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Bal-Ron vintage costume jewelry

Bal-Ron vintage costume jewelry

Trumpet Flower Brooch. Metal alloy, 12 K gold filled, faux pearls. Bal-Ron vintage costume jewelry

Bal-Ron vintage costume jewelry
Located in Providence, Rhode Island, Bal Ron Company, Inc. was active for about two decades of the last century (1947 – 1960s).
According to the List of registrants of trade-marks, the founder of Bal Ron Company Inc. was Ballon Harry. He registered his company on the 28th of January 1947 in the patent office of the United States (Official Gazette of the United States Volume 594, 1947). The particular direction of his business was manufacture of Men’s and Ladies’ jewelry.
The company produced high quality costume jewelry with the use of 12 K gold and natural semi-precious stones. In particular, tiger eye, jasper, agate, chalcedony, carnelian, unakite and onyx. Also, cultured pearls, jade, scarabs, multicolor rhinestones and crystals. Thanks to the use of high quality materials, gold plating, as well as the skill of jewelers, the jewelry of this company is well preserved. They are in high demand among lovers of vintage jewelry and collectors, and of course, their value will increase every year.
Traditionally, the jewelers marked their decorations on the back side with the full name of the company Bal-Ron and 12 K GF.
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Mexican modernist jeweler Salvador Teran

Mexican modernist jeweler Salvador Teran

Tribal face brooch. 925 Sterling silver, ceramics, 1950s. Mexican modernist jeweler Salvador Teran

Mexican modernist jeweler Salvador Teran
The works of the famous Mexican jewelry designer and silversmith Salvador Teran are rare and highly collectible. For example, this marked brooch from the master’s only bijouterie collection, released in the middle of the last century by order of the most fashionable at that time Marbel department store in Mexico City.
Born at Taxco, Salvador Teran (1920 – 1974) received his early training at William Spratling’s Taller de Las Delicias. However, in 1939 he and his cousins ​​left Spratling to establish his company Los Castillo. Salvador was responsible for many projects, although often worked anonymously, without labeling his work. Having worked for the company for thirteen years, in 1952, Salvador decided to leave for Mexico City to establish a new company.
Having hired twenty-five designers, he began his career as a lead designer, inspired by pre-Columbian motifs. However, the modernist interpretations of Salvador were so talented and unique that his products, superior in design and craftsmanship, became very popular among jewelry connoisseurs. Accordingly, the Mexican designer himself received immediate public recognition.
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American jewelry designer Fred Leighton

American jewelry designer Fred Leighton

1985 Brooch. Silver, gold, rubies, emeralds, diamonds, enamel. 7.0 cm. American jewelry designer Fred Leighton

American jewelry designer Fred Leighton
Recognized as “jeweler to the stars”, Fred Leighton was a true legend in the jewelry business. And this is natural, since his jewels shone at the catwalk fashion shows and at the Oscar award ceremony, The Tony Awards and Golden Globes. These jewelry pieces decorated Hollywood divas, such as Charlize Theron and Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Sarah Jessica Parker, Carrie Mulligan and Natalie Portman. In fact, the list of star names can be continued indefinitely, because the Fred Leighton brand and Hollywood have become almost synonymous.
The son of an ordinary taxi driver from Bronx, thanks to his incredible insight and ability to sell, managed to turn Fred Leighton in Manhattan into a real trading Mecca for jewelry lovers. The New Yorker newspaper in 2005 wrote that the outside of the store looks like “a huge brooch with precious stones.”
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Fred Gray Corp vintage costume jewelry

Fred Gray Corp vintage costume jewelry

Victorian style Hand with orchid brooch. Silver tone metal, rhinestones, enamel. 1940s. Fred Gray Corp vintage costume jewelry

