Researching Costume Jewelry History, Companies and Signatures – “J”

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COSTUME JEWELRY MARKS – J*

 

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J

J A with candelabrum — See AVERY, JAMES

 

J.C. & S. — See J. COOK AND SONS

 

J. COOK AND SONS — Birmingham, England

  • Mark:  J.C. & S Courtesy Carolyn Sunday

 

J.CREW — NYC — 1983 to present

  • Mark:   J.Crew   

 

JH SILVER IONA — See JOHN HART

 

J.M.F. CO. — See FISHER

 

J.M.S. JEWELRY MANUFACTURING CO, INC. — Bloomfield, NJ

 

  • Mark:   J.M.S.  Photo courtesy Roxy Richardson.
  • Mark:   Photo courtesy Charlotte Cicale.
  • Founded c. 1940.

 

J. R. WOOD & SONS CO — 1850- present

  • Mark:   Deauville       Photo courtesy RCJr>
  • Mark:   Deauville on foil tag on yellow ribbon      Photo courtesy Eileen Stewart.
  • The Deauville mark is no longer being used.
  • In 1970 it merged into Lennox, Inc., Trenton, NJ
  • In 1975 they changed the name from J. R. Wood to Art-Carved, Inc., which makes school, family and wedding rings.
  • View a J. R. Wood catalog from 1923.

 

J. SABBAGH — See PIERRE BEX

 

JACOBS, MAURICE — c . July 1967

  • Sequin Jewelry.

 

JAI JOHNSON —  Jackson, TN

  • Mark:   Jai     Courtesy Karen Bird
  • Contemporary artisan

 

JAIS’ SCARABE’ — See SWAROWSKI

 

JAMES AVERY — See AVERY, JAMES

 

JAMES JENSEN — See JENSEN

 

JANE BOLLES — See BOLLES, JANE

 

JAY FEINBERG — See STRONGWATER, JAY

 

JAY KEL — 5th Ave., NY, NY

  • Mark:        Courtesy Pam, HA
  • Mark:        Courtesy eclecticgramma
  • Have ads from 1944-1946

 

JAYCRAFT — See HEIFERMAN & BERGER, INC.

 

JAYFLEX

  • Mark:   JayFlex     Photo courtesy Beth Rowlands.
  • Mark:   JayFlex Sterling   Photo courtesy eclecticgramma.

 

JAY STRONGWATER  — See STRONGWATER, JAY

 

JEANNE — See DOTTENHEIM, MARK

 

JEANNE

  • Mark:   Jeanne ©
  • Mark:   Jeanne   Photo courtesy eclecticgramma.
  • No information on this maker.
  • Charming, well made jewelry mentioned in Seventeen magazine in 1962 and 1963.

 

JEAN-PIERRE, ROGER

  • Worked for in the French jewelry industry designing for different companies.
  • Opened his own shop in 1960.
  • Mark:   Roger Jean-Pierre   Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.   Visit her gallery to see examples.

 

JENAVI

 

  •   Mark:  Etalon Jenavi    Photo courtesy Amelia Willett
  •   Card:   Larger view  Photo courtesy Amelia Willett
  • Dates: early 1990s to present
  • Founded:
  • Location: St. Petersburg, Russia

 

JEEP COLLINS — Fredericksberg, TX

  • Mark:        Courtesy Sandy Carroll
  • Contemporary

 

JENAY — 5th Ave., NY, NY

 

JENSEN, FINN — Norway

  • Mark:   Norway Sterling    Courtesy Deb Schneider

 

JENSEN, GEORG — Denmark — 1904 to present (07)

  • Mark:   Sterling GJ    Photo courtesy ID: justabunchawildflowers.
  • Mark:   Georg Jensen Sterling Denmark     Photo courtesy Laura Libio.

Some designers who worked for Georg Jensen:

    • Wiwen Nilsson — b. 1897–d. 1974 — worked briefly for GJ before opening his own shop in 1927.
    • Sigvard Bernadotte — b. 1907-d. 2002
    • Torun Bulow-Hube — b. 1927-
    • Nanna Ditzel — b. 1923-2005; designed for GJ since 1960.
    • Jorgen Ditzel — b. 1921-1961
    • Bent Gabrielsen — b. 1928
    • Henning Koppel — b.1918-1981
    • Arno Malinowski — b. 1899–1976–mark is an”A” over an “M”
    • Harald Nielsen — b. 1892-1977
    • Opened his own workshop in 1904
  • A Georg Jensen shop was opened in New York in 1924.
  • Jensen died in 1935, but his company continues under the ownership of Royal Scandinavia.

 

JENSEN, JAMES — New Orleans, LA

  • Glamour Trash Jewelry by James Jensen is marked     Courtesy Cynthia Fore Miller
  • Uses old disco records and his “secret” finishes
  • Contemporary artist

 

JERAY — c. 1946 — See RICE-WEINER

 

JERI-LOU CREATIONS INC —  Johnston, RI — in business as of June 2003

  • Mark:   JERI-LOU  

 

JESARA — c. 1980s

  • Mark:   Jesara     Courtesy Kassi Mercy
  • Founded by Aram & Jessica Kalfian in the 1980s.

