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Signed Escada vintage costume jewelry

Signed Escada vintage costume jewelry

Gorgeous Maltese cross pendant. Multicolor enamel, 24 K gold plated pearl cabochons, late 1970s. Signed Escada vintage costume jewelry

Escada vintage costume jewelry
It is not often in the fashion world that a company is named after a racehorse. This is exactly what happened with the Escada International Fashion Concern, founded in Munich in 1976 by the Ley spouses – Swedish model Margaretha and young entrepreneur Wolfgang. Since the founding of the company, Margaretha has dealt with the creative side of the business, and Wolfgang has been dealing with financial and organizational matters.
Traditionally, the masters of this European brand used gold-tone metal alloy, sometimes 24K gold plating, lucite, crystals, artificial pearls, rhinestones and enamels of various colors to create jewelry.
Today the company specializes in the production of fashionable clothing, mainly sportswear, as well as footwear and accessories – belts, sunglasses, key rings, etc. The company, which actively worked in the production of costume jewelry in the late 1970s and early 1990s, now does not produce costume jewelry at all. This happened due to Margaretha Ley’s death in 1992.
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Patricia Darling Dash DD costume jewelry

Patricia Darling Dash DD costume jewelry

Shoot for the moon brooch. Pewter of bronze tone, rhinestones. 1980s. 5.2 cm. Patricia Darling Dash DD costume jewelry

Patricia Darling Dash DD costume jewelry
The DD hallmark stands for Darling Dash, designed by Patricia Dash, who has created a series of inspirational costume brooches from the 1970s to the 2000s. Each brooch has a greeting card with wishes, poems or quotes that convey a positive message. For example “Let fears slip away, let Peace and Joy replace them. Believe in Life, Love and Yourself as you create your own reality and the rest of your existence.” In addition, each piece of jewelry is carefully packed in a box with a transparent “window”, which makes it an excellent ready-made gift for family or friends. When creating these brooches, Patricia traditionally used a pewter with a gold or silver tone, as well as enamel, rhinestones and crystals.
Unfortunately, there is practically no information about the designer, except the fact that in 2007, the license for Patricia Dash products belonged to More Partners LLC, located in China.
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Signed Carlisle vintage costume jewelry

Signed Carlisle vintage costume jewelry

Fish statement brooch. Gold tone metal, enamel, clear pave set rhinestones, crystals, a black cabochon eye. 1980s. Signed Carlisle vintage costume jewelry

Carlisle vintage costume jewelry
The history of Carlisle jewelry began in 1981 in New York and ended in 2012. Its founder was American designer, philanthropist and art collector William Rondina. A part of the Connaught Group, Carlisle Collection designed custom-made women’s clothing, accessories and costume jewelry for women. Based in downtown Manhattan, the company sold their products through an extensive network of sales consultants in more than 500 cities and prestigious metropolitan areas throughout the United States. Made in limited numbers, with high quality and exquisite design “In-home” Carlisle jewelry has become popular among lovers and collectors of costume jewelry.

Noteworthy, in 2012, the Connaught Group, the parent company of Carlisle Collection, filed for bankruptcy. As a result, the new parent company, Carlisle Etcetera LLC, took control of the Carlisle Collection, buying it for $ 22 million. And in 2015, Hong Kong’s Royal Spirit Group acquired Carlisle from the parent company, The Connaught Group. Already in February 2018, Carlisle’s women’s clothing line, designed by Fred Tutino and Micaela Erlanger, made its runway debut in New York. Thus, since 2012, the Carlisle brand has been more associated with women’s clothing.
Meanwhile, in 2013, William Rondina started a new knitwear company, Rondina New York.
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Signed Calvaire vintage costume jewelry

Calvaire vintage costume jewelry

Sailor with accordion vintage brooch. Silver tone metal, enamel, rhinestones. 1940s. Calvaire vintage costume jewelry

Signed Calvaire vintage costume jewelry

Happy Sailor playing the accordion – an interesting figural vintage brooch of the Second World War period, reflecting the spirit of alliance and carrying historical information. This brooch, like all costume decorations marked Calvaire, relate to the American jewelry company Calvaire Inc. NY. founded in the early 1920s. Its founders, Stella Aronson (1885 – 1968) and Rachel Calish (c. 1884 – 1951) practically did not produce costume jewelry themselves. Instead, they traveled to Europe, in particular to France, and bought the best examples of costume jewelry of the time, putting their hallmark on them. During WWII, when the war raged in Europe, they continued to buy jewelry in the United States. There are several types of hallmarks of this company – “Calvaire” in script, or “Sterling Calvaire”, or “Le Petit Paris, Calvaire, Paris – New York”.
The company’s decline began in the 1950s when Rachel C. Calish, co-founder and bookkeeper of the company died on 9 September 1951 in New York. After working for another two or three years, the company ceased to exist. Today, all products of this brand are rare and collectible, the price of which increases every year.
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DuJay vintage costume jewelry

