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Marjolein Bastin MB vintage costume jewelry

Marjolein Bastin MB vintage costume jewelry

Christmas theme bunny in the snow forest framed brooch with dangling bird, pinecone and holly leaf. Marjolein Bastin MB vintage costume jewelry

Marjolein Bastin MB vintage costume jewelry
The Dutch artist, writer and jewelry designer Marjolein Bastin (b. 1943) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts (Arnhem, Netherlands). In 1974, the young artist began working with the Dutch women’s magazine Libelle, with which she continues to work until now. In parallel, she was engaged in writing.
Since the early 1990s, Marjolein began working with several American companies, including Hallmark, which produces postcards, stationery, calendars, souvenirs and jewelry. So, from the beginning of the 1990s, alongside with illustrations and drawings the artist began creating jewelry designs. These designs included an incredible amount of small details – flowers, insects, birds, butterflies and entire sets of the gardener. The ability to notice and carefully depict the smallest details of each plot is precisely the corporate identity of Bastin.
Hallmark artist Bastin created her jewelry pieces for 10 years, mostly in the 1990s. Now these decorations are vintage and highly collectible. Traditionally, they have two markings “Bastin” and the year of manufacture on the back side of decoration, and two letters MB, often on the front side.
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Susan L. Richardson vintage costume jewelry

Susan L. Richardson vintage costume jewelry

Sun face, Moon and stars dangle earrings. Brass and sterling silver. 1990s. Susan L. Richardson vintage costume jewelry

Susan L. Richardson vintage costume jewelry

British by birth, American artist Susan L. Richardson has the sense of humor that is inherent in the English. Perhaps, this feeling helped her create a series of whimsical jewelry. In particular, the series of earrings “Stick it in your ear”, which she created in 1989.
However, as a jewelry designer she was active for a short period, during 1989 – late 1990s. The features that make her jewelry unique is, first of all, artisan performance, the so-called “art to wear”. Besides, these handmade statement jewelry pieces are multi-layered, with many figures and plots, charms and dangles. Traditionally, she signed her decorations with full name “Susan L. Richardson” and the year of manufacture. Creating her jewelry she used mixed metal – solid brass, antiqued with brass and sterling silver. Also, she used semi-precious stones and crystals.
The professional artist and designer, she sold her high-quality museum-worth works in art galleries. Made at the end of the 20th century, these vintage brooches, earrings and jewelry sets are now highly collectible.
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Signed Duri vintage costume jewelry

Signed Duri vintage costume jewelry

Bird in flight brooch. Gold tone metal, abalone inserts. Signed Duri vintage costume jewelry

Duri vintage costume jewelry
Located in New Jersey, Duri is currently a well known provider of jewelry service in Plainfield. Unfortunately, there is no clear information about the founder and the date of foundation of this brand. Previously, the company was known for its high quality handmade costume jewelry produced for two decades – in 1960-1980s.
Noteworthy, in 2000 the Duri brand was registered again as the Jewelers-Retail in 249 E Front St, the Plainfield, the New Jersey 07060. According to sources, its current owner is Chris Yi.
Produced in 1960-1980s decorations represent beautiful Art Deco & Art Nouveau revival pieces. The design feature of this brand is geometric shapes, clean lines, art deco and modernist style, as well as the use of abalone shells and mother of pearl along with pewter and alloys of silver and gold tone. Thanks to this, handmade jewelry of this brand has a specific, characteristic and easily recognizable style. Also, vintage decorations of this brand are quite rare, and have a collection value that will increase every year.
Traditionally, the markings on the back side of each product include Duri brand name with copyright sign.
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Deborah Roberts vintage costume jewelry

Deborah Roberts vintage costume jewelry

Textured brass swirl brooch. Glass stones. 1986. Deborah Roberts vintage costume jewelry

