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  • Who Made Those Art Deco Bracelets?

    The Keystone, June 1925

    Have you ever wondered about the maker of a favorite piece of vintage costume jewelry? Many collectors who favor the Art Deco style (as I do) are undoubtedly familiar with the trademark Diamonbar, which appears on sterling silver and imitation gemstone bracelets produced in a wide range of styles in the 1920s. But few people know about Wachenheimer Brothers, the company that left us a wonderful legacy of these stunning creations.

    I was among the curious when I started my search for accurate information on this manufacturer, who was in business from 1905-1934. Not only has this company been excluded from books on vintage costume jewelry, but most of the information on the Internet about Wachenheimer Brothers is incorrect.  After several years of research, I have told their true story in two articles. The most recent, entitled “Diamonbar Bracelets & the Men Who Made Them”, has been published on the Costume Jewelry Collectors International (CJCI) website here.  This article is based on a longer piece on the company’s history and wider body of work:  “Wachenheimer Brothers: Their True Story”. It was published in the Spring 2013 issue of ADORNMENT: The Magazine of Jewelry & Related Arts.

    For Diamonbar Bracelets

    Click through to see jewelry produced by Wachenheimer Brothers here on the TruFaux Jewels website.

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    CJCI is building a valuable collection of resources for vintage costume jewelry enthusiasts at various levels of expertise. The information on the website is available to everyone.

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  • Jewelry in the Movies: Ruser

    Although vintage costume jewelry is the focus of my life and work, I am also a fan of beautiful precious jewelry created in the 1920s through the 1950s, the decades I specialize in. (Precious or fine jewelry is jewelry created with precious metals – such as gold or platinum –…

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  • Mellow Yellows for Spring

    Yellow, the color of sunshine, is associated with positive feelings such as joy, happiness, cheerfulness, intellect and energy. Not surprisingly, a tone of yellow is usually included in Pantone’s top 10 women’s spring/summer colors. This year’s shade is called Custard, which is defined as “Sweet and sunny … a cheering…

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  • Aquamarine for Spring

    Even though the weather outside may not feel like spring (at least where I live!), we can still look at colors for the upcoming season.  Based on their survey of fashion designers, Pantone has named the palette for women’s clothing in spring 2015:  En Plein Air, a French expression which…

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  • Jewelry in the Movies: Flato

    Although I am a vintage costume jewelry retailer, researcher, writer and speaker, I am also a fan of beautiful precious jewelry created in the 1920s through the 1950s, the decades I specialize in.  (Precious or fine jewelry is jewelry created with precious metals – such as gold or platinum – and…

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  • Dress Up Your Little Black Dress with Schiaparelli Jewels

    You may already know that Maison Schiaparelli, the house of French couturier Elsa Schiaparelli, re-opened in July at its former address, 21 Place Vendôme, and that Marco Zanini, the new creative director, will premiere his first collection in January during couture week in Paris. With the Schiaparelli name in the…

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  • Elsa Schiaparelli: Shocking!

    Shocking, the name of the vivid shade of pink that became Elsa Schiaparelli’s trademark color, is a name that has become synonymous with this extraordinary 20th century Italian-born couturière who viewed her profession as an art. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the color Shocking pink “was dubbed thus…

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  • Vintage Bridal Jewelry: Pearls

    Pearls have been a traditional bridal accessory for generations. They have been made into necklaces, bracelets, brooches, earrings, and rings, and have been sewn onto shoes, wedding gowns, purses, and veils. My favorite vintage pearl jewelry comes from France, where the process for making artificial pearls was born. The TruFaux…

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