Oscar Charlin vintage costume jewelry
The history of the American jewelry company Oscar Charlin Co. covers a fairly short period, no more than one decade. California native, Allen Nathan Charlin (7 Sep 1936 Los Angeles – 23 Jul 2011 Beverly Hills, Los Angeles) registered his company on March 9, 1955 and named it after his father Oscar. Registered at 344 So Bedford Dr Beverly Hills California, the corporation existed until the mid-1960s. Any jewelry from this company is considered a vintage rarity, and certainly collectible.
Traditionally, the designers used metal alloy, silver or gold plating, Aurora Borealis crystals, rhinestones, and artificial pearls. Noteworthy, such famous jewelry company as Delizza & Elster has created many jewelry pieces for this company. Marked “Oscar Charlin” in oval frame, these exquisite designs are very recognizable – with an abundance of crystals and rhinestones.
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Oscar Charlin vintage costume jewelry
Signed HR Helena Rubinstein vintage costume jewelry
The creator of the empire of beauty, Helena Rubinstein was the first to teach women how to take care of themselves. The personal life of this famous woman is amazing. She had several marriages, and the last one at the age of 66 – Rubinstein became the wife of a real Georgian prince, who was 23 years younger than her. He adored his wife and said with admiration: “I am not interested in any other woman next to Helena.” Rubinstein died at the age of 93, having outlived her young husband. Helena was selling not just cosmetics, she taught women to be beautiful and to love themselves.
However, not many know about her contribution to jewelry making. A passionate jewelry lover, in all the photographs she is wearing many bracelets, large earrings, beads, necklaces and brooches. She even decorated her hair with large showy jewelry. According to Helena, “Jewellery is a woman’s best friend”. She is known to have spent thousands of dollars on art and jewelry, and owned a rich jewelry collection. This love of jewelry could not but inspire her to create her own line of jewelry, which she sold in boutiques along with her cosmetics.
On July 14, 1953, she registered her own jewelry manufacturing company “Helena Rubinstein Inc.”. Noteworthy, the “HR” iconic label first appeared in 1928.
Pierre Lang vintage costume jewelry
The history of Austrian jewelry Pierre Lang began 60 years ago, in 1961, when the Andersen brothers founded a small factory for the production of jewelry for the wholesale trade. However, Pierre Lang was officially incorporated in 1984. Three years later, the company opened its factories in Germany, making itself known in Europe. For hundreds of thousands of women, PL means exclusive jewelry of the highest quality. The variety and unique design make them something much more meaningful than just an accessory. Noteworthy, Pierre Lang only uses materials that do not cause allergic reactions, and since 1992 this has been an officially recognized fact.
The matt effect in jewelry is achieved by hand-treating the surface of the metal before applying a layer of gold or rhodium.
Colco vintage costume jewelry
Currently rare, Colco was a line of jewelry produced by the famous New York City company, Selro Corporation. The owner of the company, the Russian-born emigrant Paul Selenger (15 August 1911 – 16 December 1990). The uniqueness of Selenger’s jewelry is not only in artisan performance, but also in non-trivial design inspired by Chinese philosophy. For example, this large hand crafted brooch “Asian Gods of Fortune”, created in the late 1940s – early 1950s. The images of the eastern gods, in shape and color, resemble netsuke figurines, carved from ivory. Traditionally, they were talismans that brought good luck and prosperity to their owner. Very delicate work and artisan execution evoke the most positive emotions. The frame of the brooch is made in the form of bamboo branches, and covered with gilding. Also, applied to the figurines polymer resin allowed the designer to draw the smallest details.
Noteworthy, the brooch is unmarked, like most of the early jewelry of Selro Corporation. The company began labeling its products around the mid-1950s.
Produced in 1940-1960s, Colco jewelry has become a book piece rarity mentioned in vintage costume jewelry catalogs.
English vintage Hollywood costume jewelry
The history of British Company Hollywood began one hundred years ago, when in 1918 the Bloxidge brothers founded it in Birmingham. The company ceased to exist in 1972. Most of their jewelry came from Woolworths stores.
Traditionally, the jewelers of this company used colored enamels, marcasite, Austrian crystals, aurora borealis, and since 1950 – polishing. The main themes are flowers, leaves and animals, as well as the Scottish – Celtic theme and cameos. All decorations have “Hollywood” marking inside a rectangular.
Although the Hollywood brand name is consonant with the American brand Joseff of Hollywood, they are completely different companies.
There was also another company with a similar name – Hollywood Jewelry Products, which owned the Ricarde of Hollywood brand. However, this company did not exist for long, in the late 30s and 40s, and therefore its jewelry is extremely rare.
Yves Rocher vintage costume jewelry
The iconic French brand Yves Rocher is perhaps one of the most famous cosmetic companies, with products that every second woman is familiar with. There are no people indifferent to this brand, you can either love it or simply not know – there is no third way. The secret is in the combination of high quality and French flair. However, not everyone knows that along with perfumery, the company began creating costume jewelry (in 1970s) with the YR marking and sold it in its boutiques.
Noteworthy, very often, that jewelry in a box or velvet bag was a gift when buying perfumery and cosmetics. The wonderful tradition of giving gifts to customers made it possible not only to get acquainted with costume jewelry of this brand, but also to become its owner. It could be a set of jewelry, consisting, for example, of a necklace, a ring and earrings with natural river pearls or semi-precious stones.
Carolyn Pollack vintage costume jewelry
Vintage brooch pendant “Burning Sun of Chile” created by designer and jeweler Carolyn Pollack. The unusual design of the brooch – the sun’s rays in the form of chili peppers and the shining face of a smiling luminary, carved from mother-of-pearl, make the jewelry spectacular and bright.
Carolyn and her husband Bill founded their company as a family business in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA in 1975. According to Carolyn, creating jewelry is truly her passion, and it is also their family business. Noteworthy, the company is still active. Signed with initials “CP” and 925 hallmarks all jewelry is traditionally made from 925 sterling silver, semi-precious stones, enamel and mother-of-pearl. Carolyn’s hand crafted jewelry is in high demand due to the high quality of materials and workmanship, as well as unexpected color combinations and original style.