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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
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.
- Mark: JayFlex Photo courtesy Beth Rowlands.
- Mark: JayFlex Sterling Photo courtesy eclecticgramma.
JAY STRONGWATER — See STRONGWATER, JAY
JEANNE — See DOTTENHEIM, MARK
- Mark: Jeanne ©
- Mark: Jeanne Photo courtesy eclecticgramma.
- No information on this maker.
- Charming, well made jewelry mentioned in Seventeen magazine in 1962 and 1963.
- 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.
- Mark: Etalon Jenavi Photo courtesy Amelia Willett
- Card: Larger view Photo courtesy Amelia Willett
- Dates: early 1990s to present
- Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
JEEP COLLINS — Fredericksberg, TX
- Mark: Courtesy Sandy Carroll
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
- 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.
- Mark: Joan Rivers Courtesy Lilly Vittetow
JOHN GRANT DESIGNS — See CATAMORE
- 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
- 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 Blanche and Aldo Viano in 1949. Named after their daugher, Judy Lee.
- Sold through home parties similarly to Sarah Coventry.
- Judy-Lee Jewels became a division of Con-Stan Industries, Inc. around 1980.
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
PAT SEAL: research files
DOTTY STRINGFIELD: research files
BOBYE SYVERSON: research files.
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