The Dior-Kramer Connection

The Dior-Kramer Connection Product endorsements, licensing, and marketing collaboration is an essential part of the business survival of the “mega-designer.” This cross-company licensing can be traced back to at least one designer, Christian Dior. Many know of the jewelry marked “Christian Dior by Kramer,” “Dior by Kramer,” or “Kramer for Dior,” but until recently we […]

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Novelty Jewelry: Fishbowl Earrings by Carol Creations (Mack Henfield and Sons)

Novelty Jewelry: Fishbowl Earrings by Carol Creations (Mack Henfield and Sons) Each decade has its own quirky fad of novelty jewelry that retailers used to drive traffic to their stores. One such fad dubbed as, “Glamorous New Traffic Builders,” was “Fishbowl Earrings.” By Carol Creations a label owned by Mack Henfield & Sons, Inc. This […]

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Italian Mosaic Pins – Costume Jewelry For the Tourist Trade

Mosaic work is an ancient art, and “contemporary” mosaic pins, bracelets, and necklaces have been in favor for more than a century.   Fashion trade magazines dating back to 1915 note their importance in fashion adornment and a noted costume jewelry for the Italian tourist trade. Due to their popularity with tourists, companies, such as […]

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The “DesertGem” Charm Bracelet

The “DesertGem” Charm Bracelet I think every jewelry dealer who has purchased estate jewelry has one time or another come across these stone charm bracelets; They have always been, IMHO, the ugly step-child of costume jewelry. Countless times, I’ve thrown them in lots for parts as I’ve thought of these as “bad-home-kit-style” jewelry. But alas, […]

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Clips Without Pain

Hobé: Earrings As jewelry historians, we love discovering new information about our favorite jewelry manufacturers of the past, and with most vintage jewelry, the findings offer us great insight regarding the age of the piece.  Earring clip backs are no exception. Hobé earrings have been known for years for their distinctive plastic roller on the […]

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What does a Novelty Bead and Coro have Synonymous with each Other—Cohn and Rosenberger.

  What does a Novelty Bead and Coro have Synonymous with each Other—Cohn and Rosenberger.   For collectors and jewelry historians of vintage costume jewelry, we tend to think of the name, “Coro” to be synonymous for fashion jewelry. But in fact, the term “Coro” was initially used to call a new composite compound produced […]

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Judith Hendler Jewelry, Facts, Jewelry Styles, Contemporary Classics

For the wearer and collectors of both vintage Judith Hendler jewelry and her new “Contemporary Classics” line, here are some fun facts about her creations. FUN HISTORICAL FACTS • Designing  for 39 years (as of 2017) • Discovered by Nolan Miller in a fabric store. • Judith Hendler’s vintage “Acri-Gems” were made of the finest […]

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