Deborah Roberts vintage costume jewelry
The original vintage jewelry by nationally renowned jewelry artist Deborah Roberts is difficult to confuse with the work of other designers. Hand-made, usually from brass, copper, bronze or sterling silver, they have their own specific feature – texture. In particular, engraved symbols – hearts, XOXO, and geometrical patterns. Also, the designer combined the use of these metals with semiprecious stones, jelly belly cabochons, lucite and crystals.
Noteworthy, the marking on the back of these products also looks unusual, with the name of Deborah Roberts in script. Also, sometimes with “Sterling Silver”, hearts, and a copyright sign. The artisan style of these jewelry with accents of Art Deco, modernist, abstract, or tribal design makes it unique.
The talented New York native designer, Roberts sold wholesale to museums. In particular, her jewelry was on display at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD). As Deborah herself stated, “Living with art is wonderful” (The Detroit Jewish News, September, 10, 1993).
Handmade jewelry of this company is rare, and is in high demand with collectors and lovers of vintage costume jewelry. Undoubtedly, the cost of these art pieces, made with high quality and craftsmanship, will increase every year.
Deborah Roberts had produced decorations for three decades – from the 1950s to late 1980s before turning her talents to the retail front.
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Signed NLH Landau vintage costume jewelry

Signed NLH Landau vintage costume jewelry

Tropical fish brooch. Gold tone metal, red, blue and green enamel. Signed NLH Landau vintage costume jewelry

Signed NLH Landau vintage costume jewelry
Originally, costume jewelry of the famous American company had marking NLH (in the 1980s and 1990s), which stands for Nat Landau Hyman. However, products of a later period are marked “Landau”, by the name of the founder of the jewelry company, which is still active. Founded in 1987 by 24-year-old Nat Landau Hyman with a small store in Palm Beach, Florida, the company has grown to become the country’s largest, with more than 95 stores worldwide. In fact, the history of the brand is the success story of its talented founder and president.

Interestingly, Hyman himself did not know anything about jewelry. According to Hyman, it was his mother who gave him the idea to sell high-end jewelry. In addition, she helped to choose what to sell. At first it was a small amount of jewelry, not more than 85 pieces, compared to 1300 in one store today. Success does not come just like that, it requires a lot of work, and Hyman worked, about 18 hours a day, seven days a week for seven years. Part of his strategy was the opening hours of the store, which worked unusually long – until midnight. So, he received more buyers, because neighboring stores didn’t work in the late hours.
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Signed Corel vintage costume jewelry

Corel vintage costume jewelry

Bird of paradise vintage brooch. Gold tone metal, glass. 1970s. 5,5 cm. Corel vintage costume jewelry

Corel vintage costume jewelry

The Corel vintage jewelry brand dates back to 1971. In fact, it is related to the famous jewelry brand Coro, which in 1969 became the property of Richton, Intl. Corp. Richton, who owned a 51% stake in Coro, as well as the Oscar de la Renta brand, registered the new Corel brand in 1971. Corel-branded jewelry was produced for about 10 years, since in 1979 all of Coro’s companies went bankrupt. And even the remaining stock of the company sold subsequently also went bankrupt in the early 1990s. Thus, all products marked Corel are vintage and collectible. Noteworthy, the marking contains umlaut in the word “corel” and looks like this – CORЁL. However, the common brand name both in paper sources and on the Internet is “Corel”.
Hand-made high-quality Corel costume jewelry is extremely rare in the market of vintage jewelry and desirable for collectors. Accordingly, the price of these products will increase every year.
Traditionally, the masters of this company used metal and metal alloys of gold tone, multicolor enamel, rhinestones and crystals. The Christmas motif decorations were popular at the time – brooches in the form of a Christmas tree, Santa Claus, candles, angels and bells.
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Sadie Green vintage costume jewelry

Sadie Green vintage costume jewelry

Green crystal brooch with dangles. Gold tone, yellow and orange rhinestone, green glass dangles. Sadie Green vintage costume jewelry

Sadie Green vintage costume jewelry

A Victorian vintage openwork brooch marked Sadie Green. The central part of the brooch features a very beautiful oval cabochon.
American costume jewelry designer, Sadie Green used old materials and design to create beautiful things. She started her business in the early 1970s. Love for ancient jewelry, the artist’s talent and an active desire to earn money allowed her to take her place of honor in the jewelry market.
The characteristic features of these hand-made jewelry is the use of a mixture of metals from modern metal alloys to antique copper and silver alloys in one jewelry piece. These are metal parts of the Victorian era, Art Nouveau and Art Deco, and metal alloys of a later period of the 1970-80s. In addition, antique glass from 1900-1940 complements the later glass and Swarovski crystals. Due to this, the jewelry collections of this brand range from vintage to antique.
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