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Claude Montana vintage costume jewelry

Claude Montana vintage costume jewelry

Hallmarked gold tone round brooch. 4.8 cm. 1990s. Claude Montana vintage costume jewelry

Claude Montana vintage costume jewelry
Born Claude Montamat on 29th June 1947 in Paris, he became known as a famous French fashion designer Claude Montana, founder of fashion and cosmetics company of his name.
In 1967, 17-year-old Montana moved to London, taking on the creation of jewelry from papier-mâché and rhinestones. They soon came to the attention of Olivier Echaudemaison, who at that time worked in British Vogue. He put Montana’s creations on the cover of a prestigious publication and found a distributor for him.
However, the golden era of Claude Montana came in the second half of the 1970s, when he was working in Paris. In 1976, Montana put on his first show, proving himself to be an ardent colorist and innovative designer.
Noteworthy, in 1979, the designer founded his own fashion house of the same name – Montana. Called “the leader of Parisian fashion” in the 1980s, each his collection became the main event of the season. Traditionally, the designer’s accessories and jewelry complemented his angular silhouettes, inspired by both Russian constructivism and futuristic and cosmic style.
The designer was at his best, owning several boutiques in Paris, appearing at CFDA awards accompanied by Cher, and designing couture collections for Lanvin.
However, by the mid-1990s, Montana seemed to have lost his foothold, failing both in work and in his personal life.
In 1997, the Montana company filed for bankruptcy, and in December of the same year, the designer had to sell his business to a French concern owned by businessman Jean-Jacques Layani.
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Casual Corner vintage costume jewelry

Casual Corner vintage costume jewelry

Clown head gold tone pin. 1990s. Casual Corner vintage costume jewelry

Casual Corner vintage costume jewelry
An American chain of clothing and accessories stores, Casual Corner was founded in West Hartford, Connecticut in 1950. Noteworthy, the first products of this brand appeared in 1945. Twenty years later, when the company owned 20 stores, its founders Charles E. Carples and Stanley W. Vogel sold the company. The new owners, United States Shoe Corporation, have successfully continued and expanded the business. At its peak, the company owned over 525 stores under the Casual Corner, Petite Sophisticate and August Max Woman brands, among others.
The next owner of Casual Corner, Luxottica company (since April 1995) renamed it to “Casual Corner Group”. However, already in 2000, due to increased competition, Casual Corner ceased to exist, having sold the remaining stores by 2005.
As mentioned above, along with clothing and accessories, the company produced costume jewelry with the Casual Corner marking. Made of gold and silver tone metal and rhinestones, these jewelry pieces are mostly figurative pins, brooches, earrings, charms, and pendants.
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Carlyle vintage costume jewelry

Carlyle vintage costume jewelry

Elephant brooch with a trembler mechanism. Gold tone metal alloy, rhinestones, glass cabochons. 1960s. Carlyle vintage costume jewelry

Carlyle vintage costume jewelry
Founded in 1922, Carlyle & Co. was the family business of the John and Russell Cohen brothers. Originally, it was a high-end jewelry retail chain operating in several states in the Southeast and Florida. The company had nearly 30 stores, also known as Carlyle & Co., JE Caldwell & Co. and Park Promenade Jewelers. According to press releases (Oct 17, 2009), the company closed after 87 years of existence. However, one of the brothers, the founder of the company, elderly Russell Cohen, tried unsuccessfully to buy out at least part of the stores and reopen the chain.
Meanwhile, during the existence of the company, it has experienced ups and downs, a change of owners and re-registration.
Finally, in 2005, Finlay Enterprises, the largest operator of licensed jewelry departments in US department stores, acquired Carlyle & Co. Jewelry.
Noteworthy, the three generations of jewelers who have worked for the company have registered the Carlyle trademarks at different times, and in other states. For example, in Missouri on August 12, 1949, and in New York on February 24, 1970.
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Celia Sebiri vintage costume jewelry

Celia Sebiri vintage costume jewelry

Kidney shape brass earrings with crushed stones. 1960s. Celia Sebiri vintage costume jewelry

