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Elizabeth Reimer vintage costume jewelry

Elizabeth Reimer vintage costume jewelry

Green crystal floral design 14 K gold plated brooch. 1950s. Elizabeth Reimer vintage costume jewelry

Elizabeth Reimer vintage costume jewelry

The history of “Arcansas” jewelry brand began during WWII, when a Hungarian couple of Joseph and Elizabeth Reimer immigrated to Australia in 1939. Liz, who had learned goldsmith skills from her father, dreamed of her own jewelry business. First, she created costume jewelry in her dining room, and in the garden tent. However, in 1952 she founded her family business “Elizabeth Reimer Pty. Ltd”. Located at 391 George Street, Sydney, the company with nearly 30 employees, handcrafted exquisite costume jewelry. Traditionally, they used metal alloys of gold and silver tones, as well as 14 K gold plating, glitter enamel, mother-of-pearl, crystals and rhinestones. The marking included cleverly hidden logo, and “Arcansas”, or “Elizabeth Reimer” in written letters.
After Reimer retired in 1969, the company ceased to exist.
Delicately soldered by hand, the collections feature Art Nouveau style. Noteworthy, the full range consisted of 30 individual flower designs and over 70 local plants. Appreciated for intricate workmanship, handcrafted detailing and traditional techniques, Elizabeth Reimer’s jewelry pieces attract collectors around the world.

Yellow rose brooch. Gold tone metal, enamel, art glass. 1950s

Yellow rose brooch. Gold tone metal, enamel, art glass. 1950s

The archives of the National Library of Australia contain newspaper articles advertising Elizabeth’s jewelry. “From
a dining-room—to a garage—to the present two-storey building in the Sydney suburb of Mosman” – this is the progress of the young Sydney company, Arcansas Pty. Ltd.”
According to the archives, already in 1966, Arcansas Pty. Ltd. markets included Japan, Canada, Britain, South Africa, New Zealand, Singapore, Rhodesia and France, as well as U.S.A. Also, the company twice exhibited its products at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, and at the Los Angeles Pacific Jewellery Exhibition. By the way, Arcansas had the only foreign display.

Signature

Signature

Elizabeth Reimer vintage costume jewelry

1960s bracelet. Metal alloy, rhinestones, enamel

1960s bracelet. Metal alloy, rhinestones, enamel

Carnation flower brooch and earrings. 14 K gold plated metal, pearls, enamel. 1950s

Carnation flower brooch and earrings. 14 K gold plated metal, pearls, enamel. 1950s

Chinese symbol necklace. Gold tone metal alloy, art glass. 1960s

Chinese symbol necklace. Gold tone metal alloy, art glass. 1960s

Dragon and Chinese symbols filigree design bracelet. 1960s

Dragon and Chinese symbols filigree design bracelet. 1960s

Flower brooch. Gold tone metal, rhinestones

Flower brooch. Gold tone metal, rhinestones

Foil tag

Foil tag

Golden orchid brooch. 14 K gold plated metal alloy, glitter enamel. 1950s

Golden orchid brooch. 14 K gold plated metal alloy, glitter enamel. 1950s

Green rhinestone gold plated clip on earrings. 1950s

Green rhinestone gold plated clip on earrings. 1950s

Red rhinestone faux pearl silver tone brooch and earrings

Red rhinestone faux pearl silver tone brooch and earrings

Shell design necklace of gold tone

Shell design necklace of gold tone

Snowflake star clip on earrings. Gold tone metal, crystals. 1960s

Snowflake star clip on earrings. Gold tone metal, crystals. 1960s

Tiger lily flower brooch and earrings. Gold tone metal alloy, enamel, rhinestones

Tiger lily flower brooch and earrings. Gold tone metal alloy, enamel, rhinestones

White orchid brooch. 14 K Gold plated, mother-of-pearl, glitter enamel. 1950s

White orchid brooch. 14 K Gold plated, mother-of-pearl, glitter enamel. 1950s

Retro Ad

Retro Ad

Signature

Arkansas Signature

Trademark logo

Trademark logo

1961 photo of Liz Reimer

1961 photo of Liz Reimer