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COSTUME JEWELRY MARKS – V*
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“V” — See VALENTINO
VALENTINO COUTURE, INC., NY, NY — 1960 till present
- Mark: “V” (made from 3 triangles) first used Oct. 1970
- Mark: Courtesy of Julie Levine
- Founded by Valentino Garavani in 1960.
VALIANT — See CORO
VALJEAN — VALJEAN PEARL CORP., Brooklyn, NY
- Mark: Valjean first used 1944
- Have ads from 1956, 1964, 1965
- Have 2 ads from 1964 & 1966 that say, “Valjean, 19 West 36th St. NYC
VAN DELL — VAN DELL CORP., Providence, R — c. January 1939
- Mark: Van Dell Sterling Photo courtesy David Pritchett.
- Mark: Hand carved Ivory — with necklace in original presentation box Courtesy Christy Poturkovic.
- FRONT and BACK of card enclosed in orignal box with necklace. Courtesy Christy Poturkovic.
- Signature on inside of presentation box. Courtesy Christy Poturkovic.
- Mark: Van Dell c. Jan. 1939
- Mark: Younger Lady 1943
- Mark: Precious Al — Oct. 1941
- Bought by Colibri in 1991 (info from Colibri)
VAN DER STRAETEN, HERVE — 1985- present
- Mark: Van der Straeten
- Notes: French designer with own line since 1985; prefers to work in guilded bronze.
- Began working with Bernardaud China in 1992 designing items other than jewelry.
- In 1998 he designed a collection of porcelain jewelry for Bernardaud.
VAN ROUGE, JULES — c. 1967
VAN RYN, JOHANNA — A.J. VAN DUGTEREN & SONS, NY, NY
- Mark: Johanna Van Ryn — first used March 1945
- Van Ryn is / was a designer for the firm
- Have an ad from 1946
VAN S AUTHENTICS — See AUTHENTICS
- Mark: Vanecci Photo courtesy Roxy Richarson
- Dates: contemporary
- Location: Greensboro, NC
- Notes: Contemporary shoe and accessories company
VANITY FAIR — See CORO
VARGAS — VARGAS MFG. CO., Providence, RI — c.1945 to at least 1996
- Mark: CA — 1937 (original owner Carl-Art; last known owner Vargas); renewed in 1985
- Mark: Vargas since 1945; renewed in 1985.
- Mark: Vargas in script Courtesy ID: eclecticgramma.
- Mark: Cradle Craft script 1946
- Mark: Vargas — *V* imposed over an elongated diamond shape – 1947 Photo courtesy Lilly Vittetow;
- Mark: M-H — 1951; (original owner McGrath-Hamin, Inc.; last known owner Vargas)
- Mark: Little Princess — 1958; used for children’s jewelry; (original owner McGrath-Hamin, Inc.; last known owner Vargas)
- Mark: Lucky Elephant — 1960
- Mark: Bennard (with 3 circles overlapping with a line that forms a styalized “B” — first used 1969
- Mark: Brazilia Fire — 1971
- Mark: Grandee — April 1971
- Mark: Autocrat — 1971
- Mark: Medici — 1971
- Mark: Trianium — 1971
- Mark: Venetian Cameo — 1974
- Mark: Yukon Hematite — 1974
- Mark: Bonded Karat — 1974
- Mark: Pen Grave — 1976
- Mark: Park Lane — 1976 (original owner Carl-Art; last known owner Vargas)
- Mark: Diamond Life — 1996
- Mark: Kid Power — 1997
- Notes: Vargas purchased McGrath-Hamlin in 1980.
- Still in business in 1996, according to bank loan information.
- All Vargas marks had expired or were cancelled as of 2004; except for the “V” mark, which is still live.
- Sometime between 1976 and 1981 Vargas merged with Carl-Art.
- UNCAS MFG purchased the Vargas company and it’s building at 150 Niantic Ave, Providence, RI. This likely took place after 1996, because Vargas took out a bank loan in 1996.
