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Signed SJC vintage costume jewelry

Signed SJC vintage costume jewelry

American flag patriotic charm pendant. 925 sterling silver. Signed SJC vintage costume jewelry

Signed SJC vintage costume jewelry
Located in the heart of the Southwest in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sundance Jewelry Company Inc. began its activity in 1973. However, they registered their official trademark SJC only in 1992. The company officially ceased to exist 20 September 2003, but continued producing jewelry for a short period. Traditionally, the designers of Sundancer’s manufactured in-house handcrafted pieces with the use of 925 sterling silver, 14 K gold and natural stones. Specializing primarily in a large Southwestern-style line, they gave much attention to each exquisite detail. Also, all pieces have a distinctive marking SJC in the rays representing the sun.
According to the information on their website (not available now), the company was the originator of so-called “liquid silver”. In particular, tiny tubes of sterling silver that create a fluid look when strung together. Now it is a characteristic feature of Southwestern and Native American Jewelry.
Noteworthy, there are companies of the same name on the vintage jewelry market, but they differ in style and materials. For example, an English company that labels its products SJC (an abbreviation for St Justin Cornwall) creates pewter jewelry in the Celtic style. Another American company of the same name, also SJC-branded (but not framed in the sun), creates traditional jewelry using enamels.
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Signed AAI vintage costume jewelry

Signed AAI vintage costume jewelry

Lily flower gold tone brooch. 1980s. Signed AAI vintage costume jewelry

Signed AAI vintage costume jewelry
The history of American corporation “Accessories Associates Inc.” began in 1962 in the jewelry capital of the United States – North Providence, Rhode Island. Originally, AAI was named Femic and was the first of thirteen jewelry brands registered by Accessories Associates Inc. in different years. In particular, Femic (1971), Exclusively Kenco (last filed 1981), So Chick! (1990), Sensitive Touch (1991), Solar Accents (1992), American Woman (1992), Frenzi (1993), Adrienne Picard (1993), Young Expressions (1994), Young Fashions (1995), Friend To Friend (1995), Special Moments and Anderson & Barnes (1995).
In 1987, the owners of the corporation renamed Femic into AAI, which was a symbolic abbreviation for Accessories Associates Inc. Noteworthy, today the status of Accessories Associates Inc. – cancelled, as the company ceased to exist on July 20, 2002.
If we talk about vintage jewelry marked with AAI, these are often seasonal, especially Christmas decorations with images of Santa Claus, snowmen, reindeers, Christmas trees, embodied in brooches and pendants. Traditionally, the craftsmen of this company used jewelry alloys of gold and silver tones, rhinestones, artificial pearls, crystals and enamel.
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Signed Full Circle vintage costume jewelry

Signed Full Circle vintage costume jewelry

Horse head brooch pendant. Handcrafted, 925 Sterling silver, brass. Signed Full Circle vintage costume jewelry

Full Circle vintage costume jewelry
The history of the American jewelry trademark Full Circle covers the period of no more than a decade, 1980-1990s. Traditionally, all jewelry was handcrafted, hand casted, polished and marked on the back with “Full circle 925” with a copyright sign. Noteworthy, the jewelers of this company used two metals in the manufacture of one piece – 925 sterling silver with minimal brass accents. Also, most jewelry decorations can be worn as either a pendant or a brooch. Unfortunately, there is no information about the company, its location and its owner.
According to my research, there is a modern company of the same name. However, this is a completely different company that manufactures different in style and materials decorations.
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Signed AR Brown vintage pewter jewelry

