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Wendy Gell vintage costume jewelry

Wendy Gell vintage costume jewelry

Fire fighter brooch. Silver tone, enamel, rhinestones. 1980s. Wendy Gell vintage costume jewelry

Wendy Gell vintage costume jewelry
The history of Wendy Gell brand began about 50 years ago in New York. According to official data, Wendy Gell Jewelry Inc., founded in 1975, ceased to exist in 1993. Its founder was American artist and jewelry designer Wendy Gell. Initially, the designer created eye-catching wrist bracelets with a multi-layered three-dimensional design. Since 1985, she has added Disney characters to her work by purchasing a license from the Disney Company.

In addition, she owned the eponymous trademark for the production of scarves (since 1988).
Noteworthy, after the closure of her company, the legendary Napier company invited her as a consultant on jewelry with Disney characters. Besides, after a long absence, Gell came back with new designs and ideas on her website wendygell.com.
Many stars, such as Elizabeth Taylor, Cher, Diana, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Hillary Clinton and Mick Jagger have had Wendy Gell jewelry in their collections.
Jewelry pieces created by Gell are wearable art, and highly collectible now.

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Wolfers Frères fine jewelry

Wolfers Frères fine jewelry

Glycines (wisteria) bracelet. Watermelon tourmalines, opals, enamel, gold, garnets and rubies. Made in 1900 for World Exhibition in Paris. Sold in 2016 for $260,000 at Christie’s, a record for the company’s jewelry. Wolfers Frères fine jewelry

Wolfers Frères fine jewelry
The history of Wolfers Frères jewelry company began in 1834 founded by the Belgian jeweler Louis Wolfers. His sons joined the family business in 1875, assisting their father in the workshop in Brussels.
After Louis’ death in 1892, his three sons, including Philippe Wolfers, continued the family business. Originally, they created designs in the Rococo style, and later followed the aesthetics of modernity.
Noteworthy, Philippe Wolfers marked his pieces, made between 1897 and 1908, with his unique stamp to distinguish them from the company’s creations. In total, he created 131 unique works and stopped making jewelry by 1908. Instead, he concentrated on sculpture in marble, ivory and bronze. Also, the master was engaged in ceramics, furniture and metal decor items. This was due to the fact that the Art Nouveau style gradually began to go out of fashion.
After the death of Philippe Wolfers in 1929, his son Marcel (1886-1976) continued the family business and made it successful.
Since 1987, Patrick Descamps has run the prestigious Wolfers Frères company. His luxury boutiques are currently located at 1 Waterloo Boulevard in Brussels, Belgium.
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French jeweler Jean Dinh Van

French jeweler Jean Dinh Van

Pulse collection geometric design 18 K rose gold and diamond earrings. French jeweler Jean Dinh Van

French jeweler Jean Dinh Van

Born 11 September 1927 in Paris, Jean Dinh Van is a renowned French jeweler of Vietnamese origin. He studied silversmithing at school and joined Cartier in the early 1960s. There he continued to study jewelry making, first as an apprentice and then as a craftsman, working for the company for 10 years. While working at Cartier, he met Pierre Cardin and made pieces for him that are still a symbol of his work, such as the Two Pearls ring.

Noteworthy, Dinh Van first used his name in jewelry marking in 1965, although he did not open his workshop until 1972. In the late 1960s, he immersed himself in the world of the Bauhaus masters and created exquisite jewels of great restraint. He also made friends with young designers, in particular with Claude Pelletier, who wanted to take jewelry out of its traditional “straight-line”. His products became popular both in France and Europe, as well as in the USA.
In order to sell his products in the US, he applied for an eponymous jewelry trademark on October 12, 1976. According to the United States federal trademark registration, the Jean Dinh Van trademark ceased to exist in 1985.
All of his minimalist designs, even those created 50 years ago, are very modern and highly collectible.
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Jan Michaels vintage costume jewelry

Jan Michaels vintage costume jewelry

Grape vine filigree bronze tone art glass brooch. 1980s. Jan Michaels vintage costume jewelry

