Star Staret vintage costume jewelry
Chicago based company Star Novelty Jewelry Co., Inc with a head office at 322 South Franklin Street, began making costume jewelry in 1925. At first, the jewelers marked their decorations (in the period 1925-1940) as “Star”. However, the company changed its name to Staret in the 1940s. So, after 1940s they began marking their pieces “Staret”. Noteworthy, the company ceased operations in 1947.
According to advertisements in Vogue (September 1940 and December 1941), Star jewelers created “Costume Brilliants”. Indeed, the use of high quality crystals, imitation of topaz, ruby, emerald, sapphire and amethyst created such impression. Traditionally, Star jewelers used gold or silver-plated, or rhodium-plated metal, also enamel of various colors. High quality handmade pieces of jewelry, exquisite design and talented work of masters make these decorations collectible. Their collections included beautiful figural and floral designs. In my opinion, no less attractive are patriotic theme brooches. According to some designs, not only Star company produced its own jewelry lines, but other jewelers of the time (for example, Rice-Weiner) also worked for Star.
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Star Staret vintage costume jewelry
Sweet Romance vintage costume jewelry
Amazing jewelry, inspired by the memories of the past, Sweet Romance jewelry is an old style at its best! Undoubtedly, these are collectibles, magnificent creations of the chief designer of the jewelry company, art historian Shelley Cooper.
According to Shelley Cooper, women yearn for the unique, sentimental, bizarre and charming jewels of the past. And Shelley Cooper tries to fill this longing in each of her projects, including the stylistic accent of particular historical periods. Thus, she seeks to create things that are becoming family heirlooms passed down from generation to generation.
For nearly 40 years, Shelley Cooper has been creating unique jewelery similar to antique jewelery at a factory in Los Angeles. Traditionally, her jewelry consists of a series of jewelry united by one theme. For example, insects – one of her favorite themes, stunning in their diversity and beauty. All decorations have marks “Sweet Romance USA”, however, some products, labeled for example, “Ollipop”, its branch, also belong to Sweet Romance.
Park Lane vintage costume jewelry
Founded by a family couple Arthur and Shirley Levine in Chicago in 1955, Park Lane Corporation is the world’s leading direct selling (in-home) trading company. In fact, the most famous designers created decorations for this brand at different times. This perhaps, explains quite different lines of their costume decorations – from Art Deco and abstract to Egyptian motifs and nature inspired designs. However, they still have something in common – rich decor, large forms and the desire to transmit the main idea of every US citizen – the “American dream”. It is from here – the abundance of gilded elements, pearls and colored crystals. Noteworthy, all decorations from Park Lane have a lifetime warranty and according to the designers, made for tomorrow.
Featured here pieces – stunning vintage decorations created in 60-80s of the last century. Traditionally, Park Lane jewelers used silver and gold tone jewelry alloy, multicolor cabochons, rhinestones and Ausatrian crystals. Also, enamel of various colors, lucite and faux pearls. Marked Park Lane, all of these brooches, earrings, and pendants – high quality decorations which price will grow every year.
Ermani Bulatti vintage costume jewelry
Inspired by the mystery of the universe, the famous Dutch designer Ermani Bulatti has become the author of truly unique decorations. Noteworthy, the peak of his laconic masterpieces fell on the 70-80s of the last century. Traditionally, his designs include Art Deco style, elements of Italian and Egyptian culture, and combination of living and inanimate nature. Slender geometry of lines and unusual dragonflies and butterflies, mysterious lizards and huge crystals. The classic forms of Ermani Bulatti jewelry, except Swarovski faceted crystals, often included mother of pearl, shells, pearls, ivory, silk and semi-precious stones. The base metal – washed or oxidized in old silver, gold, tin or bronze. All jewelry – made by hand, with careful study of all small details. Marked Ermani Bulatti, products of this period were sold only in elite boutiques of London, Milan, Paris and Amsterdam.
Christian Lacroix vintage costume jewelry
The French couturier – Christian Lacroix traditionally created bizarre shapes, intricate design, massive decorations. According to his creations, his two favorite themes in costume jewelry are hearts and crosses. It would seem that it is difficult to invent something new that can cause surprise and admiration, but he succeeds! And the variety of designs is amazing!
Again and again he invents something of his own, distinctive, completely in different styles, but at the same time observing the originality and his own handwriting.
The French brand Christian Lacroix, named after its founder has a deliberately luxurious style. At the moment, based in Paris fashion brand is a part of the High Fashion Syndicate.
The creator of the fashion brand, Christian Lacroix received his firstan education as an art critic at the University of Montpellier. Then, at the Sorbonne in Paris, as an art history connoisseur. Young Lacroix began his career in the Hermes Fashion House, where he got a job as a fashion journalist. Then in 1981, Lacroix moved to work to the Jean Patou Fashion House.
Karl Lagerfeld vintage costume jewelry
It is impossible to overestimate the talent of the great Karl Lagerfeld. The world famous designer is also the author of collections of fine jewelry. Only Lagerfeld is capable of such creative, daring and characteristic decorations, perhaps you will not meet anywhere! His handwriting is recognizable and unique. Always in demand, expensive and rare, large ornaments, generously covered with a dense layer of gilding. Time has no power over them, quality is on top.
Karl Lagerfeld has created a completely unique collection of elegant jewelry in the periods of 1983–1984. He became the artistic director of the Chanel house and founded the KL and KL lines by Karl Lagerfeld. The first KL jewelry was made of a matte gold alloy with large baroque pearls, marked with initials KL.
Meanwhile, the Lagerfeld collection of the late 1980s and early 1990s, demonstrates another technique. In particular, the use of Murano glass cabochons, and talented handicraft processing when creating each piece of jewelry.
Swarovski vintage costume jewelry
Traditionally, Jewelry decorations by this company has a classic brand mark – swan.
The history of the Swarovski brand begins in 1892, when a young man invented a machine that allowed to work with crystals. And only in 1977, the Swarovski brand starts producing costume jewelery. The first collection, called Swarovski Premium, included jewelry, just decorative crystals and accessories. In 1987, a society of Swarovski lovers appeared, and more than 400,000 people joined it. Perhaps that is what success means.
The Swarovski company produces not only jewelry, it creates lines of any accessories where it is possible to use branded crystals: for example, lamps or clothing.
The Swarovski company produces truly works of art from crystal: sculptures and miniatures, jewelry, clothes, chandeliers and other home accessories. And a separate line are other components: rhinestones, beads, and much more, used by other craftsmen, designers and artists.