These are pieces from my private vintage costume jewelry collection. As a general rule these pieces are not for sale. However I have to admit that some jewels are closer to my heart than others :-). So just in case you might be interested in a particular piece, let me know and we can take it from there.
This beautiful large flower brooch / pin is signed DEJA (pronounce DAY-SHA) and dates back to the Art Deco era. Solomon Finkelstein started the company in 1939 and the name was changed to REJA in 1941. Therefore for once it is easy to date this piece of jewellery and it was manufactured between 1939 to 1941. The current market value is between NZ$100 to $200.
I reckon a Coro or Corocraft Duette piece of jewellery is a MUST in every jewellery collection! These double clips could be either worn as fur or dress clips or be combined into one brooch (as pictured). The mechanism for the Duette was patented in 1931. The Duette brooch and clips styles stayed popular throughout the 1940s. This particular piece, the sea horses is signed Coro Craft and is made of sterling. The current market value is approx. NZ$500.
This Christmas tree brooch / pin by Albert Weiss is probably the most exclusive one. Many might be more famous, like his 3-, 5- or 6-candles trees however I reckon this is the most beautiful one. And furthermore it is almost impossible to find it nowadays! I have been lucky enough to be able to buy this particular one in New York in the 1980s and even then it cost me an arm and a leg! But it is worth every penny and one of my most treasured pieces! The current market value is approx. NZ$600.
This fabulous Art Deco brooch / pin was made by a company called Rice-Weiner and dates back to the 1930s. It is set with many sparkling crystal clear and amber rhinestones. The current value for this piece varies between NZ$200 to 300. Rice-Weiner was founded in Rhode Island, USA in 1938. Rice-Weiner produced jewellery for the famous American artist McClelland Barclay. According to several sources the McClelland Barclay signature was used from 1935 until 1943.
This amazing Christmas tree brooch / pin is by HATTIE CARNEGIE and features dangling glass beads. The tree is 3-dimensional and simply spectacular to look at. The current market value for this piece is approx. NZ$280.
This beautiful Christmas tree brooch / pin by HOLLYCRAFT is very scarce on the market and therefore its market value is higher than the book value (usually it is other way round). The current market price is approx. NZ$120.
This LIBERTY EAGLE brooch / pin by Ann Hand is her signature piece of jewellery. It has been and still is worn by First Ladies, Ambassadors and public officials. The current value for this piece is approx. NZ$150.
This exquisite TRIFARI rooster brooch / pin dates back to the 1960s. It is exceedingly well made and beautifully enamelled in green and blue. I generally like figural jewellery and this particular piece is one of my favourites. The current market value is approx. $100.
Ok, I have to admit that these NOH mask clip earrings by SELRO can't really be called pretty... However they are rather unique and pretty hard to find. Little information is available about SELRO. The company was based in New York City and manufactured jewellery during the 1950s and 1960s. The owner of the company was Paul Selenger. The current value of these earrings is approx. NZ$100.
This adorable owl brooch / pin is by Alice Caviness, one of my favourite costume jewellery designers. Alice started her business in 1945. After World War II and her success in the garment industry, Alice Caviness began producing costume jewellery on Long Island, New York. She was always involved in every step of the designing process, production and sales of her jewellery. The market value for this cutie is, if it can be found at all, around NZ$100.