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Signed K & L vintage costume jewelry

Signed K & L vintage costume jewelry

Framed Rose flower sterling silver pendant. 1960s. Signed K & L vintage costume jewelry (1963-2004)

The history of antique jewelry brand K & L began in 1884 in the jewelry capital in southwest Germany, the city of Pforzheim. Kordes & Lichtenfels manufactured high quality pieces which have become highly collectible and sought after.
Traditionally, the craftsmen used the term “Amerikaner” for gold filled. In fact, ‘Amerikaner’ refers to a technique of heavy gold plating and it was more durable than existing gold plating techniques. So, Amerikaner means gold rolled jewelry. Noteworthy, at the beginning of the 20th century the company moved to Providence, Rhode Island and became known as Speidel Company. That’s why some pieces signed “Amerikaner” sometimes have marking SP for Speidel, or K&L for Kordes & Lichtenfels GmbH & Co. KG.
The K & L jewelry trademark registered in 1963 and owned by Kordes & Lichtenfels GmbH & Co. KG, ceased to exist in 2004.

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Happy Fingers vintage costume jewelry

Happy Fingers vintage costume jewelry

Royal man crowned person brooch pin. Metal alloy, enamel. 7 cm. 1990s. Happy Fingers vintage costume jewelry

Happy Fingers vintage costume jewelry
Undoubtedly, such high-end fantasy costume jewelry proves its belonging to arts. It seems to have descended from the pages of children’s drawings, or illustrations of fairy tales for children. Made over a short period of the 1990s by the creative artists Thierry and Nathalie Faucher, these pieces are now very rare and highly collectible. Created exclusively in Paris, each piece has a distinctive marking “Happy Fingers” on an oval backing, without a copyright sign.
Traditionally, the artists handcrafted these unique brooches, earrings, pendants and bracelets in limited quantities, with the use of pewter, metal alloys and multicolor enamels.
Unfortunately, there is almost no information about the French brand “Happy Fingers” and the creators of these originalities that you will not find elsewhere.
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Richard Kerr vintage costume jewelry

Richard Kerr vintage costume jewelry

Yin Yang black and white clip on earrings. Gold tone metal, rhinestones. 3.8 cm. 1970s. Richard Kerr vintage costume jewelry

Richard Kerr vintage costume jewelry
The history of costume jewelry brand Richard Kerr began in 1946 when WWII veteran, US Navy Lieutenant Richard S. Kerr (January 23, 1920 – September 24, 2016) joined his father’s business. Richard graduated from the University of Illinois in 1943, and married Nancy Rebecca in 1948, with whom they later had two sons and a daughter. The jewelry company, owned by his father Walter H. Kerr (1889-1966), was based in Streator, Illinois. Following his father’s death in 1966, Richard took over and directed the company until his retirement in 1983.
Traditionally, to create a stunning sparkling effect, the company’s craftsmen used Austrian crystals, the number of which in one piece could be more than a thousand. It is hard to imagine how much labor and patience one had to have to manually insert each crystal. The marking on the back side of each item includes “Richard Kerr” on an oval cartouche.
The brand’s high quality, handcrafted products (mostly earrings) which were produced from 1946 to 1983, are highly collectible today.
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Lisa Jenks vintage costume jewelry

Lisa Jenks vintage costume jewelry

Oval modernist design sterling silver ring. Lisa Jenks vintage costume jewelry

Lisa Jenks vintage costume jewelry

The history of Brooklyn, New York City based jewelry company Lisa Jenks Ltd began in 1987. Lisa Jenks graduated from Parsons School of Design, and today she is a many awarded silversmith, including “Jewelry Designer of 2006”. Among 19 trademarks registered by Jenks, there were 6 jewelry trademarks, for example, Lisa Jenks Garland (2004-2007), Lisa Jenks (1999-2011), and more.
In addition to jewelry, Jenks designed tableware, frames, mirrors, handbags, wallets, briefcases, purses, belts, backpacks, and many more. However, it was her modernist style, New York City inspired sterling silver jewelry brought her fame. Handcrafted amulet pendants, necklaces, bracelets have become collectible and highly appreciated by jewelry lovers. According to Jenks, she used to create two-three collections a year with about seventy pieces.
Noteworthy, Lisa Jenks has stopped creating jewelry since 2011, and today the status of all her jewelry trademarks is – cancelled.
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Lady Ellen vintage costume jewelry

