RESEARCHING COSTUME JEWELRY
Jewelry Research - Jewelry Designers - Jewelry Marks
© 1997 to present Dotty Stringfield and Pat Seal
In 1997, I (Dotty) published a list of costume jewelry designers and companies on my website, Illusion Jewels Vintage Costume Jewelry. It included signatures and marks, many with images. In January of 1999, I invited Pat Seal to join me, and "Researching Costume Jewelry" is the result. RCJ has been garnered from many books on jewelry (see bibliography) information shared by fellow jewelry enthusiasts, from many hours of research Pat has done in periodical libraries and many hours of online research Dotty has done in following leads on companies.
"RCJ" is not comprehensive, and new information is added when discovered and confirmed. We try to publish accurate information to the best of our knowledge; however, inaccuracies will occur due to possibly faulty memories of the people in this industry, lack of historical records from the jewelry companies and our own honest mistakes. Dates given are for when a mark was first used, or when it was first seen in ads or articles.
If you have verifiable information or pictures of marks that you would like to see included, please contact Dotty Stringfield. Credit will be given to all contributors.
Due to the large number of requests, we cannot do appraisals or answer individual questions regarding your jewelry.
Written permission necessary to use any information or pictures from this site in any other publications.
Illusion Jewels Vintage Costume Jewelry, Dotty Stringfield or Pat Seal is mentioned, or our jewelry shown in the following:
"Inside The Jewelry Box" by Ann Mitchell Pitman
"Cameos, Classic to Costume" by Monica Clements & Patricia Clements
"Warman's Jewelry -- 2rd Ed." by Christie Romero
"Warman's Jewelry -- 3rd Ed." by Christie Romero
"Classic American Costume Jewelry" by Jacqueline Rehmann
"Costume Jewelry 101" -- by Julia C. Carroll
"Costume Jewelry 202" -- by Julia C. Carroll
"Coro Jewelry: A Collector's Guide" -- by Marcia Sparkles Brown
"Mid-Century Plastic Jewelry" -- by Susan Klein
Pat has written articles for VFCJ and SilverForum
Dotty has written articles for VFCJ
PAT SEAL: research files
DOTTY STRINGFIELD: research files
LUCILLE TEMPESTA: owner-publisher of the Vintage Fashion & Costume Jewelry Magazine and club
BOBYE SYVERSON: research files.
A TRIBUTE TO AMERICA by Carla and Roberto Brunialti
AMERICAN COSTUME JEWELRY by Carla and Roberto Brunialti
AMERICAN JEWELRY MANUFACTURERS by Dorothy T. Rainwater
COLLECTIBLE COSTUME JEWELRY by Cherri Simonds
COLLECTING RHINESTONE COLORED JEWELRY by Maryanne Dolan
COPPER ART JEWELRY by Burkholz and Kaplan
COSTUME JEWELRY A PRACTICAL HANDBOOK AND GUIDE by Fred Rezazadeh
COSTUME JEWELRY (2nd Ed.) by Harrice Simons Miller
EUROPEAN DESIGNER JEWELRY by Ginger Moro
MASTERPIECES OF COSTUME JEWELRY by Ball and Torem
MIRIAM HASKELL JEWELRY by Cathy Gordon and Sheila Pamfiloff
OLD JEWELRY by Jeanenne Bell
WARMAN'S JEWELRY 2nd Ed. by Christie Romero
WARMAN'S JEWELRY 3rd Ed. by Christie Romero
Illusion Jewels Vintage Costume Jewelry