Who doesn’t love vintage jewelry? I especially like the elaborate handmade styles like Miriam Haskell.
As you may have found out, it’s pretty difficult to identify who the designer is for vintage jewelry. Without studying designer tendencies and characteristics, it’s nearly impossible for the average person to tell a Samuel Kirk from a Harry Dixon.
You can look for marks, but frequently the jewelry only bears the mark of the company they worked for. However, if you do find the marks, this list below of over 180 vintage jewelry and metal designers may help you identify how old they are.
This list is sorted alphabetically and by country. We start with Austria and end with the United States. Some of these manufacturers go all the way back to the 1700s!
List of Vintage Jewelry & Metal Designers
|Workshop or Artist Name||Location||Dates||Types & More Info|
|Carl Otto Czescha (Czeschka)||Vienna, Austria||1878-1960||Metalwork|
|Hagenauer Werkstatte||Vienna, Austria||1898-1956||Metalwork|
|Josef Hoffmann||Vienna, Austria||1870-1956||Jewelry, Metalwork|
|Otto Prutscher||Vienna, Austria||1880-1949||Jewelry, Enamel|
|Wiener Werkstatte||Vienna, Austria||1903-1932||Metalwork, Jewelry|
|Henri Clemens Van de Velde||Brussels, Belgium||1863-1957||Jewelry, Metalwork, Bronze, Silver|
|H. Stern||Rio de Janiero, Brazil||1945-present||Gold, Diamonds, Precious Gems|
|Henry Birks & Sons||Montreal, Canada||1879-present||Silver, Gold, Jewelry|
|Edgar Brandt||Paris, France||1900-1930||Metalwork, Brass, Iron, Copper|
|Coco Chanel||Paris, France||1920s-present||Jewelry|
|Chaumet et Cie||Paris, France||1780-present||Jewelry|
|Christofle||St. Denis, France||1839-present||Silver, Silver Plate|
|Edward Colonna||Paris, France||1862-1948||Jewelry|
|Rene Lalique||Paris, France||1860-1945||Jewelry, Silver, Glass|
|Alphonse Maria Mucha||Paris, France||1860-1939||Silver, Jewelry|
|Gilbert Poillerat||Paris, France||1921-1950s||Lamps, Ironwork|
|Gerard Sandoz||Paris, France||1925-1931||Silver|
|Lea Stein||Paris, France||1957-present||Costume Jewelry|
|Van Cleef & Arpels||Paris, France||1906-present||Jewelry|
|Maison Vever||Metz, France||1821-1982||Jewelry|
|Peter Behrens||Munich, Germany||1868-1940||Metalwork|
|Theodor Fahrner||Pforzheim, Germany||1868-1928||Silver, Jewelry|
|J.P. Kayser Sohn||Krefeld-Bochum, Germany||1885-1910||Pewter|
|Bernd Munsteiner||Idar-Oberstein, Germany||1943-present||Gemstone cutter|
|Orivit||Koln-Ehrenfeld, Germany||1900-1905||Petwer, Silver|
|Ferdinand Hubert Schmitz||Koln-Ehrenfeld, Germany||1900-1905||Petwer, Silver|
|Wurttembergiche Metallwarenfabrik||Geislingen, Germany||1853-present||Pewter, Silver Plate, Glass, Ikora Metal|
|Artificers’ Guild||London, England||1901-1942||Silver, Copper, Metalwork|
|Charles Robert Ashbee||London, England||1863-1942||Silver, Jewelry|
|Asprey & Company, Ltd.||London, England||1781-present||Jewelry|
|J.W. Benson||London, England||1874-present||Jewelry|
|Birmingham Guild of Handicraft||Birmingham, England||1890-present||Metalwork, Jewelry, Silver|
|Bromsgrove Guild of Applied Art||Bromsgrove, England||1890-1966||Jewelry, Metal|
|Alwyn C. E. Carr||London, England||1872-1940||Silver, Enamel, Wrought Iron|
|Collingwood & Company||London, England||1817-present||Silver, Jewelry|
|Comyns, William & Sons||London, England||1848-present||Silver|
|J. Paul Cooper||Westerham, England||1869-1933||Silver, Copper, Jewelry|
|Bernard Cuzner||Birmingham, England||1877-1956||Silver, Jewelry|
