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Vasari vintage costume jewelry

Vasari vintage costume jewelry

Winnie the Pooh brooch. Gold tone metal, enamel, rhinestones. 4.6 cm. 1980s. Vasari vintage costume jewelry (1982-1984)

Vasari vintage costume jewelry
Founded by Jon M. Bratton in 1982 at 61 EAST 8th St. Suite 181 New York, NY 10003, Vasari trademark ceased to exist in 1994. Thus, the costume jewelry company was in operation for just over a decade. Handcrafted in limited quantities, this brand’s jewelry is rare.
Obviously, the brand name is inspired by the great 16th century Italian painter Giorgio Vasari (1511 – 1574). Like the paintings of the great Vasari, embodied in paints on canvas, the masters of this brand embodied their skill in brooches, rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Noteworthy, very often, along with the traditional materials – alloys of metals of gold and silver tones, they used 18 carat gold. Also, along with rhinestones, crystals and art glass, there are semi-precious stones such as tourmaline, peridot and others. Markings on rounded rectangular base include “Vasari” in capital block letters with copyright sign.
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Taratata vintage costume jewelry

Taratata vintage costume jewelry

Tree branch brooch pin. Gold tone textured metal alloy. 8 cm. 1980s. Taratata vintage costume jewelry

Taratata vintage costume jewelry
The history of the costume jewelry brand “Taratata” (aka Jenny, since 23 Jul 1986) began 35 years ago in the town of Caen in the north-west of France. Its founders were Helen, Philippe and Bernard, a creative trio who started their jewelry and accessories making business in a garage.
Painstaking manual work from morning to night, artistic taste, use of high quality materials, and skillful management led to a logical success. Within three years it was J.L.N. joint stock company (incorporated in 1989) with the trademarks “Taratata” and “Rouge Petit Pois”. Accordingly, the expansion of the company led to the opening of new boutiques, including in Paris.
Noteworthy, when the company’s craftsmen began creating costume jewelry for domestic consumption, they marked their decorations with upper case word mark “Taratata”. Since 1989, when the company began to export its products, they added the word “France” to the labeling.
Today, Taratata is a world renowned brand of costume jewelry, and the vintage pieces handcrafted in the 1980s and 90s are collectible. Founded in 1986, the Taratata brand is still active. Part of pop culture, Taratata creates unique, unconventional designs that you can see on their vibrant and beautiful website.
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Signed Topazio vintage costume jewelry

Signed Topazio vintage costume jewelry

Portugese lady in folk dress sterling silver enameled brooch. 6.5 cm. 1940s. Signed Topazio vintage costume jewelry

Topazio vintage costume jewelry
Founded by the second generation silversmiths, Gabriel and Silvestre Ferreira Marques, the history of Topazio trademark began in 1934. Originally, Topazio was a family business founded in 1874 by their father Manuel José Ferreira Marques. His company Ferreira Marques & Irmão, located in Oporto, Portugal, became famous all over the world for its silverware. After the death of Manuel José in 1930, his sons Gabriel and Silvestre Ferreira Marques headed the company. The brothers renamed the company to Topazio after their mother’s favorite stone, topaz.
Along with table silver, the company’s craftsmen hand crafted exquisite filigree jewelry using silver, gold and enamel. The design, in addition to filigree floral decorations, included ethnic figures of people in national costumes. Embodied in pendants and charms attached to filigree bracelets and plates, these enameled pieces look fabulous.
Noteworthy, the two jewelry brands “Topazio” and “FMT Topazio” by Ferreira Marques & Irmão, Lda., registered by the US Patent Office in 1965-1967, ceased to exist in 1987 and 2002.
An exclusive creation of a bygone era, Topazio is reminiscent of the 18th-19th centuries jewelry. Called “Indo-Portuguese filigree”, such adornments first appeared in Portugal in the 16th and 17th centuries, when mariners brought Chinese filigree to Portugal. Having mastered the new technique, European craftsmen began to add colored enamel, precious stones and pearls.
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Signed Roma vintage costume jewelry

Signed Roma vintage costume jewelry

Grape vine gold tone faux pearl brooch. 1960s. Signed Roma vintage costume jewelry

