Research on International jewelry marks
Accessocraft - 1930 - 1998, US company with designer Theodore Steinman. Signature usually Accessocraft in script or capital lettering.
A * D - Andreas Daub - This company started about 1880 and continues today. Founded by Andreas Daub in Germany, this goldsmith strived to produce high quality jewelry. Not only in gold and silver but other non precious metals. They produce 2 lines per year. So lots of jewelry out there to collect. Signed A * S on a tag or on the pieces.
Agatha - 1974 to today. French company who opened their first boutique in Paris in 1976 and then went on to having over 200 boutiques in 23 countries. Famous for selling good quality jewelry. Their Scottie Dog design became so popular that they now have it on their logo.
AJC - America Jewelry Chain Co. They were in production from the late 1920s up to the late 1990s (1997). Quality jewelry with whimsical figurals produced in the 1980s to 1990s and in limited editions make AJC items very collectible.
Allison Reed - 1970s to today, although a merger of two companies in the seventies already well established. This was the Walter E Haywood company and the A & Z Chain company. Based in Providence, USA and still selling gold, silver and costume jewelry today.
Am Lee - US company 1946 - ?, Produced sterling silver jewelry.
Art - 1955 - 1970s, The US company often reflected classical styles.
Autui - New Zealand jewelry company. Found on a leather flower brooch. Unknown and sorry no info found. Probably about 2008 dated piece.
Austrian Jewelry produced in Austria. Stamped on the reverse "Austria" or if you are lucky to find the original hang tag still attached. Above average in quality and produced in vast quantities in the 20th century for import to other countries.
Avon - US Company started around the 1880s. A door to door bookseller hit on the idea to also sell fragrances - and the company was in business. First called The California Perfume company. In 1939 the company became Avon Products. In 1965 the company produced its first jewelry. They were pieces that also had solid perfume compartments. The first ones were - bow shaped brooch/pendant, cameo pin, solid perfume locket, owl, leaf. As well as rings, tie tack (Bue Blaze), pillbox and wishing charm necklace.Many other pieces followed and they still produce jewelry today. Famous designers for Avon have been: Kenneth J Lane, Elizabeth Taylor, Coreen Simpson, Jose Barrera, Celia Feraud, Shaill Jhaveri with many collections including the collectible Egyptian Revival. Signature AVON with or without the ©. The initials some times seen are not the designer but an internal code used for the company who manufactured the piece. Eg SH, NR, MR, etc.
For photographs of older Avon jewellery see our blog.
For vintage Avon to buy.
A & Z Chain Company - 1905 - its amalgamation in about the mid 1970s into the Allison Reed company. Initially producing fine and plated (or gold filled as the American way of reference this) jewelry including chains. Based in the USA.
B David - 1945 - 1993, US company who produced some very pretty fake jewelry. Signed B David without the copyright symbol.
Barcs - Australian company that produced jewelry at least 1980s up to the present day, maybe earlier as unknown? Brooches, necklaces and clip on earrings are still available. Signed BARCS in capitals with usually a design number. Possible link with Monet, as a brooch was almost identical except colors to a Monet piece.
Barclay - 1945 - 1957, US company who signed their jewelry "Barclay" ** not to be confused with McClelland Barclay pieces as they are separate companies.
Barclay McClelland - 1935 - 1943, famous graphic designer who was unfortunately killed in World War Two. The Rice- Weiner company produced his pieces, because of the beauty and his tragic early death. His jewelry now commands high prices.
Beau/Beaucraft - late 1940s to 2004. Produced high class sterling silver jewelry based in the US. On the par with Coro for collectibility.
Beau Jewels - 1950s - 1970s, US company. Little known about them but thought Bowman Foster Inc produced this line. Many of their lines had the earrings signed only and the brooches unsigned.
Ben Reig - 1950s - 1970s, early designer was Omar Kiam. Quite rare to find their jewelry.