Lady Ellen vintage costume jewelry

Gold plated brooch with Interchangeable magnetic cabochons. 1950s. Lady Ellen vintage costume jewelry

Lady Ellen vintage costume jewelry
Veteran of WWII, fighter pilot, Czech-American jewelry manufacturer Henry B. Lederer (1920-2013) founded Lederer Brothers in 1946. The New York City based company became known for their high-quality pearl and interchangeable gem jewelry. In 1955 Henry B. Lederer invented earrings with interchangeable precious, semi-precious, or artificial stones. His invention was patented as Magnetic Earrings With Inter – Changeable Ornaments. Thanks to the attached magnetic elements, the wearer could easily change the color, quickly remove and replace stone to match wearer’s dress, or the occasion.
Marked “Lady Ellen”, the jewelry was traditionally sold in the original boxes.
Noteworthy, there is a similar jewelry brand on the vintage jewelry market, but it does not belong to Lederer. In particular, the Lady Ellen brand, owned by Los Angeles, California-based Kaynar Manufacturing Co. The Lady Ellen jewelry brand, incorporated in 1948, ceased to exist in 1992.
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DKNY Donna Karan vintage costume jewelry

DKNY Donna Karan vintage costume jewelry

Logo gold tone brooch. Designer Robert Lee Morris. 4.3 cm. 1987. DKNY Donna Karan vintage costume jewelry

DKNY Donna Karan vintage costume jewelry
Born Donna Ivy Faske on October 2, 1948, New York, Donna Karan is an American fashion designer and businesswoman. In 1968, as a sophomore at Parson’s School of Design, Karan began her career as fashion designer of Anna Klein fashion house. After the death of Anna Klein in 1974, Karan became the main designer of the House. In 1984, she launched her own business – Donna Karan International Inc. In 1985 Karan invited Robert Lee Morris to create jewelry for her first collection. Thus began a collaboration that lasted over 20 years.
The first DKNY collection was highly acclaimed and commercially successful. In 1986, the New York Times published an article that the collaboration between the two designers led to massive popularity of massive gold jewelry worn with black clothing. In just a few years, her company has grown into the world famous corporation. According to Karan, details and accessories are sometimes more important than outerwear.
Donna Karan jewelry is stylish, modern, made of plastic, metal, and pearls. Her jewelry is brutal gold chains and bottle caps on a bracelet, a necklace made of roughly processed “crumpled” silver metal and a thin openwork brooch on a gold plate.
Among 22 trademarks registered by Donna Karan was one jewelry trademark Donna Karan New York (1985-2007). Since 1985, Donna Кaran is one of brands and trademarks of Gabrielle Studio, Inc., New York , NY. Among jewelry marks used by Gabrielle studio are DKNY (since 1987), Donna Karan (2012-2019), and DKNY Donna Karan New York (since 2006).
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Signed Lisa vintage costume jewelry

Signed Lisa vintage costume jewelry

Chinese man carrying water brooch pin. Gold tone, red and green rhinestone. 1970s. Signed Lisa vintage costume jewelry

Signed Lisa vintage costume jewelry
Officially registered in 1964, Lisa Jewels company began creating costume jewelry in 1962. It was a domestic profit corporation owned by West Orange, New Jersey based family couple Marian C. Botti (1919-2013) and her husband Elvidio Botti. Born in Kearny, New Jersey, Marian C. Botti (nee Vecchio) grew up and lived her long life in West Orange. Talented jewelry designers, Elvidio and Marian had for children.
The creative duo handcrafted high quality and exquisite design costume jewelry, which has become a highly collectible vintage. Traditionally, the craftsmen used silver and gold tone metal alloys, Austrian crystals, rhinestones, enamel and art glass. The design includes classic style, figural, animal and leaf motif brooches, pins and earrings. The marking on the back of each piece consists of the word “Lisa” written in fancy script on an oval cartouche, withought a copyright sign.
Founded in 1962, the company ceased to exist in late 1980s, due to the death of 76-year-old Elvidio Botti. After retiring and closing her jewelry company, Marian was active until her last days, working and participating in the social life of the city.
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