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Chicago based ORA vintage costume jewellery

Chicago based ORA vintage costume jewellery

Rare 1940s Flower Basket brooch. Rhinestone, Rhodium. Signed ORA, a mark used by the Chicago based company Ralph Singer Jewelry Co. Chicago based ORA vintage costume jewellery

ORA vintage costume jewellery
First, it was a creative duo of designers Oreste Agnini and Ralph Singer (Italian Raffaele Cantaluppi) who used the name ORA for their jewellery. Originally, they made the jeweled buttons and brooches for the Eisenberg line of clothing. But later, when they ended with Eisenberg, in 1920-1930s, they began producing jewellery known as ORA. The name of their Chicago based company which employed 200 people, was “Agnini & Singer”. Noteworthy, their earlier products didn’t have any mark on them. However, already in late 1930s they began marking their jewellery pieces with the brand name “ORA”.
According to some jewellery guides, the name ORA is a combination of the names Oreste and Ralph. But according to other sources, Ora in Italian means “hour”, and they advertised their jewellery as “Jewels of the Hour.”
Most often ORA vintage costume jewellery features various motifs, from music to Masonic, Art Deco design, with an abundance of crystals. And always ORA jewelers demonstrate high quality and creative design in their jewellery lines.

Heart Shaped silver tone brooch. 1940s

Heart Shaped silver tone metal brooch, rhinestones. 1940s ORA vintage costume jewellery

Interestingly, the company is still in business today, but chaned its name to “Ralph Singer Jewelry Company”.

ORA vintage costume jewellery