Celia Sebiri vintage costume jewelry
Born 17 March 1913 Celia Sebiri was a celebrated fashion jewelry designer of 20th century, active in the 1950-80s. Aged 40, she began to create exquisite jewelry by combining semi-precious stones, while showing herself as a genius colorist. Her work bears a distinctive, unique artistic style, where no two pieces are alike. Traditionally, the designer used silver, brass, inlaid with crushed semi-precious stones of different shades. Each piece has marking “C.S.” and sometimes designer’s signature. Also, when she was designing jewelry for Avon (in 1987), her pieces were appropriately labeled “C.S. for Avon”.
The designer achieved her greatest success in 1973, receiving recognition from The Coty American Fashion Critics’ Awards.
Her work, sold in Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Martha’s, Amen Wardy and several other stores of this level, was expensive even in the 1960s.
Residing at New York, New York County, NY 10012, Celia Sebiri died on April 1, 2006 at the age of 93.
Noteworthy, Celia put her love for art and jewelry design into her daughter Karen (b. 1945). Young Karen, who helped her mother in the creation of jewelry, became an equally successful designer. According to a 1983 New York Times article, Karen created products using colors and clothing styles as inspiration. Her pieces were also sold in high-end stores and boutiques such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Cul de Sac in Bloomingdale. Already in 1983, her necklaces cost between $ 300 and $ 500. Today, signed works by Karen Sebiri are hard to find.
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Signed CS vintage costume jewelry

Signed CS vintage costume jewelry

Snowwoman brooch. Gold tone metal alloy, enamel, rhinestones. 3.5 cm. 1980s. Signed CS vintage costume jewelry

Signed CS vintage costume jewelry
The history of CS branded jewelry began in Washington DC ninety years ago. Its founder was a native of Washington, Carl E. Scherrer (1906-1987). He, in partnership with his friend Douglas Collins, registered his company Collins & Scherrer in 1932. The Washington-based company produced all kinds of jewelry, from costume jewelry to precious jewelry.
Noteworthy, in 1963 the company moved to Silver Spring, where Scherrer lived until his death.
The company ceased to exist in 1982 when Karl E. Scherrer retired.
Collins & Scherrer handmade jewelry is extremely rare and highly collectible. Traditionally, the design of these decorations includes a holiday theme, and most often Christmas. Crafted by hand, with the use of gold-tone metal alloys and gold plating, as well as rhinestones and enamel. Also, each piece bears the ‘CS’ mark for Collins & Scherrer and a copyright sign.
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Burberrys London vintage costume jewelry

Burberrys London vintage costume jewelry

Oval shaped Black enamel gold plated knight brooch. 1980s. Burberrys London vintage costume jewelry (1982-1990)

Burberrys London vintage costume jewelry
An English manufacturer of luxury apparel, accessories and perfumery, the Burberrys brand has a long and illustrious history. The founder of the brand was 21 year-old Thomas Burberry, the inventor of gabardine, who registered his company in 1856. Originally, the company produced clothing, footwear and headgear.
Burberrys Limited Liability Company first registered their trademark “Burberrys’ B Prorsum” with the Equestrian Knight Logo in 1909. The Latin word “Prorsum” means “forwards”, the equestrian stands for purity, nobleness and honor, and the shield visualizes protection. The black color on the Burberry logo represents strength and durability.
Noteworthy, the company began manufacturing pocket watches, costume jewelry, bracelets, cufflinks and tie pins only in 1982. The craftsmen traditionally signed their pieces with “Burberrys” and sold them on original Burberrys cards with the same Equestrian Knight Logo. Produced until 1990, these jewelry pieces are no longer available in stores. The new brand name “Burberry” (without “s”) appeared in 1999, and Fabien Baron, the company’s art director, has designed a new logo.
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DeWees vintage costume jewelry

DeWees vintage costume jewelry

Cowgirl dancer vintage brooch. Sterling silver, faux pearl face, rhinestones. 1940s. DeWees vintage costume jewelry

DeWees vintage costume jewelry
Traditionally, DeWees craftsmen made unique jewelry by hand using sterling silver, gold plating, faux pearls, crystals, rhinestones and art glass. Jewelry markings included DeWees NY and Sterling, or simply DeWees. A former designer of the iconic jewelry company Trifari, DeWees lasted no more than a decade, between the 1930s and 40s. During the Second World War, when there were restrictions on the use of precious and semi-precious metals, many small jewelry companies were closed. DeWees also ceased to exist and its founder returned to Trifari, where he worked until his retirement in the 1960s. According to other sources, DeWees produced costume jewelry in the 1950s and 60s.
Undoubtedly, the exquisite jewelry of this mystic and rare brand is desirable for any collector or a connoisseur of vintage jewelry.
Many collectors believe that Trifari jewelry of the 1930s and 1960s, is one of the finest jewelry ever made. The company, where Alfred Philippe was the chief designer for many years, also employed other top-notch designers. In particular, Alfred Spaney, Norman BelGeddes, Bennetto Panetta, Joseph Wuyts, Marcella Saltz, Diane Love, Jean Paris, and later designers. One of these designers was the founder of Dewees, but to find it out is very difficult, since there is no evidence of company registration or DeWees patents.
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