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COSTUME JEWELRY MARKS – R*
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R — used by many companies with different style lettering, inside shapes, etc.
Some of the companies were:
- Royalty Jewelry MFG of NY — 1955
- Reich Jewelry — 1956
- O.M. Resen –1932
- Reeves MFG Corp. of NY — 1961
R with 10 KT inside — See W.E. RICHARDS
R with INC. inside — See ROLYN
RR — See RUSH, ROBIN
RABANNE, PACO — c. March 1966
- Mark: Pauline Rader Photo courtesy Laura Libio.
RADIO — See FORSTNER–FORSTNER CHAIN CORP
- Mark: Raffaele Sterling Photo courtesy Alison’s Antiques & Vintage Jewelry on Ruby Lane
- Possibly a Canadian company in Quebec.
RAFFAELLO — See CREAZIONI RAFAELLO
Mark: Photo courtesy Molly Garza
- Mark: RAGA
- Dates: 1985; mark abandoned in 1992
- Location: NYC
RALPH DEROSA — See DEROSA, RALPH
THE RALPH SINGER JEWELRY CO., Chicago, Illinois — 1921 to present
- Mark: Ora was first used in the late 1940s Photo courtesy of Gail Gupton
- Mark: Ora Creations
- Mark: Ora Originals Photo courtesy Cheri Van Hoover.
- Founded in Chicago by Oreste Agnini & Ralph Singer.”ORA” is a combination of “Oreste” and “Ralph”.
- Early pieces were not signed.
- Manufactured early pieces for Eisenberg according to company records. Many of these pieces were unmarked.
- In addition to fashion jewelry, the company made Fraternal jewelry for Shiners, Masons, Lions, etc.
- Agnini retired 1953 & Mr. Singer bought his half of the company and it became “The Ralph Singer Co.”
- The Singer family ran the company until 1984.
- In 1984, Singer’s son-in-law, Ray Pausback sold the company to Stanford B. Smith. Mr. Smith died in 1992, and his son Stan and daughter-in-law Carole now own and run the company.
- Currently, their fraternal line is sold all over the country, and the fashion line is currently sold just on the internet.
- The company has a website: https://www.ralphsingerjewelry.com/
- Have ad from 1954.
RAMBLING ROSES (script) — See CORO
- Mark: Rame’ Photo courtesy justabunchawildflowers
- Dates: c. 1950’s
- Location: Providence, RI
- Other comments: Made copper jewelry very similar in design to Renoir. Firm eventually closed due to Renoir’s enforcement of copyright laws (info from Copper Art Jewelry by Matthew Burkholz)
RAMSEY, LAURA — c. 1990s
- Line: Romanza — line of costume jewelry, plated metal and rhinestones.
- Line: Illusions — higher end 925 vermeil CZ jewelry sold exclusively by Value Vision.
- Mark: “LR 925” was marked on all her vermeil pieces. Information and photo courtesy Robin Deutsch.
- She and her husband also make fine jewelry.
RANDEL, ESHA — See ESHA RANDEL
Photo courtesy ID: justabunchawildflowers
RAZZA, LUCA — designer Luca Razza from 1950s
- Mark: RAZZA — c. 1970 Courtesy Lilly Vittetow
- Mark: L. Razza — April, 1965 Photo courtesy eclecticgramma
- Razza began working in the jewelry business in the 1950’s.
- Razza and Lionel Mercier started Raz-Mer Casting Co. which made raw castings for Alice Jewelry [Lillian Vernon], Rice-Weiner, and Weiss among others.
- In Dec. 1958, Luca & Stanley Conheim started the Ronnie Jewelry Co.
- They sold Ronnie Jewelry in 1968 to The Certified Corporation, who owned Whiting & Davis and DaVinci Jewelry.
- Stanley died about 1969; Razza remained with Certified until 1975, where he designed the plastic pieces, including large pendant animal necklaces, for which he is well known.
- In the early 1990’s Razza formed Plaza Jewelry in North Kingstown, RI.
- Information from the Fall 2003 & Spring 2004 issues of VFCJ Magazine.
RDEROSA — See DEROSA, RALPH
REBAJES — 1932 to 1967
- Mark: Rebajes
- Francisco Rebajes relocated to Spain & continued to make jewelry until his death in 1990.
