Whiting and Davis vintage costume jewelry
Founded in Massachusetts in 1876, the Whiting and Davis Company became known for its fine evening bags, wiped out of gold and silver threads. In 1907, the company began to produce a line of costume jewelry made of silver and gold and silver-plated metals. Costume jewelery includes necklaces, bracelets and earrings, many of which demonstrate the influence of the style of Art Deco and Art Nouveau. Inspired by Egyptian jewelry designs, as well as the Victorian era motifs, Whiting and Davis produced stunning large bracelets, necklaces and brooches with floral engraving and reliefs. Notable are golden and silver mesh necklaces in the shape of ties, and of course, considered highly valuable among collectors – spiral bracelets in the form snakes.
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Whiting and Davis vintage costume jewelry
Catamore Jewelry vintage costume decorations
Founded in 1942 jewelry company Catamore Jewelry Co. Inc. was in fact, a small family business, which produced exquisite decorations till 1981. Christopher and Phillis Catanzaro, its founders, opened their production in Providence, Rhode Island.
Noteworthy, to purchase jewelry of this stunning brand was possible in such stores as Sears, Roebuck & Company, JC Penney Co, Zale Corporation and many others.
In fact, the exact time of appearance of decorations labeled Catamore – unknown, but after 1970 on the label appeared additional mark – John Grant Designs. The Catamore jewelers made most of their jewelry of silver or covered with 12K gold. Also, they used the technology of rolling (Gold Filled). In addition, they decorated their products with semiprecious stones, and in particular, agate, onyx, opals, mother of pearl and fresh water pearls.
Ciner vintage costume jewelry
Originally, founded in 1892 by Emanuael Ciner company “Ciner” released only expensive jewelry. But in 1931, having decided to expand production, the company turns its attention to costume jewelry. And since 1932, the production of great fashion jewelry of very high quality has begun. The fundamental difference between the Ciner jewelry is that based on the years of experience with jewelry with precious materials, the company does not waive them. So, in the production of jewelry, masters artfully combine precious stones and inexpensive materials: natural pearls, gold plated, rhinestone.
Noteworthy, all the jewelry the company produced manually. Jewelry looks like precious, but decorated with rock crystal, and not with precious stones. Traditionally, in the products there are Swarovski crystals, inserted manually into the gold-plated metal. The company’s early work, as a rule, not labeled, but after 1945, they marked their products “CINER”.
Louis Kramer exquisite costume jewelry
Founded by designer Louis Kramer and his two brothers Morris and Henry in 1943 in New York, Kramer Jewelery Creations continued production until the late 1970s. Noteworthy, from the very beginning of production, this brand’s jewelry has been a great success among buyers due to original designs and excellent performance. Kramer jewelry was a high class, with scrupulous performance and often very interesting design. In addition, the products had limited circulation and the best materials. Bright stylish ornaments demonstrate the high quality of sparkling Austrian crystals of rock crystal, both transparent and colored. Also, traditional materials of Kramer jewelry – gilded metal with black enamel, artificial pearls, imitation of rubies, emeralds, lapis lazuli, jade, turquoise and pearls.
As a result, in the early 1950s the company produced ornaments for Christian Dior. Accordingly, this says a lot about the quality of jewelry production company. They labeled these products “Kramer for Christian Dior” and “Dior by Kramer”. A distinctive feature of these decorations are large blue or green stones, usually located in the middle of the jewelry work, surrounded by clear transparent rhinestones. Noteworthy, this costume jewelry was more expensive than the rest of the products of Kramer. High price in this case was due to the loud name of Dior in the title of the series.
Henry Schreiner vintage costume jewelry
German born jewelry designer Henry Schreiner opened his own jewelry manufacturing company in 1951. However, some researchers insist on 1939, but until 1951 the decorations still had no markings, and they are difficult to identify.
By this time, he had an impressive background in the Dior fashion house, with designers Norman Norrell and Pauline Triger. Meanwhile, in 1953 his daughter Terry and her husband Albert Ambros joined the business. In 1954 Henry died, but Terry and Albert continued his business.
In the 1950s and 1970s, Audrey Hepburn, Merlin Monroe, Bette Davis shone in decorations from Schreiner … The value and exclusivity of Schreiner Jewelery pieces are undoubtful and accordingly, increases their collectability.
First of all, they produced high quality decorations of unusual design and in small quantities and massively. Second, almost all – made by hand. Third, Schreiner used very expensive custom-made stones of special form and unusual colors, made in Germany by skilled Czechoslovak masters and in the best workshops in Austria. These stones and crystals are unique and no longer produced. And fourth, the combination of incongruous, no restrictions in the mixing of color and shape.
Noteworthy, Henry Schreiner was the first who began to use blackened jewelery alloy. Thus he wanted to emphasize the brightness and beauty of the crystals.
Besides, very often Schreiner created decorations specially for the shows, so they were large and noticeable.
Leslie Block Prip vintage costume jewelry
First of all, the jewelry design marked “Leslie Block” means quality, distinctive beauty, nostalgia, timeless fashion, and, accordingly, well-known for vintage costume jewellery lovers. According to Leslie Block Prip, she has been designing jewelry for more than 40 years! Meanwhile, her name – tightly connected with the famous jewelry brand Danecraft. A trademark for bijouterie produced by a company founded in 1938 by Victor Primavera in Rhode Island (the USA). In 1977, the company changed its name to the Felch-Wehr Company, however, still used the name Danecraft. Skilled craftswoman Leslie Block Prip is the main designer of the company.
Noteworthy, especially popular among collectors are created by her in 1980s designs combining precious and semi-precious stones with natural elements. These vintage rarities are traditionally sold in better department stores throughout the USA, and in particular, Saks and Bloomingdales. In addition to chic and classic, designs created by Leslie Block-Prip include archaeological style, architectural motifs and art history. For example, Pre-Columbian and tribal art. All this makes Leslie Block Prip costume jewellery unique and recognisible.
Alcozer and J unique luxury costume jewellery
The history of the Alcozer & J brand dates back to 1994, when Giampiero Alcozer assembled a small team of like-minded people and started to make jewelry. Inspired by the ornaments of the Italian Renaissance, jewelry of the early 19th century, and American style of the 30s and 40s, he created the wonderful and mysterious world of Alcozer & J. All the ideas and experience of the master, reinterpreted to the modern day, embodied in collections with a multifaceted taste, allowing to express the character and individuality of each woman.
In fact, each piece of jewelry – made by hand from hypoallergenic metal, most often brass, decorated with pearls, rock crystal and semi-precious stones.