Costume Jewelry: Confusing Fakes and Copies

The so-called jelly belly fakes have now been joined by another generation of fraud costume jewelry which includes imitation enamel pieces. This article will examine this group of impostors and list the features you need to identify and avoid them. Almost all the major differences between the new and pieces shown in this article are due to old pieces being essentially handmade and the reproductions being mass produced as rapidly as possible. All the new items shown, for example are molded, or cast, as one piece. Vintage originals almost always are made of a number of die struck pieces soldered together see Figs. Once you know the signs of hand work, detecting the mass produced fakes is relatively easy. Here are the main features to look at.

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Jan 27, – Vintage Eisenberg EXCITEMENT JEWELRY Perfume Eisenberg “Excitement” line, date unknown. Jewelry Ads, Old Jewelry, Antique.

The superb craftsmanship and beauty of Eisenberg vintage costume jewelry makes it highly sought by costume jewelry collectors. And because Eisenberg costume jewelry has been marketed since , many styles and designs have been produced, some appealing to lots of vintage costume jewelry collectors and others that have a more narrow appeal. The jewelry became much more popular than the garments, and in Eisenberg stopped making clothing and produced Eisenberg jewelry exclusively, from a company called Eisenberg Jewelry, Inc.

Eisenberg jewelry was an expensive line of costume jewelry when it was first sold. The craftsmanship was excellent and high quality materials were used, such as Swarovski Austrian crystals and rhinestones imported from Austria and Czechoslovakia, and the jewelry was produced with Rhodium metals which does not tarnish so has maintained its luster in colors that complimented the crystals and rhinestones.

During World War II and into the end of the s, the company produced high-quality sterling silver pieces. Eisenberg Vintage Jewelry signed in many different ways. Collectors who know what they are looking for find that vintage Eisenberg costume jewelry is fairly easy to spot. However, the pieces were signed in different ways over the years, presenting a challenge for Eisenberg jewelry collectors, as many knockoffs have surfaced.

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Things we might think are so valuable can be worth mere dollars, and others that look like a simple chain are worth thousands. One of the first things you can do when you acquire a new piece of jewelry is to look for hallmarks. These markings are usually located on the clasp of a necklace, the inside of a ring or bracelet, or the post of an earring. Common gold hallmarks include 18K, 14K, 10K, , , Common silver hallmarks include , Silver, , Sterling.

Any of these hallmarks should be appraised for authenticity.

Read about costume jewelry designers such as Jakob Bengel, Marcel Boucher, Hattie Carnegie, Coro, Ralph De Rosa, Eisenberg, and Engel Brothers. These numbers can be used to date the design (but not necessarily the manufacture) of​.

The costume jewelry market has seen an increasing number of pieces made from new molds taken from vintage originals. Dozens of familiar designs are being sold by operations in California, Florida and North Carolina, using production and assembly labor from different points overseas. Eisenberg, Trifari, Boucher, Hobe, Weiss, Coro and Coro Craft are only some of the popular old names being reproduced in a broad range of styles. One warning sign of a new piece is size.

Many of what at first appears to be some of the better copies, are much larger than originals. This is because the new pieces are made in new larger molds. A good way to check for proper size is to refer to a reference book. Along with size, a “heavy handed” treatment may also be a clue to a new copy. This includes a thick vermeil silver or bronze gilt, monotone coloring with no soft shading and poor quality settings such as stones with irregular facets or made of plastic.

Beginners and pros looking for telltale signs of reproductions should look first to the back sides. Many long-time manufacturers whose costume lines began in the s have a used a variety of marks on their work. Many of these companies changed the appearance of their marks every decade, or used a different mark to correspond with a different line of jewelry.

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But, their real value for collectors is as a resource in dating pieces. It’s always a thrill to find a piece of beloved jewelry in an old advertisement, either for dating it or for identifying the maker. Please browse through and enjoy these ads.

Eisenberg is one of the most collected of the vintage jewelry brands and is still in today date from the ‘s and 60’s when costume jewelry was at it’s height.

As Jewelry Shopping Guide editors, we write about things that we love and we think you’ll like too. We often have affiliate partnerships, and may generate some revenue from these links at no cost to you. Dress and fur clips were major trends that dominated the fashion scenes between the 20s to the early 50s. It was so popular that everyone seemed to be wearing one, from celebrities and actors on screen to the girl next door.

It was THE accessory to have. However, from the 50s, dress and fur clips fell out of fashion and never regained the popularity that they initially enjoyed. Today, these vintage clips remain a popular collectible and are worn by vintage fashion lovers. Although used interchangeably, fur and dress clips are quite different from each other. Fur clips were worn on furs and were designed in such a way so as not to damage the fur.

