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COSTUME JEWELRY MARKS – M*
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— See CRYSTAL BRANDS
M — See I. MICHELSON
M in square — See I. MICHELSON
M in a triangle — See MAYER, L. S.
MC superimposed — See I. MICHELSON
MC block letters — See CHUVEN, MURRY
M with backwards C see Marsala
M.E. — See MARY ELLEN STEWART
M McF — See MARY MCFADDEN
M. & S. MFG. CO. INC. — Providence, RI — c 1950
- Mark: M&S 1/20 12K GF Courtesy Judie – ID: hunnie
- Mark: Phyllis Originals Presentation box Courtesy Nanette Alcock
- Mark: Phyllis — in unslanted script first used June 1946
- Mark: Sterling Phyllis Photo courtesy Laura Libio.
- Mark: “Scitarelli Creations by Phyllis” inside original presentation box; pendant marked “M&S 1/20 12K GF” Courtesy Judie – ID: hunnie
- Mark: Scitarelli on a circle plate
- Mentioned in Jewelers Circular in 1950.
MACCIARINI CREATIONS — San Francisco, CA — c. 1940s – present
- Mark: “Macc” hand stamped or hand engraved.
- Peter Macciarini first made jewelry in 1936, but didn’t open his own business until WWII ended.
- He considered his jewelry avant-garde and was considered a major representative of Modernism American studio jewelry.
- Peter’s son Daniel started training with his father in 1962.
- Daniel, also an artist, has run the company since his father’s death in 2001.
MADE IN BRITAIN — See ENGLAND
MADE IN ENGLAND — See ENGLAND
MADEIRA CREATIONS — c. 1960s
- Mark: HMS inside a crown Courtesy Lilly Vittetow Courtesy Lilly Vittetow
MAGIC EYE (script) — See CORO
MAH JONGG — See CORO
MAHARANI — See CORO
MAISON DAVID — See FREIRICH
MAJORICA — See BENNETT, DANIEL
MAMIE — See CORO
MAMSELLE — See B. B. GREENBERG CO.
Mandel, David — 1980s – present
- Mark: The Show Must Go On
MANDLE — Urie Mandle Corp. — NY, NY
- Mark: URo Creations — first used June 1946
- Founded in 1938 with partner Nat Levy
- Company dissolved during WW2
- Urie was a partner in Lisner jewelry c. 1930.
MANDLE — R. MANDLE COMPANY
- Mark: R. Mandle Photo courtesy Luda Tovey.
- Mark: Mandle with © Photo courtesy Beth Rowlands.
- Mark: ©R. Mandle with a crown over the “a” and “n”. Photo courtesy RCJ.
- Mark: R. Mandle hangtag Photo courtesy Pretty Snazzy.
- Mark: ©Mandle with crown over the “n” Courtesy Geri Makris.
- Founded by Robert Mandle, the son of Urie Mandle, in 1956
- Robert retired in the 1990s and Gem-Craft acquired his master molds and use of his designs.
MANIFOLD — 1934 — See PROVIDENCE STOCK COMPANY
MARATHON — MARATHON CO. — Attleboro, Mass. — 1907 to present (2/05)
- Mark: Marathon used since Jan. 1914
- Mark: 12K GF Marathon
- Mark: Kiddie Kraft
- Mark: Teen Kraft
- Mark: Sub-Deb
- Mark: Ladyette
- Mark: Perma-Plate
- Mark: Dolly Madison Photo courtesy Cyndy Threadgill.
- Mark: Marathon with an arrow through it inside of diamond shape — first used Aug. 1909
- Still active in 1949.
- Founded in 1907 as the Attleboro Chain Co.; incorporated in 1922 under present name.
- 1965 ad says, “Quality Jewelry Since 1897”
MARBOUX — See BOUCHER
MARCEL BOUCHER — See BOUCHER
MARCELLE ORIGINALS — See MARSELLA, JULIO
MARESCO — c.1970s-1980s
- Mark: Maresco Courtesy Mary Puncec
- Mark: Marhill c. 1940 Photo courtesy Lilly Vittetow.
- Mark: Marhill ~ Fashioned on 5th Ave. N.Y.
- Mark: An Original By Marhill
- Mark: Marhill-Made in Japan.
- Mark: Photo courtesy Lyn Peightal.
- Marhill earrings on card Photo courtesy Lyn Peightal.
