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Austrian jeweler Kurt Wayne 1909-1990

Austrian jeweler Kurt Wayne 1909-1990

Flower brooch. 18 K gold, platinum, diamonds. Austrian jeweler Kurt Wayne 1909-1990

Austrian jeweler Kurt Wayne 1909-1990
The history of the Kurt Wayne jewelry brand began in 1945.
Born in 1909 in Vienna, Austria, Kurt was orphaned early. Having come under the care of a local jeweler, 10 year-old Kurt began to learn jewelry craftsmanship. After years of apprenticeship, Kurt became a professional silversmith, goldsmith, diamond cutter, watchmaker, and jewelry designer.
In 1939, Kurt and his wife emigrated to the United States to escape the Nazis. There he continued to work in jewelry workshops and sell jewelry. Finally, he founded the family business at the age of 36, opening an eponymous jewelry company in New York. Kurt created highly artistic jewelry, more like miniature sculptures. The greatest inspiration for the jeweler was nature itself, the love for which he embodied in his animalistic and floral designs.
Noteworthy, Wayne developed a good personal relationship with notable businessmen. In particular, the Zale family of Russian-Jewish jewelers and Stanley Marcus, president of luxury retailer Neiman Marcus in Dallas, Texas.
Traditionally, the jeweler used 18 K gold and precious stones – emeralds, diamonds, sapphires, rubies, etc. Item markings include “KW” or “Kurt Wayne” with the karat of gold or silver.
Kurt Wayne passed away in 1990.
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Barry Kieselstein-Cord vintage jewelry

Barry Kieselstein-Cord vintage jewelry

Camelot collection gold and diamond brooch. 1996. Barry Kieselstein-Cord vintage jewelry

Barry Kieselstein-Cord vintage jewelry
Born November 6, 1948 (other sources say November 6, 1943) in New York City, Barry Kieselstein-Cord is an internationally renowned jeweler and founder of the eponymous brand. Barry received a good education at the Parsons School of Design, New York University, and the American Craft Institute.
Noteworthy, before he founded the jewelry brand in 1972, he was a photographer, artist and designer. In addition to jewelry, the company produced belt buckles, bronze sculptures, home furnishings, bags, glasses, and other accessories.
Over the fifty years of the company’s existence, the winner of numerous awards, Barry has worked with many outstanding designers. Among them, in particular, Georg Jensen, Calvin Klein and Perry Ellis.
Many celebrities have been fans of his jewelry brand, including Eric Clapton, Sir Elton John, and Karl Lagerfeld. His work, classified as high jewelry art, is in the permanent collections of the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. The most important magazines and newspapers did not bypass Barry’s jewelry art, including People, Time, Elle, Forbes, Vogue and many others.
In addition, his jewelry has repeatedly appeared in films and TV shows – “Sex and the City” and “Law & Order”, “Hard Copy” and CNN.
Incorporated in 1983, Kieselstein-Cord Studios, Inc. ceased to exist in 2009. However, the renewed company Kieselstein-Cord Imperial LLC registered in 2007 is still active.
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Coldwater Creek vintage costume jewelry

Coldwater Creek vintage costume jewelry

Sewing machine brooch with charms. 1990s. Silver tone, rhinestones. Coldwater Creek vintage costume jewelry

Coldwater Creek vintage costume jewelry
The history of Coldwater Creek bijoux began in Sandpoint, Idaho in 1984. Coldwater Creek Inc., founded by Dennis and Ann Pence as a mail-order company, produced its first Northcountry catalog published in a local newspaper in 1985. It offered 18 items, including women’s clothing, shoes, home décor, accessories, and costume jewelry.
Originally a small private company which employed less than 10 people, in 5 years it became highly profitable multi-million dollar corporation. So, in the 1990s, the company entered the list of the fastest growing private enterprises in the United States.
In 1993 the company released two more catalogs, Spirit of the West and Ecosong published in millions of copies. Today, the company owns hundreds of several retail stores and online sales.
Notably, the current trademark owner (since 2002) is CW Brands LLC headquartered in Miami, Florida.
One of the notable costume jewelry lines was the Christmas motif brooches, pins and pendants made in the 1980s and 90s. The company’s craftsmen created fabulous snowmen, Christmas trees, sledges, Santa Clauses, deer, etc. by hand. Traditionally, they used various materials, from metal alloys of gold and silver tone to bronze, gold and silver. Also, enamel, lucite, plastic, rhinestones and art glass imitating natural stones. Some ornaments are made of silver, gold, and natural stones – jade, amethyst, cat’s eye, quartz, and others.

