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Gray Kingsburg vintage costume jewelry

Gray Kingsburg vintage costume jewelry

Detail. Buddha buckle. Brass, turquoise, gold plated. 17.5 cm. 1920s. Gray Kingsburg vintage costume jewelry

Gray Kingsburg vintage costume jewelry
New York-based jewelry designer Gray Kingsburg worked between WWI and WWII, including the Great Depression, 1920-40. Accordingly, the style of his jewelry has undergone many changes in a short period. At the beginning of his career, these were decorations in the Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles, with the use of natural stones and gold plating. Already in the 1930s, due to a downturn in the economy and limited use of precious metals, the designer used brass, copper and alloys of gold and silver tones to compensate for the shortage of gold and silver. Also, the designer used multi-colored art glass imitating precious stones. A distinctive feature of his designs is exquisite filigree handwork, embodied in bracelets, brooches, necklaces, buckles, and dress clips.
Gray Kingsburg, like many other jewelers of the period, drew inspiration from exhibits in various museums and vaults around the world, creating a line of jewelry with Buddhist and Indian motives. Kingsburg’s exquisite filigree jewelry is a collectible rarity in the vintage jewelry market.

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Signed Discovery vintage costume jewelry

Signed Discovery vintage costume jewelry

Filigree design brooch pin. Purple rhinestone, gold tone metal alloy. Signed Discovery vintage costume jewelry

Discovery vintage costume jewelry
The history of Discovery jewelry trademark began in 1973 and ended before 2000. The trademark owner was Oak Patch Gifts Limited Liability Company (founded in 1973) based in Eugene, Oregon. The company, in addition to Discovery, had four more jewelry trademarks. In particular, Monarch Inspirations, M+M Mixmatch, Sugar & Spice, and Arabella. Also, the company registered eight trademarks on production of various goods – from kitchen utensils and umbrellas to shoes and clothes.
The markings on the back of the pieces include the word Discovery, written in a semicircle in small stylized letters. Usually products were sold on branded cards with the word Discovery written in gold letters.
Noteworthy, there was a similar jewelry trademark Discovery of California, which was active from 1975 to 2000s. Also, Discovery was a trademark registered by Los Angeles corporation Empress Pearls, Inc. in 1974. The marking on each jewelry piece included the word DISCOVERY in capital letters. Discovery jewelry trademark ceased to exist in 1981. Empress Pearls, Inc. in addition to Discovery, has registered 41 trademarks, including jewelry ones. In particular, Driftwood, Imagination, Sophistication, Pearl’n Shell, and Pearls’n Swirls (all 1974-1981); Slendrella, The Bold One, Wild Flowers, Mr. VIP, King’s Crown, and Twiggy (1975-1982).
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Discovery of California vintage costume jewelry

Discovery of California vintage costume jewelry

Gold tone cat with heart charm pendant. 1980s. Discovery of California vintage costume jewelry

Discovery of California vintage costume jewelry
The history of Discovery Jewelry Company began on July 30, 1975 in California. It was a Domestic Corporation located at 325 M Sharon Park Dr Ste 218, Menlo Park, CA 94025, headed by its president Gail Burke. The company manufactured handcrafted costume jewelry with the use of gold and silver tone metal alloys. Most famous are their pet, heart and musical instrument designs implemented in pins, earrings, pendants, charms and bracelets. Traditionally jewelry was sold on hallmarked cards, with printed on them in gold or silver color “Discovery of California” and a lily flower. Some pieces, however, have the same marking on the reverse.
Discovery Jewelry Company went out of business in 2001, and Gail Burke has registered another company Gail Burke & Associates, Inc. on 13 Aug 2001, which is still active.
Noteworthy, around the same time, there were two Discovery brands for costume jewelry in the United States. In particular, Discovery by Oak Patch Gifts Limited Liability Company (founded in Eugene, Oregon), and Discovery by Empress Pearls, Inc. However, both of these companies are not affiliated with Discovery of California.
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Signed FAF vintage costume jewelry

