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Marie Claire vintage costume jewelry

Marie Claire vintage costume jewelry

Bow ribbon sterling silver pin. 1990s. Marie Claire vintage costume jewelry

Marie Claire vintage costume jewelry

Despite the fact that the history of Marie Claire jewelry began only in the late 1990s, the brand itself has a rather long history. First published in France in 1937, the monthly women’s magazine Marie Claire has become a world famous brand. The name of the magazine comes from the title of the novel by Marguerite Audoux – L’Atelier de Marie-Claire (1920). French readers flocked to the newsstands to buy the next fresh issue of this magazine, which was a huge success.
However, in 1942, the authorities of the German occupation in France stopped the publication of most of the magazines, including Marie Claire. The publication of the magazine resumed only in 1954.
In 1976, Marie Claire founder, Jean Prouvost handed over his business to his granddaughter Evelyn. She began to cooperate with L’Oréal, and in 1994 with the American company Hearst. On the 50th anniversary of Marie Claire, Vanessa Paradis graced the cover of the iconic magazine.
The French brand owned several trademarks for the production of a variety of goods – from umbrellas and bags to sunglasses and optics. In addition, Marie Claire owned 2 trademarks for the production of accessories and jewelry. Among them, in particular, MC Marie Claire by Marie Claire Album, and MC Marie Claire. Both trademarks ceased to exist in 2011 and 2006 respectively.
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Charter Club costume jewelry

Charter Club costume jewelry

Winter cap snowflake pattern pin. Textured gold tone, blue enamel, rhinestones. Charter Club costume jewelry (2004-present)

Charter Club costume jewelry
The history of the brand for the production of costume jewelry, Charter Club (New York) began in 1997. Since 2004, the brand has been owned by one of the world’s largest department stores – Macy’s. An iconic and one of America’s oldest brands, Macy’s dates back to the late 19th century.
Charter Club’s costume jewelry production is located in China. Traditionally, these are beautiful figurative ornaments exquisitely packaged in branded boxes. Most often, jewelry designs include Christmas, Easter, Halloween and other holiday and classic motifs. The selection of brooches, pendants, necklaces and earrings is very diverse in terms of material, color and price. The material used in the creation of jewelry is also diverse – from an alloy of gold-tone metals to gilding, and silver, enamel, Swarovski crystals, rhinestones and art glass. Also characteristic in the design of jewelry is the use of abalone.
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Dana Buchman vintage costume jewelry

Dana Buchman vintage costume jewelry

Squirrel brooch. Gold tone alloy, faux pearl, rhinestones. 5.5 cm. 1990s. Dana Buchman vintage costume jewelry

Dana Buchman vintage costume jewelry
Founded in 1987 by American fashion designer Dana Buchman, DB was an upscale menswear and womenswear brand.
Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Dana Buchman graduated from White Station High School in Memphis, Rhode Island School of Design, and St. Martin School of the Arts. After graduation, Dana Buchman became creative director at Ellen Tracy’s (clothing manufacturer since 1949).
In 1982, Buchman joined the corporation of American designer Liz Claiborne. After five years with Liz Claiborne, Buchman launched her eponymous collection under the Liz Claiborne Corporation.
In addition to clothing, Buchman launched DB costume jewelry collection. Among dozens of trademarks owned by Dana Buchman, there were three jewelry trademarks. First one, owned by Kate Spade & Company LLC, was active from 1997-2009, and second trademark “Dana Buchman luxe” owned by L.C. Licensing Inc, New York, 1997-2000. The third trademark – Diva Dana Buchman (2006-2007).
Noteworthy, most Dana Buchman jewelry pieces were manufactured in China.
In 2011, Liz Claiborne sold the Dana Buchman brand to Kohls (largest department store chain in the United States).
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Dotty Smith vintage costume jewelry

Dotty Smith vintage costume jewelry (1976-2001)

Flower design belt buckle of gold tone. 1980s. Dotty Smith vintage costume jewelry (1976-2001)

Dotty Smith vintage costume jewelry (1976-2001)