Fred Gray Corp vintage costume jewelry
Costume decorations of this American jewelry company are very rare, since they were produced in a short period of 1930-1940s. Unfortunately, there is very little information about the foundation of the company, as well as about its founder. According to sources, Fred Gray was one of the leading designers of the famous jewelry company Coro for some period of time. Having gained invaluable experience and skill, he founded a costume jewelry company under his name “Fred Gray Corp”. Noteworthy, initially Fred marked his products on the reverse side with the letter “S” inside a tiny star, and sometimes there was also a mark “made in the USA”. However, later, after the founding of his own company, the products had marking “Fred Gray Corp”.
Traditionally high-quality, the jewelry of this company is made in the Victorian or Art Deco style, so popular in the 1930s. The material for creating jewelry is also traditional for that time period – silver tone pot metal with an abundance of multicolor crystals and rhinestones, as well as enamel and lucite.
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Phyllis vintage costume jewelry

Phyllis vintage costume jewelry

Flower vintage brooch. Silver tone metal, rhinestones. 1950s. Phyllis vintage costume jewelry

Phyllis vintage costume jewelry
Founded Providence, Rhode Island in 1946, the American company Phyllis, or Phyllis Original, was active in the costume jewelry market for no more than two decades. In early 1960s the company ceased to exist. Unfortunately, there is very little information about the history of this company and its founders. The company made costume jewelry of silver, sterling silver or with 12 K gold plating on a metal base. Basically, the designers of this company adhered to the Art Deco style, with an abundance of diamond style stones, crystals and rhinestones. Traditionally, all products of this company have the marking – 1 / 20-12 K GF and Phyllis on the back of the products. However, initially the products had marking “Sterling Phyllis” in cursive (before 1948). Noteworthy, products signed with Italian name “Scitarelli” also belong to Phyllis.
According to sources, since 1946 Providence based company M. & S. Manufacturing Co., Inc. began distributing the Phyllis designer line, the division of which Phyllis soon became.
Rare quality costume jewelry and luxurious accessory of this brand has already moved into the category of antique, and is highly collectible.
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Lady Remington vintage costume jewelry

Lady Remington vintage costume jewelry

A Person Under Umbrella brooch. Gold and silver tone metal. Lady Remington vintage costume jewelry

Based in Virginia, Lady Remington Fashion Jewelry Inc worked under this name for a fairly short period from 1986 to 2004. Jewelry of this brand is rare, since it was a side line (jewelry production) of the famous Remington company. Its founder was Victor Kiam, owner of New England Patriots and president of Remington Products. Victor Kiam was known in the 1980s for showing himself in a Remington commercial in which, he said, he liked razors so much that he bought the company. In 1986, Victor Kiam bought Act II jewelry company for direct sales and renamed it Lady Remington. However, already in 2004, his son renamed the company Lia Sophia, in honor of his two daughters. As for Lia Sophia, it was a direct selling jewelry business which involved thousands of women as independent sales representatives in the tradition of Avon and Tupperware. However, the company has gone out of business 28 years later, in 2014.
Noteworthy, Lady Remington jewelry has the LR mark and sometimes 925S (925 silver) on the back of the jewelry. Traditionally, when creating decorations jewelers used 925 silver, gold and silver tone metal, faux pearls, stones, rhinestones and enamel.
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Victorian Trading Co costume jewelry

Victorian Trading Co costume jewelry

Cat in a crown brooch. Silver tone metal, crystal and amber rhinestone. Victorian Trading Co costume jewelry

Victorian Trading Co costume jewelry
Founded in 1987 by Melissa Rolston, Victorian Trading Co. was a home-based business designing retro greeting cards. However, soon the company has developed the production to antique inspired replicas.
Located in Los Angeles, USA, the jewelry company Victorian Trading Co. produces retro inspired Victorian era items, including fashion, footwear, home and furniture decor, as well as collectibles. Victorian Trading vintage style decorations preserve the glamour and romance of a bygone era. Lovingly handcrafted, these jewelry pieces produced in late 1990s – early 2000s as copies of vintage costume jewelry, have gradually become vintage items themselves. Noteworthy, they have become the subject of collecting.
According to the information on the website, the main jewelry designers who work for the company are Shelley Cooper and Anne Koplik.
Traditionally, when creating costume decorations, the designer uses various metals, such as brass, bronze, jewelry alloy, gold and silver tone metal and sterling silver. Also, porcelain, marcasite, enamel, Czech and Swarovski crystals, rhinestones, and freshwater seed pearls.

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