Jewelry FAQ'S Blog

Identification & Care

Learning To Collect:

The first thing that can be said about learning to collect is to first purchase all of the jewelry reference books that you need.  Something to remember is that you never quit learning about vintage jewelry. This is such a vast category of collecting and so much has been written to help the novice collector get started. Another tip is to try to see and touch as much vintage jewelry as you can to get the weight and look of what old jewelry is.

When I first got started collecting vintage costume jewelry (about 30+ years ago now) of course the only thing I knew about jewelry was what jewelry looked like. I knew what a finger ring was or a bracelet etc., but I had no working knowledge of jewelry.

My Grandmother, Aunt and, Sister all collected but that didn't mean much to me at the time. Then I got the yard sale bug because I was raising a family and money was always short.

On a Saturday long ago I decided to yard sale over to my sister's house about 50 miles away from my home. I hit one yard sale after another and picked up bits and pieces of jewelry along the way, I could afford twenty five cent items, and I was having allot of fun at the same time. The last yard sale I went to was just a couple of blocks from my destination so I stopped at the last yard sale of the day. At that yard sale I had a great find but, because of my lack of knowledge of jewelry I didn't realize what I had found.

Well to make a long story short, I had had such a fun time yard saleing that I decided to give my sister the pair of earrings that had these huge purple stones in them. Some years later she told me that the earrings were 14k gold retro earrings set with large Amethyst stones :0).

The Care Of Vintage Costume Jewelry

Please keep in mind that Vintage Costume Jewelry was never meant to last fifty years. It was mostly disposable jewelry, cheap and a whole lot of fun. Allot of the jewelry that you might find at a yard sale or resale shop probably needs a good cleaning and possibly some of the rhinestones need to be replaced.  If you need to replace a rhinestone or two go ahead and do that. In order to do that I recommend a product called GS Hypo Cement, for pinpoint precision. This product is great.

I otherwise do not recommend buying costume jewelry that will require any other repairs as that becomes quite costly.

Jewelry Definitions

The definition of Antique Costume Jewelry is, Costume Jewelry made 100 years up to 1950. Costume Jewelry made after 1950 is considered Collectible Vintage Jewelry.

The Jewelry Designers & Manufacturers

Art Deco & Transitional Jewelry a style popular from the mid 1910, until the mid 1920's This jewelry style originated in Paris, France. Art Deco Jewelry is characterized by geometric lines and angles, with very few curves.

The jewelry in this movement eventually became bolder and evolved into Art Moderne, now called Retro Jewelry.

Transitional Art Deco Jewelry is the movement from Art Nouveau to Art Deco design.

So we move from Art Nouveau to Transitional Art Deco, to Art Deco, then Art Moderne or Retro. Art Deco Filigree Transitional Jewelry Set Parure.  The styles do run together.

Amco vintage costume jewelry,   A. Micallef and Company (AMCO) was founded in Providence, RI, the USA in 1919. However, the signature “AMCO” first appeared on jewelry in 1935. The company produced costume jewellery of amazing beauty made of gold, or gold filled and silver products: rings, cameos, brooches, pendants, bracelets, and earrings. Traditionally, AMCO jewelry has a stunning design, and is of high quality, comparable to such brands as Van Dell and Krementz. The company ceased to exist in the 1970s, so now these vintage items are of high value and continue to grow in value.

Art, Mode Art, Arthur Pepper, Costume jewelry produced by Art Mode Jewelry Creations Inc. It was in business from the 1940's until the late 1960's. Their medium to high-quality jewelry pieces included figural items, Victorian jewelry replicas, and many different costume jewelry styles. Art Pendent, Earrings Set

Avon Jewelry - 1896 to Present. Avon jewelry includes figurals, perfume pins, watches, and standard items of costume jewelry. The quality of these pieces ranges from cheaply-made to very good.   They were produced in large quantities.  And still produce jewelry to delight us.

B. Blumenthal, Co., Inc., Button manufacturer in the late 1800's and for a short time produced jewelry. Jewelry by this designer is considered rare and hard to find. B. Blumenthal Amethyst Filigree Dress Clip Rare

Binder Bros. Inc, Produced jewelry since 1920 in New York, NY. The logo is BB in interlocking circles.Binder Bros. GF Faux Pearl Fringe Necklace

Bogoff, Jewels by Bogoff, are marks used on costume jewelry made by the Spear Novelty Company of Chicago, Illinois, USA.

