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Stratton Costume Jewelry for Men

Stratton Costume Jewelry for Men

Hunting theme tie clips – Riffle, hare, flying duck and dog. Gold tone metal alloys. 1930-1950s. Stratton Costume Jewelry for Men

Stratton Costume Jewelry for Men (1912-1964)
The history of the British costume jewelry brand Stratton began 160 years ago as Stratnoid company for the production of knitting needles. In 1919, the company merged with Jarrett and Rainsford and became JRL (Jarrett, Rainsford and Laughton) with the trademark Stratton.
Headed by George Abe Laughton (1883-1964), the company had several factories in Birmingham and offices in London and Birmingham. Notably, in 1960, the company published several Stratton advertising posters for its centenary. According to the advertisements, and the brand logo, the company produced costume jewelry for gentlemen – cufflinks and tie clips. High quality workmanship, artisan design and a variety of themes – sports, hunting, fishing, cars, etc. brought the brand fame and recognition. In addition to costume jewelry, Stratton produced powder boxes, lipstick holders, and cosmetic containers.
Over a very long period of existence, the Stratton jewelry brand went through several reorganizations, mergers, change of ownership and ceased to exist in the mid-1960s.
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H Stern vintage fashion jewelry

H Stern vintage fashion jewelry

Wreath brooch. 18 K gold, amethyst. H Stern vintage fashion jewelry

H Stern vintage fashion jewelry
The history of the H.Stern jewelry brand began in 1945 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Initially, it was a small trading office for the sale of precious stones, founded by 23-year-old German-born Hans Stern (1922-2007). The company soon expanded into jewelry making and gem cutting. The company’s craftsmen created jewelry by hand using gold, platinum, diamonds and the finest precious stones. Noteworthy, the beautiful marking and logo include the Gothic letters H. STERN.
In December 1963 Hans established his family business in the USA. H. Stern Jewelers, Inc., located at 420 Lexington Avenue, New York, headquartered on Fifth Avenue, New York, USA. The business was a great success. The very next year, Time magazine named Hans Stern “the king of colored stones.”
In 1964, Stern organized a jewelry fashion show in Brazil that eventually led him to the Victoria and Albert Museum Jewelry Exhibition in London and worldwide recognition. Also, his jewelry has graced the pages of prestigious fashion magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire and many others. Among his fans were famous musicians, artists, models, Hollywood and European stars. One of them, in particular, was the French actress Catherine Deneuve, who inspired the designer to create a jewelry collection in the 1980s, named after her.
Today, Hans Stern’s sons, Roberto and Ronaldo Stern, continue the family business. The company owns hundreds of boutiques and subsidiaries headquartered in major cities around the world.
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British jewelry designer Elizabeth Gage

British jewelry designer Elizabeth Gage

1980s rings and pendant. British jewelry designer Elizabeth Gage

British jewelry designer Elizabeth Gage

Generally speaking, British jewelry in the 1970s and 80s followed conservative, traditional trends. Much of the jewelry trade in England was centered on antique and vintage jewelry from the early 20th century. However, London-based designer and virtuoso jeweler Elizabeth Gage achieved worldwide recognition during these decades, and for good reason.
She attracted attention with the creation of very unusual jewelry, which creatively combined the styles of Ancient Rome and the Renaissance. Her unique jewels often combine antique coins, carved gemstones or 18th century glass, intaglios with baroque pearls, diamonds and colored stones. Some of her creations are additionally embellished with translucent enamels on the metal surface. Most of Gage’s ornaments are large and dramatic. Rings are often high domed, set with cabochon-cut stones or sculpted gold, and can be up to an inch wide. Gage epitomizes the trend of “interpretive” jewelry that became popular again in the 1980s. Undoubtedly, Elizabeth Gage inspired and influenced jewelers by giving elements of the past a modern form.
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Jean Vitau fine jewelry

