Lianna LIA signed vintage costume jewelry
Established in Cranston, Rhode Island in 1995, Lianna Inc., despite the short period of time, became famous. In particular, for its high quality enamel hand crafted brooches. The company mainly specialized in the production of Christmas motif, fairy tale and toy motif jewelry. There were classic designs though. Traditionally, the craftsmen of this company used jewelry alloy of gold and silver tones, blackening and hand-painted multi-colored enamels. Also, lucite, rhinestones and Swarovski crystals. All decorations have hallmark LIA and a copyright sign. The company, which produced expressive, funny and very cute handcrafted jewelry ceased to exist in 2003. Now collectible, the cost of these costume decorations will increase every year.
Noteworthy, there are two jewelry brands LIANNA, INC and Lia Sophia which are often confused. In fact, they are two different companies that have worked in different styles and techniques.
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Lianna LIA signed vintage costume jewelry
L’Officiel vintage costume jewelry
Italian luxury jewelry of the famous brand L`0fficiel is exquisite bracelets, necklaces, pendants, earrings and brooches of amazing beauty. A unique factory of craft jewelry and fashion accessories began its work in 1950 in Rome. In their works, the craftsmen used only natural and anti-allergenic metal alloys, Swarovski stones of excellent quality, rhinestones and enamels. Traditionally, all jewelry has the L`OFFICIEL made Italy label and the copyright mark. Undoubtedly, the products of this company in quality and workmanship are on a par with such iconic brands as Valentino and DG.
Noteworthy, the company, created in 1950, is still operating, but it no longer produces such jewelry (the official website does not offer jewelry either). The most common are large runway jewelry – very beautiful beaded necklaces created in the period of 1970-80s. They are a rarity coveted by collectors and lovers of vintage costume jewelry.
Julio Marsella Marner vintage costume jewelry
Originally, Ralph Neri and Julio Marsella founded the Marner Jewelry Company in 1946. The company was located on Empire Street in Providence, Rhode Island, in three small rooms above the windows of the Harris Furs store. However, Neri soon left the company and Julio became the sole owner of the business. Julio’s organizational skills and talent allowed him to expand the business and make the company prosperous. The company moved to the second and third floors of the Westminster building at 43 Hospital Street, just opposite Coro. The Marner craftsmen worked hard on the production of jewelry, and in 1953 the company moved to a large factory on Harris Avenue.
Traditionally, the markings included Jewels by Julio, or Julio Marsella, or Marner. Noteworthy, although they labeled some pieces “Marner”, most of their decorations were created for such well-known jewelry companies as Hobe, Hattie Carnegie, Kramer and others.
Unfortunately, the mid-1950s saw a downturn in business that affected all Providence jewelry manufacturers, including Marner. Julio was unable to pay taxes and payments to creditors, so he was forced to close the company in 1957. Despite Julio attempting to save his business by picking orders in New York City, local authorities did not allow him to enter the factory. It was the end of Julio Marsella’s jewelry business, although he opened a small shop selling metal figurines and paperweights, but not jewelry.
Dominique Aurientis vintage costume jewelry
Born in 1953 in Aix-en-Provence, Dominique Aurientis is a famous French fashion designer. She founded her own accessories and fashion jewelry brand “Dominique Aurientis” in 1986. Aurientis graduated from La Sorbonne University of Paris. Having started her career in the Dior atelier, Dominique Aurientis then improved her skills moving on to the other no less iconic fashion houses. In particular, Chanel, Givenchy, Lavin, Ferragamo, Pucci and Celine.
Thanks to her high quality artisan crafted intricate designs, she became known throughout the world. Her rich important statement pieces are always innovative. This French jewelry designer has a vast international customer base and offers her products in high end stores, such as Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Harrods and others.
Joan Boyce vintage costume jewelry
Bijouterie jewelry should not be hidden in a safe, waiting for a special occasion. According to Joan, every day is a special occasion to wear jewelry and enjoy. It is worth looking at the photo of Joan herself or the interior of her boutiques and you immediately understand how cheerful she is. She collects jewelry from all over the world and embodies the most beautiful in her jewelry.
Joan created her first jewelry about 50 years ago. Even before she was recognized as one of the top designers in the 1970s and before she opened her famous boutique on Saks Fifth Avenue, she worked for several years in a boutique on the eastern end of Long Island. Her impeccable taste and innate ability to select unique jewelry for the client’s taste and dynamism determined further success. Now many celebrities prefer to buy this jewelry in her boutiques located in the most prestigious areas.
Traditionally, the designer creates multi-level flower brooches using diamond-cut crystals, alloy of black metals, glass cabochons, cultured pearl, and rhinestones.
All products have hallmark JB China.
Emanuel Ungaro vintage costume jewelry
Almost a year has passed since the famous French couturier Emanuel Ungaro passed away (December 21, 2019). The founder of the fashion house Emanuel Ungaro, a student of Balenciaga, an adherent of sensual fashion and one of the favorite couturiers of Catherine Deneuve and Jacqueline Kennedy, was also the author of designer costume jewelry.
Many celebrities, TV presenters, judges and simply fashionable women wore his jewelry, wanting to emphasize their style.
The Ungaro family moved from Italy to southern France shortly before the birth of Emanuel (the second of six children), in 1933, fleeing the fascist regime of Mussolini. His father was a tailor, so the boy helped in the atelier from childhood, and received his first sewing skills. At 22, young Ungaro moved to Paris, and three years later, in 1958, he became a student of Cristobal Balenciaga, one of the main stars of the fashion world in Paris (and around the world) of that time.
Signed Jackie Orr vintage costume jewelry
Beautiful and outwardly young woman, the talented Canadian jewelry designer Jacqueline Joyce Orr is turning 85 this fall! Born in 1935 and raised on a farm, Orr knew from childhood that rural life was not for her. She dreamed of living in the city, and her dream came true.
A native of Hamilton, Orr began operations in Burlington in 1960 with her first store on Brant and Caroline Streets. Her success in textiles peaked when she co-founded FabricLand in Toronto in the late 1960s. Then, she moved to Florida, where she had lived from 1972 to 1988. She designed knitted sweaters and sold them in high-end stores, such as Saks 5th Avenue, Bloomingdales and Gucci. In addition to creating her own designer clothes, she began to create accessories and costume jewelry.
A successful businesswoman, Jackie returned to Canada in 1988 and opened the JJ Orr company on Old Lakeshore Road, Burlington.
Remarkably, Jackie has been creating high quality costume jewelry with her own unique design style for over 60 years! Traditionally, when creating her jewelry, Jackie used sterling silver, gold filling and rhodium plating, as well as Swarovski crystals, enamel and rhinestones. According to Jackie, you won’t last 60 years in business if the products you sell are not of the best quality and workmanship. Indeed, one cannot but agree with this statement.