Gold filled circles brooch pendant. 1960s. Signed Vargas vintage costume jewelry
Signed Vargas vintage costume jewelry (1945-1998)
Founded in Providence, Rhode Island in 1945, Vargas Manufacturing Corporation (alternatively known as VMC, INC.) ceased to exist in 1998.
Initially, the company specialized in production of children’s jewelry (marked Cradle Craft), but it also manufactured ornamental and costume jewelry for adults. The company manufactured earrings, rings, bracelets, and necklaces during five decades.
In the 1990s Vargas Manufacturing Corporation merged with CJ International, Inc., alternatively known as Uncas Manufacturing Company, which ceased to exist in 2017.
Creating classic and filigree designs, Vargas jewelers used sterling silver, gold plated metal, sometimes set with good quality rhinestones. The marking traditionally includes V over a geometric diamond, or “Vargas”.
Noteworthy, Vargas jewelry is featured in the 1998 book “Costume Jewelry by Fred Rezazadeh”.
10 K gold and silver floral design ring. 1950s
Signed Vargas vintage costume jewelry
Antique sterling silver red rhinestone flower link bracelet
Art Deco shooting star hinge bracelet and earrings. Gold tone mesh, rhinestones. 1960s
Asian Warrior silver tone bracelet
Bamboo ring. 18 K gold plated, faux pearl, jade. 1940s
Cameo gold tone clear rhinestone screw back earrings. 1950s
Double horse head sterling silver brooch pin
Faux opal clear rhinestone marquise screw-back earrings
Filigree floral design cuff bracelet of gold tone
Flower brooch pin. 10K gold filled, rhinestones. 1940s
Flower pendant. 10K gold, glass. 1940s
Leaf design silver tone clear rhinestone screw back earrings. 1950s
Marlin sword fish sterling vermeil rhinestone pin brooch
Mid-century pendant and earrings. Faux opal, clear rhinestones, gold tone
Oval shape rose enamel rhinestone gold tone screw back earrings
Red and clear rhinestone gold tone screw back earrings
Rose flowers screw back earrings. Gold tone, clear rhinestones, guilloche enamel. 1940s
Shooting star hinge bracelet. Silver tone mesh, rhinestones. 1960s
Silver mesh faux diamonds cuff bracelet. 1940s
Starburst gold filled rhinestone paired brooch
Sterling silver bracelet. 1970s
White, black and blue guilloche enamel sterling silver rose rings. 1940-50s