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Forstner Sterling vintage costume jewelry

Forstner Sterling vintage costume jewelry

Frog on lily leaf sterling silver gold filled brooch. 1950s. Forstner Sterling vintage costume jewelry

Forstner Sterling vintage costume jewelry
The history of the Forstner jewelry brand began in 1922 in Irvington, New Jersey. Originally called “The Forstner Chain Corporation”, the company made necklaces, bracelets, brooches and accessories, such as watch and keychains. Traditionally, the company’s craftsmen used gold filled or gold plated sterling silver and faux pearls. Without using semi-precious stones or enamel, they created high quality Art Deco pieces or classic designs. The main motifs are leaves, bows, flowers, swirls, and sometimes figurative designs in the form of brooches, clips, pendants and rings.
Noteworthy, in 1950 they changed their name to “Forstner Jewelry Manufacturing Corp.” The markings on the back of products have also changed over the years. In particular, the “Forstner Sterling” stamp in block letters in a rectangular cartouche from 1922 to 1937, “Forstner” in script letters from 1937 to the 1960s, and from 1962 a backward-facing F with an arrow through the center. Also, some jewelry pieces sold with paper tags included hallmark “Forstner Creations”.
According to sources, the Forstner jewelry brand ceased to exist in the 1980s, although the renewed company was incorporated in 1992, but by 2002 its status had changed to dead. High quality hand made sterling silver and gold plated costume jewelry of this brand is highly collectible vintage.

12 K gold filled faux pearl Leaf branch pin

12 K gold filled faux pearl Leaf branch pin

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Forstner Sterling vintage costume jewelry

Art Deco leaf and ball gold plated sterling silver brooch

Art Deco leaf and ball gold plated sterling silver brooch

Bow brooch. 925 Sterling silver, gold plated. 4.3 cm. 1970s

Bow brooch. 925 Sterling silver, gold plated. 4.3 cm. 1970s

Calla Lily bracelet. 12 K gold filled. 1930s

Calla Lily bracelet. 12 K gold filled. 1930s

Cherry blossom flower brooch and earrings. 10 K gold plated sterling silver. 1950s

Cherry blossom flower brooch and earrings. 10 K gold plated sterling silver. 1950s

Cherry blossom flower brooch and earrings. 10 K gold plated sterling silver. 1950s

Cherry blossom flower brooch and earrings. 10 K gold plated sterling silver. 1950s

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Dancing sailor sterling silver pin

Dancing sailor sterling silver pin

Double flower sterling silver brooch

Double flower sterling silver brooch

Faux pearl yellow gold plated sterling silver leaf design brooch

Faux pearl yellow gold plated sterling silver leaf design brooch

Feather design trextured 12 K gold filled brooch and earrings

Feather design trextured 12 K gold filled brooch and earrings

Fish brooch. Gold filled sterling silver

Fish brooch. Gold filled sterling silver

Floral design sterling silver pin. 1940s

Floral design sterling silver pin. 1940s

Flower brooch. 10 K gold filled sterling silver. 1950s

Dog Flower brooch. 10 K gold filled sterling silver. 1950s

Flower pendant. Sterling silver. 1960s

Flower pendant. Sterling silver. 1960s

Flower pin. 12 K gold filled

Flower pin. 12 K gold filled

Flying bird. Sterling silver, gold plated

Flying bird. Sterling silver, gold plated

Four petal brooch. Sterling silver, gold plated. 5.5 cm. Before 1950

Four petal brooch. Sterling silver, gold plated. 5.5 cm. Before 1950

Gold plated Rose in circle sterling silver pin

Gold plated Rose in circle sterling silver pin

Leaves brooch. 925 Sterling silver, gold plated. 6.5 cm. 1940s

Leaves brooch. 925 Sterling silver, gold plated. 6.5 cm. 1940s

Long tailed bird brooch. 925 Sterling silver, gold filled

Long tailed bird brooch. 925 Sterling silver, gold filled

Marching band leader pin. 14K Gold filled sterling silver

Marching band leader pin. 14K Gold filled sterling silver

Polka-Dot design flower sterling silver pin

Polka-Dot design flower sterling silver pin

Ribbon bow sterling silver brooch pin

Ribbon bow sterling silver brooch pin

Singing bird brooch. Sterling silver

Singing bird brooch. Sterling silver

Sterling silver gold filled flower brooch pin

Sterling silver gold filled flower brooch pin

Two singing birds gold filled brooch pin

Two singing birds gold filled brooch pin

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