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Giorgio Beverly Hills vintage costume jewelry

Giorgio Beverly Hills vintage costume jewelry

Bow and pearl bell dangle brooch. Gold tone, clear rhinestones, faux pearl. Giorgio Beverly Hills vintage costume jewelry

Giorgio Beverly Hills vintage costume jewelry
The history of the American brand Giorgio Beverly Hills began in 1961, when George Grant and Fred Hayman founded the women’s fashion boutique at 273 Rodeo Drive. Thus, the name Giorgio comes from the name of George Grant, and Beverly Hills from the location of the boutique. However, already in 1962, Hayman bought the business from Grant. Among the buyers of the boutique were such famous personalities as Natalie Wood, Princess Grace, Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor, and others. Along with perfumes and clothes, the boutique also sold costume jewelry bearing the name of this boutique. In addition, along with jewelry, the boutique offered precious jewelry made of gold, with natural stones and diamonds.
Traditionally, different companies and designers have supplied and created jewelry for the boutique. These include Pejois Inc., Ronte, Victoria Wieck, Pauling, David Kuo, Zina, Charmant and many others. Accordingly, Beverly Hills jewelry does not have a particular style. However, the silver jewelry created by modernist designer Zina between 1970-1990 stands out.
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La Roco vintage costume jewelry

La Roco vintage costume jewelry

Moon crescent brooch. Gold tone alloy, faux amber, rhinestones. 7 cm. 1950s. La Roco vintage costume jewelry

La Roco vintage costume jewelry
Based in Seattle, Washington, American jewelry company Layko, Ross & co Inc. began its activity more than hundred years ago, in 1918. According to sources and jewelry pieces available on the vintage jewelry market, the company ceased operations in the 1960s. Traditionally, the designers used high quality materials for creating beautiful lockets, earrings, tie clasps and brooches, which have perfectly survived to this day. For example, this large filigree crescent brooch with citrine glass and honey topaz inserts. Jewelry from this manufacturer is quite rare, sold at auctions. Basically, La Roco products were not marked, but sold with a tag. Occasionally found on clips, the “La Roco” hallmark in script is for some reason almost never used on brooches.
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Ballet Jewels Inc vintage costume jewelry

Ballet Jewels Inc vintage costume jewelry

Vintage oval brooch. Gold tone bijouterie alloy, faux turquoise. 4.5 cm. 1960s. Ballet Jewels Inc vintage costume jewelry

Ballet Jewels Inc vintage costume jewelry
Before Harold P. Bass founded his own jewelry company, he successfully worked for Bass-Weiner inc. Thus, according to the patent office, he patented one of his own jewelry designs on July 7, 1942. However, in the early 1950s, Weiner and Bass parted ways. Harold founded his own company, Ballet Jewels Inc. in New York City (1952). Harold had a son, Thomas, who later became vice president of the company.
Noteworthy, such famous brands as DeLizza&Elster made jewelry for Ballet Jewels Inc.

Today, the company located at 389 5th Ave, is still operating, but its policy and its management have changed. Now it is a premier global supplier of private label costume jewelry and wholesaler of precious metal & gemstone jewelry.
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Rice Weiner vintage costume jewelry

Rice Weiner vintage costume jewelry

Jungle head brooch. Gold plated metal, plastic imitating ivory elephant task, turquoises and ruby cabochons. 10 cm. 1942. Marked Alexander Korda. Rice Weiner vintage costume jewelry

Rice Weiner vintage costume jewelry
The company that has made a very big contribution to the culture of vintage jewelry and has created wonderful collections, in fact, remained “nameless”. This was due to two factors. First, their own jewelry lines were marked only with the name of the collection. Second, custom-made collections were marked with the name of the customer.
The entire life path of Providence Rhode Island based company Rice-Weiner, which began in 1938 and ended in 1946, can be roughly divided into three milestones. Creation of own collections, collaboration with Alexander Korda and production of jewelry for McClelland Barclay.

