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Deborah Roberts vintage costume jewelry

Deborah Roberts vintage costume jewelry

Textured brass swirl brooch. Glass stones. 1986. Deborah Roberts vintage costume jewelry

Deborah Roberts vintage costume jewelry
The original vintage jewelry by nationally renowned jewelry artist Deborah Roberts is difficult to confuse with the work of other designers. Hand-made, usually from brass, copper, bronze or sterling silver, they have their own specific feature – texture. In particular, engraved symbols – hearts, XOXO, and geometrical patterns. Also, the designer combined the use of these metals with semiprecious stones, jelly belly cabochons, lucite and crystals.
Noteworthy, the marking on the back of these products also looks unusual, with the name of Deborah Roberts in script. Also, sometimes with “Sterling Silver”, hearts, and a copyright sign. The artisan style of these jewelry with accents of Art Deco, modernist, abstract, or tribal design makes it unique.
The talented New York native designer, Roberts sold wholesale to museums. In particular, her jewelry was on display at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD). As Deborah herself stated, “Living with art is wonderful” (The Detroit Jewish News, September, 10, 1993).
Handmade jewelry of this company is rare, and is in high demand with collectors and lovers of vintage costume jewelry. Undoubtedly, the cost of these art pieces, made with high quality and craftsmanship, will increase every year.
Deborah Roberts had produced decorations for three decades – from the 1950s to late 1980s before turning her talents to the retail front.

Artisan drop brooch. Textured brass, glass cabochons. 1950s

Artisan drop brooch. Textured brass, glass cabochons

About The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in the United States. MAD is the only museum with a gallery dedicated to the display of both special jewelry exhibitions and its permanent collection of contemporary and modern studio and art jewelry.

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Deborah Roberts vintage costume jewelry

Avan-garde design brass earrings. Textured metal, yellow glass

Statement earrings. Textured brass, yellow glass

Blue stone textured bronze brooch

Blue stone textured bronze brooch

Cat brooch. Textured brass, Aurora borealis rhinestone

Cat brooch. Textured brass, Aurora borealis rhinestone

Crescent brooch. Bronze, glass cabochon. 1986

Crescent brooch. Bronze, glass cabochon. 1986

Double heart rectangular shaped brooch. Textured brass, red and purple cabochon stones

Double heart rectangular shaped brooch. Textured brass, red and purple cabochon stones

Elephant brooch. Textured metal, blue stone. 1950s

Elephant brooch. Textured metal, blue stone. 1950s

Fish brooch. Textured copper brass brooch

Fish brooch. Textured copper brass brooch

Gazelle brooch. Textured brass

Gazelle brooch. Textured brass

Handmade brass brooch, decorated with blue, green, purple and orange stones

Handmade brass brooch, decorated with blue, green, purple and orange stones

Lizard Brooch. Gold filled brass, blue topaz

Lizard Brooch. Gold filled brass, blue topaz

Lone horse on a star shaped brooch

Lone horse on a star shaped brooch

Man figurative brooch. Textured metal, glass cabochon

Man figurative brooch. Textured metal, glass cabochon

Modernist Silver Brooch

Modernist Silver Brooch

A pair of brass earrings. Gold tone textured metal. 1966

A pair of brass earrings. Gold tone textured metal. 1966

Mothers Day Gift brooch. Brass, glass cabochons

Mothers Day Gift brooch. Brass, glass cabochons

Rabbit between palm trees tribal brooch. Textured brass, red and purple lucite

Rabbit between palm trees tribal brooch. Textured brass, red and purple lucite

Rabbit rectangular brooch. Gold filled copper tone metal, jelly belly. 1970s

Rabbit rectangular brooch. Gold filled copper tone metal, jelly belly. 1970s

Red glass silver tone earrings. 1980s

Red glass silver tone earrings. 1980s

Sterling silver earrings. Blue, Green, and Pink Cabochons

Sterling silver earrings. Blue, Green, and Pink Cabochons

Tango artisanal brooch. Textured bronze, glass cabochon

Tango artisanal brooch. Textured bronze, glass cabochon

Teapot with a dangling teacup. Textured brass, art glass

Teapot with a dangling teacup. Textured brass, art glass

Three pigs rectangular shaped brooch. Textured brass, glass

Three pigs rectangular shaped brooch. Textured brass, glass

Woman with a Dog pin. Textured metal, glass cabochons

Woman with a Dog pin. Textured metal, glass cabochons