joseph Warner is collectible and vintage by default, and accordingly, constantly increasing in price.
Zandra Rhodes costume jewellery
Protege of Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent founded his fashion house in 1961 and released the first ISL collection the next year. The style of his jewelry ranges from elegant classic to exotically refined. The jewelry of the 1970s, theatrical and bright, demonstrates the same purity of forms and lines as clothing.
Born 19 September 1940 in Chatham, Kent, English fashion designer Zandra Rhodes produced not only fashion collections, but also bright costume jewelery for them. Her first eccentric collection of clothes, as well as handcrafted jewelry for it, appeared in 1969. Noteworthy, such talented designers as Andrew Logan and Mick Milligan made jewelry for her clothing line. All Zandra Rhodes jewelry decorations demonstrate a bright personality, and her own handwriting that collectors really appreciate. Trendy, stylish and unique works of Zandra Rhodez are very popular now.
Vintage sterling silver Jezlaine costume jewellery
Lovers and collectors of vintage costume jewellery know Jezlaine, or Jez, an American jewelery firm, quite well. However, the company began in 1975 as a family business in a garage of Albuquerque, New Mexico, on the personal savings of its founder. As Robin McVey, Jezlaine Limited owner confirms, “No bank would lend me money … Now, everyone is banging down my door. I could afford to.”
The main direction of the brand was the manufacture of silver jewelry by the method of artistic forging. Traditionally, Jezlaine produced brooches, charms, pendants, earrings and bracelets of exquisite and unusual designs, but always of high quality. Very often, Jezlaine produced series of decorations. For example, “The Cats”, “Christmas”, or “St. Valentine’s” collection, made of 925 sterling silver. All filigree adornments of this brand have marks on them, labeled 925 Jez, or Jezlaine Sterling.
In 1999, Sunstone Imports, located in Morton Grove, Illinois, acquired Jezlaine Limited.