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Haskell, Har, Harry Iskin, Hobe, Hollycraft, India, Italy, Jeanne, JJ, Jordan

 

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Miriam Haskell ~

HAR ~ Har is a scarce signature, having produced jewelry during just a 15-year window in the late 1950s-1960s.

Harry Iskin is known for his elegant 1930s & 1940s Retro Modern Designs. Some of the jewelry is better than the markings. For instance, during the war Iskin created sterling vermeil jewelry, but not all of it is marked sterling. Also, often the gold fill is higher quality than stated. When you buy Harry Iskin jewelry that is marked only 1/20 10K GF, take it to your jeweler and have it tested! Never consider jewelry like this an expense, but an investment.


Harry Iskin Gold Filled Brooch & Sterling Earrings Set

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Harry Iskin Gold Filled Brooch & Sterling Earrings Set

The part of this set that most impressed me is the color of the unfoiled rhinestones--in between ruby and fuchsia against the rose gold filled finish. Otherwise retro modern WWII beauty with bows, double flowers, bows and curls. Half of the signature plate on the brooch appears to have been cut during manufacture; generally it would say Sterling on top but all you can see is the lower half with most of the Harry Iskin mark, with the 'I' imposed over the 'H' along with the terms "1/20 10K". We will test the brooch to make sure it is Sterling. Brooch is a good size at 2 7/8": tall. Matching 7/8" screw on earrings are marked STERLING. Excellent condition. $48

HOBE Hobe is one of the oldest American jewelry companies, beginning late in the 19th century and closed only recently. Hobe has produced some of the finest costume jewelry in the world. Beginners should know that, during the 1960s and 2970s, Hobe styles underwent many changes in design, necessary with the 1960s Mod, Hip, and Flower Power revolutions. At the time other well established houses closed, Hobe, due to their ability to adapt, stayed in business. Yes, you will see not only the most gorgeous costume jewelry by Hobe, but you will also see Hobe jewels unlike earlier designs, jewels attuned to the fashions of the 1960s,m '70's and '80's. As such, you can track the history of costume jewelry though Hobe designs.


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Gorgeous Hobe Weeping Willow Tree Brooch

This unique and showy dazzler is in top condition. The willow tree is made of strands of wrapped golden wire  bunched  together at the trunk and wrapped like a present with another wire.  The braided wires then expand above the trunk to form the willow branches, which feature the original black glass crystals and fuchsia aurora borealis crystals dangling merrily as you move! This brooch in alternate covers can be seen in This exquisite jewels is about 2 1/2" tall x 2" wide. Condition is excellent. $75

 

Hobe Cameo Earrings

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Gracious Vintage Hobe Shell Cameo Earrings

This beautiful set of Hobe clip earrings will be a perfectly loving gift for the cameo enthusiast, the vintage Hobe collector, the old fashioned girl.. Can be worn on almost any occasion.  The earrings feature carved genuine shell cameo ladies of  ivory colors in pale pink relief. An elaborate frame of gray rhinestones in goldtone pronged settings and faux pearls accentuates the beauty.  Earrings are 1" clip- ons signed HOBE. $45


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Hobe Sterling Silver Floral Bracelet

For you--or her--today is this feminine vintage Hobe Sterling bracelet, with a stacked floral arrangement on 6 square links. The sterling has darkened evenly and offers a nice patina. These lovely sterling jewels by Hobe were probably made during the 1940s. This one measures 7" from hook to spring ring catch for a medium wrist. The back is signed Hobe STERLING Design Pat'd. Very Good condition. $95

Hollycraft ~ Founded in NYC in the late 1930s and continuing throughout the 1960s, Hollycraft jewelry is not only beautiful, but a great investment.


Hollycraft Rhinestone Necklace

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Hollycraft Japanned Diamante Pendant Necklace with Dangle Earrings

You might as well wear black lace! Wonder what he'll say--or do--when he sees you in this signed Hollycraft pendant in the dip of your décolletage, and the dangle earrings enhancing the depth of your eyes. The pendant sparkles with floral arrangements of clear diamante crystals overwhelming the plump, domed, black japanned setting, held by a jeweled bail with black S chain on either side, leading to the japanned foldover clasp. The chain is 23" total, with the pendant and jeweled bail dangling an extra 3". The necklace is signed (c)HOLLYCRAFT in back. The unsigned japanned clip dangle earrings are just as high in quality and match exactly, though they are probably not true mates to the necklace. Be sure to look at the detail picture where you can see the rhinestones are the exact color of those in the necklace, and just as bright and sparkling. The earrings are 1 1/2" long, with the dangles sure to drive him wild! Enjoy all three beautiful pieces in Excellent condition.$65


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Japan, Occupied Japan, Made in Japan

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JJ Jonette Jewelry Company produced jewelry from 1934 until 2006. The company began as Providence Jewelry Company, then Lisker & Lisker. After WWII, the name was changed to Jonette Jewelry Company with the marking JJ, in a variety of texts. Their figural and novelty pins are highly collectible, and their vintage lines are becoming more sought after since the company closed. Their figurals from the 1970's and 1980's are among the best; the big pewter brooches are so thick and sturdy you can literally use them as weapons! Some are gold plated and even sterling silver (I don't think they ever marked it--you have to test!) They also had some interesting modernist designs which are now very hard to find, as are the 60's - 80's pendants and necklace sets.