Signed FAF vintage costume jewelry

Two birds on a branch against full Moon brooch. Fine pewter, 18 K gold plated. Signed FAF vintage costume jewelry

Signed FAF vintage costume jewelry
The history of Canadian jewelry trademark “FAF” began in August 1987. Based in 4710 Rue Saint-Ambroise, Montreal, Québec, jewelry company “Le Groupe Fafard-Goualt Inc”. was active for five years. According to sources, Diane Fafard worked in partnership with Alain Goualt, and their company worked until 1990. A few years later Diane Fafard (born in 1951) founded “FAF Design” in 1993. Already in 1997 she became the finalist of the 1997 Quebec Golden Designer Jewelry Award. “FAF Design” ceased to exist in 2013.
Traditionally, the designer hand crafted pins, earrings, brooches and necklaces using fine pewter and 18k gold plating. Also, she signed her jewelry pieces with “FAF” in stylized script on reverse.
Noteworthy, located in Greenville, Rhode Island another jewelry company “F.A.F. Inc” also marked its jewelry pieces with FAF (in capital letters). Founded in 1981 company is still active.
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GG Harris fine pewter jewelry

GG Harris fine pewter jewelry

Bluebird pewter lapel pin. 2000. Vintage GG Harris fine pewter jewelry

Vintage GG Harris fine pewter jewelry
The history of the Harris family business began in 1983, when a young 27-year-old truck driver George G. Harris created his first pewter trout pin. According to the designer, from that moment on, he could no longer stop. With his education in biology and his natural talent as an artist, his lifelike and anatomically correct lapel pins became popular in his native New Jersey and throughout the United States.
George Harris became involved in the design, marketing and sales of his products. Handcrafted with exquisite craftsmanship, his vintage pieces from the Wildlife collection have become highly collectible.
Noteworthy, Harris has created more than 2,500 designs depicting dog breeds, birds, wild and domestic animals, embodied in pewter keychains, lapel pins, earrings and much more.
His shop, located in Manalapan, New Jersey, where Harris works with his brother Jim and a team of craftsmen, is still in operation.
Traditionally made from fine pewter, his jewelry is labeled Harris, in addition to the year of manufacture and the name of the animal or collection.
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Doreen Ryan vintage costume jewelry

Doreen Ryan vintage costume jewelry

Horse Head with bridle and flowers vintage brooch. Gold plated. 1990s. Doreen Ryan vintage costume jewelry

Doreen Ryan vintage costume jewelry
Located in Warwick, Rhode Island, Doreen Ryan Company Inc was active for a decade, from 30 Jan 1996 until 7 Oct 2002. The company produced high quality pieces inspired by animal world and nature, with a modernist touch. However, Doreen Ryan began creating jewelry long before 1990s, when she collaborated with Mr DeLizza. According to his memories, with his help she became major supplier of belts and jewelry to the industry. Also, in the 199s, she was designing under the name “Laiasia”. Traditionally, the designer marked her pieces with full name Doreen Ryan, or DR with a copyright sign. Now collectible vintage, her gold tone animal design belts and pins are truly pieces of art.
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Ecco signed vintage costume jewelry

Ecco signed vintage costume jewelry

Orchid flower sterling silver rhodium plated brooch. 1950s. Ecco signed vintage costume jewelry

Ecco signed vintage costume jewelry
One of the oldest Canadian jewelry brands, ECCO, also known as The Electric Chain Company Ltd, was active for four decades from 1915 to 1950. According to some sources, the Ontario based company operated until the 1970s. Traditionally, the company’s craftsmen created beautiful jewelry by hand using sterling silver, rhodium and 10 carat gold plating. The markings on the back include “ECCO STER”, or “ECCO GF” stamp. Rare and highly collectible Ecco
Noteworthy, Scarborough, Toronto based “Rembrandt Jewelry Manufacturing Limited” registered the similar jewelry trademark “Ecco” on September 1, 1969. However, the years of operation of the company and the style of labeling of products of this company are different. By the way, “Ecco” has the meaning Look or Behold in the Italian language. The trademark ceased to exist in 1990, according to the United State Patent & Trademark Office.
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