Collectors top choices
and UPDATE June 2003
It is always fun to see what collectors are most passionate about. To find out directly from the jewelry
collectors, we did a survey, but with a twist. Reality TV has
nothing on us! So here’s the game our collectors were given….
You are to be stranded on a deserted island. No solid food, and only
Bloody Marys to drink. No clothing, so you may only ornament yourself in
jewels. (If you collect only brooches, this will be a major ouchie!) No
TV, no chocolate, no flannel nightie and scuffy slippers, no computer
<gasp!>. Just you and your jewels, so you better *really* love
looking at them!
All you will have with which to entertain yourself are THREE pieces of
jewelry. Yes, you will have nothing to do but admire your very most
wonderful and favorite pieces of costume jewelry…. oh, and
drink Bloody Marys, of course.
Soooooo…. I want the top three makers or types of jewelry that you love THE
VERY BEST! If you are really obsessive, three votes for the same maker is
allowed. I will tally the votes and report back to you with the names
of the three jewelry makers that top the list.
So…. here’s your chance (and there will be no recounting in Florida, no
matter what Al Gore says).
Let fly… tell me your three most wonderful and heart-warming
jewelry makers…. and let the survival begin!
AND NOW… THE RESULTS!!
wisteria 3-3/4" pin (converted from a fur clip) #T18642
bracelet 7" by 1-5/8". #T18643
and violets fur clip #T21205. Backs
TRIFARI "fruit salad"2-1/4" fur clips,
TRIFARI blue faux moonstone, pave and enameled fur clips, pins and
THE WINNER far and away,
Linda Marques said it all for the winner when she
said, "Trifari did so much with different styles, findings, and
techniques that I have to pick… Trifari! Trifari! Trifari!"
won by twice as many votes as any other maker, and Alfred Philippe
is the man of choice with his fabulous, inventive and creative 1940’s designs. A
few examples are shown above, and the pictures tell why these pieces are
such valued favorites.
Much more information can be seen in
the Jewel Chat ads "TRIFARI", and in
Morning Glory Collects Trifari.
circa 1940 unsigned parure done in poured glass pink and lavender petals accented
with clear rhinestones. This set includes both a brooch and a dress
View View #H18804
pastel glass beads and faux pearls with pink glass flowers.
HASKELL red glass beads and rhinestones 4-strand 13-15"
necklace, 7-1/8" bracelet, 2-7/8" pin and 1-5/8" earrings.
SECOND PLACE was
overwhelmingly Haskell, the lovely and ever popular classics.
Her elaborate tapestries in seed and glass beads, faux pearls and rose
montees have never been equaled. Her company made such high quality and
artictic jewelry. View
Much more information can be seen in
the Jewel Chat articles "Early Haskell"
, "Haskell Jewelry", and in
Morning Glory Collects Haskell.
glass beaded set.
All these wonderful pieces courtesy of Cathy Gordon.
glass beads and mirror backs.
THIRD PLACE was a
two-way tie between Hollycraft and Eisenberg.
Gordon’s Hollycraft collection is dazzling. HOLLYCRAFT
twisted green glass leaves and rhinestones set.
HOLLYCRAFT opalescent and purple
mermaid brooch, courtesy of Jane at Morning Glory Antiques.
six more pages of pictures and information about fabulous Eisenberg
jewelry, please see our article in Jewel Chat on line Magazine at "EISENBERG JEWELRY
and Morning Glory Collects Eisenberg.
FOURTH PLACE and all running very close
to one another in votes were JULIANA, BOUCHER, and SHULTZ.
JULIANA watermelon bracelet
and earrings is typical of why these are favorites… terrific color and
in fall colors with the original tag, courtesy of Jane at Morning Glory
More Juliana pictures and information can be seen in
the Jewel Chat article "Juliana, What is it?"
and in Morning Glory Collects Juliana.
The BOUCHER softly and exquisitely
enameled pieces, like the SWEET
PEA and CHERRY brooches
shown above are favorites of Jane Clarke’s.
Pat Seal shared her BOUCHER
bracelet and earrings in gold tone with aqua and purple
|Susan Corwin’s wonderful BOUCHER
DECO fur clip.
BOUCHER set in
clear and montana rhinestones is one of Beth Rowlands’ favorites, and her EAR
WRAPS are another.
Barbara Wood, dealer and collector of SHULTZ
bakelite, says, " Well…….I have three pieces of Shultz
bakelite jewelry that would hide ‘strategic’ places, so I guess
my vote is,
Shultz, Shultz and Shultz. Two of mine are in the 12-inch range and
one is in the 8-inch range. Wouldn’t hide enough skin but would
warm the spirits!
I have a 12 inch lizard and the palm tree with the Mexican man
sitting under it. Also a pelican that is at least 8 inches and an alligator
that is probably 8 inches. They are actually too big to wear but the
alligator and a smaller 8 inch lizard do have pin backs."
More on Shultz at "The Collectors:
Shultz" and "Shultz Bakelite
|HONORABLE MENTION was given to
CORO DUETTES, UNSIGNED JEWELRY and CZECH jewelry.
This early paved Duette shimmers with light, and what a design
The Queen of Unsigned, and deserving of a big blue ribbon for the most unusual favorite,
is Joan Elias’ unsigned swami set, shown above. View
this set, Joan says, "I don’t have the slightest idea who the
maker is. It’s a parure with the bracelet, necklace, pin and earrings.
The plaques that the steel looking swamis sit upon are Abalone and the
bamboo/branch design frames are a soft antiqued gold. There are large red
cabs in the bracelet, small red stones in all the turbans and three
emerald cuts around the pin. The large necklace has the emerald cuts
and a large red round on the top.
It is a very heavy set
with the back being as beautifully worked as the front. The heads
are all fancy riveted to the backs. Beautifully hinged. The
set is killer in person, but unsigned. Any ideas?
Glad you like it too. It’s one of the few pieces I am keeping." No
wonder, Joan! It is a treasure.
Also from Joan, a
necklace made from huge Czech buttons. View
Czech necklaces were mentioned often, and Lisa Botsko
says of her blue one, shown above, "Jane,
here is the one necklace I would take with me on my desert island. It
is what I wear even with jeans to the grocery
Armstrong wears her Czech blue enameled and cabochons earrings with
fabulous Czech collar necklace in aqua glass beads was a favorite of Susan
Corwin’s, and no wonder! View
|THE MOST UNUSUAL FAVORITES
One of the things I have enjoyed most about doing Jewel
Chat Magazine is the opportunity to learn, and collectors are all so
generous with their jewelry and information. Although these makers did
not top the voting list, they piqued my interest as I was not familiar
with them. I thought you might enjoy seeing these, too.
From Cathy Gordon, who is a fascinating lady with exquisite taste
and a wide range of interests, comes this magnificent ROUSSELET
pink and lavender glass bib. The necklace and earrings in the center are
also part of her ROUSSELET
collection, and she says they are probably made of Lalique
And finally, a SELINI set
that looks like a native from that deserted island!
Over half of the voters guessed that
Haskell, not Trifari, would be the winner. Only a few predicted that it would be
the list of jewelry that received the most votes, in order of
Coppola e Toppo
|These makers all got only a few votes, and are in alphabetical
Margot de Taxco
de la Renta
It is also interesting to think about all the makers
who received no votes at all!
Updated survey complied in
June of 2003:
MOST FAVORITE DESIGNERS
in order of votes:
Coppola e Toppo
in order of votes:
Lunch at the Ritz