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Agatha Paris vintage costume jewelry

Agatha Paris vintage costume jewelry

Cat silhouette design antique gold tone brooch pin. 5.5 cm. 1960s. Agatha Paris vintage costume jewelry

Agatha Paris vintage costume jewelry
The history of the French costume jewelry brand AGATHA began began as a family business in Paris in 1974. According to legend, Michel Quinioux, the founder of the company, chose the name Agatha for a reason. He wanted a feminine name that began with the letter A and related to natural stones, in particular to agate. In addition, he wanted to create affordable jewelry based on a combination of creativity, fashion inspiration and a cheerful spirit.
Traditionally, the company’s craftsmen use metal alloys, sterling silver, copper, art glass imitating semi-precious stones, as well as mother-of-pearl and natural stones. The first boutique, which appeared in the 1970s on Rue Montge in Paris, offered exceptional design at low prices. Due to its affordable prices, authenticity, high quality and innovation, Agatha labeled jewelry was a great success among the French. By the way, Michel Quinioux’s favorite ‘Scottie’ dog inspired him to create a pendant, and since 1980s it has been the company’s mascot.
Noteworthy, since 1993, the buyer could choose stones and design to create their own unique jewelry.
In 2006, the founder of the company, Michel Quinioux retired and sold his brand to the King Power group.
The company has about 300 stores and boutiques all over the world, including Italy, Japan, Canada, China and the United States.
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Bonetto vintage timepiece costume jewelry

Bonetto vintage timepiece costume jewelry

Clown with watch brooch. Gold tone metal alloy, enamel, rhinestones. 7.5 cm. 1980s. Bonetto vintage timepiece costume jewelry

Bonetto vintage timepiece costume jewelry
The history of the Italian company “Bonetto Fratelli S.R.L.” began in 1963 in Valenza, Province of Alessandria. The company became famous for making timepiece costume jewelry – brooches, bracelets, and watch pendants. Louis Byun has been the main designer of many jeweled timepieces. Traditionally, the company’s craftsmen used gold-tone jewelry alloy, enamel, mother-of-pearl (mainly for the dial), crystals, rhinestones, and sometimes fur. Noteworthy, the manufacturer gave a 1 year warranty for its high quality products. The markings included the word “Bonetto” with the copyright mark. Sometimes jewelry was produced without marking, but in a branded box, commissioned by Fashion Houses or other companies. Along with brooches and pendants, the company produced large rings with built-in clockwork. However, the watch mechanisms themselves were Japanese.
According to the company’s statement, fashion is divided into two parts – with and without Bonetto. “Each handmade exclusive design is different, unique, and each has mystic and aura”.
The company operated until 2000 with short breaks and changes in ownership, and finally, the renewed company ceased to exist in 2016.
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Dolphin Ore vintage costume jewelry

Dolphin Ore vintage costume jewelry

Fish brooch. Gold plated metal, art glass, enamel, rhinestones. 7 cm. 1990s. Dolphin Ore vintage costume jewelry

Dolphin Ore vintage costume jewelry
Best known throughout Europe for its excellent workmanship, Dolphin Ore (gold dolphin) is founded in 1994 private company. Located at Rishon LeZion, Israel, the company produced luxury costume jewelry imitating products of such iconic brands as Tiffany & Сo, Сarrеra y Cаrrera, Vаn Cleef & Аrрels, to name a few. Accordingly, the style and design of Dolphin Ore costume jewelry is very different. However, the common feature of all these decorations is the impeccable quality. Traditionally, the craftsmen used highest quality 18K gold plating, electroplate finish, glitter enamel, mother-of-pearl, Swarovski crystals, and natural semi-precious stones. Produced in limited editions, each piece has a distinctive marking in the shape of a dolphin. Noteworthy, earlier pieces had two “DO” letters on the back side. Also, there can be products without a stamp – when the stamp violates the artistic performance.
Vintage jewelry created in the 1990s is collectible.
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Amway Artistry vintage costume jewelry

Amway Artistry vintage costume jewelry

Holly leaves and berries pewter tone brooch. 1978. Amway Artistry vintage costume jewelry