Bengal Jacob - 1873 - present, Idar Oberstein, Germany. Famous for their Art Deco jewelry. Produced prolifically many different pieces. Exported world wide including Woolworths in the UK. Galilaith and chrome was used. Unsigned. The company was closed during World War Two, one of the sons never returned as reported missing. Flourished in the 1950s and 1960s. Not marked jewelry maybe a sticker. Most went wholesale to a retailer who would have sold it under their own name.
Berebi Edgar - New York company. The Berberi company started to produce jewelry in the early 1980s, with epoxy marbled earrings being their most produced as well as necklaces, bracelets and brooches. In the 2000s, this company changed direction completely and stopped producing jewelry and now make high end home ware and accessories such as mirrors, trinket boxes, picture frames and much more. Signature include engraved ©Berberi with the accents over the e's. Their early jewelry is unmarked and they used cards and paper stickers. Collectible earrings and other jewelry.
BJ - Unknown manufacturer - would suggest imported from China during the eighties and nineties. Seemed to have produced a wide range of jewelry from the whimsical, animal, cameo and floral. In brooches and necklaces.
BillyBoy - Born in 1960 in Vienna and founded Surreal Couture and then Surreal Bijoux on the Rue De La Paix, Paris. BillyBoy created surreal jewelry for Thierry Mugler and Charles Jourdan. Collects haute couture dresses and Barbie dolls, writing a book in the late 1980s.
Boden Niki - 1990s - today, German designer who is known for her fabulous mythical beasts, unusual designs and brilliant colors in necklaces, brooches, earrings and bracelets amongst many other decorative goods.
Bogoff - A husband (Henry Bogoff) and wife team that founded "Jewels by Bogoff" in Chicago. Produced high quality fake jewelry in the 1940s and 1950s. Then the 1946 to 1960s when the company closed after Henry's death. All the rhinestones were glued into place by hand. Necklaces, earrings, bracelets and brooches including matching jewelry sets were produced by them. Also pendant necklaces, imitation pearl necklaces and earring wraps. Signed © BOGOFF.
Boucher - 1937 - 1971, Marcel Boucher founded the US company. Jewelry marked Boucher or MB with the phrygian cap. Marcel died in 1965, his wife Sandra ran the company after.
BSK - US, New York company in production from 1948 to 1983 approximately. Produced good quality jewelry which was originally sold in Woolworths and other department stores. Rising in price due to their enamel work which was very good. Also produced a range for the film "My Fair Lady" which are now very sought after. Signed BSK with the © symbol. The My Fair Lady pieces are signed as such as well as the designer. BSK stands for Benny Steinberg, Slovitt, Kaslo who were the founders of the company.
Cadoro. 1945 - 1980s, US company (Hollywood Stars) founded by actors Steve Brody and Dan Steneskiey. Following the death of Dan in the 60s The company ceased production in the 70s. But the jewelry was available until the 1980s. Good quality and now hard to find. Signed CADORO with or without the copyright symbol.
Camco - see Cathedral Art Metal company below.
Capri Jewelry Inc - This company was based at 392, 5Th Avenue, New York, USA. They were in production from 1952 until about 1977. One source sites that the owner was a Sol Smith. The jewelry company called DelNicola was incorporated into the Capri company around the sixties. Underrated beautiful and well made. They produced the usual pieces: necklaces, bracelets, earrings and brooches from rhinestones, mock pearls and art glass. Jewelry advertisements can be found on the Internet. Signed Capri and ©Capri in block capitals. For more vintage Capri jewellery and signature photograph information.
Cardin Pierre 1950s - Italian born designer who lives and works in France.Renowned for his space age and Avant Garde designs. Originally working with Elsa Schiparelli and then head of Christian Dior. Founding his own empire in 1950s, he went on to design not only fake jewelry but couture clothing, accessories, perfume, bags, cars and he purchased Maxim's restaurant chain. Preferring geometric shapes and motifs and showing such an elegance in design. Pierre Cardin also holds theater for show casing his creations. as well as music festivals. Logo is a curved P signature. For Pierre Cardin jewellery and accessories to buy.