- Some Rebajes pieces are currently being reproduced.
- Photos courtesy Cathy Gordon. Visit her gallery to see examples.
- Mark: REEVES Photo courtesy ID: justabunchawildflowers
REGALA — See CORO
REGEL — See A REGAL
REGENCY –Regina Novelty Company, New York, New York — c. 1950–1970
- Mark: Regency Photo courtesy Beth Rowlands.
- Mark: “Fleur de Paris by Regency”; other side “hand Made of Imported French Glass” Courtesy Joan Redden
- Mark: Regency Jewels mark has been seen on a brooch with an original Regency hangtag. Photo courtesy Kathryn of the-vintage-jewelry-advisor.com
- The family name was Polowitz.
REGIMENTAL CRESTS — See SANDOR
REINAD — 1922 to at least 1954
- Mark: Reinad — used after 1941 .
- Mark: Reinad script Photo courtesy Myrna Seale.
- Mark: Reinad N.Y.C. Courtesy Mary Ann Docktor-Smith
- Mark: Reinad 5th Ave. N.Y. – hang tag Courtesy Cindy Franze
- Mark: Sceptron — 1944. Listed in books as Reinad mark, but needs further research.
- Made retail line using the name “Chanel Novelty Co.” with mark “Chanel” in script. Maison Chanel had closed in France (1940) due to German Occupation, but raised objections to the use of the name. Chanel Novelty Co. made only one collection in spring of 1941. Thus, there are a limited number of designs.
- Reinad copied the designs of Boucher, Carnegie, and Eisenberg and others. Some books assert that they manufactured jewelry for these companies, but further research has not substantiated this information.
- Have ad from 1948.
- Listed in a 1954 brochure for an accessories show at the Hotel McAlpin in New York.
REIS COMPANY, INC., Indianapolis, Indiana — 1919
- Mark: CRC (with the o inside of the C for company) Courtesy Liz & Maggie
- Mark: REIS.
- Mark: Small “c” large “R” small “o” inside triangle with point down.
- Bought by William Nichols in 1972 and company became Reis-Nichols, Inc.
REJA, INC., New York, New York — Jan. 17, 1941 – Dec. 4, 1953 — Pronumciation: RAY_ZHA (like Zsa Zsa Gabor)
- Mark: DEJA Courtesy of Rosie Dyer
- Mark: Deja Original
- Mark: Deja Reg. in 1939 & 1940.
- Mark: Reja Reg. Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.
- Mark: Reja Photo courtesy Beth Rowlands.
- Mark: Reja Sterling Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.
- Mark: Reja, Inc.
- Mark: Pinch Pin — oct. 1949
- Mark: Photo courtesy The Victorian Gallery.
- Solomon Finkelstein started manufacturing jewelry for retail in 1939; changed company name to Deja Costume Jewelry. DuJay, Inc. took him to court requiring Deja to change their name. On Jan. 17, 1941, they announced a name change to “REJA”.
- Pre-1950 used sterling for Reja pieces.
- Went bankrupt in 1952.
REMEMBRANCE — See FORSTNER–FORSTNER CHAIN CORP
RENOIR — 1946-1964
- Mark: Renoir
- Mark: Renoir script 1946
- Mark: Matisse 1952
- Mark: Matisse script 1952-1964
- Mark: Matisse Renoir
- Mark: ©Renoir in script Courtesy Ann Robinson ID: 9am.
- Mark: Matisse (beside 4 “M’s” placed north, south, east and west) — 1956
- Mark: White Copper By Renoir — 1958
- Mark: Copperwood 1959
- Mark: Sauteur 1958-1963 Photos courtesy Beth Rowlands
- Earring card Courtesy eclecticgramma
R .F. S. Co. — See R. F. SIMMONS
R. F. SIMMONS CO., Attleboro, MA — since 1885
- Mark: Simmons Photo courtesy Sam & Yvonne Mitchell.
- Mark: Armilla
- Mark: Betsy Ross
- Mark: Brenda
- Mark: Floradora
- Mark: Slident
- Mark: Stubby
- Mark: Tyton
- Mark: Venetian
- Mark: Victorian
- Mark: R.F.S. & Co.
