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Signed Birks vintage costume jewelry

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Signed Birks vintage costume jewelry

Filigree maple leaf brooch. Sterling silver, gold plated. 4.4 cm. 1980s. Signed Birks vintage costume jewelry

Signed Birks vintage costume jewelry
The history of the Birks jewelry brand began in 1879, when Henry Birks opened his jewelry boutique in downtown Montreal, Canada. What started as a family business with a small store on St. James Street, has become an iconic Canadian brand known throughout the world.
Since 1893, when William, John and Gerald, the sons of Henry Birks worked for the company, it was already “Henry Birks and Sons”. The business was successful and the company expanded and opened new boutiques and stores throughout Canada.
Sometimes, the company incorporated local jewelry companies into its business, adding the word Birks to their name. For example, Birks-Ryrie (Toronto), or Birks-Dingwall (Winnipeg). In addition to the jewelry companies, Birx acquired some silverware companies. Among them, Hendery & Leslie in 1897, and Roden Bros. Ltd in 1953. From 2004 to 2013, Birks Group Inc. is a large corporation formed as a result of the merger of the Canadian and American companies Henry Birks and Sons and Mayors Jewelers Inc.
Along with jewelry – rings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, earrings, buttons and key rings, the company produces other products. In particular, Christmas tree decorations, clocks and chronometers, tea sets and candelabra, ice buckets and silver decanters, knife stands and much more.

1987 magazine Birks jewelry ad

1987 magazine Birks jewelry ad

Noteworthy, the company produced both expensive fine jewelry and affordable costume bijoux. Over the nearly 150-year history of Birks, product labeling includes dozens of stamp options. The earliest markings included the initials HB & Co, then simply Birks, or Birks sterling, as well as the image of a lion (national Canadian brand).

According to press, Meghan Markle has become a fan of Birks since 2017, when Birks jewelry store appeared in London. Thus, she bought at least seven fine jewelry pieces of this brand, making it a good advertisement.

Original Trademark before 1903

Original Trademark before 1903

Signed Birks vintage costume jewelry

Antique Purple tourmaline 14 K gold brooch

Antique Purple tourmaline 14 K gold brooch

Black onyx and mother of pearl checkerboard silver cufflinks

Black onyx and mother of pearl checkerboard silver cufflinks

Circle pin. 10 K gold, blue amethyst

Circle pin. 10 K gold, blue amethyst

Dogwood flower 10 K gold crew back earrings

Dogwood flower 10 K gold crew back earrings

Early 1900s -1930s mark

Early 1900s -1930s mark

Filigree design gold plated sterling silver clip on earrings

Filigree design gold plated sterling silver clip on earrings. 1960s

Flower brooch. 14 K gold, pearl

Flower brooch. 14 K gold, pearl

Golf cufflinks. 14 K gold, pearl

Golf cufflinks. 14 K gold, pearl

Heron in the reeds sterling silver circle pin. 4.3 cm. 1950s

Heron in the reeds sterling silver circle pin. 4.3 cm. 1950s

Signature

Signature

Maple leaf sterling silver marcasite brooch

Maple leaf sterling silver marcasite brooch

Mid-century 14 K gold earrings

Mid-century 14 K gold earrings

Sterling silver marcasite art Deco pin

Sterling silver marcasite art Deco pin

Swirl wave design sterling silver earrings

Swirl wave design sterling silver earrings

Teardrop pendant. 10 K gold, akoya pearl

Teardrop pendant. 10 K gold, akoya pearl

Victorian style gold filigree red stones pendant

Victorian style gold filigree red stones pendant

Signature

Signature

Trademark (1879-Present)

Trademark (1879-Present)