Nolan Miller jewellery
Born on January 8, 1935 in Burkburnett, Texas, he became known as American designer of cinema. In 1957, Nolan Miller patented his brand in Beverly Hills and began to create images for the film stars of the time, designing costumes and jewelry.
In the series “Dynasty” Miller served as the principal costume designer, and at the same time, a trendsetter. Each week for the series produced dozens of new costumes, including jewelry. In the early 90th the project Dynasty was closed, but the work of Nolan Miller in the movie was not over. Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Smith, Loretta Young, Eva Garbor, Natalie Wood, Joan Crawford, Lucile Ball, Jaclyn Smith, Linda Evans, Sophia Loren, and Joan Collins – only a short list of the names of his clients. Nolan Miller also became famous as the private couturier in Beverly Hills. Also, Miller created his line of jewelry for the famous American chain stores QVC. It’s one of the most popular American stores “on the couch”, which sells luxury jewelry from Nolan Miller Kenneth Jay Lane, Joan Rivers, etc.
Category Archive: Vintage
Nolan Miller jewellery
At the beginning of the 20th century, Tiffany and Co. produced a number of fabulous, realistic floral brooches. Among them were realistically beautiful exotic orchids – notable designs by a talented jeweler G. Paulding Farnham. Paulding was born in 1859 in New York to a wealthy family. He first started working for Tiffany’s around 1885, having worked for over 23 years, from 1885 to 1908. Farnham became the artistic director of Tiffany’s display of gems in Paris in 1889. These extravagant orchid brooches by G. Paulding Farnham were in the firm’s display at the Universal Exposition of 1900. The brooches were among the twenty-four orchids designed by Paulding Farnham for Tiffany & Co. Paris Exposition in 1889. Tiffany & Co. received the Gold Medal for Jewelry at the Paris Exposition in 1889 largely due to the success of the enameled orchids designed by Paulding Farnham.
Reja costume jewellery
The company founded by the jewelry designer Solomon Finkelstein in 1932 began its work in New York City. Initially, a small but promising brand manufactured rhinestone jewelry for wholesale distribution, and therefore did not advertise it. However, seven years later, in 1939 Finkelstein decided to manufacture jewelry for the retail trade. Accordingly, they changed the name of the company to Deja Costume Jewelry, Inc. Also, they used such trademarks as Deja, Deja Reg., Deja Original, and Deja Fleurs.
Meanwhile, in January 1941, due to the decision of Supreme Court of New York the creators of the jewelry brand had to change the name to Reja. And on the 17th January 1941 Finkelstein announced that he was the only the owner of Reja, and its main designer.
All jewelry pieces were made mostly by hand, in small batches, and only for sale at retail. Therefore, so little jewelry of the brand have survived. In the production jewelers actively used rhinestone to simulate diamonds, moonstones and crystals of very high quality. One of the most popular considered series of enamel berries and birds made both in silver, and on the basis of jewelry alloys. Unfortunately, a short, but colorful history of Reja brand ended 4th December 1953 (bankruptcy), leaving us to remember Reja costume jewellery masterpieces.
English jewellery company Sphinx
Founded in 1948 in the UK, English jewellery company Sphinx has become famous for their exquisite costume jewellery of high quality. Beautifully designed ornaments looked like real jewels. The quality of jewelry was so high, that the company began to produce jewellery exclusively for such brands and stores as Kenneth Jay Lane, Butler & Wilson, Saks 5th Ave., Neiman Marcus, and Bloomingdale’s. Noteworthy, marked Sphinx products appeared only at the beginning of the 1960s. In fact, Sphinx costume jewellery is highly appreciated by the collectors of vintage jewellery, as the company ceased operations in the late 1990s.
Lisner refined jewellery
When David Lisner(born in Germany in 1846) was 18 years old, his family emigrated to New York. David’s brothers, cousins and other family members founded the company D.Lisner Co. All products, including jewelry they imported from Europe. They first used the name Listner for their jewelry brand in 1935. Because of World War II the cooperation with Europe stopped, and many companies closed their offices in Europe, including Lisner.
And already in 1950s Lisner launched mass production of their costume jewelry, the quality of which was from very good to above average. Noteworthy, in 1970s Lisner bought the “Richelieu” company and, accordingly, changed the name to Lisner-Richelieu.
The company ceased to exist in 1985. Jewelry by Lisner is in high demand among jewelry lovers and collectors. Traditionally, Lisner jewellery includes abstract geometric shapes, leaves, fruit and flowers.
Eisenberg vintage jewellery
Founded in 1914, the company Eisenberg originally released women’s clothing and perfumes. In fact, the earliest jewelry complemented their dresses, and not more. However, soon Eisenberg costume jewelry began to overshadow the clothes. Accordingly, after 1958 the company finally began to manufacture jewelry, the design of which has always been impeccable!
Jewelry House Eisenberg traditionally used only high-quality materials and costume jewellery with Swarovski crystals imported from Austria. Meanwhile, during its existence, the company has used different markings. Thus, they used marking “Eisenberg” from 1958 to 1970, and for a while in the same period, ornaments didn’t have markings at all … Unfortunately, in 1977 the company changed owners and lasted only until the beginning of the 1990s. Therefore, today and always, jewelry from Eisenberg is incredibly popular with collectors and lovers of vintage.
Danecraft vintage costume jewellery
Officially founded in 1934 and located in Providence, Rhode Island, Danecraft company originates from the famous manufacturer of jewelry “Primavera” – a goldsmith from Pescara, Italy. The creator of the company – Italian jeweler Victor Primavera, a descendant of an old family, which previously produced jewelry under the brand “Primavera” for noble families in Italy. By the way, Italian word “Primavera” means “spring”. Meanwhile, “Primavera” was well known for manufacture of the jewelry for the royal and very wealthy families. Primavera workshops existed until 1910, then Victor Primavera emigrated to the United States, where he created jewellery well-known to us under the name of Danecraft, still existing company.