Signed R Inc vintage costume jewelry (1963-1971)
The history of Rolyn Inc began sixty years ago in Rhode Island as a family business owned by Anthony A. Rendine (1929-1993).
Incorporated in August 1963, the Rolyn manufacturing company was located at 189 Macklin street, Cranston. According to 1967 RI Supreme Court record, Rolyn used to organize jewelry shows and had a display booth showing jewelry items sold by the company at the Biltmore Hotel in Providence.
A small team of jewelers handcrafted exquisite classic floral-leaf design brooches, circle pins, earrings and necklaces. They traditionally used precious metals and natural stones. In particular, 12 and 14 carat gold, sterling silver, jade, genuine pearls, cubic zirconia, crystals and rhinestones.
The marking included the word “INC” inside a wide letter “R”, copyright symbol and ‘Sterling”, or “1/20 12k G F” for metal purity.
Made primarily in the 1960s, Rolyn costume jewelry has become a collector’s item.
Notably, since 1971, Rolyn, Inc. continued to produce quality jewelry under the new brand name Chante, which is a division of Rolyn. Chante supplies retailers worldwide under a private label agreement.
Category Archive: Vintage
Signed R Inc vintage costume jewelry (1963-1971)
Signed Avante vintage costume jewelry (1957-1983)
The history of the Avante jewelry brand spans less than three decades. It was originally a family business founded in North Bergen, New Jersey in 1957. Avante Products Corporation owned three jewelry trademarks, experienced ups and downs in the 1970s, and finally ceased to exist in 1983.
The company’s small design team handcrafted two lines of jewelry. Firstly, holiday pins and brooches with traditional Christmas motifs – Santa Claus, sleigh, deer, wreath, etc. Secondly, floral, leafy and classic design brooches, bracelets and earrings. A characteristic feature of the Avante design is the exquisite filigree technique. Most often, craftsmen used gilding and silvering, metal alloys, art glass imitating natural stones, multi-colored enamel, mother-of-pearl, faux pearls, crystals and Aurora Borealis rhinestones. The markings included the word “Avante” on an oval or rectangular cartouche, depending on the design. Noteworthy, the copyright sign in the marking appeared only after 1970.
Norwegian jewelry designer Albert Scharning (1875 – 1950)
Born in Oslo, Albert Scharning was a brilliant Scandinavian silversmith whose fine jewelry is now highly collectible. Noteworthy, his handcrafted silver and guilloche enamel jewelry is reminiscent of the work of another famous Norwegian silversmith David Andersen. Perhaps it would be difficult to distinguish the products of these two jewelers, if not for the markings on the reverse side of the products.
25-year-old Albert opened his own jewelry store in Molde, where he sold, designed and commissioned traditional Norwegian jewelry known as Bunad. One of the companies he collaborated with was the Oslo-based Norsk Filigransfabrikk, which made silver filigree jewelry. Albert took over this company in 1910, and headed it until 1927. In addition, he continued his business in Molde.
Albert’s son Per Scharning assisted his father in the family business and took over the company after his father’s death in 1950. Per successfully managed the company and produced contemporary silver and enamel jewelry of his own design. The company, founded in 1900, ceased to exist in 1980.
Signed Jan Max vintage costume jewelry (1970s)
The history of the Jan Max jewelry brand lasted for a rather short period, less than five years. Founded in 1970 in Trenton, New Jersey, a domestic profit corporation Jan-Max Inc ceased to exist in the mid-1970s. Due to the short period of the company’s activity, the brand is almost unknown, and jewelry from this brand is rare on the vintage jewelry market.
Jan-Max handcrafted brooches, pendants and earrings have become collectible today. Hallmarked “Jan Max” jewelry has its own unique design, clearly different from other brands. So, the most characteristic is the use of the “stained glass” style with East Asian and Art Nouveau motifs. Traditionally, the company’s craftsmen used such materials as paper, plastic and black metal, along with metal alloys of gold tone, multicolor enamels and rhinestones.
Noteworthy, maker’s mark includes “1971 Jan Max” with a copyright sign.
Gale Rothstein vintage costume jewelry
The history of the jewelry brand “Gale Rothstein” covers no more than two decades. Gale Rothstein Designs, Inc. headquartered at 430 West 14th Street New York, NY was incorporated in 1981. The founder of the eponymous jewelry brand was 27-year-old Gale Rothstein. She first learned jewelry making in Tucson, Arizona, then honed her skills in her native New York City while working in the jewelry business.
Gale Rothstein and her small team of artists handcrafted high quality pendants, brooches and earrings in modernist, abstract and geometric designs. Traditionally, they used gold, brass, pewter, resin, art glass and semi-precious stones. The markings on the rectangular cartouche included the full name of the company. Noteworthy, her wearable art objects appeared in fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Women’s Wear Daily and others.
Gale Rothstein Designs, Inc. ceased to exist in 1999. According to the artist, she lost interest in making jewelry and took up assemblage sculptures, participating in various art exhibitions. As they say, talented people are talented in everything.
Barbara Lavallee artistic jewelry
A world-renowned artist, Barbara Lavallee has lived in Alaska for over fifty years, celebrating the traditions and culture of its indigenous people with her art. Born in 1941 in Iowa, Barbara grew up in Wisconsin. Her mother was an art teacher, and the girl followed in her footsteps. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and taught art to the Alaska Natives for several years.
Her interest in Alaska Native culture is evident in her work. Paintings, prints and jewelry designs reflect the unique world of the Alaska Native people – women, children, cats and their daily activities.
Interesting and unusual are the brooches made by Artique, Ltd based on Barbara’s drawings depicting the inhabitants of Alaska. These are stylized women, men, animals – bizarre, lively and always dressed in bright colors, made in colorful enamel.
Founded in 1971 in Anchorage, Artique Ltd was the first gallery in Alaska to represent artists in the marketing of their work. The company ceased to exist in 2016.
French jewelry designer Andre Col (1936-1970s)
The history of the André Col jewelry and watches brand began in 1936 in Paris. The founder of the eponymous brand, Andre Col was a hereditary jeweler who opened his own jewelry house at 10 Victor Hugo Avenue. Col collaborated with many jewelry companies located on Place Vendôme in Paris, carrying out special orders, including for VIPs. Notably, Andre Col jewelry ranged from expensive jewelry with the use of precious metals and diamonds to more affordable everyday wear jewelry. The marking traditionally included André Col Paris, and was often part of the design, such as on watch dials.
In fact, the jeweler became most famous in the 1960s, when cinema and opera stars became his clients. Also, in the 1960s, the legendary fashion house Christian Dior chose him to launch their first line of wristwatches. Noteworthy, the talented and creative designer collaborated with famous artists and photographers to create advertising posters. As a result, the advertisements they created in the 1960s promoting André Col jewelry and watches became collectibles in their own right.