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Debra Tiffany vintage fashion earrings

Debra Tiffany vintage fashion earrings (1987-1997)

Door knocker design beige enamel gold tone pierced earrings. Debra Tiffany vintage fashion earrings (1987-1997)

Debra Tiffany vintage fashion earrings (1987-1997)
The history of the Debra Tiffany jewelry brand began more than 35 years ago in Houston, Texas, and lasted for a decade. Founded in December 1987, Resins Unlimited Inc. for the production of fashion jewelry ceased to exist in 1997. It was a family business founded by Debra Tiffany Hollingshead (b. 1952). Noteworthy, Debra Tiffany owned two companies registered at the same address in Houston. Her first company United States Sales Inc (incorporated in November 1986) also went out of business in 1997.
Debra Tiffany’s collections have traditionally included hypo-allergenic screw-back earrings, clip earrings, stud earrings and pierced earrings. Made as dangle drop, doorknocker, or button shape earrings, the design amaze with variety of designs and colors. Bright statement earrings with geometric, floral and filigree designs, were sold on black branded cards. The cards in particular, contained information about the lifetime guarantee and the address of the company. The materials used in creation of earrings were traditional for 1980s fashion jewelry – gold and silver tone alloys, resin, multi-color enamels and faux pearls.
In 2000, Debra T. Hollingshead founded Artistocrat Jewelry Fashion Designers and Estate Collections, LLC with stores opened in Houston. Her company was engaged in retailing accessories, watches, jewelry and clothing for ten years.
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Signed HSB vintage costume jewelry

Signed HSB vintage costume jewelry

Oak leaves and acorns sterling silver brooch. 1980s. Signed HSB vintage costume jewelry

Signed HSB vintage costume jewelry (1948-1993)
The history of the jewelry trade mark “HSB” began in 1948 and lasted for more than forty years. Registered at 542 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, “Harry S. Bick & Son” was a family business founded by Harry S. Bick (1918–1993).
The company’s craftsmen created classic design jewelry typical of the 1940s and 50s – flowers, hearts, leaves, bows, embodied in brooches, pins, necklaces and bracelets. Some of the jewelry, and in particular rose flower brooches and earrings, are striking in their realistic three-dimensional design.
HSB jewelers handcrafted high-quality jewelry with the use of 12-18 K gold, sterling silver, natural stones, carved shell, and cultured pearls. The maker’s mark traditionally includes the initials “HSB” with a line through, as well as a hallmark of gold or sterling.
Harry S. Bick died in 1993 at the age of 75 and his firm ceased to exist.
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Carol Star vintage costume jewelry

Carol Star vintage costume jewelry

Cat with rhinestone eyes brooch of textured gold tone alloy. 1990s. Carol Star vintage costume jewelry

Carol Star vintage costume jewelry (1992-2002)
The history of the Carol Star jewelry brand began in 1992 in Providence, Rhode Island, and lasted only one decade. However, its founder and president, Italian-American Antonio Piccirillo (b. 1952), already had a great experience in creating costume jewelry.
Remarkably, he founded his first jewelry company at the age of 17.
Incorporated in 1969, his first company became Star Creation Inc., located at 45 Dike Street, Providence, Rhode Island. In 1982, Antonio already owned two jewelry companies. His second company, A. Corona Jewelry Inc, was based on Argonne Street, Johnston, RI. So, Carol Star Designs Inc, registered at 45 Dike Street, Providence, Rhode Island in 1994, became his third company.
All three companies ceased to exist in 2004.
Antonio was engaged not only in sales, but also in the design and creation of costume jewelry. The costume jewelry of the Italian master is distinguished by attention to detail, beautiful design, and the use of high quality materials. Traditionally, these are textured metal alloys, silvering and gilding, and rarely enamel and rhinestones. The maker’s mark includes “Carol Star” on an oval or rectangular cartouche and “Made in USA” on oval base.
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Chelsea vintage costume jewelry

Chelsea vintage costume jewelry

Yellow and white enamel gold tone door knocker design dangle pierced earrings. 1980s. Chelsea vintage costume jewelry