|Nelson Dawson||London, England||1859-1942||Jewelry, Silver, Metalwork, Enamel|
|James Dixon & Sons||Sheffield, England||1806-present||Silver, Silver Plate, Britannia Metal|
|Christopher Dresser||London, England||1834-1904||Designed for many companies|
|Elkington & Co.||Birmingham, England||1824-present||Silver, Silver Plate, Metalwork, Enamel|
|Alexander Fisher||London, England||1864-1936||Silver, Jewelry, Enamel|
|R. and S. Garrard||London, England||1802-1952||Silver, Gold, Jewelry|
|Goldsmiths’ & Silversmiths’ Co.||London, England||1890-1952||Silver, Jewelry|
|Hennell, Ltd.||London, England||1735-present||Jewelry|
|Charles Horner||Halifax, England||1885-1984||Mass-produced Enameled Silver, Jewelry|
|Hukin & Heath||Birmingham, England||1875-1953||Silver, Silver Plate|
|Hunt & Roskell||London, England||1844-1939||Silver, Silver Plate, Jewelry|
|Archibald Knox||London, England||1864-1933||Jewelry|
|Liberty & Co.||London, England||1875-present||Silver, Pewter|
|Margaret Macdonald||Glasgow, Scotland||1865-1933||Metalwork, Jewelry|
|Arthur Mackmurdo||Heygate, England||1851-1942||Metalwork|
|Harold Stabler||Keswick, London||1872-1945||Jewelry, Metalwork, Silver|
|Henry J. Wilson||London, England||1864-1934||Metalwork, Jewelry|
|Bonebakker & Sons||Amsterdam, Holland||1767-present||Jewelry|
|Jan Eisenloeffel||Amsterdam, Holland||1876-1957||Silver|
|Buccellati||Milan, Italy||1919-present||Gold, Precious Stones, Pearls, Watches|
|Paolo de Poli||Padua, Italy||1905-1996||Enameled Jewelry|
|Hector Aguilar||Taxco, Mexico||1939-1966||Silver|
|Frederick Davis||Mexico City, Mexico||1920s-1960||Silver|
|Antonio Pineda Gomez||Taxco, Mexico||1941-present||Silver|
|Bernice Goodspeed||Mexico City, Mexico||1940-1972||Silver|
|Enrique Ledesma||Taxco, Mexico||1950-1979||Silver|
|Los Castillo||Taxco, Mexico||1939-present||Silver|
|Isidro Garcia Pina||Taxco, Mexico||1943-1986||Silver|
|Sigfrido Pineda (Sigi)||Mexico City, Mexico||1952-present||Silver|
|Matilde Poulat||Mexico City, Mexico||1934-1960||Silver|
|William Spratling||Taxco, Mexico||1931-present||Silver|
|Margot de Taxco||Taxco, Mexico||1948-1985||Silver|
|Salvador Vaca Teran||Mexico City, Mexico||1930s-1974||Silver|
|House of Faberge||Moscow, Russia||1842-1918||Jewelry, Gold|
|Feodor Ruckert||Moscow, Russia||1890s-1917||Gold, Jewelry|
|Sigvard Bernadotte||Sweden||1907-2002||Jewelry, Silver Dinnerware|
|Nanna & Jorgen Ditzel||Denmark||1920s-2005||Jewelry|
|Hans Hansen||Denmark||1906-present||Flatware, Hollow Ware, Jewelry|
|Georg Jensen||Denmark||1904-present||Jewelry, Silver|
|Henning Koppel||Denmark||1917-1982||Jewelry, Silver|
|Erik Magnussen||Copenhagen, Denmark||1884-1960||Jewelry|
|Anton Michelsen||Denmark||1841-present||Jewelry, Silver|
|Evald Nielsen||Denmark||1879-1958||Hand-hammered Silver|
|Harald Nielsen||Denmark||1892-1977||Jewelry, Silver|
|Acme Studios||Los Angeles, California||1985-present||White Metal, Enamel|
|Allan Adler||Los Angeles, California||1916-2002||Silver, Jewelry|
|Alvin Manufacturing Company||Providence, Rhode Island||1886-present||Silver|
|Aaron Basha||New York City, New York||1950s-present||Gold, Enamel|
|Bailey, Banks & Biddle||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1832-present||Jewelry|
|F. Carlton Ball||San Francisco, California||1911-1992||Silver|
|Benedict Manufacturing Co.||East Syracuse, New York||1900-1930s||Copper, Pewter, Silver Plate|
|Harry Bertoia||Detroit, Michigan||1915-1978||Hammered Brass|