Designed by McClelland Barclay 'Modern' brooch. 6.5 cm. 1940. Yellow and white metal alloys, rhinestones

Designed by McClelland Barclay ‘Modern’ brooch. 6.5 cm. 1940. Yellow and white metal alloys, rhinestones

In 1938, Louis E. Hirsch, general manager of Rice-Weiner & Co, filed the company’s first patent. In particular, the Eagle with Arrows Brooch, designed by Louis C Mark.
Between 1940 and 1941, the company created two wonderful collections “Etrusceana” and “Indo – Craft”. Jewelry pieces from these collections, which have survived to this day, amaze with their beauty, graceful lines and some kind of dream of distant countries. These collections were also patented by the designer Louis C Mark. According to the Brunialti catalog, the company also had collections in oriental and Asian motives.
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Cathe Jewels Inc vintage costume jewelry

Cathe Jewels Inc vintage costume jewelry

Angelfish brooch. Gold tone textured metal, jelly belly body lucite. 1961 book piece. Cathe Jewels Inc vintage costume jewelry

Cathe Jewels Inc vintage costume jewelry

Torrance, California based company Cathé Jewels Inc. operated for 23 years, from 1961 to May 18, 1984. Initially, Cathe’s products were sold at house parties, as were Sarah Coventry jewelry. Cathé designs often include expensive art glass in unusual color combinations, and imitation of precious stones – sapphire, emerald, pearl, coral, and pearls. Also, the designers used 14 K gold, sterling silver, lucite and rhinestones. Considered highly collectible, the costume jewelry of this company is mentioned in jewelry reference books. Especially valuable is “jelly belly” design in whimsical animal brooches. For example, angel fish, mentioned in the “Fun Jewelry” book by Nancy N. Schiffer with a price of $250.00-$600.00.
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William De Lillo vintage costume jewelry

William De Lillo vintage costume jewelry

Butterfly brooch. 1960s. Gold tone alloy, turquoise and purple glass cabochons, rhinestones. William De Lillo vintage costume jewelry

William De Lillo vintage costume jewelry

Born 1925 in Antwerp, Belgium, William deLillo moved to the United States in the 1950s. There he began working as a designer of high end fine jewelry for such iconic companies as Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Harry Winston and Miriam Haskell. At Haskell, he immediately caught the eye of lead designer Robert F. Clark.
An American designer of Belgian origin, William De Lillo, together with his partner Robert F. Clark, opened his own atelier (1967). Ten years after opening his company, in 1978, the designer had a solo exhibition at the New York Metropolitan Museum. There, in addition to the author’s jewelry creations, he exhibited his brutal sculptures of different-sized geometric shapes. Noteworthy, the Baron and Baroness de Rothschild sponsored his fine jewelry exhibition in Paris in 1978.
During his life De Lillo collaborated with such celebrities as Elizabeth Taylor, Neiman Marcus, I. Magnin, and Bonwit Teller. Also, with such couture designers, as Adolfo, Bill Blass and Norman Norell.
Meanwhile, tired of the rhythm of New York life, in 1976 De Lillo returned to France, where he collaborated with Schiaparelli, Chanel, and Nina Ricci fashion houses. However, after the “French break” he again moved to the USA, Arizona, where he worked until the end of his life in 2011. Produced in extremely limited editions, De Lillo jewelry is highly collectible, kept in museums and private collections.
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Signed Jolle vintage costume jewelry

Signed Jolle vintage costume jewelry

Poppy flower brooch. Gold filled, sterling silver, emerald tone rhinestones. Signed Jolle vintage costume jewelry

Signed Jolle vintage costume jewelry
American jewelry brand Jolle appeared in New York in 1942 thanks to its founders Jack H. Appel and Lester L. Hess. Noteworthy, the company’s main designers Lester Hess and freelancer George E. Fearn had previously worked for the other jewelry companies. In particular, Uri Mandle and Karu.
Traditionally, when creating costume jewelry, craftsmen used sterling silver with the addition of gold, crystals, rhinestones, glass and sometimes enamel. All products were labeled Jolle Sterling, or simply Jolle. Although Jolle decorations were produced for a very short period of time, just over a decade, they became collectible, and were mentioned in reputable jewelry reference books. Noteworthy, Russian Cossack Dancers brooches, Hess-Appel’s 1943 patented design, book piece. Sterling silver, enamel. The Jolie brand ceased to exist in 1954.
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