Chelsea vintage fashion jewelry (1980s)
In the 1980s, Providence, Rhode Island and its suburbs was the largest jewelry manufacturing center in the US, producing 80% of fashion jewelry. Approximately 1,000 jewelry firms employed about 25,000 people. Notably, the “Made in USA” on the original card or paper tag with the decoration attached actually meant “Made in Providence”.
Although the 1980s was a period of boom in fashion jewelry, the biggest beneficiaries, when costume jewelry sold like hot cakes, were foreign companies located in East Asia – China, Hong Kong, Thailand and Korea. As a result, by the 1990s, thousands of jewelry workers lost their jobs, and hundreds of companies and jewelry stores in Providence closed. One of them was the jewelry firm and boutique Chelsea, which ceased to exist in 1991.
Made in the 1980s, Chelsea’s fashion jewelry, and in particular, large pierced enamel earrings, look amazing. No woman will go unnoticed in these earrings, covered with multicolored luminous enamel. A variety of designs and high quality workmanship make them desirable for lovers of vintage jewelry. The earrings are not marked on the back and were sold on the original brand cards.
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Mid-century modernist jeweler Paul Miller

Mid-century modernist jeweler Paul Miller

Rectangular sterling silver brooch pin. Mid-century modernist jeweler Paul Miller

Mid-century modernist jeweler Paul Miller
The name of the New York based modernist jeweler of the 1950s and 60s, Paul Miller, has been undeservedly forgotten. Moreover, if you start searching for information about Paul Miller, you will certainly be redirected to his contemporary, the more famous Cleveland jeweler John Paul Miller (1918-2013). Unfortunately, the biography of Paul Miller, including education, dates of birth and death are unknown.
Unlike John Paul Miller, who created gold jewelry and marked it with the stylized JPM initials, Paul Miller worked with sterling silver and marked the pieces with his full name “Paul Miller”. Paul Miller handcrafted geometric design jewelry using sterling silver and natural stones – black spinel, carnelian, agate, moonstone, malachite, etc. The design of his pins, earrings, pendants, cufflinks and rings often includes etched patterns or textured surface. Modernist and boho style jewelry made by Paul Miller is rare and highly collectible.
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Danish jeweler Kurt Eric Christoffersen

Danish jeweler Kurt Eric Christoffersen

Comedy and tragedy theatrical masks sterling silver brooch. 1950s. Danish jeweler Kurt Eric Christoffersen

Danish jeweler Kurt Eric Christoffersen
Born in Denmark, Kurt Eric Christoffersen (1926-1981) began his apprenticeship in goldsmithing at the famous Copenhagen firm of Anton Michelsen, a jeweler at the Danish royal court. He later graduated from the Danish Academy of Arts and Crafts, receiving a silver medal for distinction from the Danish Guild of Goldsmiths and Silversmiths. He emigrated to the United States in 1949, where he began designing silver jewelry and tableware.
In 1952, the International Silver Company opened a craft shop that became known as International Sterling Craft Associates. It was in the International Sterling in Meriden, Connecticut division of this company that he began his career in 1955 as director of design.
Soon, a unique collection of sterling silver jewelry marked “Christoffersen Designed” appeared in the International Sterling Craft catalog. Among the designer’s most famous collections are “Billiards”, “Comedy and Tragedy”, which are highly collectible today. Christoffersen created beautiful limited edition jewelry sets for women and men – bracelets, brooches, cufflinks, tie clips, earrings, pendants, all made from sterling silver or 14 carat gold.
It is not known how many more masterpieces of jewelry art the designer would have created if he had not passed away so early.
Kurt Eric Christoffersen died in 1981 at the age of 55.
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Modernist jeweler Nita Lustig Platosh

Modernist jeweler Nita Lustig Platosh

Copper and sterling abstract design brooch. 1950s. Modernist jeweler Nita Lustig Platosh

Modernist jeweler Nita Lustig Platosh (1914 – 1997)
Born in Canada, Nita Mae Overbaugh grew up in Chicago, Illinois and became known as mid-century modernist jewelry designer Nita Lustig Platosh (May 1, 1914 – July 27, 1997). The award-winning designer Lustig was part of the wearable art movement that was popular in the middle of the last century.
According to available archival data, she was married twice – first to Benjamin Platosh (1909-1995), and in 1943 to Erwin Lustig.
Nita opened her workshop in Chicago in the early 1950s and made modernist sterling silver pieces until the 1970s. Several magazine publications and newspapers featured her unique works and achievements. Among them, in particular, the newspaper Park Forest Star (August 22, 1968) and Craft Horizons (January/February 1968).
Lustig traditionally used sterling silver over two layers of copper and labeled her modernist creations “Lustig” and “Sterling”.
Her last residence was Naples, Florida, where she died at the age of 83.
Today, her unique pieces are rare on the market and highly collectible.
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