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VINTAGE COSTUME JEWELRY MARKED ALICE CAVINESS
Alice Caviness was a prominent costume jewelry designer who produced high-quality jewelry in late the 1940's. Even though she passed away in 1983, her company in New York is continue being run by Lois Stein, her business associate.
VINTAGE COSTUME JEWELRY MARKED ART
ART trademark was used in business from the late 1940's to the late 1960's. They offered a broad range of designs that can be likened to Florenza and Hollycraft. They often resemble the Victorian and Renaissance Revival jewelry. Their pieces are of quality and combine fine filigree or stamped metal work with colored rhinestones.
VINTAGE COSTUME JEWELRY SIGNED AVON
The company started out as California Perfume Company, CPC was their trade mark and they became incorporated in 1886. In January of 1929 the Avon line was introduced and The Avon Company was born. Avon calling became the firms slogan and their products were sold on a direct home shopping with Avon representatives. The Avon jewelry was made for the "Avon Company" by such names as "Krementz", and other manufactures, and the jewelry line became a great asset to the company.
VINTAGE COSTUME JEWELRY SIGNED B. DAVID
B. David jewelry company began producing costume jewelry in 1945 in Cincinnati, Ohio. They also made gold and silver jewelry.
VINTAGE COSTUME JEWELRY SIGNED BOGOFF
Spear Novelty Company in Chicago produced high-quality costume jewelry in 1946. They used the mark "Bogoff" and "Jewels by Bogoff". Their jewelry is usually made in small quantity.
VINTAGE COSTUME JEWELRY SIGNED BOUCHER
Boucher designed jewelry for Mazer Bros. in early 1930s. Established his own company, Marcel Boucher and Cie Company, in 1937. The company became a subsidiary of Dovorn Industries, a watch manufacterer, in 1972. Marcel Boucher died in 1965. Sandra Boucher, his wife, ran the company until 1972. Boucher jewelry is usually signed and carries an inventory number. Early marks are "Marboux" or "MB" in a cartouche. Later marks are "Marcel Boucher" and "Boucher". Marcel Boucher jewelry is high-end and can be tough to tell from the real thing.
VINTAGE COSTUME JEWELRY SIGNED CINER
Emanuel Ciner founded Ciner in 1895. The company made fine jewelry initially and began making high-end costume jewelry in 1931. They are known for using good quality stones and their faux pearls are coated glass beads with high pearl lusters.
VINTAGE COSTUME JEWELRY SIGNED CLAUDETTE
Claudette or C. Claudette are marks first used in 1945 by the Premier Jewelry Company who produced costome jewelry in New York.
VINTAGE COSTUME JEWELRY SIGNED CORO
The CORO jewelry company started doing business about 1900. It was the largest of all costume jewelry manufactures, and marked the jewelry in many different names. The list is too long to publish here but the top of their line was CoroCraft with Coro in script and with the pegasus emblem in block or out side of block. Later the top of the line would become Vendome, and they could compete with some of the most famous manufactures of costume jewelry. Katz was the famous designer for tremblers and crowns for this company and was head of company in the 1940s. The Coro company went out of business in 1979 after 80 years of making costume jewelry.
VINTAGE COSTUME JEWELRY SIGNED EISENBERG
Eisenberg actually began as a Dress company in 1914. Large rhinestone dress clips were accessories to the dresses, and became such a hit that they were sold separately. Eisenberg began to market its jewelry around 1930. In 1958, Eisenberg began production of jewelry exclusively and abandoned its clothing line. From 1973-74, Eisenberg created enameled artists pieces. Eisenberg Original clips were produced from 1930-1945. In the early forties a script E was used alone or along with Eisenberg Original. Eisenberg Ice was used from the 40s on with most being rhodium plated. EISENBERG in block letters began in the 70's.
VINTAGE COSTUME JEWELRY SIGNED EUGENE
Eugene, a costume jewelry designer, used to work for Miriam Haskell but started his own costume jewelry business in the 50's. His design is elaborate much like Haskell's. He ceased production in the 1960's.
VINTAGE COSTUME JEWELRY SIGNED FLORENZA
Florenza was in operation from about 1937. Florenza operated under the name Dan Kasoff, Inc. as a manufacturing industry, and did not start marking its own production jewelry FLORENZA until 1950. Florenza went out of business in 1981.
VINTAGE COSTUME JEWELRY SIGNED GARNE
The Garne mark was first used in 1945 by a small costume jewelry company in New York called the Garne Jewelry Company. Their pieces are hard to find.
VINTAGE COSTUME JEWELRY SIGNED HOBE
Hobe' has been in busines since the late 1800s, rich in jewelry history and it seems to be a family tradition. The jewelry items they created in the early years were of museum antiques and quality even though they were costume jewelry. They were considered good enought for queens. Hobe' quit manufacturing jewelry some time in 1992.
VINTAGE COSTUME JEWELRY SIGNED KRAMER
Kramer or Kramer of New York was a leader in making fine costume jewelry. They first used the mark around 1943, and produced jewelry using the best quality rhinestones available. The early Kramer jewelry is sought after by most ardent collectors of Kramer costume jewelry. Marked "Kramer of NY" and then "Kramer of NY City" and in the 1950s "Kramer" on oval plaque and after just "Kramer".
VINTAGE COSTUME JEWELRY SIGNED KREMENTZ
Krementz and Company was founded in 1866. They originally manufactured mens jewelry, mainly collar buttons and cuff buttons and later tie clasps and cufflinks. The Krementz and Lester families each owned 50% of Krementz and Co. In 1936 the company split into two separate parts, with each family specializing. Lester & Co. took over manufacturing fine gold jewelry and Krementz & Co. made 10 karat and 14 karat gold jewelry their specialty. From the 1930's on Krementz became known for its gold overlay process which no other company was able to master as they did. In the 1930's when collar buttons were no longer in demand, they started making women's jewelry which did not become popular until the 1950's. Their 10 karat line which sold mainly in department stores is labeled "Diana." Their workmanship, design, and detailing are excellent.