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Russ Berrie vintage costume jewelry

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Russ Berrie vintage costume jewelry

Skating teddy bear Christmas pin. 1980s. Russ Berrie vintage costume jewelry

Russ Berrie vintage costume jewelry
The history of the legendary brand for the production of toys and souvenirs Russ Berrie brand began in Oakland New Jersey, in 1963. Its founder was Bronx-born Russell Berrie (1933-2002), who started his career as a toy seller in 1956. The smart boy soon realized that buyers also need inexpensive knick-knacks that can be bought in between, to cheer up or give gifts. This inspired Russell to create his workshop. Thanks to his talent and brain, his workshop in a rented garage went on to become a multi-million dollar international corporation.
The son of a jewelry seller, he was involved in this business from childhood, and the creation of costume jewelry, along with toys and souvenirs, was quite logical. The designs of these jewelry pieces are easily recognizable. Traditionally bright enamel and plastic pins, pendants and badges were excellent gifts for the main holidays – Christmas, Easter, Halloween, etc. The marking contains the word Russ, or Russ Berrie. Also, many of Russ Berrie decorations produced in Hong Kong in 1990-2000s, have the according labeling.
Noteworthy, Russell was a great philanthropist who entered the list of 40 most generous Americans in 1998. According to him, “there is nothing more important in life than helping a fellow human being.”

Bumblebee cartoon character Valentines pin. 1980s

Bumblebee cartoon character Valentines pin. 1980s

1979 Russ Berrie & Company signature

1979 Russ Berrie & Company signature

Russ Berrie vintage costume jewelry

Boo white ghost Halloween plastic pin

Boo white ghost Halloween plastic pin

Gray kitten on pumpkin 1980s pin

Gray kitten on pumpkin 1980s pin

Green shamrock plastic earrings. 1980s

Green shamrock plastic earrings. 1980s

Happy Turkey day plastic pin

Happy Turkey day plastic pin

Mouse Christmas pin

Mouse Christmas pin

Peridot August stone Angel brooch with charm. 6 cm. Copper, peridot. 1980s

Peridot August stone Angel brooch with charm. 6 cm. Copper, peridot. 1980s

Round shaped Happy Halloween witch pin. 1979

Round shaped Happy Halloween witch badge pin. 1979

St Patrick's Day Leprechaun Lucky Shamrock brooch

St Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Lucky Shamrock brooch

St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun 'Instant Irish' round shaped badge pin. 1980s

St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun ‘Instant Irish’ round shaped badge pin. 1980s

White puppy with heart Valentines pin

White puppy with heart Valentines pin

Witch teddy bear plastic pin. 1980s

Witch teddy bear plastic pin. 1980s

Yellow chicken Easter pin

Yellow chicken Easter pin

Made in Hong Kong Signature

Made in Hong Kong Signature

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