Roma vintage costume jewelry
The history of Roma costume jewelry trademark began in 1963 in Providence, Rhode Island. Owned by Fairdeal Manufacturing Co., Roma was run by Charles Butterfield Jr. (1930 – 2003). Registered in October 1965, the trademark became inactive in 1983.
Originally jewellery manufacturer, Fairdeal Manufacturing Co. located at 55 Cromwell Street, Providence, began its activity in 1936 and is still active as a Fabrics – Wholesale company.
The designs of this brand’s costume decorations are varied, from classic Christmas decorations and figurative animal decorations to religious filigree and later modernist ones. Traditionally, craftsmen used gold-tone metal alloys, as well as sterling silver, or silver-tone alloys. Other materials include faux pearls, enamel, rhinestones, art glass and even leather. The markings on the back include the word “Roma” in capital letters and the copyright mark.
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Rapallo vintage costume jewelry

Rapallo vintage costume jewelry

Christmas tree brooch pin. Gold tone, Swarovski crystals. 7 cm. 1970s. Rapallo vintage costume jewelry

Rapallo vintage costume jewelry
The history of the Rapallo jewelry brand began 65 years ago in Cranston, Rhode Island. Founded by B.B. Greenberg Co. (jewelry manufacturer since 1961) in 1967, Rapallo trademark ceased to exist in 2007.
Traditionally, the company’s craftsmen used gold and silver tone metal, cultured pearls, enamel, art glass and rhinestones. A classic design with leaf and flower motifs, as well as animal and holiday decorations, this is Rapallo. Packaged in branded boxes, Rapallo jewelry was sold in boutiques and large stores. High quality handicrafts marked “Rapallo” are now rare and collectible.
Obviously, the name of the company comes from the Italian city of Rapallo, located 40 kilometers from Genoa. There are many historical monuments, including those mentioned in ancient manuscripts of the 6th century. For example, the Saints Gervasius and Protasius church. Rapallo is a very clean, noble and cozy city. Noteworthy, Hemingway liked to stay in one of the best hotels of the 19th century, located on a high bank near the port.
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Signed PM Paris vintage costume jewelry

Signed PM Paris vintage costume jewelry

Bouquet of wheat and forget-me-not flowers brooch. Gold plated metal, lucite. 9.5 cm. 1970s. Signed PM Paris vintage costume jewelry

Signed PM Paris vintage costume jewelry
The history of the 1960s-1980s costume jewelry brand P & M Paris is shrouded in mystery. Although some sources indicate the name of the designer Pierre Meunier, there is no confirmation of this. Moreover, the marking itself only indicates that the creator of these jewelry is not one person, but at least two. If it were one person, the & sign would be missing in the labeling.
Noteworthy, the surname of the jewelers Meunier has been known since the 18th century. In particular, the official catalog, published by order of the Imperial Commission in 1855, mentions the goldsmith Pierre Jacques Meunier. According to the catalog, he presented gold, silver and enamel items at the Universal Exhibition in Paris. Pierre Jacques Meunier worked in Paris at 12 rue du Cloître Notre Dame from 1797 to 1809. Today, the eighth generation of Meunier jewelers still runs the family business.
Undoubtedly, behind the products marked with P&M Paris, there is painstaking manual work of talented craftsmen, artistic design, and the use of high quality materials. Traditionally, the company’s craftsmen used metal alloys, and even wood, with gold and silver plating. Also, lucite, enamels, art glass imitating natural stones, Swarovski crystals and rhinestones.
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Mary Kay vintage costume jewelry

Mary Kay vintage costume jewelry

Rose gold tone lapel pin. 1980s. Mary Kay vintage costume jewelry

Mary Kay vintage costume jewelry
Founded by Mary Kay Ash (1918 – 1963) in Dallas, Texas, American network marketing company began its activity in 1963. In addition to cosmetics, the company produced accessories and costume jewelry.
The history of the Mary Kay jewelry trademark began exactly forty years ago. Registered by Mary Kay Inc. in 1981, the renewed trademark was re-registered in 2015. As you know, the jewelry of this brand was part of an advertising company promoting network marketing. Noteworthy, in the 1980s MK collaborated with well known jewelers, for example, RJ Graziano.
Most often, the company produced fashionable costume jewelry for a variety of occasions. In particular, for various anniversaries of the corporation, for the release of a line of cosmetics and perfumes, etc. However, most often these were jewelry pieces that Beauty Consultants received as a gift, to motivate them for further growth. Thus, the most famous motivational design included the ladder of success, or the staircase to the stars pins. In addition, such decorations were given as prizes when attending seminars and encouraging the most successful sellers.
Handcrafted in the 1980s, such nice knick knacks are now vintage and collectible. MK craftsmen used alloys of metals of gold and silver tone, as well as silver and gold. Also, enamel, art glass, rhinestones, and even precious stones – diamonds, rubies, and sapphires.
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