DuJay vintage costume jewelry

Pink flower brooch. Gold tone metal alloy, enamel, crystals. 7.5 cm. 1980s. DuJay vintage costume jewelry

DuJay vintage costume jewelry
Vintage jewelry contains something special and only benefits over time, turning into real heirlooms or exclusive décor. Very often, vintage costume jewelry – brooches, necklaces, rings or earrings – are real works of art and will never go out of fashion. Being a collectible, the price of such items will increase every year.
The American brand DuJay, presumably founded in 1934 by Jules Hirsch and Jacques H. Leff, as a division of Hirsch & Leff, has fantastic collections! Delicate, thin, pearlescent enamels of this company can be compared only with Boucher enamels. Noteworthy, this company rarely marked their limited editions jewelry. Instead, they attached paper tags to their products. Collectors know how valuable this company’s jewelry is, however, finding and identifying masterpieces of the Dujay brand is a whole art. Traditionally, they are defined by their unique style and beauty, plant inflorescences, artistic strokes, shades, enamel density, crystal quality, fasteners, and so on.
Some of Dujay pieces, for example, Band series of fur clips designed by Jacques H Leff in 1939 are noted in Brunialti’s “American Costume Jewelry” (Volume I page 162). In particular, 5 members of the band – a drum major, a drummer, a trombone player, French horn player and a bas drum player.
The company ceased to exist in the early 1980s.
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Cilea Paris vintage costume jewelry

Cilea Paris vintage costume jewelry

Peapod plastic brooch. Faux pearls, jewelry alloy, plastic. 9.5 cm. 1990s. Cilea Paris vintage costume jewelry

Cilea Paris vintage costume jewelry
The Silea company might not have appeared if two people had not met – an accountant by profession Stephane Ravel and an artist Monique Védie, who worked in her cozy studio in Paris. Monica Vedie taught Stephane how to make jewelry, since the student turned out to be talented. Subsequently, Stephane already worked alone in his small Paris apartment, naming the brand after his wife – Cilea. Thus, Cilea began operations in 1992. Following the developed technology, Stephane began to create magnificently beautiful volumetric decorations in the form of flowers, insects and fruits.
To create his three-dimensional decorations he used polymer plastic rhodoite (plasticized acetylcellulose): a lightweight but very durable material. Earrings, rings, brooches and necklaces in the form of flowers, fruits, vegetables are cut, shaped and painted by hand. Floral, modern or animal inspiration has been the guiding thread of the company from the very beginning. Despite their size, these decorations are lightweight, and can be easily worn on light blouses and dresses. Produced in small editions, Cilea Jewelry is sold at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Noteworthy, since 1995 the company has got its own symbol – an anemone flower, with endless design and color scheme. In 2012, the company leaves its Paris studio to settle in the Breton lands with a team reduced to one employee. This is how a new page in the company’s history began with a new team, new designers, new collections and ideas.
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Signed Charel vintage costume jewelry

Signed Charel vintage costume jewelry

Flying duck vintage brooch. Gold tone bijouterie alloy, glass rhinestones, colored glass, gilding. 1960s. 8.5 cm. Signed Charel vintage costume jewelry

Signed Charel vintage costume jewelry
This vintage collectible brooch signed Charel with copyright logo was made after 1955. In fact, all products bearing the Charel marking without a copyright sign refer to the period before 1955. According to history, in 1947 the US Congress expanded copyright laws to include product illustrations and art designs. Noteworthy, in 1955 a federal judge ruled that jewelry designs are “works of art” and therefore should be protected under US copyright law. Meanwhile, on the basis of this law, another famous Trifari company won a case against Charel in a lawsuit in 1955.
Unfortunately, there is little information about the history of Charel Jewelry co Inc. Founded in Brooklyn, NY, in 1945, the company ended its activity before 1980. The rare, hand-made Charel jewelry is an example of the high quality and craftsmanship of the jewelers. Traditionally, the craftsmen of this company used alloys of metals of gold and silver tones, lucite, artificial pearls, enamel, rhinestones and crystals. All costume decorations of this company are a rare collectible vintage, and undoubtedly, the price for them will increase every year.
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