Signed Vero vintage costume jewelry
The history of the company that made these whimsical pins remains a complete mystery. In fact, any information about the trademark, registered patents, the company’s owners, or any traces are unavailable. However, some searches lead to one place – Vero Beach, Florida. In the 1960s, there were several jewelry workshops and stores of the same name, where dynasties of famous jewelers worked. For example, DuBose & Sons – five generations of jewelers. Noteworthy, the first Vero store opened in 1912, and the area became known as Vero Beach only in 1925. Meanwhile, DuBose was one of the many other jewelry workshops which also operated in Vero Beach.
The distinctive marking on the back of each item includes “Vero” in capital letters with a copyright sign in a rectangular frame. Produced in the 1960-80s, these unique pins have their own characteristics, which make them quite recognizable.
Traditionally, the craftsmen of this company used metal alloys of gold and silver tones, multi-colored enamels and a minimum of rhinestones. The designs include fun figurative animal pins and holiday decorations. Among them, in particular, are Christmas, Easter decorations, pins for Halloween and other holidays.
Undoubtedly, any Vero brooch would make a great gift or a valuable addition to your vintage jewelry collection.
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Signed Vero vintage costume jewelry
Signed Bed vintage costume jewelry
Traditionally, the designs of these vintage brooches and earrings incorporate a floral motif and the distinctive gold or silver-tone metal mesh used for the petals of these flowers. The double row of petals gives them more volume and a three-dimensional appearance. Aurora borealis rhinestones decorate the center of the flower. Also, many designs of these handcrafted pieces include multi-colored enamel. In general, these exquisite decorations are closer to artisan and even sculptural work.
Unfortunately, there is practically no information about an American jewelry company that produced stylish costume jewelry for a short time, around the 1950 – 1960s. They marking on the back includes capital letters BED with the copyright sign.
Noteworthy, the B.E.D. trademark for the production of brooches, pins, figurines, statues, and other products, was registered in June 2004 and existed for three years. The name of the employee who registered this trademark is Ellen J. Perkins. However, it is unknown if it has anything to do with vintage jewelry trademark B.E.D.
Erstwilder vintage style costume jewelry
The plastic jewelry of based in Melbourne Australian company resembles retro celluloid pins popular in the 1930s, or vintage Bakelite brooches by French designer Lea Stein of the 1960s. This is probably why, very often the owners of these brooches mistakenly indicate the years of manufacture 1980-1990s and materials – bakelite or lucite. Actually, these high quality resin brooches, which design ranges from Michael Jackson-like cats to Gatsby girls, are not more than a decade.
According to the company’s history, “Erstwilder” began its activity in 2011. And it was Louisa Camille, an artist, vintage lover, animal admirer, and fashion designer who first created the sketches of future pins. According to her designs, she drew inspiration from the Art Deco era and the animal world.
Traditionally, the few craftsmen of this company use layered resin, metal alloys, hard enamel, hand-painting each piece, which makes this piece unique. Noteworthy, there are over 500 different designs and each is produced in limited quantities.
Yossi Steinberg vintage costume jewelry
Jewelry created by Israeli artist Yossi Steinberg attracts jewelry lovers with its bright colors, quirky designs and absolute uniqueness. Indeed, no two brooches are alike in this designer’s rich collection. The history of these handcrafted pins spans not more than three decades, from the mid-1980s to the 2010s.
Born in Israel, Yossef Steinberg was a professional artist who graduated from the Hebrew University and the Bezalel School of Art in Jerusalem. After graduation, he became interested in enamel and jewelry design, working in his workshop in Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv, until his death. Creating jewelry, mainly brooches, the master used multicolor acrylic, resin, Austrian crystals, freshwater pearls, silver-plated or gilded wire, as well as hypoallergenic metals. Traditionally, products labeled Yossi were sold on branded cards in boutiques in Israel and other countries.
Yasushi Irikura vintage costume jewelry
Any jewelry piece handcrafted in the 1950s by distinguished Tokyo master jeweler Yasushi Irikura is highly collectible. Many well-known jewelry companies in Japan reproduce his “crane” and “swan” designs. In particular, Mikimoto, Saitama and Tasaki. Irikura rarely marked his products, but the author’s technique of rigid openwork silver filigree allows to identify his jewelry. Noteworthy, “Tsurumaru” (Japanese for “circle of the crane”) became the prototype for the famous JAL logo. The open wings of the crane are a very old heraldic sign of the Japanese samurai clans, symbolizing loyalty, strength, nobility, immortality and heavenly blessing. Traditionally, the Japanese craftsman used freshwater pearls and natural zircon crystals, which he valued very highly.
Born in Tokyo in 1934, Irikura is a hereditary jeweler who studied metal art from childhood. Irikura opened his own workshop when he was a little over 20 years old. He was the chairman of the Japan Jewelry Association and has worked as an artist-designer and artistic director with many Japanese jewelry companies including Mikimoto, Para, Saitama and Tasaki. For his contribution to the development of the national jewelry art, the Government of Japan repeatedly awarded him.
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Jim Clift vintage lapel pins
This year for Jim Clift Design, Inc. became a 40-year jubilee. Coventry, Rhode Island based jewelry company Jim Clift Design, Inc. began its activity in January 1981. The president of the company is a talented jeweler, artist and designer James R. Clift (born 31 January 1956). In fact, it is the private business of his family – wife Lynn, two daughters, and Jim’s grandchildren. In addition to handcrafted high-quality lapel pins, pendants and bracelets, they make accessories, push pins and various gifts. Traditionally made from fine pewter, each piece is marked with “Jim Clift”, and pewter.
Created in Rhode Island studio, Jim Clift wearable art consists of more than four hundred designs, from medical and scientific to household and holiday. According to the company’s motto, they create sculpture to wear.
Undoubtedly, carefully crafted, detailed lapel pin or any JC item can be an excellent memorable gift, or a personal present suitable for any occasion.
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Erik Granit vintage silver jewelry
Born in 1930 in Helsinki, Erik Granit was only twenty-four years old when he founded his own company and opened his store in the capital of Finland. For more than three decades of his activity he has created hundreds of innovative minimalist, abstract, geometric and modernist designs. Traditionally, Granit himself and other designers who worked for the company handcrafted jewelry models (mostly rings), with the use of sterling silver.
Noteworthy, the marking on the jewelry pieces included various small stamps. In particular, Erik Granit (or EG), 925H (or 925 Sterling) for silver purity, Helsinki stamp, Crown, or Boat, or Turku. Also, the marking included a letter and a number (for the year of production) – for example, S7 for 1971.
Unfortunately, the talented designer Erik Granit died in the prime of his creative powers, at the age of 58. Due to this, his once successful jewelry company ceased to exist in 1988. Jewelry pieces created in 1950-80s continue to be popular with vintage jewelry collectors today.
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