The history of the American jewelry brand “Dotty Smith” began in 1976 in Lakeville, Connecticut. Officially registered in 1978, the trademark ceased to exist in 2001. Its owner, Doreen Smith Segal (born 1945), ran her private company Dotty Smith Co Inc from 1981 until her retirement in 2010.
Dotty Smith jewelers have traditionally used gold tone metal alloys, enamels, rhinestones and faux pearls. The markings on the back of each piece include “Dottie Smith” in capital letters or fancy script.
Noteworthy, Doreen Segal owned four trademarks for the production of various goods, from leather belts and scarves, to skirts and blouses. However, her main activity was the manufacture of jewelry – pins, necklaces, belt buckles, earrings and bracelets. In addition, under her trademark “Mr. Smith” from 1982 to 1990, jewelry for men was produced – money clips, cufflinks and tie bars.
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Signed Movitex vintage costume jewelry

Signed Movitex vintage costume jewelry

Bow ribbon brooch. Gold tone, rhinestone, faux pearl. 5.2 cm. 1970s. Signed Movitex vintage costume jewelry

Movitex vintage costume jewelry (1970s)

The history of the French costume jewelry brand Movitex began in 1974. It was a trademark of the eponymous company founded in 1947. The original name Mo-Vi-Tex included the first two letters of the brand founders – Morand and Viciot, plus three letters of the word “textile”. Initially, the company specialized in the production of textiles. The turning point in the successful business came in 1974, when Robert Seynave bought the company. First, he published Daxon ready-to-wear catalog offering clothes, shoes, and accessories. The company began selling products of their own trade marks, advertised in the catalog. Initially, the products included lingerie items and home comfort items, sold not through stores, but by mail and door-to-door sales. The company went through ups and downs and changes of owners.
Noteworthy, Movitex costume jewelry was produced in the 1970s and 1980s. Currently, the French company Movitex, headquartered at 5 Rue Des Precurseurs Villeneuve D’ascq 59650 (Nord), is mostly known for its footwear and clothing products. Today, handcrafted in 1970-80s classic design bijoux marked Movitex is very rare.
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Marla Buck vintage costume jewelry

Marla Buck vintage costume jewelry

Royal Imperial design gold tone dangle brooch with charms – key, crown, star, coat of arms. 1980s. Marla Buck vintage costume jewelry

Marla Buck vintage costume jewelry (1980s)

Manhattan was once the heart of the New York fashion jewelry business, where young fashion jewelry designers were active in the 1980s. Among them was the talented artist and designer Marla Buck, who came from Toronto to New York in the 1970. In the early 1980s she decided to revive the jewelry fashion that had been so popular in the 1960s. Like many designers of that time, Marla was self-taught, but she had her own view and some experience in creating costume jewelry.
Before starting her jewelry business, Marla attended art college and was fond of dance and pantomime. While in Paris, fashionable and flamboyant Marla met Bern Conrad, who asked her to make accessories for his clothes. After that, she worked for a short time on bag design at Morris Moskowitz. Finally, she found work in a workshop making bijoux imitating precious jewelry. Noteworthy, couturier Calvin Klein used them in his fashion show.

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Roland Landerholm vintage pewter jewelry

Roland Landerholm vintage pewter jewelry

Avant-garde design Bible theme Adam and Eve, the serpent and the apple tree pendant. 1960s. Roland Landerholm vintage pewter jewelry

Roland Landerholm vintage pewter jewelry (1950-1970s)
The history of R Landerholm hand-signed modernist jewelry began in the 1950s in Sweden. Originally a ceramic workshop, “Handelsbolaget Ahlby Keramik Landerholm & Söner” was a family owned business. Its founders were the three brothers Henry, Leif and Roland. Thanks to Roland Landerholm (1928-1993), who was a gifted artist and goldsmith, their workshop began to produce jewelry in addition to pottery. Roland’s modernist and avant-garde designer jewelry quickly brought success to the company. Widely exported abroad, today these jewelry pieces, mainly made in 1950-1970s, are highly collectible, the price of which increases every year.

Noteworthy, Roland’s jewelry designs very rarely combined pewter and ceramic, and for good reason. Very critical of his art, Roland used to break his creations when he was dissatisfied with his creation. Therefore, there is so little jewelry with ceramics, and little is known about his ceramic artworks.
The markings traditionally include “R Landerholm” (often inscribed by the designer himself) and “Tenn”, the Swedish word for tin. Also, Swedish jewelry normally has a triple crown of three crown insignia, signifying Sweden.
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