BJ Beatrix vintage costume jewelry
Nat Sugarman founded The Beatrix jewelry company after the second World War, in 1946. He named it after his sister, Beatrice. At first, the company didn’t mark their decorations, and was not particularly successful. However, all changed in 1965, when Leonard Mundell, the manager of the company became its new owner. Without changing the name, he changed the concept of the company. First of all, he began producing seasonal brooches dedicated to traditional and favorite American holidays. The most popular were, of course, Christmas, Halloween and Easter decorations.
Noteworthy, marking “BJ” or “Beatrix” wasn’t consistent until 1975, but from 1975 to 1977, marking on the back side was constant and mandatory. Traditionally, the designers of the company used gold tone metal, enamel, rhinestones and crystals.
According to Justia Trademarks website, Beatrix Jewelry Company registered several trademarks in 1976 – DUKE, DUCHESS, and HEAVENLY BOUTIQUE. Active for three decades (1946-1977), the company was sold to Treasure Master who only operated until 1983.
Today, included in collector’s guides, signed Beatrix or BJ, this jewelry is collectible.
Category Archive: Vintage
BJ Beatrix vintage costume jewelry
Signed Metzke vintage costume jewelry
Located in Tallahassee, Florida, American jewelry company Metzke Inc. was founded in 1963. In fact, it was a family business, where the main designers were Dr. Fred W. Metzke and his wife Mary. Thanks to the talent of Dr. Metzke as the artist, and the creativity of his wife Mary, the small family company has grown to one of the largest pewterware manufacturers in the world. Metzke’s clients included such icons as Disney, Smithsonian, Neiman Marcus and Dillard’s. Also, large catalogs of gifts and thousands of small gift shops and boutiques sold their works.
In 1972, their son Stephen joined the family business having become the president of the company. However, in 1997 the company closed its doors, after three decades of successful work. Accordingly, all items marked “Metzke” are vintage and, thanks to their high quality and craftsmanship, are collectible. The price of these products will increase every year.
Charles Horner vintage costume jewelry
Resident of English town of Halifax, Charles Horner (1837-1896) was an English jeweler and founder of the Charles Horner of Halifax jewelry company. He founded the company in the 1860s and produced silver jewelry and accessories, including items for needlewomen. Among his more famous jewelry “lines” were Art Nouveau enamel pendants and necklaces, as well as twisted silver wire jewelry, “glass paste” brooches and silver hairpins. Noteworthy, Charles Horner was one of the first to use plastics in jewelry, in particular casein plastics.
Traditionally, all jewelry pieces by this company have hallmarks sterling silver – Chester – 1911 and Charles Horner’s trademark – C.H
The company began voluntary liquidation in 1984 and ceased to exist.
Stuart Nye vintage costume jewelry
Large handmade vintage brooch “Willow Leaves” of the famous American brand S. Nye / С. Nye (North Carolina).
Stuart Nye began making handmade (forged) jewelry in the North Carolina mountains in 1933, during the Great depression. The beautiful nature of his native mountainous region inspired him to create original jewelry. He had no experience, bought used jewelry tools and started. He used pieces of copper during World War II, due to the lack of metal, and brass in the 70s when the price of sterling rose sharply.
Always inspired by nature, his jewelry is part of the American modernist tradition. His “Dogwood”, “Willow Leaf”, “Calla Lilia”, “Pine Cone” and other lesser known collections are in high demand, collected and worn all over the world. Undoubtedly, this is a vivid evidence of the relevance of the iconic style that he created over 80 years ago. And this work has been going on for the 87th year of continuous production.
Bond Boyd vintage costume jewelry
The Canadian company Bond Boyd is known among fans of antique and vintage jewelry for its classic design, thanks to which its jewelry is always relevant and can be passed on in the family from generation to generation.
The company was organized in the 40s of the last century, and the peak of its heyday fell on the 1950-1960s. But in the 1970s, the production, which was headquartered in Canada, ceased to compete with mass costume jewelry from Southeast Asia. Therefore, the company decided to end the production of jewelry made of precious metals and continued to produce only jewelry made of jewelry alloys. However, after a while, Bond Boyd completely switched to making badges and medals for corporate orders.
B.Blumenthal vintage costume jewelry
Each piece labeled B. Blumenthal is an absolute rarity and incredible beauty, grace and tenderness. The history of the company began back in 1877, when Benjamin Blumenthal founded B. Blumenthal & Co in New York, USA. However, the company initially imported and distributed buttons to the emerging textile market. Due to taxes on imported ocean pearl buttons, Blumenthal opened a factory to produce freshwater pearl buttons in Lansing on the Mississippi river. Buttons have embodied the art of jewelry using materials such as enamel, shells, metals, and since the 1900s, Bakelite, plastic, lucite, wood, cork and leather.
For a very short period of time, from the 1940s to the 1960s, the company made costume jewelry for the Edwardian fashion of the time. Made of brass, metal with gold or silver plating, inlaid with crystals, rhinestones, art glass, these jewelry is now a rarity. Accordingly, they are collectible and the price of these jewelry will increase every year.
Talbots vintage costume jewelry
The history of the famous American brand Talbots, a manufacturer of stylish women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, began in 1947. Rudy and Nancy Talbot, the founders of this company, started as a small store, and now the company has more than 580 stores in the United States. Traditionally, their boutiques have a large selection of status accessories – necklaces, bracelets and earrings of classic style. Materials used in making jewelry included gold and silver tone alloy, sterling silver, lucite, rhinestones, faux pearls, glass cabochons, crystals, plastic, resin and enamel. Items had marking “Talbot” on the back, however, the earlier markings, up to the 1970s, included the initial “T”.
Noteworthy, the company exists to this day, and has the long list of celebrity names that buy this company’s products. In particular, Britney Spears, Michelle Monaghan, Nicole Kidman, Teri Hatcher, Mila Kunis, Molly Sims, Goldie Hawn, Ashley Judd, Pamela Anderson, Sharon Stone and many more.