 

JEWELART CO. — East Providence, RI — c.1946

  • Mark:   Jewel Art Sterling – 1946     (RCJ)
  • Mark: Sterling by JewelArt – Photo courtesy Jay B. Siegel

 

JEWELART, INC. — Van Nuys, CA — c. 1971

  • Sold materials to people who wanted to make their own jewelry.
  • Not associated with JewelArt in Providence, RI.
  • Their findings and materials were probably not marked.
  • View two early 1970’s Jewelart catalogs.

 

JEWELCRAFT — See CORO and Gem-Craft

 

JEWELFULLY YOURS — See CORO

 

JEWELARAMA

  • Mark:   Jewelarama     Courtesy justabunchawildflowers
  • *Offspring of Science* and Edmund Refraction Jewelry made by Edmund Scientific Co., Barrington, New Jersey.
  • Referred to as “Refraction Jewels”
  • Possibly from the 1960s

 

JEWELRY BY JORDAN — See JORDAN

 

JEWELRY FASHIONS, INC. — NY, NY — c. 1945 till present

  • Mark:   Robert Rose    Courtesy Gloria Barnhart

 

JEWELS BY ANTOINETTE — See ANTHONY CREATIONS, INC.

 

JEWELS BY BOGOFF — See BOGOFF

 

JEWELS BY PARK LANE — 1955 to present

  • Mark:   PARK LANE — 1958    Photo courtesy RCJ.
  • Mark:   Park Lane in script     Courtesy Lisa Corcoran
  • Mark:   Park Lane made in Korea       Courtesy Evelyn Phillips
  • Mark:   On a presentation box    Courtesy Lilly Vittetow
  • Mark:   Jewels by Park Lane with crown — 1958   
  • Mark:   Jewels by Park Lane — 1991  
  • Founded by 1955 by Arthur and Shirley LeVin in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Sold through individual representatives and home parties.

 

JEWELS BY STANLEE — c. 1960 – at least 2000

JEWELS BY TRIFARI — See TRIFARI

 

JEWELS OF FASHION — See UNCAS

 

JEWELS OF JOSANNA — See JOSANNA

 

JEZLAINE — See SUNSTONE

 

JINGLE JANGLE — See CORO

 

JINGLE RINGS — See CORO

 

JJ — See JONETTE JEWELRY CO.

 

JOAN RIVERS

  • Mark:   Joan Rivers     Courtesy Lilly Vittetow
  • Contemporary

 

JOHN GRANT DESIGNS — See CATAMORE

 

JOHN HART

  • Mark:   Silver Iona JH   
  • John Hart founded his jewelry business in the 1950’s and retired in 1979.
  • His son, John Hart, started his own business, Hebridean Jewellery, on the island of South Uist-1974 – present.

 

JOHN WIND — See WIND, JOHN

 

JOLIE —  NY, NY — c. 1950s-1960s

  • Founder was Jolie Gabor.
  • This is not the same company as “JOLLE”.

 

JOLLE — Hess-Appel, Inc. — NY,NY

  • Mark:   Jolle     Courtesy Robin Hamm
  • Founded by Lester Hess & Jack H. Appel
  • They emerged in 1943 with several items of jewelry.
  • JOLLE was still in business in the 1950’s
  • Have ad from 1947

 

JOMAR  — Joseph Margolin — Los Angeles, CA

  • Mark:   My Life — Dec. 1953

 

JOMAZ — see Mazer Bros. (Joe-maz)

  • Mark:   Jomaz used from 1946- 1981

 

JONETTE JEWELRY CO. — Providence, RI — c. 1943- Sept. 2006

  • Mark:   ©JJ – Mark used c. 1970.   
  • Mark:   ©JJ1986 – Used on Artifacts line of jewelry although some pieces sold on Artifacts hang cards are only marked ©JJ.
  • Mark:   ©JJ1988 – Used on Santa Fe line of southwestern-inspired jewelry.
  • Abraham Lisker started the company around 1943 first as The Providence Jewelry Company and then changed the name to Lisker & Lisker. The business remained family-owned until it closed.
  • Renamed company after parents John and Etta.
  • Alan Weimer designed some of JJ’s most clever pieces in the 1980s and ’90s.
  • Jonette Jewelry Co. ended production in September, 2006.
  • Some sources cite 1935 as date Lisker founded first company. Needs further research.

 

JONNE — See SCHRAGER

 

JORDAN — R.M. JORDAN & CO.

  • Mark:   Jewelry by Jordan
  • Mark:   Sterling by Jordan  
  • Mark:   “J” inside a triangle      Photo courtesy Beth Rowlands.
  • R. M. Jordan & Co.
  • Have ads from 1943, 1945, 1946

 

JORGEN JENSEN — Denmark

  • Mark:   Jorgen Jensen      Photo courtesy Debbie Robinson .
  • Jorgen worked in pewter.

