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Category Archive: Vintage

DeNicola costume jewellery

DeNicola costume jewellery - brooch from the series of Chinese zodiac, the year of goat

From the series of Chinese zodiac, the year of goat, or Capricorn. DeNicola costume jewellery

Established in New York (USA) in 1957, DeNicola costume jewellery became known for producing exquisite jewellery of high quality. Besides, Jerry DeNicola quite successfully competed with real expensive jewellery, because in the manufacture used gilt ornaments and semiprecious stones. Noteworthy, the first collection DeNicola “The Real Look”, released in 1962, represented the marine flora and fauna. And these unique decorations were really difficult to distinguish from precious gold and diamond jewelry. Shine of metal, fine stones and extremely complex design made many connoisseurs prefer jewelry brand DeNicola. Meanwhile, the second collection “Young America” appeared in 1964. However, in 1970, the company DeNicola became part of the jewelry company CAPRI and since then, the mark DeNicola was no longer used. Jewellery brand DeNicola is rare and not easy to find. According to a number of books and albums on costume collectible ornaments, these products have a collector’s value and relevance.
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Erwin Pearl jewellery

Vintage brooch-pendant - Pharaoh. Erwin Pearl jewellery. Marked © E.Pearl

Vintage brooch-pendant – Pharaoh. Erwin Pearl jewellery. Marked © E.Pearl

Erwin Pearl jewellery
Founder of the eponymous jewelry brand, a native of Austria, in his early years, Erwin Pearl moved to the United States and made there a wonderful career. Five consecutive years, his jewellery products participated in international exhibitions, and won prestigious awards. For over 60 years Erwin Pearl has been one of the largest manufacturers of collectible jewelry, connecting advanced technology and old techniques of hand finishing.
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BSK vintage jewellery

BSK vintage jewellery - Brooch Boatman

Boatman brooch pin. BSK vintage jewellery

BSK vintage jewellery
Although very little is known about the company, yet, we know that it existed from 1948 until the early 1980s in New York. The company received name from the initials of the founders: Benny Steinberg, Slovitt and Kaslo. Traditionally, BSK jewelers used colored enamel, Aurora Borealis rhinestone, and imitation of pearls. They made most of the products in the technique of brushing (causing small cuts on the metal surface). Due to low prices, decorations of BSK enjoyed incredible popularity in postwar America. Currently BSK ornaments are collectible.
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Avon vintage costume jewelry

Flower polka dot set Avon vintage costume jewelry. Vintage, 1980

Flower polka dot set, 1980. Avon vintage costume jewelry

Avon vintage costume jewelry
The internationally renowned company, Avon began its history in 1886. At first, it represented the perfume, and for the first time in history gave women the opportunity to earn money by doing what they like. Consultants offered cosmetics and perfumes, and in 1963 there was a jewelry as a free gift to purchase. And in 1970, after numerous requests of clients, Avon has launched a line of its own products – Avon jewellery. The very first collection of the company was called The Precious Pretenders. Large advertising campaign in America has made these ornaments very popular with women. Jewellery pieces were characterized by brilliant cut stone, fancy filigree appearance, covered with gold leaf, and looked very expensive and exquisite. And a few years later Avon jewellery had a strong position among the most popular manufacturers of jewelry.
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Cadoro vintage jewellery

Cadoro vintage jewellery, brooch Frog, 1970s

Cadoro vintage jewellery, brooch Frog, 1970s

Manhattan-based jewellery company Cadoro was founded by two friends Steven Brody and Daniel Stoenescu in 1954. The creative duo of designers made fashionable, hand crafted costume jewelry, which was sold in Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Their motto was “Famous Jewellery to the Rich and Famous!”. Among their customers were the Duchess of Windsor and Barbra Streisand. While making brooches, bracelets, clips and body jewellery, they used traditional crystals, gold toned and silver toned metals, beautiful rhinestones and glass crystals from all over the world, seed pearls and stones from the ocean depths.
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Frank Tortolani vintage jewellery

Frank Tortolani vintage jewellery

Shoulder Brooches “Angel” and “Demon”. Tortolani vintage jewellery

Tortolani vintage jewellery
Jewellery brand “Tortolani” existed in the United States from 1934 until World War II, and then from 1950 until 1976. Tortolani costume jewelry was extremely popular due to its exciting design. And today, most of Tortolani pieces have a high collection value. Frank Tortolani, founder of the dynasty of jewelers, came to America from Italy in 1923. He created decorations of silver or silver-plated jewelry, with his trademark signature. However, his decorations became recognized and appreciated only in the 50s, after he had got a lot of awards for original design and unique method. He signed a contract with Max Factor in the manufacture of boxes for cosmetics. Now these items are a real rarity. At the same time, he created a nominal jewelry for stars of the time. Among his clients were Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis and many others.
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Kenneth Jay Lane costume jewellery

Kenneth Jay Lane costume jewellery

For Audrey Hepburn, Lane made the legendary necklace of cultured pearls. Kenneth Jay Lane costume jewellery

First of all, Kenneth Jay Lane costume jewellery is a legendary American brand. The massive and luxurious jewelry by KJL is out of time and seasons, and it doesn’t become either old-fashioned or non-wearable. Such things, despite the lack of precious stones and metals, are not so much for shopping season, but for the collection. And such a collection is worth to be inherited. Interestingly, one of the first and perhaps the most prominent connoisseurs of the brand was Jacqueline Kennedy. Meanwhile, Kenneth Lane was a famous virtuoso copying celebrity jewelry, and made perfect copies. Thus, one day Jacqueline Kennedy asked Lane to create a copy of a precious necklace that Aristotle Onassis had given her. Since then, the creator of the KJL brand became known as the “king of counterfeiting and imitation of jewelry.” By the way, Kenneth Jay Lane jewelry appeared in such iconic films, as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, “Dallas”, “Dynasty”, and “Sex and the City”.
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