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Signed Kerissa vintage costume jewelry

Signed Kerissa vintage costume jewelry

Angels and roses heart shaped brooch. Gold tone, enamel, lucite, rhinestones. 1980s. Kerissa vintage costume jewelry

Signed Kerissa vintage costume jewelry
The history of the American jewelry brand Kerissa began in 1982, when Marcus A Senerchia (1922-2004) founded his family business, Marc & Sal, Inc. Noteworthy, he began using an alternative trade name – Kerissa Creations Inc. only in 1985. Located at 15 Lark Industrial Parkway, Greenville, Providence, Rhode Island, the company employed more than forty people. The business was successful and in two decades he registered three more jewelry brands. In particular, Harvest Moon Designs (1997-2004), Angels Sent From Above (2001-2002) and Karma Beads (1999-2000).

Traditionally, Kerissa craftsmen made beautiful jewelry from alloys of various metals – copper, bronze, aluminum, pewter, silver and gold. Also, lucite, multi-colored enamels and rhinestones. Handcrafted mainly in the 1980s and 90s, each brooch, pin, or pendant is labeled “Kerissa” with a copyright mark.

After Marcus retired, his son Marcus A. Senerchia Jr. became the president of the company. He also registered the Sara Bella jewelry trademark (2013-2017).
The luxury goods and jewelry company Kerissa Creations Inc ceased to exist in 2019 due to bankruptcy.
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Jenna Nicole vintage costume jewelry

Jenna Nicole vintage costume jewelry

Frog brooch. 925 sterling silver, green enamel, rhinestones. 1990s. Jenna Nicole vintage costume jewelry

Jenna Nicole vintage costume jewelry
The biography of designer Jenna Nicole and the history of this jewelry brand is a mystery. And this is unfair, since these high craftsmanship filigree jewelry pieces showcasing talent and craftsmanship are worthy of knowing their creator. According to sources, Nicole worked for several years (from 1978 to 1987) as a designer for Murray Shapiro’s company, known as Heirloom 73, and later Vintage Creations.
Traditionally, she created exquisite Art Deco jewelry – brooches, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings using sterling silver, gold, semi-precious stones and Swarovski crystals. These pieces were labeled Jenna Nicole, sterling, and Heirloom 73 (stylized H with 7 and 3 inside). Noteworthy, in October 1987, she launched her family business, registering the Jenna Nicole Collection Ltd. Inc. jewelry company. She sold her jewelry at luxury supermarkets such as Saks Fifth Avenue in New York.
Jenna Nicole stopped making jewelry in the early 2000s and her website is no longer available.
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Symbolic Sunflower vintage costume jewelry

Symbolic Sunflower vintage costume jewelry

Yves Saint Laurent for Avon. Van Gogh Sunflowers vintage brooch. Gold tone, enamel. 7.5 cm. 1970s. Symbolic Sunflower vintage costume jewelry

Symbolic Sunflower vintage costume jewelry

Van Gogh created 11 paintings with sunflowers, and they are the ones that inspire designers to create jewelry with sunflowers. First, Van Gogh created 4 still lifes with plucked sunflowers. He painted them in Paris in 1887. And the very famous sunflowers in a clay vase were painted by Van Gogh a year later in the city of Arles in the south of France. Noteworthy, his painting “Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers” (1888) entered the list of the 25 most expensive paintings in the world ($ 74.5 million).
Undoubtedly, it was this painting that inspired Yves Saint Laurent to create this brooch for AVON. It is filled with colors and cheerfulness. Just like in Arles, where Van Gogh came for the sun and bright colors. Created in 1994, the jewelry collection inspires with vibrant rich enamels and matte gold.
Although the native land of the sunflower is North America, where the indigenous population used the flower only for food, the sunflower also has a special place in Asia. According to belief, sunflower removes radiation from the soil, that’s why the Japanese plant sunflowers in their fields. Thus, in the Land of the Rising Sun, the sunflower has become a symbol of hope.