|R. Blackinton & Co.||North Attleboro, Mass.||1862-present||Jewelry, Silver|
|Bradley & Hubbard||Meriden, Connecticut||1895-1930||Brass|
|Alexander Calder||New York City, New York||1898-1976||Costume Jewelry|
|Hattie Carnegie||New York City, New York||1918-1976||Costume Jewelry|
|Ciner||New York City, New York||1892-present||Costume Jewelry|
|Charles Clewell||Canton, Ohio||1899-1955||Copper, Bronze|
|Betty Cooke||Baltimore, Maryland||1924-present||Silver, Enamel, Wood, Pebbles|
|Coro||Providence, Rhode Island||1901-1979||Costume Jewelry|
|Craftsmen Workshops||Syracuse, New York||1900-1915||Copper|
|Margaret Craver||Boston, Massachusetts||1930s-1988||Silver|
|Margaret De Patta||San Francisco, California||1903-1964||Silver|
|Harry Dixon||San Francisco, California||1908-1967||Copper|
|William B. Durgin Company||Providence, Rhode Island||1853-1935||Silver|
|Eisenberg||Chicago, Illinois||1930-present||Costume Jewelry|
|Claire Falkenstein||San Francisco, California||1908-1997||Wire, Rough Glass|
|Theodore W. Foster & Brothers Co.||Providence, Rhode Island||1873-1951||Jewelry, Silver|
|George Gebelein||Boston, Massachusetts||1878-1945||Silver|
|Gorham Corporation||Providence, Rhode Island||1818-present||Silver, Silver Plate, Bronze, Metalwork, Jewelry, Copper & Gold|
|HAR||New York City, New York||1940s-1950s||Costume Jewelry|
|John Hardy||New York City, New York||1975-present||Jewelry|
|Miriam Haskell||New York City, New York||1924-present||Costume Jewelry|
|Oscar Heyman & Brothers||New York City, New York||1912-present||Jewelry|
|Frances Higgins||Chicago, Illinois||1912-2004||Glass Jewelry|
|Hobe||Mt. Vernon, New York||1887-present||Costume Jewelry|
|Yuri Ichihashi||New York City, New York||1991-present||Handwoven Gold & Platinum|
|Jaccard Jewelry Company||St. Louis, Missouri||1829-present||Jewelry|
|Eugene Joseff, Joseff of Hollywood||Hollywood, California||1935-present||Costume Jewelry|
|Kalo Shop||Chicago, Illinois||1900-1970||Silver, Copper, Jewelry|
|Samuel Kirk||Baltimore, Maryland||1815-present||Silver|
|Florence Koehler||Chicago, Illinois||1861-1944||Jewelry|
|Sam Kramer||New York City, New York||1913-1964||Silver|
|Kramer Jewelry Creations||New York City, New York||1943-1980||Costume Jewelry|
|Krementz||Newark, New Jersey||1866-present||Jewelry|
|Walter Lampl||New York City, New York||1921-1959||Silver, Gold, Charms|
|Kenneth Jay Lane||New York City, New York||1963-present||Costume Jewelry|
|Judith Leiber||New York City, New York||1921-present||Costume Jewelry|
|Fred Leighton||New York City, New York||1965-present||Jewelry|
|Ed Levin||New York City, New York||1950-present||Silver|
|Paul Lobel||New York City, New York||1930s-1965||Silver|
|Peter Macciarini||San Francisco, California||1937-2001||Silver, Mixed Metals|
|Marcus & Company||New York City, New York||1892-1950s||Jewelry, Copper, Silver|
|Marshall Field & Company Craft Shop||Chicago, Illinois||1904-1950||Jewelry, Silver, Brass, Bronze|
|Marvella||New York City, New York||1911-present||Costume Jewelry, Fake Pearls|
|Matisse||Los Angeles, California||1946-1964||Costume Jewelry, Copper, Enameled Copper|
|John Paul Miller||Cleveland, Ohio||1918-present||Gold, silver|
|Monet||E. Providence, Rhode Island||1937-present||Costume Jewelry|
|Napier||Meriden, Connecticut||1922-present||Costume Jewelry|
|Paloma Picasso||New York City, New York||1949-present||Jewelry|
|Earl Pardon||Saratoga Springs, New York||1926-1991||Enamel, Stone, Wood, Wire|
