I consider myself a jewelry enthusiast and it all started when I was a little girl. My mother had a vast collection of vintage and fine jewelry and we would sit on her bed and pick pieces from her dresser drawers and jewelry boxes so I could admire and study them. This is where my fascination for jewelry began. Mom wore (and still wears) the most beautiful jewelry–and she knows her stuff! Here are a few of my favorite makers of high-end costume jewelry. These beautiful pieces are a bit more rare, have lots of sparkle and are still fashionable –they are also currently for sale in my vintage jewelry and accessories shop on Etsy, Sally’s Backyard.
The B. David Company, based out of Cincinnati, Ohio, made fine costume jewelry from 1945 to 1993. This Colorful Crown Brooch is a nice example of their work.
The Hobe Company founded in 1887 in Paris, continued from the 1920’s through the early 1990’s in New York. They were known for their “Jewels of Legendary Splendor” in the 1940’s. This lovely Floral Basket Brooch features one of the Hobe signatures used from 1958-1983.
Albert Weiss founded his jewelry company in New York City in 1942. It remained in business until 1971. This beautiful Weiss bracelet features the block letter signature which is one of the earliest.