The fur clip was typically longer than dress clips and were pinned on to the fur by two sharp swivelling prongs attached to the back of the clip.

Eisenberg Originals made 1935-1945, also just Eisenberg

Have a yen to add a piece of vintage costume jewelry to your accessories wardrobe? Or, maybe you have a jewelry lover in your life who’d relish a vintage gift to add to their collection. Sure, vintage jewelry from the Victorian era through the s can have a very vintage look to it meaning it doesn’t look “new”.

18 These legitimate Eisenberg Christmas trees were sold as vintage costume jewelry. How can they be dated? Pre-World War II trees are large, 3″ to 4″ tall.

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Vintage Eisenberg Ice rhinestone bow brooch pin rhinestones gold tone mid-​century Signed Eisenberg Ice in block letters with the copyright symbol, dating it.

Eisenberg had shown jewelry in their ads prior to the s, but once they incorporate Eisenberg Jewelry Inc. Jewelry of the future That’s the Eisenberg look and a new one for costume pieces, either in this pure diamond-white rhinestone, or in jeweled colors. We introduce them to New York now in this super-colossal ring Wear them Eisenberg dresses and Eisenberg jewelry were made for each other The Eisenberg Original jewelry matches the amazing Eisenberg Original jacket closures, and of course the clothing is Eisenberg, barring darn it, the hat.

Copy of Original Press Photo – Shirred ruching forms giant patch-pockets on bodice and hip. The straight sleeve gains interest from its unusual side closing, fastened by three widely spaced buttons.

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Morning Glory Collects… things we love to buy, wear and share. They started their line of jewelry in but long before that, in the late s, they were famous for their innovative crystal cutting techniques. They were pioneers of high quality, high lead content crystals whose brilliance and clarity was unmatched, and they were respected for their crystal lenses, ornaments and rhinestones. They had an established name long before they ever made a single piece of finished jewelry.

Oct 8, – Explore Mary D’s board “Costume Jewelry Eisenberg & Juliana”, followed by people on Eisenberg “Excitement” line, date unknown. Jewelry​.

He settled in Chicago and founded Eisenberg in The original Eisenberg company was not developed with jewelry in mind. At first, Jonas only sold ladies ready to wear fashions. His first jewelry designs were meant to be worn with these fashions and were intended to be promotional products to advertise his designs of clothing rather than items for sale. These early Eisenberg pieces were not signed. However, in retail, things change, and Jonas soon discovered that his customers loved the jewelry and were removing the pieces from the clothing to purchase on their own!

Retailers started suggesting that the company design jewelry as well as clothing. Eisenberg heeded these suggestions and his two sons, Sam and Harold Eisenberg, began a line of Eisenberg jewelry which was marketed separately from the clothing.

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This is a variation of the Accessocraft mark found on a ‘s era Brooch. This Eisenberg jewelry mark was used from until Eisenberg Ice Jewelry.

An important object of the invention is to provide a device of this character which securely fastens and holds the links of a necklace, bracelet, or the like, to each other without danger of accidental displacement, while permitting ready and easy assembly and disassembly of the parts. Another object of the invention is to provide a fastening device of this character and having the foregoing advantages and capacities, and which is of simple and durable construction, reliable in operation and adapted to be manufactured at a comparatively slight cost from materials and by means of facilities ordinarily available.

Other objects and advantages of the invention reside in certain novel features of the construction, combination and arrangement of parts which will be hereinafter more fully described, reference being had to the accompanying drawing forming part of this specification, and in which:. Referring now to the drawing in detail: Numerals 7 and 9 indicate the terminal elements or end portions of a necklace, which are to be secured to one another.

In the illustrated embodiment, the end portions as well as the rest of the necklace may be made up of concave mountings, such as 11, 11a, 11b, in which are set stones, such as 13, 13a and 13b. Secured with one end to the bottom of mounting 11, by soldering, is a laterally extending flat metal strip 15, the other end of which is secured to the bottom end of a vertically extending pin To the upper end of pin 17 there is secured the underside of a mounting A metal strip is secured to the underside of mounting 19 and the upper edge of mounting Strip 15 and the underside of mounting 19, thus serve as rigid supports for pin It should, of course be understood that any other form of support for pin 17 can be used.

Secured to the bottom face of mounting 11a is a hook member 21 of the clasp shown, together with pin 17, in enlarged plan view in FIG. The hook member 21 is made of a resilient metal or metal alloy and is formed with a rounded recess 23, which is of a width to permit the passage of pin 17, and a semi-circular hook portion. Hook 25 thus forms a circular recess 26, into which may be received pin 17 which is of substantially the same diameter as recess The book is further formed with an inwardly directed projection 29, which divides recess 26 from recess

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