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Lederer vintage costume jewelry

Lederer vintage costume jewelry

Art nouveau woman with a hat rhinestones gold-filled locket. 1910s. S & B L Lederer vintage costume jewelry

S & B Lederer vintage costume jewelry
The history of Sigmund and Benedict B. Lederer began in Providence in 1870s. Initially, the company’s name was Seery & Lederer, (Edward Seery and Sigmund Lederer) located at 117 Summer Street, 1875. The earliest mention of S & B Lederer was in 1884 ads as “Manufacturers of Fire Gilt, Nickel, Fine Electro and Silver Plated Chains”. Noteworthy, in 1907, the new owner of “Lederer”, Providence Stock Company became his nephew George T. Lederer (1880 – 1977).
Bom in Chicago, Illinois, he was the son of the late Elias Joachim Lederer. George owned the company until his retirement in 1950. Located in the S & B Lederer Building at 100 Stewart Street in Providence, the company manufactured rolled plate chains, silver novelties, chain bracelets, gold scarf pins and brooches. Also, the company made gold plated lockets with etched designs in Victorian and Art Nouveau style. Traditionally, the craftsmen used metal alloys, 14 K gold, rhinestones, and signed their pieces. The marking included “S & B L Co.” Pat. and sometimes five-pointed star, or/and “Veribest” on oval cartouche, depending on design. High quality handmade jewelry by this company is very rare and highly collectible.
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Bojar vintage costume jewelry

Bojar vintage costume jewelry

Cultured pearl 12 K gold filled leaf design brooch. Bojar vintage costume jewelry

Bojar vintage costume jewelry
Originally from Lithuania, Leo Bojar came to New York from Poland with his wife and his son William in 1914. While working in New York as a book keeper for five clients, he met Benjamin Novgrad, a sales representative, who convinced Bojar to start a jewelry business with him in Providence. The Bojars moved to Douglas Avenue, Providence, and on September 19, 1919 the partners’ business started at 24 Conduit street. Initially, they produced gold rings to be sold to wholesalers.
However, in 1925 their partnership was dissolved and Novgrad went into partnership with Charle Rothman as Rothman and Novgrad. Bojar continued in business as Bojar Manufacturing Company, buying tools of bankrupt firms whenever he could. Leo Bojar’s son William, graduated from Brown University in 1933 and went into the family business. He continued to run Bojar Manufacturing company. Then, his son David joined the company in 1971. The company ceased to exist in 1986.
Traditionally, the company’s jewelers used 12 or 14 K gold, 925 sterling silver, cubic zirconia and a variety of semi-precious stones – jade, tiger’s Eye, bloodstone, carnelian, etc. The marking includes “Bojar”, and “sterling”, or “12K GF” (gold filled). Handcrafted with high craftsmanship and quality materials, Bojar-marked vintage jewelry is a collector’s item.
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Harry Klitzner vintage costume jewelry

Harry Klitzner vintage costume jewelry

Scottish bagpiper brooch of gold tone, rhinestones. 6.5 cm. 1950s. Harry Klitzner vintage costume jewelry

Harry Klitzner vintage costume jewelry
The history of Providence based family company “Klitzner Industries” began at the turn of the century, in 1907. Its founder, fourteen-year-old Harry Klitzner worked as a plater’s helper in someone else’s jewelry shop. When he went home, he made fraternal emblematic jewelry in the back of his mother’s candy store on Bernon Street in
Providence. The first success was an elk’s tooth carved from Alaskan walrus for members of the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks. In fact, Harry’s dream to own a successful company, was helped along by family members during those early years. His first recruit was his sister, Lillian, who had worked for Klitzner Industries for about 60 years. Then followed his 15-year-old niece Ruth Goldman. Robert A. Klitzner, Harry’s son joined the company after service in World War II. Another son, William, and Harry’s grandchildren, Aland and Carl also became the part of the company.
By 1980s, Klitzner Industries consisted of four divisions: Harry Klitzner Company, fraternal jewelry; Providence Emblem, industrial and premium jewelry; Historic Providence Mint, consumer collectibles; and K.I. Special Sales, private label manufacturing.
A family company with more than 110 years of experience, has registered more than a dozen trademarks and is still active.
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Bellini vintage costume jewelry

Bellini vintage costume jewelry

Rose flower brooch. Antique gold tone metal alloy, pave rhinestones, faux pearl. 6 cm. 1950s. Bellini vintage costume jewelry

