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Star Staret vintage costume jewelry

Star Staret vintage costume jewelry

‘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 1925. At first, the jewelers marked their decorations (in the period 1925-1940) as “Star”. However, the company changed its name to Staret in the 1940s. So, after 1940s they began marking their pieces “Staret”. Noteworthy, the company ceased operations in 1947.
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. Traditionally, Star jewelers used gold or silver-plated, or rhodium-plated metal, also enamel of various colors. High quality handmade pieces of jewelry, exquisite design and talented work of masters make these decorations collectible. Their collections included beautiful figural and floral designs. In my opinion, no less attractive are patriotic theme brooches. According to some designs, not only Star company produced its own jewelry lines, but other jewelers of the time (for example, Rice-Weiner) also worked for Star.

Star Staret vintage costume jewelry

Liberty Torch brooch. 1942. Metal base, pink. red and violet enamel, rhinestone pave. Blue stones depicting a woman’s hand holding a lit torch. 11 cm. Star Staret vintage costume jewelry

Vintage ads Staret vintage costume jewelry

Vintage ads Staret vintage costume jewelry

Star Staret vintage costume jewelry

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