Amway Artistry vintage costume jewelry
American Way, or Amway Corporation began its history in 1959, founded by Jay Van Andel and Richard DeVos in Michigan. Among 538 trademarks owned by Amway Corporation (since 1962), only three trademarks produced costume jewelry – Amway (1978-2001), Artistry (1978-2000) and Natural Accents (1998-2007). Also, there was “Peter Island” company which produced key chains, pins and buttons. Noteworthy, only “Natural accents” produced jewelry with the use of precious metals, semi-precious stones, coral and pearls.
Branded Amway, or Artistry (its division) costume jewelry appeared fifty years ago, in the 1970s. However, in 2001 the status of these trademarks changed to “cancelled”. Traditionally, this is a simple handcrafted geometric, heart or floral design, and with the use of metal alloys of gold, pewter or silver tone. Sometimes company’s craftsmen used silvering and gold plating, as well as rhinestones, faux pearls, art glass and enamel.
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Vintage costume jewelry from galalith

Vintage costume jewelry from galalith

Butler and Wilson Pierrot Art Deco brooch. Vintage costume jewelry from galalith

Vintage costume jewelry from galalith
The word “galalith” comes from the Greek words “gala” (milk) and “lithos” (stone). Invented in 1893 by French chemist Auguste Trillat, galalith, or so-called French Bakelite, had remarkable properties. In particular, it was non-combustible, unlike celluloid, inexpensive and easy to manufacture. Also, it did not generate static electricity, not allergenic, and at the same time was durable and decorative.
Therefore, it was perfect material for the manufacture of buttons, combs, handles, umbrella handles, and jewelry
Noteworthy, the first massive production began in 1914 in Gloucestershire, England. Some other countries also produced similar material. Among them – Germany, the USA, the USSR and Japan. However, this plastic became widespread only in Europe.
During the Second World War, milk, like other food products, became strategically important, and the production of galalith reduced. Besides, the triumphal procession of lucite began, which was cheaper to manufacture.
Galalith jewelry is now rare and has collectible value. Noteworthy, the name “French Bakelite” is only a figure of speech and galalith is not Bakelite.
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Covani vintage costume jewelry

Covani vintage costume jewelry

Apple brooch. Gold tone, glowing red enamel. 5.5 cm. 1990s. Covani vintage costume jewelry

Covani vintage costume jewelry
The history of Montreal Canada based jewelry company Covani Inc. began almost 24 years ago. Paul Cormier, a jeweler with more than forty years of experience in jewelry business, registered Covani trademark in 1997. Noteworthy, it is one of three trading names registered by Paul Cormier since 1997. Two more trademarks, in particular, include “Creation Paul H.” (1997), and “Infinite Diamonds” (2004). Paul Cormier, the president, secretary, and treasurer has created over 25000 pieces of custom jewelry. In addition to tailor-made jewelry creations for all tastes and budgets, his store offers repairment both watches and jewels.
A team of 15-20 jewelers create high quality costume jewelry with the use of metal alloys, gold plating, colorful and glitter enamels, crystals and rhinestones. The design of these figural brooches, pins and pendants include flower, fish, and most often bird design. Traditionally, each piece has a distinctive marking “Covani” (in capital letters) with a rose above, and on a leaf shaped base.
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Michele Lynn vintage costume jewelry

Michele Lynn vintage costume jewelry

Straw Hat gold plated brooch scarf pin. 1990s. Signed Michele Lynn vintage costume jewelry

Michele Lynn vintage costume jewelry
The history of Canadian vintage costume jewelry marked “Michele Lynn” spans not more than two decades. Registered in December 1982 at Campobello Rd, Mississauga, Ontario L5N 2L8, Canada, the company “Michele Lynn Fine Fashion Jewellery Inc” ceased to exist in January 2003.
Traditionally, the craftsmen of this company used metal alloys, 24-carat gold, silver and gold plating, crystals, faux pearls, rhinestones, enamel, and even porcelain. Made in 1980-90s, the styles and designs of these brooches, pendants, and necklaces range from abstract and geometric to classic cameo and figurative designs. Signed on the back, each piece includes signature “Michele Lynn” in capital block letters on an oval base. Hard to find today, these high quality handcrafted vintage jewelry pieces are collectible.
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