Carnegie Hattie - 1939 - 1970s, US company owned by Hattie who was Austrian. Produced jewelry to compliment her dresses. Signed Hattie Carnegie, Carnegie or HC or HAC in a diamond shape plaque. Initially expensive pieces and remain so today. Very collectible and sought after as did not copy other manufacturers.
Carolee - 1972 - present. Started by Carol Friedlander in the US, first as a kitchen table project that escalated into the company it is today. Produced jewelry that resembles the Duchess of Windsor's jewelry. Available in up market departments stores in many countries and now available online. Just celebrated their 40th anniversary.
Castlecliff - 1918 - 1977, First signed their jewelry in 1941. New York company who produced high quality costume and sterling silver jewelry.
Cathedral Art Metal Company (Camco) - US jewelry company in production from somewhere between the 1920s to 1930s. Remained producing tie tack pins, brooches, necklaces until the late 2000s. Unsure at this point whether they are still in production. Signed their pieces CAMCO.
Caviness Alice - 1945 - 1997 approximately. US company that used the Caviness signature with and without the copyright symbol after 1955, so not useful in dating it.
Celebrity - New York, US based jewelry company. Estimated to have operated between 1950s to 1970s but little is known about them. High quality and a bit unusual was their speciality.
Chanel - 1914 - 1939, 1949 - present. French Coco Chanel designed her couture precious, and costume lines. Some of her jewelry is also dated as well as signed.
Cherry Chau - 1992 - present. French company and designer born in Hong Kong, studied London. Hair accessories and costume jewelry.
Ciner - 1892 - present, NY company that started to make fake jewelry that looked like real pieces in 1931. Famous for using small sparkling stones and beautiful enamels.
For more Ciner information and jewelry to buy.
Claiborne Liz - Fashion designer Belgium/American 1929 - 2007. Established her company in the 1980s. Sold clothing, accessories and jewelry. Signed LC, and/or on a signature card.
Claire's Stores Inc - 1974 to present, world wide international company for young fashionable teenager or young adult jewelry and accessories. Aimed at children from 3 to young women of 27. Signature tag with just Claire's on denotes their items. In Jan 2012 they had 3017 stores world wide. They also have ear piercing facilities. The other brand the company uses is Icing in North America.
Coro company started in 1901 in the USA. It closed in the US in 1979 and in Canada in 1998. One of the most successful fake jewelry makers of the twentieth century. Produced with sterling silver during World War Two due to the lack of metal available. Also used many other names including Corocraft, Coro craft, Vendome and Jewelcraft. Up to 1955 they patented their designs, after they copyrighted them. Some of their jewelry is signed and some not. Had factories in the US and also Sussex, UK.
For the list of trade marks used by Coro signed jewelry.
Also for more photographs and more information about Coro see our blog.
Coventry Sarah. Started in 1949 by the C H Stuart company. Selling at fashion and home parties, with department stores in the late eighties to early nineties. In the 1960s the company expanded and began home selling in England, Scotland, Canada, Belgium and Australia. Reaching its peak in the 1980s the company went into decline and stopped trading in the mid nineties. However had a brief revival in 2003 in the US. Some of its jewellery for the UK was actually made here in the UK. You will find boxes stating this little known fact. See Emmons jewelry also.
Huge amount of vintage jewelry and accessories can be found today still - brooches, necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, men's jewelry, children's jewelry, scarves and key rings.
Each collection was advertised in brochures which helps dating. Several books have also been written which are also invaluable for the name of each piece and matching items. Advertisements in magazines can be found.
Jewelry signed Sarah Coventry or an abbreviation: S C, Sarah Cov, Also marked targeted country on some jewelry i.e GB, UK and Canada.
For more Sarah Coventry information and jewelry photographs see our blog post.
For Sarah Coventry to buy.
Czechoslavakia - signed on some jewelry pieces, previous Bohemian named. The country came into being after the first World War in late October 1918. So jewelry signed Czechoslovakia is dated from 1918.
