Melinda Lewis

November 1, 2021
1950s Purple rhinestone ear climber earrings

Contour Earrings: Ear Climbers

In the 1950s, a most unusual earring trend took hold with earrings that followed the ear line, climbing up the side of the ears along the curve. These earrings sometimes covered the entire ear, “rising […]
September 15, 2021

Gem: The Best App to Source All Things Vintage

Collectors are unique. We find pleasure in objects, and the internet has vastly changed how we locate those coveted or elusive treasures. The search becomes a ritual, and for me, it’s paired with my morning […]
July 7, 2021
Oscar de la Renta Swarovski Statement Necklace

Oscar de la Renta

May 18, 2018
WWD June 1951 Christian Dior

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 […]
May 17, 2018
Goldstein-Poland 1942 Women's Wear Daily Advertisement

A Brief History of the Goldstein-Poland Co. Inc.

Goldstein-Poland Co. Inc. WWD 1947
April 28, 2018
Mack Henfield and Sons Fishbowl Earrings WWD 19540521

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, […]
April 28, 2018
Italian Mosaic Cherry Blossom Pin

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 […]
April 22, 2018
The "DesertGem" Charm Bracelet by Paul Klepa of Klepa Arts

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 […]
May 24, 2017
Hobé clip back mechanism with roller disk.

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.  […]
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