Karu Arke Inc costume jewelry
New York City based costume jewelry manufacturer Karu was the successful collaboration of Paul Kaufman and Jack Ruderman, which began in the 1940’s. Karu jewelry was extremely popular. According to Jack Ruderman, the treasurer of Karu, their sales already in 1948 amounted to about $ 22 million. Traditionally, sales of costume jewelry on Christmas Eve were very high. The quality and designs of Karu costume jewelry are similar to Weiss or Weisner.
Noteworthy, the then-famous jewelry company Coro, owned by Cohen & (and) Rosenberger, filed a complaint against Karu in 1952. In particular, due to the similarity of the names of the two companies – Caro and Karu. However, the court considering this case did not find sufficient grounds to satisfy the claim. Indeed, Karu meant the fusion of the first two letters of Kaufman-Ruderman. However, Karu’s name soon changed to Karu Arke Inc.
By 1972, the company ceased to exist. Thus, all Karu brand products are vintage and collectible.
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Karu Arke Inc costume jewelry
Laurentian Jewellery Manufacturing LJM
Traditionally, the jewelry of the Canadian brand LJM demonstrates the highest quality with the finest and most thorough elaboration of details. Based in Montreal, Laurentian Jewellery Manufacturing is luxurious vintage costume jewelry delighting collectors from 1952 to the present day. Their more than 6-decade impeccable trajectory speaks for itself. Traditionally, the masters of the brand used imitation of aged gold, mosaic compositions, onyx and marcasite. Besides, behind every little or big item, there is a sweet story, a love or sad story, a new or just an important story to tell. Noteworthy, LJM offers lifetime guarantee for every item – brooch or earrings, bracelet or necklace.
Tara vintage costume jewelry
Although TARA brand is not so famous in wide circles, but true connoisseurs of vintage jewelry are happy to replenish their collections.
Founded in the early 1960s in New York, Tara Fifth Avenue company moved to California in 1965. The exact closing date is unknown, however, we can assume the company ceased to exist in the 1970s. Thus, costume jewelry of this company produced for 10 years is vintage. Noteworthy, some companies, such as DeLizza & Elster made jewelry decorations for Tara, that’s why Tara jewelry can be similar to Juliana jewelry. Also, in the list of jewelry companies which produced decorations signed Tara were Monet, Judi Lee and others. That is why the marking “Tara” on some decorations differs. Also, the prices are different, depending on subjective indicators of demand in the world market.
The style of jewelry marked Tara is diverse – from Art Deco and Modern to Rococo and classics of that time. Traditionally, the company’s masters used jewelry alloy of gold and silver tones, rhinestones, colored glass and enamel.
Vintage Norma Jean costume jewelry
Unusual in shape and design, Norma Jean pieces resemble some archaic jewelry found somewhere during the excavations of ancient civilizations. Bold and elegant design, exquisite handmade work make these costume decorations desirable for collectors of vintage jewelry. Noteworthy, Rhode Island based designer has been in business for more than 30 years, since the 1984.
Available through various major catalogs, Norma Jean pieces – sold in various Department Stores, including Canada, Japan and Mexico. Traditionally, the NJ jewelers used gold tone metal, rhinestones, crystals, faux pearl and sometimes enamel. Also, all earrings, pins and brooches have markings – N J, or Norma Jean.
However, creating fashion jewelry is not the only business of a talented American designer. In addition, she designs and hand makes decorative things and home goods – push pins, shower hooks, etc.
Norma Jewelry Corp vintage costume jewelry
Founded by Alfred Benjamin Shawl, American company Norma Jewelry Corp. began producing costume decorations in 1944. However, the company existed for just over 10 years, from 1944 to 1954. During this period Alfred Benjamin Shawl had several patents for some interesting jewelry designs. In particular, Water Girl (1947), Accordionist (1948) and Cow Girl (1949). According to “American Costume Jewelry” book by Brunalti, he registered the last patent in September 1954. Since there is no information about the company after this, Norma Jewelry most likely ceased to exist in the late 1950s.
Traditionally, jewelers used sterling silver in their brooches design, often gold plated. Also, the use of rhinestones, cabochons, and especially the lucite insert – characteristic of the design. Besides, the design of the 1950s includes the use of colored enamels and semi-precious stones. In fact, the jelly belly jewelry series was very popular in the 1940s and is highly collectible in our time. Noteworthy, each product of this company has marking – Norma Sterling Pat.Pend.
Weinberg New York costume jewelry
Unfortunately, there is very little information about the creator of vintage jewelry labeled Weinberg NY. According to scant information, this brand was active from early 1980’s to late 1980s. The very name of the American company Weinberg NY indicates its location. Accordingly, each Weinberg decoration is a vintage rarity. As a rule, products marked Weinberg have an elegant and sophisticated design in the art deco style or made in classic floral and fantasy motifs. Also, figurative brooches – ballerina, dragon, etc. Traditionally, jewelers used metal of silver or gold tone. Besides, each brooch, earrings or bracelet is an abundance of rhinestones, crystals, art glass, lucite and acrylic plastic.
Noteworthy, each decoration has label – Weinberg NY, or Weinberg New York.
Signed Botticelli vintage costume jewelry
Traditionally, vintage pieces signed Botticelli contain very positive symbolism. According to belief, hop is a symbol of vitality, fertility, goodness and well-being. Besides, the image of hops relates to the idea of a happy marriage.
In fact, Providence based jewelry company “Botticelli” was active in the period of 1969-78. Meanwhile, the style and some technological features of “Botticelli” decorations are identical to jewelry “Tortolani”. So, the brand “Botticelli” could be one of the independent lines belonging to “Tortolani”. Well, it’s just my opinion.
Undoubtedly, all vintage jewelry pieces by this brand show simple but elegant, even timeless design. Made of silver coated blackened silver, sometimes with the use of enamel, the jewels demonstrate high casting quality and a wonderful sense of shape.