Danecraft - 1934 - present, Providence, Rhode Island, US company. The founder was of Italian heritage (Victor Primavera). Produced sterling silver and fake jewelry.
Daub Andreas - 1875 to present. German company producing high quality plated and fine jewelry. Signature is A * D.
DeLizza & Elter (D & E) - 1947 - 1990s, Brooklyn, US company sold worldwide. Made jewelry also for other companies including Weiss, Kramer, Hobe, Eisenberg, Sarah Coventry and hundreds of others. Also sold under the name "Juliana". Glitzy jewels produced over a long period of time with most unsigned but have features that pronounce them as D & E.
DeNicola - 1957 - 1973, New York, US company. Collectible for their Zodiac pieces and interesting unusual designs. Became part of Capri before closing down in 1973.
Demario Robert - 1945 - 1965, NY USA company.
De Rosa - 1934 - 1970, Ralph De Rosa Company of New York, USA. Sterling silver used during World War Two, like most US companies and produced fake jewelry.
Dior Christian - 1948 - present. French company. Fashion, accessories, beauty, perfume and jewelry production.
DKYN - 1984 - present. Donna Karan, New York, USA company. Clothing, perfume accessories, jewelry and watches. Jewelry that you can't miss, it seems to have its name written all over it!
Dodds - 1952 - 1997. New Jersey, USA. Sold jewellery kits as well as jewelry. Can also have the following signatures due to the location: West 31 street, 11 w 30 st inc, 30 w st inc, w 30 st inc and also Doddz. Famous for their cat pins.
D'Orlan - 1957 - present, Canadian company. Founder Maurice Bradden, a protege of Marcel Boucher and first designed for the Avon, Belleville company. He established a factory in Canada in 1957. Manufacturer for Lancel and Nina Ricci jewelry. Famous for using Austrian crystal and producing good quality pieces.
Du Jay - 1934 - 1972, Many pieces were unsigned. High gloss enamel, pave, and bead detail is typical of the company who were originally fine jewelry makers.
Edlee - From the USA. Started production around the late 1940s until the 1960s.
Eisenberg - Information shortly to be included.
Emmons See Sarah Coventry. Emmons started in 1949 in the US by the same company C H Stuart Co. The jewelry was most of the times the same but marked differently. Sarah Coventry name became the main line selling at home parties.
Marked signature Emmons. See Sarah Coventry information for more.
Frey Michaela Vienna enamel artist founded her company in 1851 in Austria. She made beautiful enamelled jewelry. Brooches, bracelets, bangles, earrings, etc. The international company is now under the ownership of Friedrich Willie, a partner in 1972 who took over sole ownership in 1992. In 2002 the company became known as Frey Willie. Michaela died in 1980. The company is known in the international airport stores as well as shops world wide and selective stores. Michaela Frey's early made enamel jewelry is highly sought after.
Florenza - This New york company started out in 1940 to 1981 and they trademarked some of their items from 1956. Originally they made a living by selling their jewelry wholesale and did not advertise it themselves. Florenza had only one designer - Dan Kassof. Not all of their jewelry is marked and some was sold under other companies such as Capri and Coro to name just two. Well made and often plated with 24 ct gold.
Folly Kirks - from 1980s to 1st November 2014. Sold beautiful whimsical jewelry. US based company with fairy dust!
Garne - 1940s - 1960.A smaller jewelry company probably based in New York, America. They produced glitzy jewelry that was often hand crafted. Pieces that are signed Garne (with an accent over the e) have been found also signed Coro (same jobber) and they were known to have D & E make some of their pieces. Their logo is Garne in joined up writing on a slant with a small crown above. They made Garne necklaces, earrings, bracelets and brooches.
Gerrys - In production from the early 1950s to the mid 1990s. This US jewelry company produced different pieces from Christmas, cameo to floral and other motif. Classed as an average quality and worth collecting.
Ges Gesch - just means "Made in Germany" in German.