|Potter Studio||Cleveland, Ohio||1899-1927||Brass, Copper, Jewelry, Silver|
|Francisco Rabajes||New York City, New York||1934-1967||Costume Jewelry|
|Reed & Barton||Taunton, Massachusetts||1824-present||Silver, Silver Plate, Jewelry|
|Renoir of California||Los Angeles, California||1946-1964||Costume Jewelry, Copper, Enameled Copper|
|Nettie Rosenstein||New York City, New York||1935-1975||Costume Jewelry|
|Roycroft||East Aurora, New York||1895-1938||Copper|
|Seaman Schepps||Los Angeles, California||1904-present||Gold, Precious and Semiprecious Stones|
|Elsa Schiaparelli||New York City, New York||1920s-1950s||Costume Jewelry|
|Jean Schlumberger||New York City, New York||1946-1956||Jewelry|
|Selro||New York City, New York||1950s-1960s||Costume Jewelry|
|Shreve & Company||San Francisco, California||1852-present||Jewelry, Silver|
|Shreve, Crump & Low||Boston, Massachusetts||1796-present||Hand-Wrought Sterling|
|Art Smith||New York City, New York||1917-1982||Silver, Silver Wire, Brass, Copper|
|Spaulding & Company||Chicago, Illinois||1888-present||Silver, Silver Plate, Jewelry|
|Henry Steig||New York City, New York||1906-1973||Silver|
|Gustav Stickley||Syracuse, New York||1857-1942||Copper|
|Arthur J. Stone||Boston, Massachusetts||1847-1938||Silver|
|Tiffany & Company||New York City, New York||1853-present||Jewelry, Silver, Metalwork|
|Tiffany Studios||New York City, New York||1890-1932||Metalwork|
|Trifari||New York City, New York||1918-present||Costume Jewelry|
|Unger Bros.||Newark, New Jersey||1872-1919||Silver, Jewelry|
|Dirk Van Erp||Oakland, California||1859-1933||Copper|
|Nicholas Varney||New York City, New York||1996-present||Jewelry|
|Webster Company||North Attleboro, Mass.||1869-1950||Silver|
|Frank M. Whiting Company||North Attleboro, Mass.||1878-1960s||Silver|
|Whiting Manufacturing Company||North Attleboro, Mass.||1866-present||Silver|
|Ed Wiener||Provincetown, Mass.||1918-1991||Silver|
|James H. Winn||Chicago, Illinois||1866-1940||Jewelry|
|Harry Winston||New York City, New York||1932-present||Jewelry, Diamonds|
|Samuel Yellin||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1885-1940||Ironwork|
|David Yurman||New York City, New York||1980-present||Jewelry|
|Marie Zimmermann||New York City, New York||1879-1972||Metalwork, Jewelry|
Are you familiar with a jewelry designer named Lakritz in the early 1940’s?
Saw naturalistic pieces estimated on “Antiques Roadshow” gold with semi and precious stones by an American designer. Pieces were somewhat chunky and included various sizes and varieties of stones. Do this sound like any designer you know of? Who?
any work by erma hewitt
I have a large chunky bracelet with intense metal work almost
medieval style with large glass stones. It is an impressive piece
and signed by a KALIZGER…do you know anything about this designer.
Hi all. I have a beautiful 70s gold tone and rhinestone pendant signed what looks to be ‘Tar Lavalier’. The ‘T’ is capitalised and the ‘ar’ are lowercase and over the top of the T. I’ve tried to research the designer, but haven’t had any luck. I thought it could be HAR or Art ( Mode Art), but the designs seem quite different. Has anyone come across this stamp before?
Lavalier means a necklace with a center pendant. I’m guessing Tar is the company that produced your pendant, not the designer.
I am looking for info on Calvin K Clauer, jeweler, opt. I have a beautiful ring in tiny box. Box is marked with his name on top. He is said to have a 1911 jewelry catalog.
