German vintage – DRGM Jewellery
Although the brand “DRGM” is better known for various products: watches, toys, bottle openers, cameras, etc, yet, the jewelry of the firm “DRGM” also deserves attention. In fact, many German jewelry manufacturers used this brand for their products. Traditionally, DRGM jewelry is made of transparent rock crystal and zinc alloys, and often covered with rhodium. Also, most products have clearly defined geometric shapes and are created in Art Deco and Early Art Nouveau styles.
Noteworthy, DRGM is an abbreviation for the German patent mark – Deutsches Reichs Gebrauchs Muster. According to sources, it was Pforzheim, Germany based jewelry manufacturer Schreiber & Hiller who registered DGRM in 1930.
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German vintage – DRGM Jewellery
Hutton Wilkinson costume jewellery
Born in Los Angeles, California, Hutton Wilkinson grew up in the architectural circles of his father and grandfather. At age 18, he became a student of the icon of American design – Tony Duquette. Third generation architect, among his projects are many interior designs for very famous people in different countries.
Meanwhile, in 1998, he founded a company for the production of very original jewelry designs under his own name, with a twist and his own handwriting. Fortunately, jewellery lovers, press and public enthusiastically accepted his collection of jewelery. Excellent design execution, originality, influence of the East and Africa – his brooches can not leave anyone indifferent. And celebrities gladly put on his jewellery decorations at ceremonial receptions, including the Oscar, Emmys, and the Golden Globe. In fact, he has commissioned jewelry for many of the most prestigious and famous women in the world.
Among his clients – Raquel Welch, Joan Allen, Fei Dunaway, Sharon Stone, Liza Minnelli, Melissa Gilbert, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Amber Valletta, Mandy Moore, and many more.
French fashion designer Jeanne Lanvin jewellery
The House of Lanvin, founded by Jeanne Lanvin in 1889, the oldest Parisian fashion house, produces elegant jewelery as a complement to its clothing collections. In the late 1960s, Lanvin produced a series of carved plastic pendants on chains in the style of pop art, and today they are very popular.
Traditionally, the brand “Lanvin” is synonymous with something amazing, gorgeous, original and unsurpassed! For more than a century, the unique Lanvin brand has produced a huge number of costume jewellery renowned throughout the world for its elegance, uniqueness and richness. The quality and sophisticated taste of this manufacturer will not leave anyone indifferent.
Stunningly beautiful Robert Graziano jewellery
Italian by origin, Robert Graziano has been one of the most influential and famous designers of luxury jewelery in America. Marked R.J. Graziano, or Graziano, jewelry decorations are on the wave of success for more than thirty years.
Made exclusively in the United States, the design of his jewelry is individual, unique and catches all the new trends of each season. His decorations are glamorous, extravagant and constantly adorn the covers of the most famous fashion magazines. In particular, Vogue, In style, Town & Country, Harpers Bazaar. Eminent stores such as Saks Fifth Ave, Bloomingdale, Nordstrom, Bergdorf, Goodman and Neiman Marcus sell Graziano jewelry, as well as collections of belts and bags.
Traditionally, all jewelry is hand-assembled, and the based materials – jewelry alloys containing gold, silver and copper. Also, Swarovski stones, colored beads, artificial and natural semi-precious stones such as coral, quartz, topaz, pearl, amethyst, turquoise, and garnet. In addition, Graziano jewelers use exclusive French enamels. Products have marks R.J. GRAZIANO or GRAZIANO.
Elzac California jewellery
Very extraordinary, bright, unusual and large, Elzac Jewelry is a rarity in the market of vintage jewelry. Headquartered in Los Angeles, this company used innovative materials such as ceramic, lucite, fur, feathers, cloth, and wood in unusual, whimsical ways.
Eliot and Ruth Handler, alongside with their partner Zachary Zemby founded their company Elzac (Eliot + Zachary) in 1940. The demand for costume jewelry was high, and it was an ideal time for for such an innovative jewelry designs. Noteworthy, Eliot jewelers constructed and finished their decorations entirely by hand.
Already in 1941 their products achieved great success and popularity over the next several years. It was during this period when more conventional jewelry materials were in short supply. Meanwhile, in 1943 the company launched the “Black Magic” line with beautiful decorations made from black plexiglas.
Unfortunately, the popularity of Elzac’s style of jewelry waned rapidly after the war, and the company stopped production in 1947.
American jewelry company Silson Inc. of New York produced costume jewellery for a short period – a little more than ten years. Founded in 1937 by two brothers Victor and Jack Silberfeld, British citizens, who later changed their name to Silson. The main designer was Victor Silson whose name we meet most frequently. However, among other designers who worked for Silson were Samuel Rubin and George Stangl. Three more jewelry designers – Howard Chandler Christy, Sue Harrison and Sally Stark also worked for the company.
Traditionally, Silson jewelery includes gold-plated metal, enameled brooches, lucite and rhinestones clips and earrings with various motifs and designs.
Noteworthy, Silson became famous for their line of patriotic and military jewelry produced during the WWII. In particular, brooches depicting American Eagle, Flag, Air Forces, British and American Ambulance Corps, or The Young Women’s Christian Association.
According to various sources, Silson Inc. of New York ceased to exist in the late 1940s.
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.