Jan Michaels vintage costume jewelry
The history of Jan Michaels jewelry brand began more than forty years ago in Pacifica San Francisco, California. Incorporated in 1980, Jan Michaels Inc ceased to exist in 2020. For over 40 years she has created unique handcrafted designs which are recognized wearable art. Noteworthy, she designed each piece herself and her team of artisans meticulously assembled each piece by hand. Traditionally, they used antique brass, metal alloys and semi-precious stones and created a layered effect.
Inspired by travels, visits to museums and study of history, most of her collections pay tribute to the traditions of ancient India, Persia, China, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. In addition, during her travels, she collected materials for her jewelry. Among the most popular collections, which are miniature works of art, are Future Tribe, Sputnik, Romance, and others.
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Signed Cinerama vintage costume jewelry

Signed Cinerama vintage costume jewelry

Liberty Bell patriotic brooch pin. Gold tone, rhinestones, art glass. 1960s. Signed Cinerama vintage costume jewelry

Signed Cinerama vintage costume jewelry
History of Cinerama Jewelry Inc began in 1966 in Cranston, Rhode Island. It was a family business founded by Ralph Rafaelian (January 3, 1935 – February 18, 2012). A hereditary Armenian jeweler, Ralph was the grandson of goldsmith Melkon Rafaelian, who came to America in the early 20th century.
Ralph (Raffi) opened a jewelry factory where he designed patriotic, as well as classic floral motifs jewelry using rhinestones and crystals.
Following the family tradition, Raffi taught his daughters and they helped him in the factory from childhood.
One of them, Carolyn Rafaelian, joined the company in 1994 and became a well-known jeweler, a businesswoman who founded her own company, Alex and Ani. In addition to co-owning Cinerama, she founded dozens of jewelry brands and even became the richest female jeweler.
After her father’s death, Carolyn Rafaelian took over the management of Cinerama.
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Dorsons vintage costume jewelry

Dorsons vintage costume jewelry

Rhinestone Rhodium Plated Floral Bouquet Brooch. 1950s. Dorsons vintage costume jewelry (1935 – 1960)

Dorsons vintage costume jewelry (1935 – 1960)
The history of New York jewelry trademark “Dorsons” spans a period of about three decades. Incorporated in 1935, D. Ornstein & Sons, Inc. (later renamed to Dorsons Jewelry Co., Inc.) ceased to exist in 1960. Initially, it was a family business of David Ornstein (1889 – 1954) and his sons, Bernard (1914 – 1992) and Irving (1920 – 2002). Headquartered in Manhattan, the company produced gold filled sterling silver bracelets, brooches, necklaces and watch cases.
Noteworthy, before founding his own company, Romanian-born David Ornstein had rich experience in jewelry business. Since 1919, he and his two partners owned Noveline Mfg. Co. (previously known as “Distinctive Jewelry Co., Inc.”) in New York City.
Innovative designer, during 1922-1945 David Ornstein had filed for several patents for rings, watch cases, bracelets, brooches, and even a brooch with a fountain pen!
Advertised in New York Times, Vogue, and Life, Dorsons Jewelry was very successful and the company had subsidiaries throughout the US and in Canada. Also, in addition to Dorsons, the company owned Jubilee and Dorel trademarks (the last one in partnership with Heller-Deltah Co.)
After the death of David Ornstein in 1954, the company went through name changes, mergers, and eventually ceased to exist.
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James H Hall vintage costume jewelry

James H Hall vintage costume jewelry

Donkey 12 K gold filled brooch. 1960s. James H Hall vintage costume jewelry

James H Hall vintage costume jewelry
The history of Providence Rhode Island based jewelry company James H. Hall Co Inc began in 1962. The company handcrafted animal design jewelry for about two decades and ceased to exist before the 1980s. Noteworthy, the alternative name for the company and its brand name was “Yankee Silversmiths”. Accordingly, the marking may include both names “James H. Hall” and “Yankee Silversmiths”, or “YS”, and sometimes the purity of gold or silver. In addition to gold and silver, the craftsmen used bright color enamels.
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