I have an unusual brooch with black and white beads, center is silver metal with what I believe to be rhinestones. The beads are hand sewn into a plastic back. On the back, this has a round, silver disc that is marked ‘CH. RONIS’. Under the name,it reads ‘MADE BY’ and below that is ‘N.Y’. I have researched and can find no information on the item or the Artist.
Have found 2 pieces of jewelry now at a local thrift store that appear to be scenes in black carved into walrus tusks or ? Some kind of whitish material( hard) . They are signed : W. Walluk.
I have a brooch of my grandmothers that is about a 3 1/2 in wide oval of gold tone with a large cut amethyst and a simple metal floral design. The back has a simple if not somewhat crude clasp. The only marking is J.H.P. Any ideas about this piece?
I HAVE A RING THAT BELONGED TO MY GRANDMOTHER. IT HAS A YELLOW STONE IN IT THAT I ASSUMED
WAS A YELLOW DIAMOND. I KNOW IT IS AT LEAST 30 YRS OLD AS SHE WORE IT AT MY WEDDING 30 YRS AGO.
THE ONLY MARKING ON THE RING SAYS 10K MAGNOLIA ON THE INSIDE OF THE BAND. HAS ANYONE EVER SEEN THIS BEFORE AND WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT IT.
I found some brooches a bunch an all the box says is HJ&G INC. Any one knows who they r PR wat
I have some Canadian Costume jewelry from the 1930s. Do you know the names of Canadian Costume jewellery designers from the 1930? It has blue stones and mother of pearl in tradition designs.
My grandfather was Gregory Ramallo. I am doing a project for my mom about him, but I am not finding a lot. I wonder if anyone has ideas?
I have a vintage pair of rectangular/ triangular hoop earrings, sterling with 14k hooks. They’re marked/signed what looks to be PPI SS14K Does anyone know anything about the maker ppi? Thanks!
Paloma Picasso Inc. I think it might be
I have a solid gold pendant of the Mother Mary, the baby Jesus and an angel. It is aproximaely 1.25″ H and 3/4″ wide and quite heavy (over an ounce). It is stamped 14kt and manufacturer mark is AUTAYA. I believe that it is from Italy in the late 1800s or early 1900s. I am curious if you have any information on this manufacturer, as they Do not appear on your list.
I was searching the Web in effort to attribute a beautiful
unmarked set, which I have.
I was thinking it was designed by Schreiner, but received
a message from a person who claimed was a descendant of home of Schreiners
stating that the set was not by Schreiner.Could you shed light on it?
Here are the links to the photos
Hi I saw this post and was wondering if you researched Alice Caviness? I can see why you would have thought Schreiner, with the “pie crust” back settings. I have also seen this setting used in Caviness pieces and she was quite unique and bold in her designs. Just a thought.. . . . . .
Beautiful piece. Was it ever attributed to anybody?
Please let me know was there a french jeweler by the name Brucilo in 1940 to 1970 era?
Am very anxious to know about him. As he had made beautiful stuff for my family in Vietnam.
I have a set of rhinestone jewelry (clip earrings, bracelet and choker necklace) that was my grandmother’s. She was born in 1908. It is in the original case marked as jewels designed by Chez Lorraine. I have been unable to find anything online about it. I assume it’s from about the 1950s.
I have a shell cameo of a man side view in a coat with a ruffle shirt. Very good detail. Old pin and clasp. It is marked Mayhen . I think the last letter is an n. And dated 1847. Any info about the name. Thanks
Hi i got cabochon emerald clip earrings it is very old but the hallmark hard to read. It look like ardisos or arcansos with the logo is letter U facing down with crown in top . Kindly help me please if this is valuable or where came from. thanks
Hi, I have a vinatge diamond ring with a marking inside Im having trouble placing. It has 14k and then what looks like a cursive c that flows into a sideways heart. It could be a cb. Any ideas? I can send a picture.
I am currently researching as much history on “Bud and Blossom” that I can find. They were a line and jewelry company based in New York City in the 20’s and 30’s. I have recently purchased an art deco platinum engagement ring with their mark inside the band and am developing a romantic story for when I ask my lady to marry me. Such beautiful workmanship unsurpassed by today’s rings. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.
I have a gold ring marked jc.. It has a tear drop stone with a stone on each side of it.. I can’tfind any info with a jc stamp in a ring
I have a 18k gold diamond ring of my grandmothers in an ornate box that is inscribed with St. Louis Jewelry Clock and Silver Co on N. 8th St, St. Louis, Mo Do you have any information on this company? I can’t seem to find anything.