- Marhill imported Japanese-made mother-of-pearl smoking accessories, compacts, and a small amount of jewelry. Information courtesy Rebecca Fransway.
- The Marhill Co., MOP jewelry, was listed in a 1954 accessories show brochure.
MARINO MFG. CO. — Providence, RI — c. 1957- 1983
- Mark: MARINO in block print Photo courtesy Lee Caplan
MARINO — MARINO JEWELRY CO. INC. — Pawtucket, RI — 1932 -?
- Mark: Marino in script
- Notes: According to Sept. 1978, Vogue ad, they have been making jewelry since 1932
MARJOLEIN BASTIN — See Bastin
MARK DOTTENHEIM — See DOTTENHEIM, MARK
MARIE FERRA — See FERRA
MARQUE DEPOSE — means registered mark
MARQUETT CREATIONS — See KAPLAN, MORRIS
MARSALA MANUFACTURING — Columbus, OH — c. 1987 – present
- Mark: M with backwards C — 1987
- Mark: M with backwards C — 2009
Thanks to Patrick Dolan for the information.
MARSAND CREATIONS — c. 1954
- Listed in a 1954 brochure of an accessories show at the Hotel McAlpin in NY
MARSEL, LORRAINE — See FLORENZA
MARSELLA, JULIO J. — Providence, RI
- Mark: Script “Marcelle” going through the “O” of “Originals” — Nov. 1955
- Mark: Julio Marsella Photo courtesy Pam Brooks.
MARSLIEU — MARK OF THE IMPERIAL PEARL CO. INC. — Providence, RI. — see Imperial Pearl
MARVE-STAR — See MARVELLA
MARVEL JEWELRY MANUFACTURING CO. — Providence, RI — at least 1942
- Mark: TOOTSIE since 1948, mostly for bracelets.
- Mark: since 1942 Courtesy Plenty O’ Jewels.
- Mark: Sterling Marvel Courtesy eclecticgramma
MARVELLA — WEINREICH BROS. NY, NY — 1911-present
- Mark: L’Opera 1928
- Mark: Marvella Zenith Quality 1939
- Mark: Marvella Minerva Quality 1939
- Mark: Lisanda since 1940
- Mark: Chiffon 1941
- Mark: Marvellissimo 1948
- Mark: Marvella Pearl Nuggets 1948
- Mark: Marvella Fabulous 1949
- Mark: Knight’s Collar used since 1949 for pearl jewelry
- Mark: Natura “95” 1954
- Mark: Spin-It 1955
- Mark: Marvella with copyright mark, after 1955 Photos courtesy RCJ
- Mark: Marvella first used after 1911 Courtesy RCJ
- Mark: Date Timer 1956
- Mark: Maturelle 1957
- Mark: Freshura 1958
- Mark: Marvellesque 1958
- Mark: Marvellette 1958
- Mark: Marvellier 1958
- Mark: Hi-Rise 1958
- Mark: Dynasty — first used about June 1959
- Mark: Marvelustre 1960
- Mark: Marvelique 1961
- Mark: Marvella Coutura 1961
- Mark: Marvella Pearlescent 1961
- Mark: Marva-Star 1963
- Mark: Lisanda
- Mark: Neptune 1939
- Mark: Venus
- Notes: [1982-2000: a division of the Monet Group]
- Monet Group, which includes Trifari and Marvella was bought by Liz Claiborne in July 2000 and moved out of the country
MARVELLESQUE — See MARVELLA
MARVELLETTE — See MARVELLA
MARVELIQUE — See MARVELLA
MARVELLISSIMO — See MARVELLA
MARVELUSTRE — See MARVELLA
MARY ELLEN STEWART — See STEWART, MARY ELLEN
- Mark: Courtesy Kathy Taylor
- Contemporary designer
MARYSE BLANCHARD — Paris — 1950s – 1970s
- Mark: Modele Maryse Blanchard, Paris (from European Designer Jewelry by Ginger Moro) Courtesy Cat Thompson.
- She designed jewelry for couture houses and for her own line.
MASTER — See SILVERMAN
MASTER-CRAFT — MASTER-CRAFT NOVELTY CORP. — NY, NY
- Mentioned in JC-K in 1943
- Have ad from 1947
MATISSE, LTD. c. Dec. 1952 — See RENOIR
MATSUMOTO, KUNIO — See TRIFARI
MATURELLE — See MARVELLA
MAURICE JACOBS — See JACOBS, MAURICE
MAURICE MILLEUR — See MILLEUR
MAXANN MFTG. CO., INC. — Providence, RI
- Mark: Maxann seen in Keystone in 1950 Photo courtesy Alison’s Antiques & Vintage Jewelry on Ruby Lane
MAXIMAL ART — See WIND, JOHN
- Mark: Courtesy Kaye Aaroe Barbieri
- Runway jewelry from the late 1980’s or early 1990’s (Liz Bryman).