Giusti Louis - This Italian painter by trade has been producing jewelry since at least the 1950s. He has recently passed away. Signature is L G in a plain tag with a heart shape on its side. The L.G. is enclosed within this.
Goody - 1920s - ? USA company that manufactured in America dress clips and hair accessories in metal, diamante, plastic and other materials.
Grau David - David Grau was in business from the late 1980s to early 2000s. Not in production since 2004. Sold good quality jewelry and was based in Barcelona, Spain.
Henkel & Grosse - 1907 - 2005. From 1955 this company produced Dior jewelry. Good quality costume jewelry. For Grosse jewelry for sale.
Hong Kong Following the cessation of the British Empire in the sixties , Hong Kong began to import jewelry across the world. Cheaper than most of the established manufacturers, this contributed to many of them closing. Signed Hong Kong on the clasps. Now collectible in their own right.
Honora - US company that have been trading since the 1950s in quality and affordable jewelry. Now specialize in selling freshwater pearls in all sorts of jewelry and in all sorts of colors. Plastic removable tag with Honora in capital letters.
Icing - see Claire's Stores Inc. N American store line for room decorations, cosmetics, jewelry and accessories.
IFS - relatively unknown but seem to sell pewter tie tack pins and kitchen ware in pewter. Probably Italian or European in origin.
Iris - unsigned faux pearl jewelry. Paper tag attached with Iris and a seahorse motif. From Majorca. Little information available.
Jewel Crest - Australian company that sells high quality jewelry encrusted with Swarovski crystals.
Jewelcraft - see Coro above and for more Jewelcraft blog information and photograph collection.
Jonette Jewelry (JJ) - see our JJ Jonette jewelry information blog post on this US company which has examples of their signature and jewelry. Also see JJ Jewelry to buy.
Kaywin Novelty Jewelry - Late 1920s to the mid 1940s. New York company set up by Dan Kosoff and Marty Weiner. This was Dan Kosoff's first business before he went onto Florenza. The name is an imalgamation of parts of both of their names. They made jewelry including many dress clips and accessories with buttons, buckles and brooch chatelaines being popular. Rhinestones, beads, cabochon and brass stampings were used with findings and embellishments that were sold at that time. Signatured "Kaywin Nov NY" mostly, but also "Kaywin" on its own.
Keyes - Canadian company that was based in Montreal. 1940s to the 1990s production of high end fake jewelry. Friends of the Keyes included Marcel Boucher and Sherman.
Lane Kenneth J (KJL) - information to be added soon.
L C - see Claiborne Liz.
Lin - Bangkok, Thailand wholesale to suppliers. Started in 1985 and now sell world wide both jewelry and fancy goods. All are in silver.
Mali - Hand crafted jewelry from the African continent. Well made and signed Mali. Similar to JJ in pewter.
Marsel Lorraine - American wholesaler in Texas. She used the signature "Lorraine © Marsel" on her jewelry, trinkets and accessories sold. However she is famous for reselling pieces brought from Florenza. These are marked with Florenza as well as Lorraine Marsel. if it only has the Lorraine signature - THEN it is not a Florenza piece.
Monet. For Monet jewelry information and great jewelry pictures, see our Monet blog. Also see Monet jewelry to buy.
Napier. 1878 - today see Napier jewellery information for a more in depth history and our Napier jewelry to buy.
Pell 1941 - present day, Company situated in Long Island, New York, USA. Produced fake jewelry of good quality the simulated "fine" jewelry. Uses rhinestones, crystals and other stones. Family business stated by brother's Gaita.
PL - unknown but probably an Asian manufacturer from the 1980s and 1990s.
Princess Pearls - Unknown company. Hang tag on a faux pearl necklace.
Royal Orchid Company LTD - Jewelry company from Chiang Mai, Thailand. Producing orchid design jewelry.
RT - unknown company. Mark found on a 1980s enamel jewelry brooch. Copyright signature and similar backing to the jewellery of the "Fish".
