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.
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Colco vintage costume jewelry
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.
Signed Gay Boyer vintage costume jewelry
There is little information about the founder of the jewelry company Gay Boyer Inc., or the costume jewelry designer who signed his decorations “Gay Boyer”. And this is strange, considering that we are talking about a famous New York designer who had been active for more than three decades before he retired.
According to my research, the company located at 19 W 36th St, Midtown West, New York, NY started producing exquisite costume jewelry in 1976. Traditionally, these are brooches, earrings, necklaces and bracelets made of gold-tone alloy or plated with 24 karat gold. Also, the craftsmen of this company used enamel, rhinestones, crystals, art glass, faux pearls and also semi-precious stones. Jewelry styles range from Art Deco and Etruscan to classic and animalistic style.
Noteworthy, the president of the company Gay Boyer retired in 2009, and the new owner and chief designer became talented and creative jeweler Lisa Harris. She renamed the company to Boyer New York and continued the tradition by producing fine costume jewelry using semi-precious stones. These products are successfully sold in the best boutiques and department stores.
But still, most desirable for lovers and collectors of vintage jewelry are pieces produced from 1970 to 2000 with the “Gay” marking.
Ivana Trump vintage costume jewelry
Former fashion model, Ivana Marie Trump (nee Zelnichkova) was the first wife of the future US President billionaire Donald Trump. Their marriage lasted for 14 years. However, in 1991 Ivana and Donald divorced. After the divorce, Ivana enthusiastically began to develop her business in what was closest to her – the world of high fashion. As it turned out, it was successful.
Trump’s first wife founded two companies, launched a clothing line, perfume and costume jewelry. In 1992, Mrs. Trump founded her own jewelry company, Ivana, Inc. and the fashion house Ivana Haute Couture. On television, she had a special program through which she sold clothes, accessories and jewelry.
Produced in very small quantities, her decorations are traditionally eye-catching. All fine designer pieces are clearly labeled “Ivana” on the back side. Made of gilded jewelry alloy, decorated with art glass cabochons, rhinestones and imitation pearls, these decorations are collectible.
In the late 2000s, she passed on her brand to her daughter Ivanka Trump. Accordingly, its name was changed to Ivanka Trump. At the moment, the Ivanka Trump brand exists, but since 2018 engaged in political activities Ivanka herself has retired from business.
Hans Jensen vintage costume jewelry
Aarhus Copenhagen based jewelry company “Hans Jensen and Co.” was active from 1899 – 1970. Danish jewellery company was a part of family business known for high-quality silver and silverplate jewelry. Traditionally, the company’s craftsmen made boxes, bracelets, brooches and decorative items for the interior. A distinctive feature of the design is hand forging and artistic engraving, which included floral motifs, folkloric scenes of village life. The company sold high quality silver products not only in Denmark, but also in most Scandinavian countries, such as Sweden, Finland and Norway. Hand crafted from 830 sterling silver, each item has marking H.J 830S.
Rarely found in the vintage jewelry market, HJ antique jewelry is highly collectible, the price of which will increase every year.