- Mark: Letter “M” in a triangle
- Dates: c. 1930
- Location: Pforzheim, Germany
- Notes: Jewelry wholesaler
MAYFAIR JEWELRY CO. — c. 1954
- Listed in a 1954 brochure of an accessories show at the Hotel McAlpin in NY
MAYO, ROBERT — c. Jan. 1967
MAZER / MAZER BROS.— 1923-1981
- Mark: Sea-Maze used for artificial pearls since 1929
- Mark: Mystere — script, since 1949
- Mark: Joseph Mazer Photo courtesy Beth Rowlands.
- Mark: Mazer Bros — 1926-1951.
- Mark: Mazer Sterling Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.
- Mark: Mazer Bros. Courtesy Evelyn Phillips
- Mark: Jomaz 1946-1981 Photo courtesy Ann Robinson – ID: 9am.; (after 1955 with©) Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.
- Mark: Joseph Mazer used “Mazer” from 1946-1981 Photo courtesy ID: justabunchawildflowers.
- Mark: Mazer Tag Courtesy Sue Sinclair
- Mark: Thierry Mugler for Mazer 1978
- Mark: Adolfo for Mazer Courtesy AJ’s Antiques & Art Gallery
- Mark: Sandi Miller for Mazer
- Notes: Founded by Joseph Mazer and his brother Louis
- Began costume jewelry production in 1927.
MB with the phrygian cap — see BOUCHER
MCCANN, JUDITH — NY, NY —
- Mark: Judith McCann
- Mark: Judith McCann Designs Courtesy Denise M Dougherty.
- Mark: Wingback
- According to 2 Vogue ads form 1955 & 1959, she designed wingback earrings & the shuvon clasp — an ornamental fastening, while being part of the design, makes possible many arrangements of one necklace for neck, wrist or hair.
- “Wingback” is a trademark of Wingback Inc. founded in New York. Wingback patent was applied for by Judith McCann in 1944 and granted in 1947 — patent #2414382; Judith McCann Designs was a division of Wingback Inc. (Danecraft Co. and Coro also used the Wingback on some of their earrings.)
- Judith McCann retired from her company in 1964 due to health concerns and died in 1965, but Judith McCann Designs stayed in business.
- Judith McCann Designs merged with several other companies in 1975 to form Elle Designs.
MCCLELLAND BARCLAY — See BARCLAY, MCCLELLAND
MCGRATH-HAMIN INC. — Providence, RI — 1907 – Vagas bought in 1980
- Mark: M-H – 1951with arrows pointing to each side Courtesy Lilly Vittetow
- Mark: Little Princess – 1958
- Mark: SILHOUETTES OF LOVE – 1977
- Mark: V- Garden – 1976
- Mark: MH in round mark – 1976
- Mark: Cuff Vertibles – 1972
- Mark: DIAM-O-BRITE – 1971
- Mark: KARATGEM – 1971
- Mark: Samart Creations
- Notes: Since 1907-1951 as Thomas McGrath,
- 1951 – McGrath-Hamin, Inc.
- Purchased by Vargas in 1980.
MEDICI, LEAH AND LAUREN — See TWO SISTERS
ME-TO-YOU BY TRIFARI — See TRIFARI
MEMORIES OF LIFE (script) — See CORO
MERKSAMER — See FRED MEYER JEWELERS
METALITE (script) — See CORO
- Mark: Ben Meltzer Inc. NY Photo courtesy Karen Bird.
MEYER BROS. — Seattle, WA
- Mark: Fashion Art since 1957 Courtesy Cindy Amirkhan
MEYER, FRED — See FRED MEYER
MEYER, JOSEPH H. — See JOSEPH H. MEYER
MEYER, N. S. — See N. S. MEYER
MICHAEL OSTER — See OSTER, MICHAEL
MICHELSEN, ANTON — Danish
- Mark: AM inside a triangle with a crown above. Info courtesy Jennifer Lynn’s Timeless Jewelry.
