Friday, August 15, 2014

The Skinny -- Star Costume Jewelry

Thermo plastic clip earrings, sold.
I was hoping that my first Skinny post in forever would be sort of like my post on Van Dell vintage jewelry (see it here). We have thousands of views on that post, and comments that it has really helped people who were trying to learn more about the company.  

Well, unfortunately, it's not going to work out how I wanted it to.  Grrr!

I have wanted to post on Star costume jewelry for some time now.  We are always looking for good, signed vintage costume jewelry for our shops because it always sells.  Vintage costume jewelry is just so much fun -- to find and collect.  Designers did and can take so many risks with the designs of costume jewelry that they just can't do with fine jewelry.  Star is a name that we don't find often, not like Coro or Sarah Coventry, but we've unearthed a piece or three in our travels.  I knew that information was hard to find about this company, but I didn't realize exactly how hard until I started looking for anything about them.  

Brooch and earrings, available from JewelryQuestDesign on Etsy, here.

So this post will be image heavy, because the written info I have gathered is about, hmmm...a paragraph long?  Hey, they say a picture is worth a thousand words...

Green bead necklace from Vintage Heart Strings on Etsy, here.

OK, let's talk about what I found.  First theory: the Star Jewelry Company was in business from the 1940s through the 1960s.  I found two sources that confirm that (www.collectiblejewels.com and www.amazingadornments.com).  One source says they were based in Houston, Texas.  The jewelry is good (not great) quality, and the company seemed to specialize in thermoplastic and rhinestone jewelry.  From the images I've seen, they did a lot of natural designs, with flowers, leaves, and vines. 

From Collectible Jewels, here.

Now, theory two doesn't seem very likely, but I'm posting it for your information. On www.jacksonjewels.com, they say that Star and Staret jewelry were both made by the Star Novelty Company in Chicago.  I could paraphrase, but it's easier to just quote them.  Here's what they say:

  "The company began making costume jewelry marked: "STAR" in 1925-1940. The company changed its name to Staret in the 1940s. Staret jewelry pieces are known for their exuberant design and exceptional use of enameling and high quality rhinestones. The style and sometimes excessively showy shapes of costume jewelry stamped Staret, recalls to mind, the more famous jewels of Eisenberg & Sons but does not have the Eisenberg quality. Novelty jewelry was also designed and made by the company. Overall, the quality of Staret designs is good quality with good quality stones with some pieces being exceptional with better quality of workmanship and design. Mark: "STAR", "STARET". The company ceased operations in 1947."

I say this doesn't seem likely, because the pieces I have seen marked Star are not pieces from 1925-1940.  No way.  They are 1950s and 60s, definitely, in design and construction.  Also, Staret pieces look NOTHING like Star pieces.  No similarity at all.  The people over at www.amazingadornments.com don't buy this theory either.

Here's a bracelet we have in our Etsy shop, here, and its mark: 





And here's a rhinestone necklace on Etsy from Ginger's Little Gems, here.  It has a string tag attached.


 

So that's all I got!  Told you it wasn't much -- but hope it can help you a little.  Here's a few more photos for reference.

Found on Ebay.
A different piece from WhyWeLoveThePast on Etsy, here.
Clip earrings from our shop, here.


4 comments:

  1. I have a pair of clip on earrings marked "star" and they are beautiful with beautiful stones and I need help. I can't find any information about them or the value on them because I want to sell them, can anyone help me please? My email is lanylove5@gmail.com and my name is Lanelle. Please contact me as soon as you can. Thank you for your help and time. Like I said they are beautiful

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  2. I also have a lot of other vintage costume jewelry, a lot of names like coro, trifari, kramer, listner, hobe, monet, star, sarah cov, gerrys, b.s.k and a lot of others and I also have beautiful unmarked vintage costume jewelry. My jewelry also has beautiful rhinestones, rubies, sapphires, topaz and a lot of other stones. I am looking to sell my jewelry and even the rare pieces. Just contact me at my email at lanylove5@gmail.com or on here. I will be checking my email and this site every day constantly through out every day. Thanks and have a great week. I forgot to say that my vintage jewelry is in great condition, there might be something that is not in perfect condition but that's very little. 98% of my vintage costume jewelry is in great condition and I have over 2,000 pieces of vintage costume jewelry. Please contact me thanks.

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  3. I have had several pieces of "STAR" Jewelry in my care throughout my career as well. All of the pieces I've had were used as props on 20th century television shows including Bewitched, the Partridge Family, I Dream of Jeanie, The Brady Bunch, and others of this period. The look and feel and the quality of the rhinestones and plated metals suggest to me they were made in the 1950's - 70's. I've also tried to do research on the company and was told they were a subsidiary of Eisenberg, and the pieces were sold at "House Parties" similar to the Sarah Coventry company. Hope that helps. I currently have a brooch for sale that was owned by Marion Lorne, who played Aunt Clara on Bewitched. It is listed on Ebay and my FaceBook Shoppe called Little Curiosity Shoppe. It is a tree with Simulated pearls and diamonds set among a gold plated burnished metal base. It is marked S T A R on the back.

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  4. I have had several pieces of "STAR" Jewelry in my care throughout my career as well. All of the pieces I've had were used as props on 20th century television shows including Bewitched, the Partridge Family, I Dream of Jeanie, The Brady Bunch, and others of this period. The look and feel and the quality of the rhinestones and plated metals suggest to me they were made in the 1950's - 70's. I've also tried to do research on the company and was told they were a subsidiary of Eisenberg, and the pieces were sold at "House Parties" similar to the Sarah Coventry company. Hope that helps. I currently have a brooch for sale that was owned by Marion Lorne, who played Aunt Clara on Bewitched. It is listed on Ebay and my FaceBook Shoppe called Little Curiosity Shoppe. I've been consigning celebrity owned costume jewelry for over 30 years and have a wide selection of items...this brooch has been photographed to appear in my new book: Jewels of the Movie Stars and the Glamour of Hollywood's Past, which I hope to release in November of 2017. The book will include pieces of costume jewelry from Mary Pickford, Mae West, Agnes Moorehead, Debbie Reynolds, Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield and many, more...stars. You can also find my books on my website ICGHOSTS.COM. The piece I currently have for sale is a tree with Simulated pearls and diamonds set in its gold plated burnished metal base. It is marked S T A R on the back. I wish I could attach a photo of it here to share, it's a really pretty piece that you see the actress wearing in many episodes of the TV shows she appeared on.

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