Dorsons vintage costume jewelry
Dorsons vintage costume jewelry (1935 – 1960)
The history of New York jewelry trademark “Dorsons” spans a period of about three decades. Incorporated in 1935, D. Ornstein & Sons, Inc. (later renamed to Dorsons Jewelry Co., Inc.) ceased to exist in 1960. Initially, it was a family business of David Ornstein (1889 – 1954) and his sons, Bernard (1914 – 1992) and Irving (1920 – 2002). Headquartered in Manhattan, the company produced gold filled sterling silver bracelets, brooches, necklaces and watch cases.
Noteworthy, before founding his own company, Romanian-born David Ornstein had rich experience in jewelry business. Since 1919, he and his two partners owned Noveline Mfg. Co. (previously known as “Distinctive Jewelry Co., Inc.”) in New York City.
Innovative designer, during 1922-1945 David Ornstein had filed for several patents for rings, watch cases, bracelets, brooches, and even a brooch with a fountain pen!
Advertised in New York Times, Vogue, and Life, Dorsons Jewelry was very successful and the company had subsidiaries throughout the US and in Canada. Also, in addition to Dorsons, the company owned Jubilee and Dorel trademarks (the last one in partnership with Heller-Deltah Co.)
After the death of David Ornstein in 1954, the company went through name changes, mergers, and eventually ceased to exist.