VAUBEL, STEVEN — c. 1980s
- Mark: Courtesy Mary Baker
VAUTRIN, LINE — Paris, France — c. late 1930s
- Mark: Line Vautrin Courtesy Erik Yang
- Started as a button maker showing designs at Paris Exposition in 1937. Known for mirrors set on a resin background, which she called “Talosel” (info from Erik Yang)
VENDOME — See CORO
VENETIAN — See R. F. SIMMONS CO.
VENUS — See MARVELLA
VENUS — See BRIER MFG. CO.
VERDUCCI CREATIONS, INC. — Providence, RI — contemporary company
- Mark: Verducci — probably the mark of Verducci Crations Courtesy Kathryn of the-vintage-jewelry-advisor.com.
VICTORIA CO. LTD. — Warwick, RI
- Mark: Victoria Creations first used 1962.
- Victoria, Co. owned by United Merchants and Manufacturers, Inc.
- Has manufactured jewelry for export, for Bijoux Givenchy(R), Richelieu(R), Tommy Hilfiger, Karl Lagerfeld(R), Napier, its own brands and under the Nine West brand.
- Currently owned by the Jones Apparel Group.
VICTORIA FLEMMING — See FLEMMING, VICTORIA
VICTORIAN — See R. F. SIMMONS
VIEN, ANN — Atlanta, GA — c. 1950
- Mark: Ann-Vien Courtesy Plenty O Jewels.
VIGELAND, TONE — Norway
- Mark: Photo courtesy Carolyn Henry
VIKING CRAFT — ALBERT HORWIG, NY, NY
- Mark: Viking Craft used since Nov. 1938
VOGUE 1936 — New York City — until at least 1977
- Mark: Vogue Photo courtesy Beth Rowlands.
- Mark: Vogue Jlry Photo courtesy Erik Yang.
- Mark: Vogue Jlry Courtesy Vera Battemarco
- Mark: Earrings marked Vogue Matching necklace marked “Paris, Made in France”. Photos courtesy Erik Yang.
- Mark: Vogue Sterling Courtesy Robin Deutsch
- Notes: Founded by George Grand, Harold Shapiro (left the company in 1961) and Jack Gilbert
- Some necklaces are unsigned because the clasps could not carry a signature.
- Have two ads from Vogue from 1973, 1977
- Information provided by Pam Brooks from converstions with the grandson of George Grand.
VOGUE BELT & ORNAMENTAL CO., INC. Chicago, Il. — In business (6/05)
Mark: Vogue Belt Chicago Photo courtesy Karen Bird.
VOLUPTE — VOLUPTE, INC., Elizabeth, NJ
- Mark: Volupte — used on compacts & cigarette cases
- Mark: Volupte Pat. Pend. Photo courtesy Linda Lange.
- Mark: Volupte U.S.A. Photo courtesy eclecticgramma.
- Notes: Bought by Shields, Inc., Attleboro, MA in 1957
- Have costume jewelry ad from 1956
VON FURSTENBERG, DIANE — c. 1970
- Mark: dvf
- Mark: Photo courtesy Linda Jo D. Mitchell.
- Contemporary clothing designer who also does jewelry.
- Mark: Photo courtesy Pat Seal
- Mark: Lawrence Vrba, Ltd (seen on card for unsigned earrings) Courtesy Vera Battemarco
- Notes: Contemporary designer.
- He worked for Haskell about 1-1/2 years starting in 1968.
- Worked for William De Lillo for a short time c. 1969.
- Designed for Castlecliff for a short time c. 1970.
- Head designer for Miriam Haskell from 1970 to 1978; responsible for the Egyptian collection inspired by the King Tut exhibit.
- 1983 – left Miriam Haskell Jewelry and began his own jewelry line.
- The Vrba jewelry cards were usually, but now always, used in the late 80-early 90’s. But, they also hung around his studio and were used later for other things.
- Some things were accidentally not signed.
- All Vrba items were/are made in his studio.
- See a great article on VRBA on Morning Glory
PAT SEAL: research files
DOTTY STRINGFIELD: research files
BOBYE SYVERSON: research files.
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