- Mark: R.F.S. Co.
- Mark: Simmons’ Chains
- Purchased by by Amtel in 1974.
- Have ad Nov. 1952.
RICARDE OF HOLLYWOOD — See HOLLYWOOD JEWELRY PRODUCTS, INC.\
RICCI, NINA — Paris, France/Toronto Canada
- Mark: Nina Ricci — used for precious jewelry as well as costume — first used Sept. 1960.
- Purchased from D’Orlan Jewellers in Toronto in 2006 by Creed Canada.
RICE-WEINER — 1938
- Mark: Jeray Photo courtesy David Pritchett.
- Mark: Jeray Photo courtesy Beth Rowlands.
- Mark: Design By Bel Geddes Jeray Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.
Bel Geddes, © Jeray Photo courtesy Deb Schneider
- Mark: Etrusceana was a line and a trade-mark of Rice Weiner produced in 1941 Photo by Jan Cox. Info from Roberto Brunialti to Cheri Van Hoover (2/07)
- In 1938 the New England Glasswork Co (founded in 1911) became Rice-Weiner & Co. (Brunialti).
- Made jewelry for McClelland Barclay.
- Under license to United Artists, made costume jewelry inspired by films produced by Alexander Korda–“Thief of Bagdad”(1940) & “The Jungle Book”(1942). Story that the items were commissioned by Korda to give to crew members is false.
- Rice-Weiner Co. split in 1946. Alvin & Robert Rice, with designer Louis Mark founded the new Barclay Jewelry Co. using the mark “Barclay”.
- Rice-Weiner was relaunched by the introduction of 2 new lines: Jeray and American Beauty Pearls.
- According to an ad, they were still in business in 1950.
RICHARDS, W. E. CO., North Attleboro, MA — c. 1900-present
- Mark: WRE with the R larger than the other letters — since Jan. 1944 Photo courtesy Glitz & Glitter Boutique
- Mark: Symmetalic first used Dec. 1936 – was still being used in 1946. Photo courtesy Cheri & Rocky Van Hoover
- Mark: “R” with 10 KT inside
RICHELIEU — See JOSEPH H. MEYER
RIFAS — owned by Frank Rifas; Chicago, IL — c.1960
- Mark: FRARICO — 1962 Courtesy Plenty O’Jewels.
- Mark: RIFAS Courtesy Lilly Vittetow
- Info courtesy Plenty O Jewels
RISIS, Sinapore — 1976- ?
- Mark: RISIS Courtesy Joanne Clyde
- Specialize in genuine orchids dippedin 24K gold
RIVO OF SWITZERLAND — c. 1954
- Featherweight pure aluminum jewelry in gold or silver finish that is said to be non-corrosive, non-allergic and guaranteed against tarnishing.
- Large collection of bracelets in narrow to very wide adapted from solid gold jewelry. Chain type bracelets and necklaces, and bangle bracelets along with pastel iridescent aluminum in bangle bracelets and bead necklaces.
- Information from a 1954 brochure of an accessories show at the Hotel McAlpin in New York.
ROBBINS — now Tharpe Robbins
- Mark: Robbins Co. Attleboro Photo courtesy Gloria Barnhart
- Mark: Jewelry by Robbins Photo courtesy Janet Bagley
- Dates: 1892
- Founded: Charles Robbins
- Location: Attleboro, MA
- Notes: Merged with Tharpe Co. in 2007.
ROBERT — See FASHIONCRAFT JEWELRY CO. ORIGINAL BY ROBERT
ROBERT FLEISCHER — See FLEISCHER, ROBERT
ROBERT GOOSSENS — See GOOSSENS, ROBERT
ROBERT MAYO — See MAYO, ROBERT
ROBERT ROSE — See JEWELRY FASHIONS, INC.
ROC — contemporary mark — China
- Mark: ROC — Republic of China
RODERICK TENORIO — See TENORIO, RODERICK
ROGER JEAN-PIERRE –See JEAN-PIERRE, ROGER
ROGER SCEMAMA — See SCEMAMA, ROGER
ROHNER — ROBERT A. ROHNER & CO., INC. — c. 1946
- Mark: Courtesy eclecticgramma
- Have ads form 1946.