Signed AR Brown vintage pewter jewelry

Squirrel brooch. Textured pewter. 1980s. Signed AR Brown vintage pewter jewelry

Signed AR Brown vintage pewter jewelry
The family jewellery company of father A. R. Brown and his son Terry S. Brown, based in Chellaston, Derby, England, began in 1986. However, its founder, sculptor, artist and jewelry designer A. Brown, created jewelry long before he gave the company his name. All products are designed, manufactured and sculpted by hand using 100% English pewter. Noteworthy, jewelry design includes anatomically realistic images of animals and birds, embodied in lapel pins, brooches, pendants and keyrings. Marked on the reverse, AR Brown jewelry that has become famous all over the world, is undoubtedly collectible.
Currently, the main designer of the company is Terry Brown, the son of the founder, who has absorbed a love for animals, sculpture and jewelry since childhood. Accordingly, the TS Brown marking appeared on the products. Both markings A.R, or T.R. Brown mean high quality, real class and detail, and belonging to the most respected pewter manufacturing names in the world.
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Signed Tona vintage costume jewelry

Signed Tona vintage costume jewelry

Art Deco woman with mirror gold and silver tone round shaped brooch. 1980s. Signed Tona vintage costume jewelry

Signed Tona vintage costume jewelry
Located at 182 Butler Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island jewelry company Tona Inc. was registered more than 40 years ago, 21 April 1980. The company ceased to exist 13 February 2015, according to official records. Its owner and president, Anthony E. Angeli (born 1939), has already had rich experience in jewelry design and business long before the founding of Tona.
Anthony began his jewelry career in 1956. First, he worked as an assistant of Helen Marian, the head designer of Vendome jewelry line, creating costume jewelry for Coro Inc. In addition, he studied the art of jewelry making at Rhode Island School of Design and model making courses. After training, he left Vendome, although he maintained a close relationship with Helen Marian until her death.
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Hand of Fatima Hamsa symbolic jewelry

Hand of Fatima Hamsa symbolic jewelry

Exquisite handcrafted work of art. Semi-precious stones, gold plated, enameled pendant. Hand of Fatima Hamsa symbolic jewelry

Hand of Fatima Hamsa symbolic jewelry
Once, the husband of Fatima (the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad) brought home his second wife. He introduced her to his wife when Fatima was cooking halva on the fire. Having received a blow to the heart, the girl dropped the spoon. She began to stir the boiling halva with her hand further, not feeling pain. Fatima’s heartache was stronger. Ali (her husband), struck by his wife’s worries, abandoned his intention. He remained faithful to his wife until the end of his days.
Archaeological evidence suggests that the downward-facing hamsa was used as a protective amulet in the region even before it was used by adherents of monotheistic religions.
In Judaism, Hamsa is associated with the five books of the Torah. Noteworthy, this is a common symbol in both Jewish and Muslim communities. Traditionally, in Jewish communities they call it the Hamsa Hand or the Hand of Miriam, while in Muslim communities it is the Hand of Fatima or the Khamsa.
Also, Hamsa in Hebrew and Arabic means five, and equally best known for the power to protect the owner from the evil eye and bring happiness to the holder.
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Bugbee & Niles BN vintage costume jewelry

Bugbee & Niles BN vintage costume jewelry

Orchid vintage brooch and earrings. Gold tone metal, Swarovski crystals. Before 1950. Bugbee & Niles BN vintage costume jewelry

Bugbee & Niles BN vintage costume jewelry
The history of the American brand Bugbee & Niles began in 1859 in Providence, Rhode Island. The antique jewelry of this company, which had been creating costume and fine jewelry with short interruptions for 160 years, is now a collector’s item. These breaks were due, among other things, to economic and political problems in the world. For example the Great Depression and the Second World War (the company ceased operations in 1943). However, it was constantly reviving and was active until 1992. Noteworthy, the Bugbee & Niles Company Trademarks registered several subsidiaries in the 1980s. In particular, Diamonglo (filed April 6, 1981), Diamonray (June 15, 1981), Diamonart (March 1, 1982) and BN (filed March 5, 1984, canceled 4 November, 1992).
Traditionally, creating jewelry, the company’s designers used gilding and silver plating, as well as crystals and rhinestones, and sometimes enamel. The markings include the initials B.N., or less commonly B&N.
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