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JJ pewter wizard brooch

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J.J. Pewter & Rhinestone Wizard Brooch

Make way for Merlin~ This giant JJ wizard is a book piece, seen on page226 of COSTUME JEWELRY 303, by Julia C. Carol. The cast pewter is highly detailed, and pictures don't swho how bright are the hot pink, blue and purple are the stones are on his hat, which is also centered with a larger Aurora Borealis AB cab.. And his glass crystal ball is bright and shining. From the mid-1980s, JJ produced a series of wizard brooches, and this is a favorite. Measuring 4" tall x 2 1/2" wide, he's sure to be noticed. Excellent condition. Signed in back (c)JJ. $45


Vintage jewelry celluloid Roses set

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JJ Coral Plastic Roses Bracelet and Brooch. 

Costume jewels of celluloid and other plastic roses remain popular among those who love vintage jewelry. Most that we find are unsigned beauties. This is a high quality set probably made in the 1950s-60s era. The leaves are enameled apple green, the deeply molded coral roses are serrated along the petal edges for a lively look. This set is for someone to loves adding a deeply feminine touch to her look. The bracelet is 1/2" wide and clasps at 7 1/4" with a foldover. The matching rose bouquet brooch is 2 1/2" tall x 2" wide. Both pieces are in Excellent, clean condition. Only the brooch is signed (c)J.J. $45

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Vintage Signed JJ Math Blackboard Brooch


I have no idea what the figures etched on the polished pewter 'blackboard' mean, but you can bet someone does, and that's the gal (or guy, to use as a tie clasp) who will appreciate this clever design. Another fabulous JJ pin with terrific detail! Five charms dangle merrily from bottom, from book and calculator to an apple for the teacher. The dangling ruler is actually useful; it measures exactly 1" long! Total measurements including the dangles are 1 3/4" wide x 2 3/8' tall. The pin, as well as all five charms, are signed (c)JJ. Excellent condition. $28


Vintage Costume Jewelry Sale JJ

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JJ Atrium Golden Bunny with Heart
Mint on card in original wrapper.

Darling bunny with heart, signed by JJ. This gold washed brooch is suitable for children, office springtime gift exchange as well as Valentine's day. Dimensions are 2 1/4" tall x 1 3/8" wide. The example is taken off the card for the picture, but your bunny is never used old stock and in mint condition, still on JJ Atrium card in wrapper. $18



Jordan
~ RM. Jordan & Co made sterling and gold filled jewelry during the 1940s. 


Signed Jordan Brooch Set

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Jordan Gold Filled Retro Blue Rhinestone Brooch Set

Circa late 1940s -early 1950s. Fly away with this beautiful post WWII Retro brooch and screw-on earrings.  Stylized scalloped golden collars burst with prong set sapphire blue rhinestone flowers. The concave structure allows light to flash and glow in the jewels. The brooch has 3 full layers, measuring 2 1/4" x 1 1/2" and standing 3/4" from the pin stem. The matching earrings are 1 1/4". The set is in Very Good+ condition,  with flashing rhinestones and minimal wear on the gold wash . All pieces are marked with "J" in a diamond (and 1/20 10K Gold Filled. Enjoy this uniquely gorgeous collectible jewelry set. $45


Klafter &  Sobel  This company created high end clothing during the 1930s & 1940s. Here is a copy of one of their ads.  Finding their mark on jewelry is a rare occurrence. 

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Rare, Rare, Rare! Klafter & Sobel Icy Rhinestone Brooch

This is a beautifully designed winter branch with hanging ice signed Klafter & Sobel. In a pot metal setting, bright pave rhinestones line the branch, from which nearly every other shape of stone--big ovals, chatons, squares and a marquise--drop.  Condition is Very Good+. The rhinestones, though aging and with minor peppering, are still brilliant, having lasted though the years like Eisenberg stones. The brooch measures 2 1/2" wide, by 1 1/4" deep. It is absolutely stunning. Because the jewelry is so rare, I may never get my hands on another, so let's make hay while the sun shines. Signed in back. Enjoy! $65

 

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