Vogue vintage costume jewelry
Located in New York City, Park Importing Company began producing costume jewelry under the “Vogue” label in 1936. The company owners, founders and the main designers were Harold Shapiro and his partners Jack Gilbert and George Grant. Originally, the company specialized in manufacturing faux pearl jewelry and beads. Traditionally, Vogue costume jewelry demonstrated originality, innovation of design and very high quality. This explains the popularity and demand for Vogue decorations among costume jewelry lovers.
Having worked as the main designer of Vogue jewelry, Harold Shapiro left the company. And already in 1963, he and his son Bernard founded Les Bernard, Inc.
Noteworthy, the earliest pieces have marks “VOGUE JLRY”, or “VOGUE” and they are scarce on the market. Vogue company ceased operations in 1973.
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Vogue vintage costume jewelry
Schrager vintage costume jewelry
Marked Jonne, or Schrager, such jewelry is quite rare and in high demand among lovers and collectors of vintage costume jewelry. Noteworthy, decorations marked “Jonne” appeared in the early 50s, and Schrager-labeled ornaments – in 1959. However, according to some pieces, the company also stamped their pieces as “House of Schrager 5th Ave.”. Traditionally, Schrager jewelers created decorations of classic designs with exceptional detailing, and always of high quality. They used gold and silver plated base metals, faux pearls, clear and colored rhinestones. Undoubtedly, this jewelry has a signature look, something between Miriam Haskell and Stanley Hagler. The company ceased operations in 1962.
Founded in 1925, H. M. Schrager & Co. had the main office at the 5th Avenue in New York. Due to many reasons, created from 1925 to 1940s costume jewelry is rarity. First of all, smaller production than the larger jewelry makers of the time. Also, their earlier pieces were not marked at all. According to sources, Schrager also created jewelry for other jewelry brands, in particular, for Staret. And this explains the similarity of some Schrager and Staret designs (for example, butterfly brooch in the below picture).
Oscar de la Renta vintage costume jewelry
The American fashion designer of Dominican origin, Oscar de la Renta is the founder of the eponymous brand that appeared in 1967. Featured in this post vintage costume jewelry – a new classic, multi-layered, light, bold, rich colors, greatness and luxury. Traditionally, jewelers of the brand used Austrian crystals, gold tone jewelry alloy, multicolor crystals and enamels. Aged 82, the world famous designer died in 2014. The jewelry line of the famous house – collectible vintage jewelry, the price of which only increases with time.
According to his biography, starting with Jacqueline Kennedy, he dressed all the first US ladies – Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton. Twice he was president of the American Council of Fashion Designers, and in 1993–2002 he created collections for the Pierre Balmen house. In addition, he became the first American to lead the Paris fashion house.
Gerard Yosca vintage costume jewelry
Located in New York, the Gerard Yosca workshop is a small production studio that has been creating jewelery for over 35 years. Gerard has an excellent education, he is a graduate of the famous Parsons School of Design in New York. Noteworthy, all Gerard Yosca decorations assembled only by hand. It is high-quality costume jewelry, made from the best selected materials, with the use of antique jewelry elements. Working in his New York studio, he combines a great variety of materials. Among them are enamels, colored faceted beads, wood, exotic stones, antique amulets and much more.
The designer created exclusive jewelry for such famous brands as Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Nanette Lepore and Nicole Miller. Stars like Hillary Clinton, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, Salma Hayek, and many others wear his unique costume jewelry.
Pakula vintage costume jewelry
The American jewelry brand Pakula (Jewelry Co) originated in Chicago in 1932 and continued to produce jewelery until 1997. In fact, Pakula jewelery is extremely rare and in high demand among collectors and vintage costume jewelry lovers.
The range of jewelry was very diverse. The company offered to the public both – home-made jewelery and did wholesale sales of costume jewelry and accessories made by other companies. In particular, DeLizza, Elster and Hollycraft. But without exception, all Pakula decorations demonstrated their impeccable quality and expressive design. Traditionally, when creating jewelery, the Pakula craftsmen used jewelry alloys of gold and silver tones, faux pearls and high quality rhinestones. Also, they used fashionable material at that time – colored enamel, which, in combination with the gold surface formed an unusually beautiful duet.
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.
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.