Sara - Unknown company with a heart shaped tag. On one side of the tag is the words Sara in lower case and the other has 3 dashes that form a face. Quality gemstone made jewelry. Be aware that Sarah Coventry jewelry has been known to be signed sara - although this is rare.
Sherman 1947 - 1981 Canada's finest glitzy jewelry producer. Gustave Sherman in Montreal. Produced gorgeous rhinestone and crystal jewelry including earrings, necklaces, bracelets and brooches. Aurora borealis effect on his stones is thought to predate the stated start date of use in 1956. Used Swarovski crystal in his Sherman jewelry and rhodium plating especially to the back of the pieces. Unfortunately many of his pieces were not signed. Those that were can be dated from the type of signature
Sherman in script on an oval plaque is the earliest for the 1950s. In a rectangle the 1960s.
Identification - a square rhinestone tag at the very end of the necklaces.
They do sparkle is one of their characteristic features due to the Swarovski stones
If you like very sparkling rhinestone jewelry then this is one to collect.
Swarovski - This company used the swan emblem to mark their jewelry.
Taiwan - jewelry and accessories actually made in Taiwan.
Taylor Elizabeth In the 1990s Elizabeth Taylor promoted her perfume "White Diamonds" with several items of jewelry including a brooch and clip earrings with bows and diamante. These are signed with a signature "WD" and identified from their boxes. Still today, some gift sets include her designer jewelry the most recent a pendant with a chain seen in 2015. She also had a range of costume jewelry especially designed for her tastes with Avon in the 1990s. They are now very collectible. Since her death and sale of her fine jewels. There are quite a few companies making copies of her most famous pieces under her name. This includes QVC.
For more Elizabeth Taylor jewelry information see our blog post.
Trifari - see Trifari jewelry to buy and more in depth information Examples of Trifari jewelry and the mark on the back. See below :-
Torino - American selling company that sells pewter jewelry with a novelty flare.
Ultra Craft - US company based in Rhode Island. Founder was Luigi Guadagno (C1936 - 2002) an American Italian who was born in Italy. The company made the Miss Universe and Miss America crowns in the eighties. Just a few pieces of Ultra Craft jewelry is available on the web. Brooches and earrings mostly found. Hand finished in large sizes and two tone or single colored metal. Pewter used with gold tone metals. A mix of whimsical and arty. Loved cat designs!
Vendome - see Coro for Vendome information.
Vogue Bijoux - High quality jewelry produced in Italy. This company closed in the 1990s and were famous for their hand finished costume pieces. Often finished in 18 ct gold plate. They are not the same as Vogue jewelry - which is a completely different brand.
Vogue No 1 - Unknown company but probably from Asia. Late 1980s to the 1990s selling costume jewelry.
Walter E Haywood - 1851 - 1970s (merged into the Allison Reed company). Based in the US. Sold gold plated, silver and gold jewelry. Signature of Walter E haywood or just Haywood.
Warner Brothers - copy right jewelry produced for the film company. Under Warner Bros marking.
West Germany - Western Germany jewelry signed pieces will only date between the years 1949 to 1990 when the republic of Western Germany was in existence.
Willie Frey - see Michaela Frey information.
Yves St Laurent - see YLS jewelry mark on the reverse of his jewelry.
1928 Jewelry - 1960s to the present day (USA). Online shop as well as several outlets in California and a shop in Canada. Also sells to the Macey's Store. Sells their own antique and vintage jewelery inspired brands lines under various names includes "Downton Abbey, Signature 1928, Antiquities Couture, Symbols of Faith, 2028 and many more.
1990s to 2000s.
Set of pendant chain & matching clip earrings including original box.
By Natasza Kura.
1980s to 1990s.
Vintage brooch & clip earrings 1950s.
Modern pre owned.
Modern & pre owned on original card.
Modern by Himson.
Vintage costume jewellery set bangle & ring by Michaela Frey.
1960s costume jewellery necklace & bracelet by Monet.
1980s. West German.
1970s to 1980s.
Modern pre owned.
1990s by Vogue No 1.