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Colco vintage costume jewelry

Buddhist motif Gods of Fortune retro brooch. Metal alloy, gold plating, polymer resin. 7.6 cm. 1950s. Colco vintage costume jewelry

Colco vintage costume jewelry
The history of Colco trademark began in 1959, and it was an alternative designation of Colorart Creations Corp., headquartered in New York, N.Y. Incorporated in 1950s, the company ceased to exist in 1960s.
The uniqueness of Colco jewelry is not only in artisan performance, but also in non-trivial design inspired by Chinese philosophy. For example, this large hand crafted brooch “Asian Gods of Fortune”, created in the 1950s.
The images of the eastern gods, in shape and color, resemble netsuke figurines, carved from ivory. Traditionally, they were talismans that brought good luck and prosperity to their owner. Very delicate work and artisan execution evoke the most positive emotions. The frame of the brooch is made in the form of bamboo branches, and covered with gilding. Also, applied to the figurines polymer resin allowed the designer to draw the smallest details.
Produced in 1950-1960s, Colco jewelry has become a book piece rarity mentioned in vintage costume jewelry catalogs.
According to other sources, Colco was a jewelry line by another New York City company, Selro Corporation.

Pink flowers vintage signed clip on earrings. Gold tone metal, enamel, rhinestones, faux coral

Pink flowers vintage signed clip on earrings. Gold tone metal, enamel, rhinestones, faux coral (art glass)

Signature

Maker’s mark. Noteworthy, the company began labeling its products around the mid-1950s.

Signed Colco vintage costume jewelry (1950-60s)

Asian Gods of Fortune clip on earrings. Metal alloy, enamel

Asian Gods of Fortune clip on earrings. Metal alloy, enamel

Collectable Gods of Fortune gold plated clip on earrings

Collectable Gods of Fortune gold plated clip on earrings

Faux Turquoise Chinese Gods of Fortune Panel Bracelet. Gold tone metal alloy, enamel

Faux Turquoise Chinese Gods of Fortune Panel Bracelet. Gold tone metal alloy, enamel

Figural Gods of Fortune Immortals bracelet. Gold tone metal alloy, enamel

Figural Gods of Fortune Immortals bracelet. Gold tone metal alloy, enamel

Detail of Gods of Fortune bracelet

Detail of Gods of Fortune vintage bracelet

Rare collectable Gods of Fortune gold plated necklace

Rare collectable Gods of Fortune gold plated necklace

Leaf flower gold tone faux pearls brooch. 1960s

Leaf flower gold tone faux pearls brooch. 1960s

Maker's mark

Maker’s mark