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Joseph Wiesner vintage costume jewelry

Joseph Wiesner vintage costume jewelry. Jeweled face mask brooch. Silver tone, rhinestones. 1950s

Jeweled face mask brooch. Silver tone metal alloy, Austrian crystal rhinestones. 1950s. Joseph Wiesner vintage costume jewelry

Joseph Wiesner vintage costume jewelry
Born in Germany, Jewish jeweler Luther Joseph Wiesner emigrated to the United States during the WWII, in the early 1940s. After settling in New York, Joe established contacts with local jewelers, and fulfilled orders for famous jewelry companies of the time.
However, one of the deals (in 1949), according to which he was supposed to make gold items for Genuth, led to fatal consequences. Weisner was charged with violating the Gold Reserve Act of 1934 and even fraud. Lawsuits that lasted from 1952 to 1954, ended with a two-thousand-dollar fine and even the arrest of Joseph. The successful costume jewelry business, which began at Fifth Avenue of New York City in the 1940s, ceased to exist in November 1954 in connection with the arrest of Wiesner.
Wiesner’s pieces are distinguished by their exquisite classic design, an abundance of sparkling Austrian crystals, reminiscent of Eisenberg’s pieces and are highly collectible. Product marking includes “Wiesner”, “Joseph Wiesner”, “Joseph Wiesner, N.Y.”, and «Astra». Lux class handcrafted costume jewelry was sold in gift cases with silk lining, like expensive fine jewelry.

Joseph Wiesner vintage costume jewelry

Basket of flowers silver tone rhinestone brooch. Early 1950s

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Joseph Wiesner vintage costume jewelry

Amber and clear rhinestone flower brooch

Amber and clear rhinestone flower brooch

Antique brooch. Silver tone metal, crystals, rhinestones. 7 cm. 1950s

Antique brooch. Silver tone metal, crystals, rhinestones. 7 cm. 1950s

Art Deco mid century silver tone rhinestone clip on earrings

Art Deco mid century silver tone rhinestone clip on earrings

Blue rhinestone silver tone floral design brooch

Blue rhinestone silver tone floral design brooch

Bow brooch. Silver tone alloy, rhinestones

Bow brooch. Silver tone alloy, rhinestones

Clover brooch. Gold tone alloy, rhinestones

Clover brooch. Gold tone alloy, rhinestones

Crescent silver tone rhinestone faux pearl brooch

Crescent silver tone rhinestone faux pearl brooch

Floral design oval shaped crystal pendant

Floral design oval shaped crystal pendant

Grape design brooch. Gold tone, crystals

Grape design brooch. Gold tone, crystals

Grape design brooch. Gold tone, crystals

Grape design brooch. Gold tone, crystals

Leaf design red crystal silver tone brooch. 7 cm. 1950s

Leaf design red crystal silver tone brooch. 7 cm. 1950s

Multicolor rhinestone clip on earrings

Multicolor rhinestone clip on earrings

Pink and clear rhinestone silver tone brooch

Pink and clear rhinestone silver tone brooch

Rhinestone gold tone clip on earrings

Rhinestone gold tone clip on earrings

Wine red flowers silver tone rhinestones brooch

Wine red flowers silver tone rhinestones brooch

Tree of life silver tone rhinestones brooch. 6 cm. 1950s

Tree of life silver tone rhinestones brooch. 6 cm. 1950s

Wiesner signature

Wiesner signature

Astra signature

Astra signed

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