Gem Craft vintage costume jewelry
Gene Verrecchia (Gene Verri) founded his own jewelry company Gem – Craft in Providence, RI in 1945, after the WWII. By that time he had worked as Coro’s lead designer for more than 30 years. His hands created real masterpieces for Coro, that’s why even having his company, he continued working with Coro.
Originally called Craftsman, then Sample Art, he produced his own lines of jewelry as well as designed jewellery for famous jewelry companies and designers of the time. In particular, Oscar dear la Renta, Kenneth Jay Lane, Capri, R. Mandle, Tancer, Kramer, and Cadoro.
The company flourished in the 1950-80s, when bright expressive decorations of the original design were created. Necessarily labeled, all Gem-Craft Corp decorations used a Craft stamp with a copyright sign since 1979.
Gem – Craft brand jewelery is very rare, collectible, BUT the most important – beautiful, original and of excellent quality!
Noteworthy, talented designer Gene Verri actively worked until his death at age 101 on December 30, 2013.
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