I’m trying to find who may have made this bracelet. It’s marked Ahlor Italy. It’s diamond cut with a lions head at one end with the tail wrapped around the clasp at the other. It’s a man bracelet. I’d love to know more about this piece but I’m having trouble finding anything similar.
Does anyone remember House of Neuwirth HOLLYWOOD? It was a very famous jewelry store to the stars between 1940-1960. Not sure of the end date.
i recently got a vintage bohemian garnet ring in vermeil, with a GAJ at the back. I wonder if you have an idea on who this is?
I have a brooch of a branch with birthstones that says stem.co in the back. Does anyone know anything about it?
I have a costume pin in silver, shaped like a calla lily marked on the back is Katalis. Any information would be appreciated!
I have a circular brooch with matching clip-on earrings all marked AUSTRIA. Large stones (just over 1/4″ across) in brown, gold and green not thinking they are genuine stones) in a gold colored setting. I received from grandmother approx. 50 yrs ago and they looked old then. Any idea of the value?
Margaret ? Jewelry shop on w. 4th St. in the West Villiage, closed in the late 1960s.
Molke danish lapis and silver chunky some 1940 looks some 1960/70 look
I recently bought a large estate of antique to 1970s designer jewelry from a ” clean out” seller from UK. In this lot is a Clear Quartz crystal and 18K sculpture/ pendant with Emerald eyes. The only marks ive found are 18k and A “J” forwards and one.backwards. I have found the identical item online on Pinterest. The article.says the pendant was a Cartier from the 1960s and sold.at the Hancocks auctionhouse in London. The webpage from Handcocks has expired and i cannot locate the author.or any other information. Could you please help me to locate any information at all to validate uts authenticity? I would be most grateful! Thank you so much!
I have a old gold wedding band that has H.JLY. CO 18bKT. All I can find is the bKT rating goes back to 1915.
18 and 14 karat gold were rated in bKT in the early 1900s.
Can anyone give me an idea who made this ring?
I am assuming JLY.CO stands for jewelry company but what does the H stand for?
I’m looking for jewelry signed by j.m.p. it will be gold, high-end jewelry. Thanks, D
Hello. I found your note while searching for information about JMP. I have a beautiful antique ring signed H.E.C.8.JMP. It is also stamped 18ct. It is set with old cut diamonds and is 18k topped with platinum. Please let me know if you are interested or know anything about this hallmark.
I have a heart shape locket from 1950s from Okinawa Japan im trying to find the maker
I have a 1920s or earlier woman’s watch ,with the face name ,lady Rodney ,the only thing I can find is a war ship called lady Rodney ,after her . Does anyone know anything about this watch it’s gold filled with some other gold markings not sure of couple diamonds . Swiss made 17 jewel . Tia
I have a necklace looks 1920s period it is made up of small oblong jade pieces each one set with small stones
Each piece of jade has a silver coloured decorated metal along the bottom, there are five jade pieces on the top row and four set in between set with pins on the bottom row a silver coloured chain also in the same shape as the jade comes off from each side and fastens at the top of the neck. It seems to be a very well made piece.
I cannot find any hallmarks on the piece but have found a stamp on one of the jade pieces looks like J.M.G.M 1188525.
I would love to find out where it was made, when and by whom.
My search so far as turned up no clues.
I have a pair of 1960’s 18kt gold and diamond earrings with the hallmark FJ on them. Any ideas on who made them??
I worked Christmas time at Granat Brothers in San Francisco when I was a teen…sure made me love gold jewelry!
The carousel charms were so fascinating and I just cannot remember the designer – a New Yorker…wish I had bought one but I did get a gold Ruser cherub.
Developed a lifetime desire for gold charms…much to to the dismay of my husbands!
I read that Calvin K Clauer was a jeweler that had a store in South Bend, Indiana 103 Michigan Street in the early 1900’s.
Anyone familiar with a jewellery maker called Foduil or Roduil? I have earrings stamped with that sort of name on the backs of both but have no idea who it is.
Also,anyone know what make an ‘N’ with like a little Q shaped shape that resembles a scarf around it mean? That’s also on some earrings of mine as well.
Any info very welcome.