Bellini vintage costume jewelry
The history of the American costume jewelry brand “Bellini” spans a period of no more than four decades – from the 1940s to the 1980s.
“Bellini” means beautiful, grandiose, and there is no doubt that the founder of the company was of Italian origin. The marking includes oval cartouche on the back which reads “Bellini” in upper case block letters. In addition, since the 1940s each piece had a foil hangtag attached to the jewelry. The tag had a beautiful black and gold design in the form of notes and a clef with ‘Jewels by Bellini NY” inscription. The designer clearly compared his pieces with the works of the “Creator of Italian Melodies” Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835).
Founded in New York, Bellini designed high quality and handcrafted costume jewellery which has become a collectible rarity. Traditionally, to create Art Deco, floral and figural design pieces, the company jewelers used gold and silver tone alloys, rhinestones, faux pearls, and enamel.
Noteworthy, there are several more brands of costume jewelry of the same name. In particular, Bellini Jewelers Inc. (Las Vegas, founded 1973), Bellini founded in 1978 and closed in 1987, Bellini Creations, and Ugo Bellini (Florence). However, if you look closely at the labeling of these products, it is different for all these companies. Founded by Sheung Mei Liuin in 1988 Bellini By FormArt Corp. (312 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor, New York) is still active. According to the company statement, “artisans bring over 100 years of combined experience in gluing crystal and jewelry manufacturing”. However, it is another company which signs their pieces with full name “Bellini by Formart”.
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Alilang Vintage Inspired Costume Jewelry

Alilang Vintage Inspired Costume Jewelry

Pretty cat brooch. Metal alloy, enamel, rhinestones. Alilang Vintage Inspired Costume Jewelry

Alilang Vintage Inspired Costume Jewelry
The history of Alilang costume jewelry began in 2002, when Anaheim, California based Limited Liability Company registered its jewelry trademark. The company produces accessories and handcrafted costume jewelry – brooches, bracelets, bangles, and necklaces. Exquisite design, the use of antique gold or silver alloys, rhinestones and crystals, enamel, and high quality workmanship make Alilang jewelry special. The vintage jewelry market, due to age-old look of these pieces, often indicates 1970s-90s as the years of their production. However, there is no confirmation that these items were manufactured before 2000.
Beautifully packaged, Alilang jewelry can be a perfect gift on various occasions, from Valentine’s Day to engagement parties and anniversaries.
According to US Customs Records Notifications, the company is importing products from Guangzhou Alang Trading Co.ltd, a supplier based in Hong Kong. This explains the marking – Alilang Made in China. Undoubtedly, in 10-20 years these items will be collectible.
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Guerlain vintage costume jewelry

Guerlain vintage costume jewelry

Heritage perfume bottle brooch. Gold tone alloy, art glass. 3 cm. 1980s. Guerlain vintage costume jewelry

Guerlain vintage costume jewelry
According to belief, perfumes are invisible jewelry, and both are known to mankind from the very beginning of civilization. But when these two beautiful worlds meet, real masterpieces are born. Many jewelry brands have created perfumery, as have many fashion houses producing perfumery created jewelry. Traditionally, perfume ads are accompanied by jewelry, making these advertisements bright and memorable.
In fact, the first “jewelry” perfumes appeared in the middle of the last century thanks to such brand as Chanel. Also, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels (1978), Boucheron (1988), Chopard, Bulgari (1990s), and many others. The French company Guerlain was no exception. One of the world’s oldest perfume houses, founded in 1828 by Pierre François Pascal Guerlain, the company began creating costume jewelry in the 1980s. Exquisite bottles with divine aromas and their jewelry prototype made it possible not only to smell, but also to touch branded works. Vintage bottles, for example, with the honeycomb or gold hive and bees – the emblems of the Guerlain house, attracted buyers. Those who could not afford to buy expensive perfumes bought a brooch or pendant in the form of these perfumes.
Sometimes, when buying expensive perfumery, customers were offered branded jewelry as a gift – necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. Made from alloy jewelry, sterling silver, 14-24 carat gold plating, Swarovski crystals and rhinestones, the designs of these pieces often included the brand’s initials. Every piece is Guerlain-branded, Made in Paris. Noteworthy, many well-known jewelry designers worked for Guerlain, and Arthus Bertrand was one of them.
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Signed Artistic vintage costume jewelry

Signed Artistic vintage costume jewelry

Clover brooch. Gold plated metal, jade, nephrite. 5 cm. 1980s. Signed Artistic vintage costume jewelry

Signed Artistic vintage costume jewelry
The history of vintage jewelry marked with small letters “artistic” is not entirely clear, and even mysterious. In fact, there are several jewelry companies and brands that have the word “artistic” in their names. In particular, two Canadian companies based in Toronto – Artistic Jewelry MFG. CO. (1920s) and Artistic Jewelry Design, established in 1983. However, they are not related to our mysterious company, as the labeling and style of their jewelry differ. Also, there are such companies as Artistic Jewelers (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, since 1977), Artistic Jewelry Company San Francisco, and Hong Kong Artistic Jewellery LTD (since 1978). However, they have nothing to do with this vintage jewelry.
According to my research, most likely, it was an English company that operated for a short period, around the 1970s. The company’s craftsmen created beautiful jewelry using semi-precious stones, high-quality crystals and rhinestones.
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