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DuJay vintage costume jewelry

DuJay vintage costume jewelry

Pink flower brooch. Gold tone metal alloy, enamel, crystals. 7.5 cm. 1980s. DuJay vintage costume jewelry

DuJay vintage costume jewelry
Vintage jewelry contains something special and only benefits over time, turning into real heirlooms or exclusive décor. Very often, vintage costume jewelry – brooches, necklaces, rings or earrings – are real works of art and will never go out of fashion. Being a collectible, the price of such items will increase every year.
The American brand DuJay, presumably founded in 1934 by Jules Hirsch and Jacques H. Leff, as a division of Hirsch & Leff, has fantastic collections! Delicate, thin, pearlescent enamels of this company can be compared only with Boucher enamels. Noteworthy, this company rarely marked their limited editions jewelry. Instead, they attached paper tags to their products. Collectors know how valuable this company’s jewelry is, however, finding and identifying masterpieces of the Dujay brand is a whole art. Traditionally, they are defined by their unique style and beauty, plant inflorescences, artistic strokes, shades, enamel density, crystal quality, fasteners, and so on.
Some of Dujay pieces, for example, Band series of fur clips designed by Jacques H Leff in 1939 are noted in Brunialti’s “American Costume Jewelry” (Volume I page 162). In particular, 5 members of the band – a drum major, a drummer, a trombone player, French horn player and a bas drum player.
The company ceased to exist in the early 1980s.

Bird of paradise brooch clip. Gold tone alloy, multicolor enamel, crystals, rhinestones. 1940s

Bird of paradise brooch clip. Gold tone alloy, multicolor enamel, crystals, rhinestones. 1940s

DuJay vintage costume jewelry

Black flower brooch pin. Gold tone metal, enamel, crystals. 1980s

Black flower brooch pin. Gold tone metal, enamel, crystals. 1980s

Easter bunny brooch. Gold tone metal, gold filled, crystals. Circa 1950

Easter bunny brooch. Gold tone metal, gold filled, crystals. Circa 1950

Handenameled Flower Fairy brooch. Glass cabochons, jewelry alloy of gold tone, crystals. 1940s

Hand- enameled Flower Fairy brooch. Glass cabochons, jewelry alloy of gold tone, crystals. 1940s

Pineapple brooch pin. Rhodium plated gold tone metal, citrine crystals, enamel. Early 1940s

Pineapple brooch pin. Rhodium plated gold tone metal, citrine crystals, enamel. Early 1940s

Rare 1940s enameled flower brooch. Silver plated, art glass, rhinestones

Rare 1940s enameled flower brooch. Silver plated, art glass, rhinestones

Rose brooch. Gold tone metal, pave crystal, gold plated. 1940s

Rose brooch. Gold tone metal, pave crystal, gold plated. 1940s

Aster brooch clip. Gold tone metal, rhinestones, crystals, enamel

Aster brooch clip. Gold tone metal, rhinestones, crystals, enamel

Dutch girl fur clip. Silver tone alloy, pave rhinestone, pink and blue glass cabochon. Circa 1939

Dutch girl fur clip. Silver tone alloy, pave rhinestone, pink and blue glass cabochon. Circa 1939

Fish enameled brooch. Metal alloy, art glass, crystals, rhinestones. 1940s

Fish enameled brooch. Metal alloy, art glass, crystals, rhinestones. 1940s

Frog brooch. Jewelry alloy, green enamel, art glass, rhinestones

Frog brooch. Jewelry alloy, green enamel, art glass, rhinestones

Lupine on glass frame brooch. 5.5 cm. Gold tone metal, crystals, art glass, enamel. 1980s

Lupine on glass frame brooch. 5.5 cm. Gold tone metal, crystals, art glass, enamel. 1980s

Penguin figural brooch clip. Gold tone alloy, pearl belly, rhinestones, enamel. 1939

Penguin figural brooch clip. Gold tone alloy, pearl belly, rhinestones, enamel. 1939

Swan brooch. Pearl body, rhinestones, enamel

Swan brooch. Pearl body, rhinestones, enamel