I want to do something new in 2014 that I have never done before so I have decided to start my very first blog! With so many fun adventures that I experience shopping for vintage costume jewelry, I thought it would be fun to share them with you this way. My blog will also be very educational. You will be learning about the history of costume jewelry as early as the 1800s and the jewelry designers of the 1900s.
When I find an amazing piece that I want to tell you about, I will be researching the mark and materials used to make it and then sharing that information with you. I will also show you how I have transformed it into something wearable for today such as a ring, bracelet, or necklace. The repurposed rings will be available to purchase on my website.
A Stunning Set by Schreiner
During the holidays, I went on the hunt for vintage costume jewelry like I often do on the weekends or whenever I travel. On this particular expedition in Texas, I came across a matching brooch and clip earrings that really caught my eye.
When I studied them a little closer, the clip earrings looked exactly like a pair I had purchased a few years ago, but in a different color. I had repurposed and sold them shortly after I bought them. I have been looking for that set ever since because its design was so unique and incredibly beautiful. I always regretted not keeping one of the earrings for myself that I had repurposed into a ring. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to find these again!
Schreiner Jewelry Company
I was told by the antique dealer that this set was designed by a man named Henry Schreiner. He founded Schreiner Jewelry Company in 1939. He had been a blacksmith in Bavaria, Germany and emigrated to the United States in 1923.
When Schreiner first began, he worked with metals designing dress fasteners and belt buckles. His daughter, along with her husband, joined him in 1953. It was not long before they were all creating jewelry for Christian Dior and other reputable clients.
Schreiner used custom-made uniquely shaped stones that were made by Czechoslovakian craftsman in Germany. Here is a spectacular Schreiner set made up of a brooch and clip earrings I recently found where he used baguette and pear-shaped rhinestones:
I repurposed one of the clip earrings into a stunning statement ring:
His signature was different from other designers as he inverted the position of his rhinestones (placed upside down) and also used unusual color combinations.
Schreiner never mass-produced his pieces. They were also highly fashionable so no media advertising was ever necessary for sales. Schreiner jewelry is said to be some of the finest made and most admired of the vintage jewelry found today. It is also highly sought after by collectors.
It did not take me long to turn those beautiful Schreiner clip earrings I found that day into adjustable rings. I could not wait to wear a piece designed by the incredibly talented Henry Schreiner. And this time, I am making sure I keep one for myself!
Kimberly Moore is a vintage costume jewelry expert, blogger, speaker, and author of Beauty in a Life Repurposed. To learn more, visit her website at kingdomsparkle.com.
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