 

JOSANNA, INC. — New York — c. 1945

  • Mark:   Jewels of Josanna, first used in 1945 (Dolan)

 

JOSE’ MARIA BARRERA — See BARRERA, JOSE’ MARIA

 

JOSEF MORTON — See MORTON, JOSEF

 

JOSEFF OF HOLLYWOOD — 1938-present

  • Mark:   Joseff   
  • Mark:   Joseff of Hollwood        Photo courtesy Laura Libio.
  • Began career with a craft shop called “Sunset Jewelry Shop”, which became Sunset Jewelry Co.
  • Retail production of costume jewelry began in 1938.
  • Made and rented out much of the wonderful jewelry used in old Hollywood movies during the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s.
  • Joseff died in 1948, but production continued under the management of his wife, Joan Castle.
  • Some of the old molds and stampings are used by the company in making jewelry from the 1990s to present.
  • Difficult to accurately date items marked “Joseff” in script because of recent production using this mark. See Warman’s Costume Jewelry by Pamela Y. Wiggins (Siegel) for more information on dating Joseff marks.

 

JOSEPH H. MEYER & BROS. — Brooklyn, NY — 1911-present(?)

  • Mark:   Richelieu since 1911    last listed owner Victoria Creations    Courtesy Plenty O’Jewels.
  • Mark:   Mark Traynor for Richelieu
  • Mark:   Richelieu     Photo courtesy Beth Rowlands.
  • Mark:      Photo courtesy Di Kemp.
  • Mark:   Made in U.S.A., Richelieu     Courtesy Kristin Rheinwald
  • Mark:   inside presentation box      Photo courtesy John Bene.
  • Mark:   Treza — Aug. 1964
  • Mark:   Santinore — 1939; last listed owner Victoria Creations.   Courtesy Plenty O’[email protected]
  • Mark:   Richelieu Satinore     Courtesy Kristin Rheinwald
  • Mark:   Richelieu Iridelle
  • Mark:   Richelieu Pearls
  • Mark:   Ingeborg-Sant Angelo for Richelieu — c. 1967
    Mark:    Bill Smith for Richelieu — c.1970     Courtesy Danielle
    Mark:   “Geno Division of Richelieu” on a hangtag; jewelry items were only marked “Austria”      Photo courtesy ID: dee-n-lar

 

JOSEPH WIESNER – See WIESNER, JOSEPH

     

    JOZELL, INC. — c. 1954

     

    JUDITH JACK

    • Mark:   “JJ” in two triangles “Sterling”     Courtesy Cathy Overfield
    • Mark:   double JJ in a triangle

     

    JUDITH LEIBER — See LEIBER, JUDITH

     

    JUDITH McCANN DESIGNS — See MCCANN, JUDITH

     

    JUDY LEE — Blanch-ette, Inc., Chicago, IL — 1949 – c. 1980

    • Mark:   Judy Lee — first used in 1958    Courtesy Sande Kattau.
    • Mark:   JUDY-LEE in block print.
    • Mark:   Judy-Lee Jewels — Judy-Lee in script, Jewels in print – 1958     US Trademark
    • Founded by Blance and Aldo Viano.
    • Sold through home parties
    • Judy-Lee Jewels is now a Division of Con-Stan Industries, Inc.

     

    JULIANA — See DE LIZZA & ELSTER

     

    JULES VAN ROUGE   — c. Oct. 1967

    • He designed for Hattie Carnegie in 1975 — this is according to Cosmopolitan Dec 1975 issue.

     

    JUNIOR PROM — See LISNER

     

    BIBLIOGRAPHY

    PAT SEAL: research files
    DOTTY STRINGFIELD: research files
    BOBYE SYVERSON: research files.
    A TRIBUTE TO AMERICA by Carla and Roberto Brunialti
    AMERICAN COSTUME JEWELRY by Carla and Roberto Brunialti
    AMERICAN JEWELRY MANUFACTURERS by Dorothy T. Rainwater
    COLLECTIBLE COSTUME JEWELRY by Cherri Simonds
    COLLECTING COSTUME JEWELRY 101 By Julia Carroll
    COLLECTING COSTUME JEWELRY 202 By Julia Carroll
    COLLECTING RHINESTONE COLORED JEWELRY by Maryanne Dolan
    COPPER ART JEWELRY by Burkholz and Kaplan
    COSTUME JEWELRY A PRACTICAL HANDBOOK AND GUIDE by Fred Rezazadeh
    COSTUME JEWELRY (2nd Ed.) by Harrice Simons Miller
    EUROPEAN DESIGNER JEWELRY by Ginger Moro
    INSIDE THE JEWELRY BOX By Ann Pitman
    LUCILLE TEMPESTA: owner-publisher of the Vintage Fashion & Costume Jewelry Magazine
    MASTERPIECES OF COSTUME JEWELRY by Ball and Torem
    MID-CENTURY PLASTIC JEWELRY By Susan Klein
    MIRIAM HASKELL JEWELRY by Cathy Gordon and Sheila Pamfiloff
    OLD JEWELRY by Jeanenne Bell
    WARMAN’S JEWELRY 2nd Ed. by Christie Romero
    WARMAN’S JEWELRY 3rd Ed. by Christie Romero

     

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