Linda Levinson vintage costume jewelry
Linda Levinson vintage costume jewelry (1986-2015)
The history of Linda Levinson Designs began over 40 years ago in Chicago, Illinois. Notably, the brand’s founder is a third-generation jeweler whose father, Don Levinson, owned Trabert and Hoeffer Jewels, and her grandfather, Harry Levinson, owned Levinson’s Jewels. They instilled in Linda a love of jewelry. Initially, she created hair and home accessories including frames, garbage cans and assorted trays. Although Linda began designing jewelry in 1980, she founded her own jewelry company, Linda Levinson Designs Inc. after graduating from Tulane University in 1986. Her company’s address was 111 E Oak St 3, Chicago, IL 60611, USA.
Inspired by ancient Greek, Roman and Victorian motifs, her designs included gold and silver tone alloys, faux pearls, rhinestones and glass imitating natural stones. The marking on the rectangular cartouche includes the designer’s name in capital letters. Linda Levinson jewelry was sold in boutiques and stores in the US and Europe. Her stylish design attracts a wide variety of clients, from celebrities to students.
Noteworthy, Levinson sketched in her studio in Chicago and then sent her drawings to modelers in Rhode Island. There they hand carved the model in wax or metal, hand-cast, electroplated and shipped back to the Chicago studio. The designer then manually finished the ornaments.
Linda Levinson Designs ceased to exist in 2015 and Linda Friend launched another business – “big.fat.cookie”, following her lifelong passion for baking.