Designer Information

There have been 1000′s of Costume Jewellery Designers over the last 100 years – here are just a few.

Many Designers from the 1920′s through to the 1960′s, apart from the top Jewellery House’s, didn’t always mark their jewellery. Many designers produced jewellery for various houses, these sometimes took on the House name or were unmarked.

These designers each had a particular style, theme and production processes that were unique to them, therefore many pieces can be attributed to these original designers although they may have no mark or name of the ‘House’ i.e. Juliana jewellery was designed for various houses – one of those being Sara Coventry.

A great site to refer to is https://www.costumejewelrycollectors.com/vintage-costume-jewelry-research/import/researching-costume-jewelry-history-jewelry-marks-fashion-jewelry-vintage-jewelry-research-jewelry-signatures/ where you will see alphabetically thousands of designers jewellery marks and the date when these were used. I don’t plan to replicate this information, but just to mention a few of my favourites.

ART

ART

ART Jewellery trademark was used in business from the late 1940′s to the late 1960s. They offered a broad range of designs that can be likened to Florenza and Hollycraft and often resembles the Victorian and Renaissance Revival jewellery. Their pieces are of...

BSK JEWELLERY

BSK JEWELLERY

BSK Jewellery was a New York City based company that was in business from the 1940′s -1950′s. The initials B.S.K. stood for the first initials of the owner’s names. The B was for Benny Steinberg, the S was for Hy Slovitt and the K was for Mr. Kaslo. Their line was...

JAKOB BENGEL JEWELLERY

JAKOB BENGEL JEWELLERY

Jakob Bengel began making watch chains in his factory in Idar-Oberstein, Germany in 1873. The chains were made from silver, brass and other alloys known as Tombac and Double Americaine. The majoirty of Jakob Bengel Jewellery is unsigned/unmarked (the Bengel mark is...

MARCEL BOUCHER JEWELLERY

MARCEL BOUCHER JEWELLERY

Marcel Boucher Jewellery is almost always signed (meaning a marking signifying authenticity was put on the piece) and has an inventory number on it somewhere. He got his training from the best! He trained with Cartier while living in his birthplace of France....

CASTLECLIFF JEWELLERY

CASTLECLIFF JEWELLERY

Castlecliff jewellery was well made and sold in better department stores. It was found by Clifford Burst and Joseph Bobley in New York City - 1918-1977. The first use of the Castlecliff mark was in 1941. They also used Sterling Castlecliff and, Castlemark and...

CINER JEWELLERY

CINER JEWELLERY

Ciner Jewellery was founded by Emanuel Ciner in 1892- The New York Company began making costume jewellery in 1931. They originally produced fine jewellery using gold and precious stones. Their costume jewellery has the high quality look of their original precious...

CONTINENTAL JEWELLERY

CONTINENTAL JEWELLERY

In 1943, Sam Baker and Sol Mayoff became partners and set up shop in a 500 square-foot store front in a Vieux Montreal building. There, with four employees, they sold costume jewellery, various accessories and religious articles and became the small firm,...

COROCRAFT JEWELLERY

COROCRAFT JEWELLERY

     The Corocraft jewellery company started doing business in 1901. The name Coro is a contraction of an earlier trade name COHN & ROSENBERGER and they’ve been in business since 1901. During the 1930′s and the great depression, Coro built a huge plant in...

D’ORLAN JEWELLERY

D’ORLAN JEWELLERY

D’Orlan Jewellery Ltd. was founded in Toronto, Canada by Maurice Bradden in 1957. Bradden previously trained under the French jeweller, Marcel Boucher who established the Marcel Boucher & Cie Company, in New York City in 1937. Mr. Bradden after moving to...

EISENBERG JEWELLERY

EISENBERG JEWELLERY

Eisenberg Jewellery was founded by Jonas Eisenberg, Chicago IL, USA ~ 1914 – Present -Jonas Eisenberg was originally from Austria. He went to the United States in the late 1880s and soon opened a women’s clothing firm. In 1914 Jonas’s sons took over the clothing...