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Signed Fuller vintage costume jewelry

Signed Fuller vintage costume jewelry

Snail brooch pin. Gold tone textured metal, caramel lucite, faux pearl, topaz gemstone eye. 1960s. Signed Fuller vintage costume jewelry

Signed Fuller vintage costume jewelry
The history of one of the oldest American jewelry companies Fuller Brush Co began over a hundred years ago, in 1906. The successful company, based in Hartford, Connecticut, is still in business today. Its founder, a successful Canadian-born businessman Alfred Carl Fuller (January 13, 1885 – December 4, 1973), managed to turn his small family business into a multimillion-dollar corporation.
Initially, along with jewelry, Fuller Brush Co produced commemorative, award and anniversary badges. Today the company manufactures a wide range of products, from cleaning and personal care products to vitamins and kitchen utensils.
In fact, the production of costume jewelry ceased in the 1990s. After the death of Alfred Fuller, the company has registered more than 80 trade marks, including two jewelry ones. However, both of these trademarks – Quality That Shows (1981-1989) and Fuller Fashion (1982-1991) are no longer active.
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Signed Jeri-Lou vintage costume jewelry

Signed Jeri-Lou vintage costume jewelry

Bow design scarf clip. Bronze tone textured metal, art glass. 1960s. Signed Jeri-Lou vintage costume jewelry

Signed Jeri-Lou vintage costume jewelry
The history of the jewelry company Jeri Lou Creations Inc., located in Johnston, Rhode Island, began in 1958. Initially, it was a family business of Gennaro N. Colagiovanni (born 1935) and his wife Doris. Handcrafting exquisite jewelry, mostly scarf clips, the company’s craftsmen used alloys of various metals, creating beautiful textures and filigree designs. In addition to alloys, they used bronze, pewter, gilding and silvering, as well as onyx, faux pearls, crystals and glass imitating precious stones. Traditionally, the marking on the back side of each item includes “Jeri-Lou”.
Noteworthy, after Gennaro N. Colagiovanni retired in 2000, his son David G. Colagiovanni became president of the renewed company (June 30, 2000). According to sources, the company ceased to exist in 2018.
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Jac Win Design vintage costume jewelry

Jac Win Design vintage costume jewelry

Three Graces oval shaped brooch. Silver tone alloy, faux pearls. Jac Win Design vintage costume jewelry

Jac Win Design vintage costume jewelry
The history of the Jac Win jewelry brand began in October 1984, when Jacqualyn and Robert Miller launched their family business Jac Win Design Inc. in Mount Dora, Florida. Robert was mainly involved in organizational work, being the president and treasurer of the company, while Jackie was involved in creative work. A talented designer, she excelled in many crafts, including felting, textiles, polymer clay, ceramics, quilting, fusing, painting, beading, and costume jewelry.
Best known in the vintage jewelry market are her Christmas angel and cameo brooches and pendants with filigree details handcrafted from silver or gold alloys. Created in the 1980s, her guardian angel pins feature faux pearls and aurora borealis rhinestones. Traditionally, the designer marked her pieces with “Jac Win Design” on round or oval base, without a copyright sign.
Noteworthy, the company is still active, and Jac Win Design working studio, gift shop and art gallery is in Huntsville, Alabama.
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Il Etait Une Fois vintage costume jewelry

Il Etait Une Fois vintage costume jewelry

Coral branch brooch. Gold plated metal alloy, art glass. 8.5 cm. 1990s. Il Etait Une Fois vintage costume jewelry

Il Etait Une Fois vintage costume jewelry
French jewelry designer Didier Thebaud began making costume jewelry in 1978, and founded his family company Ca Commence Comme Ca in 1994. Originally, the designed signed his jewelry pieces with his full name Didier Thebaud. However, since 1990s, when his son joined the family business, he changed marking to “Il Etait Une Fois”, which means “Once upon a time”.
Traditionally, the designer used various materials – pewter alloy, silver, brass, bronze, copper, and gold. Made by hand, his collections changed every 6 months showing varied styles and designs – from ethnic to modern, minimalist to geometric. The company sold its products in costume jewelry stores in France and throughout Europe.
The company residing at 1 rue de la Porte de Chartres, 28 320 Gallardon ceased to exist in 2019.
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