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Barbara Reed vintage costume jewelry

Barbara Reed vintage costume jewelry

Rose yellow gold plated ring. 1940s. Barbara Reed vintage costume jewelry

Barbara Reed vintage costume jewelry
The history of Barbara Reed jewelry brand began in Detroit, Michigan, founded in 1946 as a family business. Barbara Reed Creations (alternative name Barbara Reed Originals), owned by Frank D. Reed, Jr., was in operation for more than ten years. The company known for its innovative concept in the manufacture of jewelry, ceased to exist in 1960.
Patented between 1947 and 1956, the company’s best-known jewelry lines included interchangeable gemstone sets, advertized as “magne-gems”.
Ring, pendant, or pin sets usually included 5, 9, or 12 interchangeable tops. The tops varied from multi-coloured lucite, pearls, art glass imitating natural stones, or volumetric flower designs in 18 K gold. Sold in branded velvet boxes, the brand name and carat of the gold were printed on a satin lining inside the box. Undoubtedly, these sets made a great gift for any woman. Instead of buying a lot of jewelry, she could change the color of the inserts to match her outfit.
The high quality of Barbara Reed products, created 70 years ago, has stood the test of time. Handcrafted from 18 K gold, rhinestones, imitation pearls and lucite, BR pieces are rare and collectible.
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Signed Daria vintage costume jewelry

Signed Daria vintage costume jewelry

Checkerboard clip earrings. Gold tone, black enamel. 1990s. Signed Daria vintage costume jewelry

Signed Daria vintage costume jewelry
The history of American jewelry trademark Daria began in 1989 in Warwick Rhode Island. The trademark owner was Dane Manufacturing Co Inc (later Dane Group, Inc.).
Incorporated in 1981, Dane Manufacturing Co was founded by hereditary jeweler William M. D’Amore Jr (born in 1952). The company launched two trademarks on production of costume jewelry in 1989 – Colour Parade and Daria. However, Dane Manufacturing Co Inc became inactive in 2002. Accordingly, Colour Parade and Daria trademarks ceased to exist too.
The design of Daria jewelry includes figural, fashion and classic brooches, clip earrings and necklaces made in gold and silver tone, enamel and rhinestones.
The marking includes a stylized word Daria on an oval cartouche.
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Evelyne Alay vintage costume jewelry

Evelyne Alay vintage costume jewelry

Silver and gold tone art glass clips. 3 cm. 1990s. Evelyne Alay vintage costume jewelry

Evelyne Alay vintage costume jewelry (1990s)
The history of the American jewelry brand “Evelyne Alay” spans a short period of less than a decade. Incorporated in 1996 in Miami Florida, Evelyne Alay Designs Inc. was a family business founded by Evelyne Leone (company president) and Joseph Leone.
Noteworthy, the company produced costume jewelry both under its own name and under the Perlas Elegancia brand (founded in 1998). The company’s craftsmen created fashion couture jewelry by hand, using gilding, silver, and art glass imitating semi-precious stones. A distinctive feature of the design of Perlas Elegancia necklaces, bracelets, earrings and brooches was the use of pearls made in Mallorca, Spain.
After eight years in the fashion jewelry market, Evelyne Alay Designs, Inc. ceased to exist in 2006.
Today, jewelry pieces marked Evelyne Alay and made mostly in 1996 – 2000 are quite rare and collectible.
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George Lederman vintage animal brooches

George Lederman vintage animal brooches

Koala brooch. Textured 18 K gold, ruby eye, diamond. George Lederman vintage animal brooches

George Lederman vintage animal brooches
The history of George Lederman Inc. began in 1945, founded by Michel Barmache and George E. Lederman in New York. However, even before founding their family business in NY, Michel and George had a jewelry workshop in Paris and sold their products in the best boutiques.
Innovative jewelers, they constantly applied for jewelry patents. Among them, in particular, were clasps for bracelets in 1934, a flexible bracelet in 1941, a bracelet in 1945 and others.
High quality workmanship, the use of gold, platinum, precious stones, exquisite design and attention to detail have brought fame to the company. Notably, GL has designed jewelry for such iconic brands as Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Co. and Cartier.
Renewed in 1963, George Lederman, Inc. (located on Madison Avenue, New York, NY) introduced the new “GL” logo. It is this logo that marks all the jewelry of the company, along with an indication of the carat of gold.
The company is currently run by the third generation jeweler Janine Lederman.
Marked GL animalistic brooch collection, created in the 1990s, became a real hit. The anatomically accurate animal figurines are handcrafted from 18k textured gold, rubies, emeralds and diamonds. Noteworthy, the collection includes more than 400 wild and even prehistoric animals. In fact, this is the world’s largest collection of handmade gold animal jewelry.
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