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.

A Brief History of the Goldstein-Poland Co. Inc. As I’ve mentioned many times, the discovery of new, uncharted areas, in the realm of jewelry history is always fun, exciting and sometimes excruciating with all the […]
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.  […]
December 21, 2016
1920 Coro Jewelry History

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 […]
December 18, 2016
Judith Hendler Jewelry at Bonwit Teller

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 […]
November 26, 2016
The Arty Woman: Vogue 1927

The Arty Woman of the 1920s

The Arty Woman: Vogue 1927 The Arty Girl of the 1920s would perhaps have aged gracefully to be a lovely lady of today’s “Advance Style.” She was highly confident, self-expressive, maybe excessive in adornment, but […]