I. MICHELSON — NY, NY — 1884 until at least 1931, perhaps later
- Mark: MC superimposed
- Mark: “M”
- Later became I. Michelson & Sons.
- Mark: M in a square – mark of I. Michelson & Sons.
MIDG-ETTE — See ANSON
MIFAVORITE — See PROVIDENCE STOCK COMPANY
MILHAM, BETTY — c. Dec. 1965
MILLER, HARRICE SIMMONS
- Mark: Photo courtesy ID: justabunchawildflowers.
MILLEUR, MAURICE — New Orleans & MS Gulf Coast
- Mark: Courtesy RCJ
- Contemporary designer who works in pewter
- Trade name Pewter Graphics, Inc.
MIMI DI N — 1960 to at least 1995
- Mark: Mimi Di N Photo courtesy Stefanie Brawner.
- Mark: Mimi Di N with a date [after c.1970]
- Mark: Bracelet was found with both these marks on it, but can find no information. Courtesy Cathy Corday
- Mark: Mimi Di N © 1995 Courtesy Renee’ Burch
- Mimi di Niscemi worked with Arnold Scassi, Robert DeMario and Brania before opening her own company in 1960.
- Mark: Ming’s Sterling Photo courtesy Pat Seal
- Mark: Ming’s
- Dates: 1941 to 1999
- Founded: Wook Moon
- Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
MIRACLE — A HILL AND COMPANY (Birmingham) LTD. — England — 1946 to present
- Costume Jewelry:
- Mark: Miracle Photo courtesy Darlyn Courtesy RCJ
- Mark: Miracle A
- Mark: Miracle AB
- Mark: Miracle AS
- Mark: Miracle Anglo-Saxon
- Mark: Miracle Britain “Britain” portion of the mark Photo courtesy Jo-Ann Sturko.
- Mark: Mirac Britn
- Mark: A Miracle Creation
- Mark: Miracle R
- Mark: Miracle Â®
- Mark: Miracle V
- Mark: Miracle Viking
- Mark: Miracle (+ a number)
- Mark: Celtic Jewelry + (in Irish Gaelic) Made in England
COSTUME JEWELRY MADE FOR SOLVAR (Sol D’Or)
- Mark: Miracle
- Mark: SOL D’OR Miracle
- Mark: SOL D’OR Photo courtesy Pam Brooks
- Mark: SOL D’OR BRITAIN
- Mark: Miracle, AH, plus 2 marks of the Edinburgh mint (castle & thistle) & date letter code used on silver jewelry. Courtesy Carole Morris
- Mark: Made in Scotland hangtag Photo courtesy Jo Ann Sturko.
- Mark: Miracle, Mizpah Courtesy Carole Morris
- A Hill & Co. made costume, Sterling and low carat gold pieces.
- A very small amount of their jewelry is NOT signed.
- Shiman Bros. & Albert S. Samuel probably distributed A. Hill products in the US, that already had the Miracle signature on them.
- The company name was changed to Miracle Jewellery Ltd. in January, 2006.
- They had a small factory in Coldstream, Scotland from 1969 to 1980
- English company who made pieces signed MIZPAH with the heart & arrow signature was Quarrier Ward & Ward Brothers.
- Designs of both companies were recently bought by the Miracle company.
- Butler and Wilson never made any Miracle jewelry.
- Information provided by Carole Morris: Miracle Jewelry Collectors
MIRIAM HASKELL — See HASKELL, MIRIAM
MISS HATTIE — See CARNEGIE
MITCHEL MAER — See DIOR, CHRISTIAN
MITCHELL’S JEWELRY — NY — late 1940s until late 1960s
- Mark: FAM — initials of the Mitchell’s children
- Only marked their jewelry for a short time, so most was unmarked.
- Information from Mrs. Mitchell provided to RCJ by Sammie.
MIZPAH — See MIRACLE
MJ ENT — MJ ENTERPRISES — Cranston, RI c. 1977 — present
- Mark: MJ ENT Courtesy Myrtle Pilgreen.
MMA — METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
MODE ART — See ART
MODERNE BEAUTY — See PROVIDENCE STOCK COMPANY — 1934
MOINI, IRADJ( ee’ -radj-uh moy’ nee )
- Mark: Photo courtesy Erik Yang.
- Contemporary designer
MONET — See Monocraft Products Co., Inc. (Mo-nay)
MONIES, GERDA LYNGGARD —Denmark — c. 1970s
- Mark: Gerda Lynggaard Monies Photo courtesy Myrna Seale.
