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Harry Iskin vintage costume jewelry

Harry Iskin vintage costume jewelry

Basket of flowers gold filled rhinestones brooch. Harry Iskin vintage costume jewelry

Harry Iskin vintage costume jewelry
American designer Harry Iskin is considered an undeservedly forgotten jeweler. However, products marked “HI” are highly collectible. The history of the brand begins in 1930, when Harry Iskin founded the jewelry brand of the same name in the United States.
His parents, emigrants from Russia moved to the UK, and Harry was born there on September 30, 1886. At the age of 22, he moved to the United States, and in 1908 received American citizenship.
Iskin began working as an engraver in a jewelry workshop. In addition, he began to make his jewelry decorations – and their sales were very successful. As a result, in the early 1930s he opened his own atelier, and in 1936 moved to a more spacious building in Philadelphia. His jewelry became so popular that in 1938 he opened a second salon-workshop in Manhattan.
Iskin became famous for the release of high-quality jewelry, as well as silver jewelry, often gold filled. The peak of the popularity of Iskin brooches and bracelets falls on the period of the Second World War, when jewelry from Europe was practically not brought.

Initial marcasite brooch. 1930s

Initial marcasite brooch. 1930s

Noteworthy, gold plating was often of higher quality than indicated on the product. Marking 1/20 10K GF could be put on the coating with a lot of gold. Iskin made expensive costume jewelry, using silver and gold with crystal rhinestones of the highest class. Sometimes he used a combination of yellow and pink gold as a contrast accent.

Also, Harry Iskin jewelry produced in a small quantities, are well known for their elegant floral design with curls, ribbons and leaves. As a rule, there are very few inserts on brooches, and they themselves can be quite large – their size ranges from 2.5 to 10 cm. No less than the jewelry pieces themselves were famous his boxes – velvet and embossed leather or cardboard.

The company ceased to exist in 1953. On December 28, 1953, The Times wrote about the bankruptcy of the company, and already in January 1954 its property was sold out. The jeweler himself died at the age of 82 in April 1968 in Montgomery, PA.

Harry Iskin vintage costume jewelry

925 sterling silver vermeil, flower and ribbon brooch

925 sterling silver vermeil, flower and ribbon brooch

1930s Art Deco design bracelet. 10K Gold filled, blue stone

1930s Art Deco design bracelet. 10K Gold filled, blue stone

1940s gold tone flower brooch

1940s gold tone flower brooch

Antique brooch made of 925 sterling silver, decorated with sapphire, Swarovski crystals, 4 cm. Tagged, earlier 1950

Antique brooch made of 925 sterling silver, decorated with sapphire, Swarovski crystals, 4 cm. Tagged, earlier 1950

Aqua rhinestone gold filled flower brooch. 1940s

Aqua rhinestone gold filled flower brooch. 1940s

Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Modernist Pin

Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Modernist Pin

Charming flower earrings. Stamped 10k gold filled HI

Charming flower earrings. Stamped 10k gold filled HI

Daisy heart pin of silver tone

Daisy heart pin of silver tone

Delicate flower pin. 10 K gold, rhinestones

Delicate flower pin. 10 K gold, rhinestones

Floral design gold filled blue rhinestone brooch

Floral design gold filled blue rhinestone brooch

Flower pin. 10 K gold, sterling silver

Flower pin. 10 K gold, sterling silver

Flower vintage brooch. 10K rose and yellow gold, blue stones

Flower vintage brooch. 10K rose and yellow gold, blue stones

Gold filled garnet glass bracelet

Gold filled garnet glass bracelet

Gorgeous bow dangle brooch. 12 K gold, rhinestone

Gorgeous vintage brooch flower design, 1930s, 10 K gold filled, blue stones

Gorgeous vintage brooch flower design, 1930s, 10 K gold filled, blue stones

Heart and flower with a bow brooch pin. Gold filled, rhinestone, 1940s

Heart and flower with a bow brooch pin. Gold filled, rhinestone, 1940s

Lucite and gold heart dangle pendant brooch

Lucite and gold heart dangle pendant brooch

Marked HI 12K gold filled blue rhinestone cuff bangle bracelet

Marked HI 12K gold filled blue rhinestone cuff bangle bracelet

Marked HI vintage flower brooch. Sterling silver oxidized, white bead

Marked HI vintage flower brooch. Sterling silver oxidized, white bead

Oval sterling silver floral brooch 1950's

Oval sterling silver floral brooch 1950’s

Red and clear rhinestone 12 K gold filled flower brooch

Red and clear rhinestone 12 K gold filled flower brooch

Retro flower brooch of gold tone with rhinestones

Retro flower brooch of gold tone with rhinestones

Signature

Signature

Sterling silver vermeil topaz rhinestone vintage brooch

Sterling silver vermeil topaz rhinestone vintage brooch

Vintage flower brooch. Sterling silver, 10 K gold, emerald rhinestone

Vintage flower brooch. Sterling silver, 10 K gold, emerald rhinestone

Yellow gold and rhinestone flower brooch. 12 K gold filled, rhinestones

Yellow gold and rhinestone flower brooch. 12 K gold filled, rhinestones