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Category Archive: Vintage

Signed LFC vintage costume jewelry

Signed LFC vintage costume jewelry

Flower Basket brooch. Gold plated, crystals, pearls. Signed LFC vintage costume jewelry

Signed LFC vintage costume jewelry
Based in Southend-on-sea of Essex, southeast England, and incorporated on 30 December 1952, L F Coverdale & Co Ltd began its activity in 1947.
Originally headed by Phyllis Matilda Ellen Wickenden, a small team of craftsmen made high quality brooches, pins, pendants, and clip-on earrings using 24 K gold. Also, silver, enamel, Swarovski crystals, rhinestones, and cultured pearls. The maker’s mark includes initials L.F.C.
Noteworthy, they made jewelry both for sale and for other British jewelry companies. Among them, in particular, were Rosita, Butler & Wilsons and others.
In 1964 Nadine Ellen Joan Wickenden joined the family business and soon became its director. The company ceased to exist in 1995.
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Bill Tendler mid-century modernist jewelry

Bill Tendler mid-century modernist jewelry

Geometric design sterling silver pin. Bill Tendler mid-century modernist jewelry

Bill Tendler mid-century modernist jewelry (1948-1973)
Iconic American silversmith Bill Tendler (1906-1973) was one of the founders of the wearable art movement, along with such renowned metalsmiths as Sam Kramer, Arthur King, Francisco Rebajes, Ed Wiener and Art Smith. Greenwich Village in New York was an urban artists’ colony and home to their shops, including Tendler’s studio, which he operated on West 4th Street from 1948 to 1963. Tendler later moved to another part of Greenwich Village, where he worked until his death in 1973.

Handcrafted mostly from sterling silver and signed “Tendler,” his jewelry looks like miniature abstract or geometric sculpture. In addition to sterling silver, the artist used natural stones, including citrine, agate, and more.
Noteworthy, according to some sources, in the 1970s, Bill Tendler began working with gold and was active until 1981, the year of his death.

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Signed Diana vintage costume jewelry

Signed Diana vintage costume jewelry

Double flower brooch pin of gold tone. 1950s. Signed Diana vintage costume jewelry

Signed Diana vintage costume jewelry (1948-1960s)
Launched in 1948 in Newark, New Jersey, Diana was one of several jewelry trademarks owned by Krementz & Company, Inc (1886 – 1997). Although Krementz history began in 1886 when five men started jewelry business, but it was in 1922 that George Krementz and Julius Lebkeucher joined their families into Krementz & Co.
Diana jewelry line includes Victorian and classic designs, rose and plant motifs, so popular in 1930-50s, filigree details, the use of high quality crystals, cubic zirconia, and natural gems. Made of 10-18K gold plated sterling silver, Diana fine jewelry pieces are increasingly rare and highly collectible.
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Signed Regel vintage costume jewelry

Signed Regel vintage costume jewelry

12 K gold filled flower brooch pin. Signed Regel vintage costume jewelry

Signed Regel vintage costume jewelry (1932-1950s)

The history of jewelry marked Regel or A.Regel began in 1932 in Providence, Rhode Island. According to some sources, Regel operated in Cranston, Rhode Island, while other sources point to Warwick, Rhode Island. However, long before entering the United States, Regel operated in Pforzheim, the jewelry capital of pre-war Germany. It is noteworthy that Regel was a manufacturer not only of jewelry, but also of men’s accessories, such as lighters. By the way, the German word “Regel” means “rule”.

Registered in the USA, A. Regel company continued to produce lighters and high-quality jewelry using gold, silver, cubic zirconia and Austrian crystals. The jewelers handcrafted classic ornate brooches, pins, necklaces, pendants, clip-on earrings with floral and leaf motifs, bows and circles, and often with filigree elements. The maker’s mark traditionally includes a stylized “A Regel” or “Regel”, 10-14 K gold or sterling silver.

Today, Regel jewelry is rare and highly prized by collectors and lovers of antique and vintage jewelry.
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Ellen Kiam vintage costume jewelry

Ellen Kiam vintage costume jewelry

Lion head gold tone brooch pin. 1980s. Ellen Kiam vintage costume jewelry

Ellen Kiam vintage costume jewelry
The history of Ellen Kiam jewelry brand began in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1984. However, the brand’s founder, then 56-year-old Ellen Kiam, already had experience in the family jewelry business as a creative director and designer.
Born in 1928, Ellen Lipscher married businessman Victor Kiam in 1956. The husband-wife team Tory Kiam and Ellen Kiam owned such companies as Benrus Watch Company (1968), Remington Products (1979), a direct sales jewelry company Lady Remington, and later Lia Sophia.
Ellen Kiam lived with Victor Kiam for 45 years until his death in 2001. She created costume jewelry under her own brand for a decade, from 1984 until her retirement in the 1990s.
Today, 95-year-old Ellen Kiam lives in Madisonville, Los Angeles.
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Moo Roo vintage costume jewelry

Moo Roo vintage costume jewelry

Bird brooch. Gold tone, pink and black enamel, rhinestones. Moo Roo vintage costume jewelry

Moo Roo vintage costume jewelry
Many-awarded fashion and accessory designer Mary Norton founded MOO ROO, LLC in October 2000 in Charleston, South Carolina. She named her company after her two daughters, Micah and Reilly.
The business was very successful and Mary Norton became known for luxury handbags which she sold in branded retail stores in Charleston, Manhattan and Beverly Hills. Noteworthy, among the celebrities who purchased her handbags, were Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez, and Charlize Theron.

In addition to jeweled clutches, handbags and shoes, she made exquisite costume jewelry pieces, which today have become collectible vintage. Mary Norton made jewelry for about a decade. However, in 2009 Richemont fashion group and The Atelier Fund invested into Moo Roo LLC and launched the renewed brand – Mary Norton, Inc, an accessories lifestyle brand.

Today, professor Mary Norton teaches fashion and accessory design in Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.
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Adele Simpson vintage costume jewelry

Adele Simpson vintage costume jewelry

Dandelion gold tone rhinestone brooch pin. Adele Simpson vintage costume jewelry

Adele Simpson vintage costume jewelry (1945-1960)
Born on 28 December 1904, Adele Smithline graduated from Pratt Institute of Design in New York City in 1922. She married textile manufacturer Wesley William Simpson, and became known in the fashion world as the iconic award-winning American fashion designer Adele Simpson (December 8, 1903 – August 23, 1995).

She founded Adele Simpson Inc in 1945 and launched several trademarks on creation of women’s clothes, fragrance and accessories. From the beginning of her career she designed high quality jewelry pieces to accompany her coats, dresses and suits. Besides, she collaborated with well known jewelry designers of the time. Among them, in particular, was the renowned jewelry designer Henry Schreiner.

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