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Henry Schreiner vintage costume jewelry

Sparkling brooch, Aurora borealis crystals, 1940s. Henry Schreiner vintage costume jewelry

Sparkling brooch, Aurora borealis crystals, 1940s. Henry Schreiner vintage costume jewelry

Henry Schreiner vintage costume jewelry
German born jewelry designer Henry Schreiner opened his own jewelry manufacturing company in 1951. However, some researchers insist on 1939, but until 1951 the decorations still had no markings, and they are difficult to identify.
By this time, he had an impressive background in the Dior fashion house, with designers Norman Norrell and Pauline Triger. Meanwhile, in 1953 his daughter Terry and her husband Albert Ambros joined the business. In 1954 Henry died, but Terry and Albert continued his business.
In the 1950s and 1970s, Audrey Hepburn, Merlin Monroe, Bette Davis shone in decorations from Schreiner … The value and exclusivity of Schreiner Jewelery pieces are undoubtful and accordingly, increases their collectability.
First of all, they produced high quality decorations of unusual design and in small quantities and massively. Second, almost all – made by hand. Third, Schreiner used very expensive custom-made stones of special form and unusual colors, made in Germany by skilled Czechoslovak masters and in the best workshops in Austria. These stones and crystals are unique and no longer produced. And fourth, the combination of incongruous, no restrictions in the mixing of color and shape.
Noteworthy, Henry Schreiner was the first who began to use blackened jewelery alloy. Thus he wanted to emphasize the brightness and beauty of the crystals.
Besides, very often Schreiner created decorations specially for the shows, so they were large and noticeable.

Gently pink flower brooch 8 cm, metal of silver tone, flower core pink cabochon. Henry Schreiner vintage costume jewelry

Gently pink flower brooch 8 cm, metal of silver tone, flower core pink cabochon. Henry Schreiner vintage costume jewelry

A blacksmith in Bavaria, Henry Schreiner emigrated to the United States in 1923. There he began working at Better Buckle Company, which produced metal buckles, buttons and fasteners. For Henry work in this company has become a good school. Soon he began to invent and produce his own jewelry, as well as create jewelry for other brands – Adele Simpson, Norman Norell and Christian Dior.

Owl brooch

Owl brooch

Schreiner often made ornaments in the form of flowers – chamomiles, sunflowers, cornflowers, daisies and geraniums. Also you can find brooches in the form of dragonflies, pineapples, carrots, turtles, acorns and other unusual figures.

A pair of brooches. Left - crystals of pale yellow color, glass. 7,5 cm. Right - artificial moonstone, rock crystal. 7 see the 1950's

A pair of brooches. Left – crystals of pale yellow color, glass. 7,5 cm. Right – artificial moonstone, rock crystal. 7 see the 1950’s

Ornaments looked unusual due to unusual color combinations and unusual arrangement of crystals – many were as if turned upside down. In fact, the company did not advertise the products, because their beautiful and spectacular were popular and sold without any advertising!

Flower brooch Cabochon made of glass, rhinestone, 1950s. $ 170

Flower brooch Cabochon made of glass, rhinestone, 1950s. £ 120 CRIS

Jewelry marked “Schreiner”, “Schreiner Jewelry N.Y.C.” and “Schreiner Jewelry” were intended for retail sale. The company also developed the design of jewelry for Elizabeth Arden. The company ceased to exist in 1973.

Charming Necklace and Earrings. Metal, gilding, rhinestone, drops of colored glass. 1950's. £ 750-850

Charming Necklace and Earrings. Metal, gilding, rhinestone, drops of colored glass. 1950’s. £ 750-850

Henry Schreiner vintage costume jewelry

Cabochon made of glass, rock crystal, 1950's. $ 220

Cabochon made of glass, rock crystal, 1950’s. £ 145 CRIS

Baroque Pearls pendant brooch

Baroque Pearls pendant brooch

Blue crystals with a frosty effect perfectly match crystals of amethyst color

Blue crystals with a frosty effect perfectly match crystals of amethyst color

Choker-necklace, vintage 1940s

Choker-necklace, vintage 1940s

Fabulous insect brooch

Fabulous insect brooch

Grape cluster 6 cm brooch, silver-tone metal, multi-colored cabochons

Grape cluster 6 cm brooch, silver-tone metal, multi-colored cabochons

Pendant-brooch, blue and orange cabochons, silver metal

Pendant-brooch, blue and orange cabochons, silver metal

Raspberry brooch 4 cm

Raspberry brooch 4 cm

Unique brooch, Murano glass, crystals, cabochons

Unique brooch, Murano glass, crystals, cabochons

Classic necklace and earrings Metal, gilding, rhinestone color aquamarine, gilding, aurora borealis. 1950's. diameter 44.5 cm, £ 700-800

Classic necklace and earrings Metal, gilding, rhinestone color aquamarine, gilding, aurora borealis. 1950’s. diameter 44.5 cm, £ 700-800

Earrings and brooch of dark metal, transparent rock crystal. 1950's. Width 6.25 cm, CRIS £ 200-250

Earrings and brooch of dark metal, transparent rock crystal. 1950’s. Width 6.25 cm, CRIS £ 200-250

Large brooch - metal, gilding, rock crystal, aquamarine crystals, glass, emerald crystals. 1950's, width 11cm £ 1200-1300 SUM

Large brooch – metal, gilding, rock crystal, aquamarine crystals, glass, emerald crystals. 1950’s, width 11cm £ 1200-1300 SUM

Set - Necklace and earrings. Silver, gold, metal, rhinestone, artificial rubies. 1950's. £ 450-500

Set – Necklace and earrings. Silver, gold, metal, rhinestone, artificial rubies. 1950’s. £ 450-500

An elephant brooch made of lucite and crystals

An elephant brooch made of lucite and crystals

Blackened jewelery alloy, milky glass and rhinestones necklace

Blackened jewelery alloy, milky glass and rhinestones necklace

Dog brooch

Dog brooch

Exquisite Schreiner brooch

Exquisite Schreiner brooch

Fabulous crystal and rhinestones brooch

Fabulous crystal and rhinestones brooch

Milk glass and rhinestones flower brooch

Milk glass and rhinestones flower brooch

Ruffles yellow brooch

Ruffles yellow brooch

Trembler Butterfly

Trembler brooch Butterfly

Rare set of necklace-brooch and clips. Gold tone jewelry alloy, glass cabochons. brooch 8.5 cm

Rare set of necklace-brooch and clips. Gold tone jewelry alloy, glass cabochons. brooch 8.5 cm

1950s dangle earrings. Jewelry alloy, gold plated, enamel, glass. 9 cm

1950s dangle earrings. Jewelry alloy, gold plated, enamel, glass. 9 cm

Sources:
Jewelry decorations. Jewelry guide. 2004
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