I have jewelry stamped GARDA 925 stamped on the back and I can’t find anything in that name. Please help! It’s a mystic topaz cross shaped medallion with earrings.
I have two pieces of jewelry that were purchased independently, each marked “CHOLI” or “<HOLI”. It’s hard to tell whether the first character is the letter C or a carrot. Both pieces have a streamlined, modern look and are made from sterling silver. I know they date back at least to the early 70s. Any info on this designer is appreciated!
I have a 31 inch 14K gold rectangle box link chain necklace marked 14K Italy and stamped with a name ending in FAERRE (first 2 or 3 letters cannot be made out)…. these are the 6 I can make out. Would you know anything about this? I believe the necklace may be from the early to middle 1900’s. Anything you might know would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.
I have a silver tone necklace that stamped Pat and under that it says Paris. Just not sure if it’s supposed to be Pat Paris or Pat for patent. Looked on web can’t find anything on it. Hope someone can help solve this. Thanks
I have a very heavy Art Deco huge brooch 585 14k gold set with numerous gemstones and diamonds;
It appears to be signed
« GOTSHA »
CAN ANY ONE HELP PLEASE?It appears to be Art Deco
Thanks in advance.
Unique line of handcrafted designed Alaska gold charms and gold jewelry with interlocked “KW” hallmark by goldsmith. Ken Warburton lived in small town on Kenai Peninsula Alaska, had his own small workshop, and a few employees to finish product line.
Lost wax cast duplicates of his originals were made; regionally resold in wholesale to retail fine jewellery shops, in larger towns and cities. Resellers were across western US who ordered these unique AK Theme characterized charms and the Warburton brand line of Alaskan gold and gold nuggeted jewellery; considered vintage antique and rare now. (tiny float planes; animals, old style railroad trains; billikans. etc)
These among dozens of other small representations. There were two gold jewelry manufacturers in the small town of Moose Pass AK from 1950/1970; one maker’s name was Ken Warburton, the other, named Merle Reed. Reed brand was resold to other owners who made the product line in Seward Alaska.
The Warburton name had much larger line of unique and AK themed gold and gemstone jewelery; moved to Anchorage in late 1960s. His Originals were first handmade, then lost-wax casting was done, with rubber molds to make sprued multiples of items.
These waxes were later burned out of the casting matrix, and the hollow was used with centrifugal machine to force liquid gold into the unique shaped voids, made with investment plaster casts of each design.
Warburton had his manufacturing shop uptown in top floor of Frisco Bar, across from Captain Cook Hotel. Warburton continued; had partners including J.V Brown, Jr (whose father James Vic Brown, Sr, had first Zales store in Anchorage) and other investors. Hired skilled craftspersons, mostly women whose spouses worked in other Alaskan business; oil, timber, government; and trained additional persons to perform specific tasks in processes of manufacturing this extensive line of unique jewelry. And so a dedicated workforce of crafts persons were local residents. Some followed Warburton from the small towns of eastern Kenai Peninsula; when business sought to expand, and Warburton bought the building (now gone) near Captain Cook Hotel uptown.
There had been a memiographed catalog of this line, sent by mail to retail owners of businesses, so they could mail order the jewelery from Warburton. Even from small towns, it was viable good business. Between personal sales in remote AK towns, and on the few roadways, the sales persons had sample cases of actual product to show potential buyers of 200+ items of this line.
All that wholesale small industry, with independent resellers; to include JC Penney stores in Alaska, and Hawaii; yet few items such as ‘Alaska Charm Bracelets’ remain.
Saw one hefty bracelet with 40 charms, original; in a pawnshop in Eagle River business district.
The store owner wanted only $1,000. (Worth much more in gold; he was going to scrap it.) Said it was not selling; unadvertised in showcase. ~ And I could not afford $1K. However I talked about the uniqueness, rarity; and suggested better ideas to sell that to collectors. A researched auction?
The bracelet, double-linked (14K with 10 K+ 14K charms) was similar to one my sister was given; charms added each christmas and birthday, by our mother who crafted the KW line. These are rare and have upscale value beyond scrap.
Items from KW were copied by lost wax methods, so duplicates were smaller than originals. Memory fades; but gold hardware could remain almost indefinitely.
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I have the signature mark but can’t find a reference. A sterling silver rhinestone lady bug with the mark “CL” Any thoughts?