‘Remember Pearl Harbor’ brooch. Staret, 1942. Gold plated metal, red, white and blue enamel, rhinestones. Pearl substitutes the word ‘pearl’. 6.7 cm. Star Staret vintage costume jewelry
Star Staret vintage costume jewelry
Chicago based company Star Novelty Jewelry Co., Inc with a head office at 322 South Franklin Street, began making costume jewelry in 1922. At first, the jewelers marked their decorations (in the period 1922-1940) as “Star”. However, after a trial with Gabrielle Chanel in 1940s, the company changed its name to Staret. Produced in small quantities, the company’s products were very original, and now the appearance of old Reinad artworks on collector market is very rare.
Noteworthy, the company existed until 1995, but the costume jewelry products after 1947 were significantly different from the early ones as for the craftsmanship.
According to advertisements in Vogue (September 1940 and December 1941), Star jewelers created “Costume Brilliants”. Indeed, the use of high quality crystals, imitation of topaz, ruby, emerald, sapphire and amethyst created such impression. Their collections included beautiful figural and floral designs and no less attractive patriotic theme brooches.
Also, many talented jewelers of the time worked for Star, and one of them was Rice-Weiner.
Liberty Torch brooch. 1942. Metal base, pink, red and violet enamel, rhinestone pave. 11 cm
Star Staret vintage costume jewelry
1925-1940 Star costume jewelry:
1930s gold tone brooch, floral design. Faux pearls, rhinestones
Amber color rhinestones clip on earrings
Beautiful flower wreath brooch. Jewelry alloy of gold tone, pink and yellow rhinestones. faux pearls
Bouquet vintage brooch. Jewelry alloy, Swarovski crystals, cabochons. 5.5 cm
Emerald green rhinestone floral spray brooch of gold tone
Leaf with pearl. Textured gold tone earrings
Leaf wreath brooch. 1940s. Gold tone metal, glowing lucite leaves of raspberry, violet, amber tone
Pink earrings. Jewelry alloy, rhinestones, art glass
Shield blue enamel clips. Silver tone jewelry alloy, art glass
Marked Staret costume jewelry:
‘Cattleya’ orchid flower set of brooch and earrings. Silver tone metal alloy, enamel, rhinestones. Brooch 9.7 cm.1950s
Squirrel brooch, before 1950. Silver tone metal, faux pearls, crystals, enamel.
Bellflower brooch. Rhodium plated metal brooch with rhinestones and pearls
Bird in a cage trembler bow brooch of gold tone, rhinestones, enamel
Bow brooch. Silver tone metal, emerald green clear rhinestones
Chrysanthemum 1941 brooch. Gold-plated metal, green and blue enamel, square crystals, aquamarines and rhinestones. 11.5 cm
Clown brooch, 1942. Gold plated metal, yellow, blue, brown, red enamel and rhinestones. 7.2 cm
Fish brooch. Pot metal, blue crystals, green enamel, rhinestone pave. 7 cm. 1941
Flower brooch. Silver tone jewelry alloy, clear crystals, art glass. 1940s
Light and dark blue rhinestone floral design brooch
Lion’s mask brooch. Rhodium plated metal, clear crystals, black and blue cabochons. 1940s
Thanksgiving Turkey brooch. 1941. Metal base, red and black enamel, rhinestones. 6.5 cm
Owl, 1940 brooch. Rhodium plated metal, rhinestone pave and red stones. 5.7 cm
Parrot brooch, 1940. Pot metal, brown, green and yellow enamel, red stones and rhinestones. 8 cm
Playing the guitar Frog brooch, 1940. Gold-plated metal, rhinestone pave, black, green, red, white and ochre enamel. 8.5 cm
Poodle brooch of gold tone, blue rhinestone eye
Rider brooch, 1940. Gold-plated metal brooch, blue, and green, white, red and black enamel. 6.5cm
‘Trembling Parrots’ brooch, 1940. Pot metal, brown, green, red, orange and blue enamel and rhinestones. 7.5 cm