- Mark: Gerda Lynggaard for Monies Copenhagen Courtesy Judy Miller
- Mark: Monies Courtesy Judy Miller
- Mark: Courtesy Judy Miller
- Notes: Some pieces were only marked with a paper tag.
- Gerda Lynggaard and Nicolai Monies met in jewelry school in 1973. They married and started their jewelry business.
- They use many natural stones and materials in their jewelry.
- Monies makes two lines: Monies Unique, designed & made by Gerda and Nicolai and larger collections produced in workshops working for Monies.
MONOCRAFT PRODUCTS CO., INC. — 1927
- Mark: Monocraft- first used by Monocraft Products in 1927; mark registered in 1952; mark renewed in 1972; now dead (US Trademark site)
- Mark: Monet — mark first used in 1937 by Monocraft Products (US Trademark site)
- Mark: Monet Jewelers Photo courtesy Sam & Yvonne Mitchell.
- Mark: MONET Photo courtesy Deb Schneider
- Mark: Monet Sterling Courtesy Jim Katz
- Mark: Monet Pat. Pend.
- Mark: Monet Jewelry tag Courtesy Jim Katz
- Mark: Monet
- Mark: Monet with copyright, after 1955 Courtesy of K Paxson
- Mark: Monet tag
- Mark: Ciani — 1997; abandoned 2000
- Notes: Monocraft (parent company of Monet) was founded by Michael and Jay Chernow in New York in 1927 and the name was used into the 1970s.
- Purchased by General Mills in 1968
- From 1989 — 1994 it was a subsidiary of Crystal Brands jewelry Group.
- 1994-2000 — owned by Chase Capital Partners, Lattice Holding — A division of the Monet Group.
- Monet Group, which includes Trifari and Marvella was bought by Liz Claiborne in July 2000 and moved out of the country.
MOONBEAM — See CORO
MOONRAYS — See CORO
MORELAND, DEBRA — studios in Cincinnati, Ohio — 1990-present;
- Mark: Fleur-de-lis charm, plus the artisan’s signature charm
- Her company is named “Paris” and specializes in bridal jewelry and accessories.
- She purchased B. David manufacturing facilities (only) in 1993.
- Thanks to Hannah Moreland Reck & Bonnie Rasche for info.
Did home parties in the 1950s and 1960s
Did some of the ethnic faces in molded plastic
- Morton, Josef
- Mark: Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.
- Mark: Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.
MOSELL — Frederick Mosell Jewelry Co. — NY, NY — 1940
- Mark: Courtesy Aged and Opulent Jewelry
- Notes: 1st collection shown in April 1941
- Mentioned in a Nov. 1962 Seventeen magazine for a non-jewelry item.
- Mosell was both owner and designer
MR. JOHN — c. 1940s, 1950s
- Hangtag: Courtesy Karla Wacker
- Mark: Mr. John Courtesy Melissa Hatfield
- A New York hat designer; jewelry has paper tags
MURRLE, BENNETT AND CO. — London, England — 1884
- Mark: Courtesy Cathy Gordon
- Mark: Theodor Fahrner made some jewelry for Murrle Bennett, which carried both their marks. Courtesy Cathy Gordon
- Wholesale jewelry firm specializing in Art Nouveau designs.
- Murrle was repatriated to Germany during WWI and the company became White Redgrove and Whyte.
- Info courtesy Cathy Gordon (from Vivienne Becker, Art Nouveau Jewelry).
MURRY CHUVEN — See CHUVEN, MURRY
MUSEUM OF FINE ART — Boston, MA
- Mark: MFA Courtesy Gil Gupton
MUSEUM REPRODUCTIONS, INC.
Mark: Stacked triangles Photo courtesy Linda Jo D. Mitchell
- Dates: 1969 until present
- Founded: As Young Collectors Inc. by Mrs. Morgan Smith in 1969
- Location: Brookline, MA
- Current owner: Purchased by Lars Messler in 1984 who changed the name to Museum Reproductions.
- Mark: Musi
MUSIC BOX — See CORO
MYLU — est. by Lynne Gordon & Marge Borofsky — c. 1960s – 1970
- Mark: Mylu
- Became a division of Coro in 1968.
- Gordon and Borofsky partnered with Micheal Tancer after he left Coro to start Tancer & Two.
MYSTERE — See MAZER
PAT SEAL: research files
DOTTY STRINGFIELD: research files
BOBYE SYVERSON: research files.
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