Jean Vitau fine jewelry

Pansy brooch. 18 K gold, diamonds, sapphire. Jean Vitau fine jewelry

Jean Vitau fine jewelry
The talented French jeweler Jean Vitau (1928-2011) became famous for his invention of the Gem lok, a reliable way to set diamonds and gemstones. An innovative designer, he was one of the first to start branding jewelry.
The young designer gained good experience working in his uncle’s jewellery shop in Paris. In the mid-1960s, he, along with his wife Irene and their three children Pascal, Philipp and Mimi, moved from Paris to New York. Already in 1967, he founded the family business Gemveto Jewelry Company, Inc. on 485 Madison Avenue in New York.
Initially, the designer specialized in diamond engagement rings. However, he soon created a line of author’s fashion jewelry “Jean Vitau Collection”, which brought him fame and led to the expansion of the business Undoubtedly, the artist drew inspiration from the beauty of nature, embodying it in his exquisite jewelry. His radiant precious necklaces, brooches and earrings in the form of animals, fish, birds and flowers seduced buyers in the most prestigious boutiques and at auctions.
The designer handcrafted high-quality jewelry from precious metals and stones and marked them with “Jean Vitau” in a stylized font, TM, 18 KP, and the year of manufacture hallmarks.
While battling cancer, Jean Vitau died in New York on February 12, 2011 at the age of 83. Accordingly, his daughter Myriam Galli, vice president of Gemveto, continued the family business.
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Signed A & Z vintage costume jewelry

Signed A & Z vintage costume jewelry

Gold filled flower brooch. 1940s. Signed A & Z vintage costume jewelry

Signed A & Z vintage costume jewelry (1905-1964)
The history of A & Z Chain Company began in 1905 in Providence, Rhode Island. Founded by Charles Anschen and Benjamin Zetlin, the company’s address wast 9 Calender Street Providence. The business moved to 116 Chestnut Street in 1909. Incorporated in 1918, the company manufactured fine gold-filled jewelry, bought and sold jewelry. According to “Rhode Island Jewish Historical Notes” (1989), Charles Anschen invented and perfected the expansion watch bracelet.
In the early 1940s the new owner of the company became Benjamin H. Rossman (1892-1964).
Born in Russia, he came to the United States by himself at the age of 13 hoping to become a doctor. Instead, his first job was washing dishes in a barroom in Boston. He changed several jobs to bring his whole family to live in Roxbury Massachusetts. Rossman began working for the Hanover Jewelry Company in Boston. Eventually, he became a partner in the business with his cousin. The cousin ran the inside operations of the company, while Rossman was the salesman.
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Italian jewelry brand Prada

Italian jewelry brand Prada

Yellow drop clip earrings from 2016 runway collection. Italian jewelry brand Prada

Prada jewelry brand history
Italian fashion house Prada began its activity in 1913, when Mario Prada opened a small shop in Milan selling his bags and suitcases. Mario created truly exclusive items using rare and expensive materials: walrus skin, semi-precious stones, tortoise shell, rare tree species, python skin, suede, etc. He invited his brother Martino to help. Their boutique Fratelli Prada (“Prada brothers” in Italian) was very popular among VIP clients.
Mario Prada died in 1952, and his his daughter Maria took over the family business. She managed to take the brand to the next level. Thanks to her efforts, the Prada house became known outside of Italy.
Noteworthy, in 1996 PRADA S.A. founded the Prada jewelry trademark on production of various items. In particular, rings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, earrings, hair clips, watches, as well as a line of jewelry for men – tie clips, etc. Along with precious metals and gems, craftsmen often used metal alloys, plastic, smalt, Swarovski crystals, and leather. In particular, famous Saffiano leather, which is invariably present in every jewelry collection.
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Edlee vintage costume jewelry

Edlee vintage costume jewelry

Antique flower brooch. Gold tone, pearl, art glass. 1950s. Edlee vintage costume jewelry

Edlee vintage costume jewelry
The history of the Edlee jewelry brand began in 1947 as a family business founded by Edward Stempa (1908 – 1984) and his wife Lee Stempa. Born in Poland, Edward Stempa moved to the United States before World War II and settled in Bronx, New York. His company’s name Edlee Creations, Inc. comes from the first two letters of his name and the name of his wife. The couple had two sons, Myron (born 1932) and Jerome (born 1935).
NY Edlee Creations, located at 560 Seventh Avenue in New York City, was a small team of artisans who made high-quality novelties and jewelry in Art Deco and Etruscan style with floral motifs. Traditionally, they used multicolored iridescent rhinestones, molded luminous glass, enamel, pewter and metal alloys. Notably, the earliest marking included Edward Stempa N.Y.C., and since 1947 changed to EDLEE with a copyright mark.
Many of Edward Stempa’s designs have been included in Copyright Catalogs published since 1950. Edward retired in 1973 and sold his business. Today, Edlee jewelry is quite rare and highly collectible.
Noteworthy, Edlee Jewelers Corp., incorporated on February 26, 1974 and headed by Edward Russo, ceased to exist in 2012. Anyway, it was a different company.
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