The Bogoff mark was first used in 1946. Bogoff jewelry is high-quality, was made in small runs, and is often studded with rhinestones. Bogoff Rhinestone Parure Jewelry Set

Carl Art, The initials CA in upper case with an arrow through the initials. Providence Rhode Island Mark for all types of jewelry plus cigarette cases, buckles, tie pins, cuff links etc. The mark first used in 1937. Carl Art 1940's Gold Filled Rhinestone Necklace

Coro,  The CORO jewelry company started doing business about 1900. It was the largest of all costume jewelry manufacturers. The Coro company went out of business in 1979 after 80 years of making costume jewelry. Beautiful Silver Coro Rhinestone Parure Set

Judy Lee, Beautiful, quality Judy Lee. The mark was first used in 1958 and the jewels were sold at home parties.

Crown Trifari, Alfred Philippe, The company is founded around 1918 as Trifari and Krussman later in 1920s Carl Fishel joins company and becomes Trifari Krussman and Fishel.

In early 1930 Alfred Philippe becomes head designer after joining the company, and under his leadership the real jewelry look is born.

He introduced his famous crown pin in 1941, and the success of the company was almost certain from that time on. Trifari became one of the largest and best known producers of costume jewelry, manufacturing a broad range of jewelry at different price levels.

Trifari jewelry displays superb designs and workmanship. It has a distinctive look, resembling fine jewelry, which can easily be recognized by collectors. Trifari Fantasy in Flight Bird Brooch

Sarah Coventry, The Sarah Coventry jewelry company was founded in Newark, New York, USA, by Charles H. Stuart in November, 1948 (Stuart had founded the Emmon's jewelry company earlier). >He named the company after his granddaughter Sarah.Sarah Coventry jewelry was sold at home fashion shows until 1984, when the company was sold. and up to 1950. Sarah Coventry Brushed Gold Cherries Jewelry Set.

Van Dell, The Signature in script for the Van Dell Corporation, The signature first used c. 1939 Van Dell Gold Filled Scarab Earrings

Weiss, The Weiss company made high-quality costume jewelry from 1942 until the 1970's. The company was founded in New York City by Albert Weiss, a former employee of the Coro company (the largest costume jewelry manufacturer). Weiss' jewelry was often studded with Austrian rhinestones. Weiss Gemstones & Pearls Parure

Unsigned Jewelry

The Jewelry Hook is pleased to offer a vast collection of unsigned vintage jewelry.  By unsigned we mean that the

Vintage Costume Jewelry is fantastic but many vintage pieces of jewelry go unsigned.  Many made by well known

Jewelry designers, Jewelers. 

Some unsigned jewelry can be attributed to a jewelry designer because of it's design or characteristics.  Unsigned

necklaces, Fashion Rings, Parure's, Demi Parure's, Jewelry Sets, Brooches and Pins, Bracelets are here at our

Vintage Costume Jewelry store.  If you are looking for a certain piece of jewelry but don't find it on our site, please

contact us to see if it's just not online yet.

Jewelry X

As a collector, how many times have I been stunned by the beauty of an unsigned piece of vintage costume jewelry? I could say that it been perhaps several thousand times. I avidly collect both signed and unsigned jewelry because both types of vintage jewelry are thrilling to collect and because collecting is a happy hobby for me.

Over the years I have purchased many reference guides and found them to be very helpful. The books that featured unsigned costume jewelry had a lovely descriptions of the jewelry and a value guide to go with the book but, no designer name or jewelry manufacturing company to go with that description. So what about this Jewelry X page?  I will attempt to shed more light on the unsigned vintage costume jewelry makers or manufacturers. Please bear in mind that this just a start at showing where your collection of unsigned beauties may have come from.

This jewelry x page features vintage costume jewelry ads starting in the 1950 through the 1970's. As I do more research on the subject of unsigned vintage costume jewelry I will be adding more jewelry information and costume jewelry ads as I find them.


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