Friday, November 10, 2006


Blue Net Pin

Kramer Jewerly Creations, NY, 1943--c.1980

A favourite of mine... very under-rated and very collectible. Pieces vary hugely in design, material and can be very serious to flirty and whimsical.

Founded by Louis Kramer in 1943

KRAMER 1943 Block, KRAMER Pat Pend,

KRAMER in Capitals and copyright mark, after 1955




The Diamond Look (script) KRAMER 1948


The Golden Look (script) 1954

Perles de Lune - on Kramer Pearl Jewelry after Sept. 1962

Amourelle in script on heart shaped plaque, Frank Hess for Kramer 1963

Amourelle in script

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Spectacular Rousselet Necklace

The House of Chanel, more commonly known as Chanel, was founded in 1909, the small shop selling ladies headwear had moved to the up market Rue Cambon within a year. The house became especially famous with the elegant little black dress, its signature Chanel No. 5 fragrance and the popular, an elegant Chanel suit comprised of a knee-length skirt and trim, boxy jacket, traditionally made of woven wool with black trim and gold buttons and worn with large costume-pearl necklaces.
Post war Chanel’s long time friend Suzanne Gripoix began to produce Pâte de Verre and nacrés glass pearls for sautoirs, buttons and brooches.
Robert Goossens work was based on Byzantine, Celt, Egyptian and Etruscan designs and techniques. He designed her fabulous 50’s collection of bar pins, bracelets, crosses and barrettes because Chanel was besotted with Byzantine works of art. He adapted many designs based on lion’s heads, as Coco was a Leo. He worked for her from 1954 – 1971.
Louis Rousselet’s firm was the maker of a major source of hand made glass beads, producing barrel-shaped, cylindrical in stepped geometric designs. His factory produced huge amounts of glass pearls until the late 60’s when production ceased.
Both Rousselet and Gripoix used double rows of pearls and beads with floral patterns in between. These pieces were very feminine and very “French”, and were usually hand tagged.
Her belief was “jewellery was not created to make one look rich, but to adorn”.

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Boucher Cyclamen Pin

BOUCHER 1937-1971
copyright symbol used after 1955
MB (Boucher)
phrygian cap mark
made in Mexico for Boucher during WW11

Marcel Boucher left France in 1925 for the United States and designed for Cartier. In 1937 Boucher established his own company, Marcel Boucher and Cie Company,. Sandra Raymonde Semensohn joined the company in 1949. Marcel and Sandre later married. Both Marcel (Cartier) and his wife Sandra (Harry Winston) began their careers in fine jewelry design. They created dimensional jewelry using multidimensional intricate enameling techniques and coloured rhinestones. Their upscale costume pieces show the same awareness and commitment to detail. The Phrygian cap* signature was used in 1937-1938. Marcel Boucher died in 1965. Sandra Boucher, his wife, ran the company until 1972. Boucher jewelry is usually signed and carries an inventory number. Boucher jewelry is high-end and can be tough to tell from the real thing.

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