Bird of prey vintage brooch, 1980s. Metal alloy, enamel, rhinestones. 5.5 cm. Rafaelian vintage costume jewelry
Rafaelian vintage costume jewelry
The history of the brand began in the early twentieth century, when an Armenian immigrant Melkon Rafaelian came to Rhode Island. Working in his jewelry workshop, he taught the craft to his sons and instilled in them a love of jewelry. Noteworthy, Rafaelian gave birth to two renowned jewelry brands – Cinerama and Alex & Ani.
First, his grandson, Ralph (Raffi) after having worked in the jewelry firm of his sister’s husband for several years, founded his jewelry company “Cinerama” in 1966.
Second, Carolyn Rafaelian – great granddaughter of Rafaelian, founded her jewelry brand Alex & Ani. Later, she launched tens of jewelry trademarks and took over the family brand. A successful business lady, she entered the Forbes list as the richest woman jeweler.
Undoubtedly, fans of bijoux appreciate Rafaelian floral decorations, notable for their quality and interesting design.
Made in 1960-80s Rafaelian costume jewelry is highly collectible. During this period the company has released several series: patriotic jewelry, flower line, trees, birds of America, as well as fruits and berries.
American flag collectible brooch pin. Red and blue rhinestones, gold tone
Signed Rafaelian vintage costume jewelry
Patriotic Tree brooch. Gold tone, enamel. 1960s
Yellow corn enameled brooch
Winged angel with flower brooch
Wheat brooch of gold tone, rhinestones
Treble Clef brooch. Gold tone, rhinestones
Starfish brooch. Gold tone, amber and topaz rhinestones
Vintage Rose enameled brooch
Rose clips. Gold plated metal, enamel
Red poppy 1970s brooch. Jewelry alloy, enamel
Poppy brooch and earrings. Gold tone jewelry alloy, enamel
Native American motif silver tone blue cabochon pendant. 1960s
Maltese cross brooch. Silver tone, rhinestones
Liberty Bell pendant made of pewter
Patriotic Liberty Bell brooch. Metal alloy, rhinestones
Green rhinestone wreath brooch
Folk ornament birds and flowers enameled pendant
Dogwood flower enameled brooch
Crown brooch. Gold tone, cabochons, crystals, faux pearls. 5.3 cm. 1970s
Christmas wreath with dangling bell brooch
Butterfly pendant. Gold tone, rhinestones
Blue flowers vintage brooch
Blueberry brooch. Gold tone, enamel. 5 cm. 1970s
Black rhinestone flower brooch
Apple tree blossom brooch. Gold tone, enamel