RO-LON — See SWANK, INC.
ROLYN INC., Cranston, RI 1961 — present
- Mark: R with Inc. inside – 1962
- Mark: Chante’ – 1983
- Mark: Magna Tron 1000 – 1998
ROMA — See FAIRDEAL
ROMAN COMPANY – St. Louis, MO — 1973 to present
- Mark: ROMAN Courtesy RCJ
- Mark: Inside presentation box Courtesy RCJ
- Founded by Melvin Roman in 1973.
- Had sales offices in New York, Chicago and Texas.
- Became the largest engraving company in the world, with engraving machines in department stores.
- By 1984 it became apparent you could buy direct from Asia for much less than making jewelry in US.
- Designer and distributor of costume jewelry; products mainly manufactured in Asia. Melvin Roman sold the company to four vice presidents around 1984.
- Purchased by TSI Holding Company in 1994.
ROMANTIC — See CORO
RONTE OF HOLLYWOOD — See AVON
ROSLYN HOFFMAN — See HOFFMAN, ROSLYN
ROSE, ROBERT — See JEWELRY FASHIONS, INC.
ROSENSTEIN, NETTIE c. 1935–1975
- Mark: Nettie Rosenstein Photo courtesy Robin Deutsch
- Mark: Sterling Nettie Rosenstein Courtesy RCJ
ROUND THE CLOCK — See CORO
ROUSSELET, LOUIS — French jewelry designer
ROXANNE ASSOULIN — See ASSOULIN, ROXANNE
ROYAL BEAD NOVELTY, CO.
“Delroy ®” on one side; “Blue Ribbon Quality” on the reverse.
- Mark: La Royal 1926; now dead
- Mark: DelRoy 1962; now dead
- Mark: Crystal Magic 1987; cancelled in 1995
- Dates: c. 1926 until at least 1987
- Location: NY
- Notes: See Royal Craftsmen
ROYAL COPENHAGEN — Madison Ave., NY — c. 1977
- Have ad for porcelain bracelets — 1977.
Mark: Laguna 1944; renewed in 1972, now dead
Mark: Persiana 1946; renewed in 1987, now dead
- Mark: Oceania 1944, renewed in 1987, now dead
- Mark: Neptuna 1944, renewed in 1987, now dead
- Mark: Royal Craftsmen 1944; renewed in 1985, now dead
- Dates: c1944 – ?
- Founded: Louis and Lillian Detkin
- Location: NY, NY
- Notes: Last listed owner of all these trademarks was Royal Bead Novelty Co, Inc.of NY
- Notes: see Royal Bead Novelty Co
ROYAL INTERNATIONAL, Japan — c. 1950’s
- Mark: “Royal International Made in Japan” on paper tag around a glass bead necklace c. 1950’s Courtesy RCJ
ROYAL OF PITTSBURGH — ROYAL OF PITTSBURGH, INC., Pittsburgh, PA
- Mark: Royal/Pittsburgh
- Mark: Royal of Pittsburgh
Photo courtesy John Bene
- Mark: Royalustre — 1959 Courtesy RCJ
- Mark: Royal Pastelli – 1961 Courtesy RCJ
- Mark: Luvbugs – 1966 Courtesy RCJ
- Mark: Andre Pierre Originals – 1962 (back & front of hangtag) Courtesy Toy Nicole
- Have ads from 1946, 1947, 1962
ROZ KAPLAN, Baltimore, MD
- Mark: Courtesy Kathy Earls
RR — See RUSH, ROBIN
R. SERBN — See SERBIN, R.
R. TENNESMED — See TENNESMED, R.
RUBINSTEIN, HELENA — New York, New York
- Mark: Helena Rubinstein first used in 1928.
- They purchased Maui Divers of Hawaii, LTD. in 1977.
RUBY Z — See PARROT PEARLS
RUCINNI — Contemporary made in China
- Mark: By C. Ruopoli Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.
RUSH, ROBIN — Florida — contemporary
- Mark: RR — has jewelry made in China and imports.
PAT SEAL: research files
DOTTY STRINGFIELD: research files
BOBYE SYVERSON: research files.
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