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R
           The letter "R" was used by many companies with different style lettering, inside shapes, etc. Some of the companies were Royalty Jewelry MFG of NY -- 1955, Reich Jewelry -- 1956, O.M. Resen --1932, Reeves MFG Corp. of NY -- 1961.

"R" with 10 KT inside -- see W.E. Richards

   - see Rolyn

RR -- see Rush, Robin

RABANNE, PACO -- c. March 1966

Rader, Pauline
        Mark:   Pauline Rader     Photo courtesy Laura Libio.

Radio see FORSTNER--FORSTNER CHAIN CORP

Raffaele
        Mark:   Raffaele Sterling     Photo courtesy Alison's Antiques & Vintage Jewelry on Ruby Lane
        Possibly a Canadian company in Quebec.

Raffaello -- see Creazioni Raffaello


RAGA Inc.

  Mark:      Photo courtesy Molly Garza


RALPH DeROSA -- see DeRosa

The Ralph Singer Jewelry Co. -- 1921 to present
        Mark:   Ora was first used in the late 1940's     Photo courtesy of Gail Gupton
        Mark:   Ora Creations
        Mark:   Ora Originals      Photo courtesy Cheri Van Hoover.
        Founded in Chicago by Oreste Agnini & Ralph Singer.
        "ORA" is a combination of "Oreste" and "Ralph".
        Early pieces were not signed.
        In addition to fashion jewelry, the company made Fraternal jewelry for Shiners, Masons, Lions, etc.
        Agnini retired 1953 & Mr. Singer bought his half of the company and it became "The Ralph Singer Co."
        The Singer family ran the company until 1984
        In 1984, Singer's son-in-law, Ray Pausback sold the company to Stanford B. Smith.
        Mr. Smith died in 1992, & his son Stan & daughter-in-law Carole now own and run the company
        Currently, their fraternal line is sold all over the country, and the fashion line is currently sold just on the internet.
        The company has a website: http://www.ralphsingerjewelry.com/
        Have ad from 1954

Rambling Roses (script) -- see CORO


Rame'

Photo courtesy justabunchawildflowers

Ramsey, Laura c. 1990's
        Line:   Romanza -- line of costume jewelry, plated metal and rhinestones
        Line:   Illusions -- higher end 925 vermeil CZ jewelry sold exclusively by Value Vision.
        Mark:   "LR 925" was marked on all her vermeil pieces.      Information and photo courtesy Robin Deutsch.
        She and her husband also make fine jewelry.

Randel, Esha -- see Esha Randel

Rapallo
        Mark:   Rapallo      Photo courtesy ID: justabunchawildflowers

RAVEN -- see

Razza, Luca -- designer Luca Razza 1950's to present
        Mark:   RAZZA c. 1970 --     Courtesy Lilly Vittetow
        Mark:   L. Razza -- April, 1965    Photo courtesy eclecticgramma

        Luca began working in the jewelry business in the 1950's.
        Luca & Lionel Mercier started Raz-Mer Casting Co. which made raw castings for Alice Jewelry [Lillian Vernon], Rice-Weiner, and Weiss among others.
        In Dec. 1958, Luca & Stanley Conheim started the Ronnie Jewelry Co.
        They sold Ronnie Jewelry in 1968 to The Certified Corporation, who owned Whiting & Davis and DaVinci Jewelry.
        Stanley died about 1969; Luca remained with Certified until 1975, where he designed the plastic pieces for which he is known.
        In the early 1990's Luca formed Plaza Jewelry in North Kingstown, RI. and is still active in the company
        Information from the Fall 2003 & Spring 2004 issues of VFCJ.

RDeRosa -- see DeRosa

REBAJES 1932 -- c. 1967
        Mark:   Rebajes  
        Mark:         Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.
        Francisco Rebajes relocated to Spain & continued to make jewelry until his death in 1990
        Some Rebajes pieces are currently being reproduced.
        Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.   Visit her gallery to see examples.

Reeves
        Mark:   REEVES     Photo courtesy ID: justabunchawildflowers

Regala -- see CORO

Regel -- see A Regal

Regency --Regina Novelty Company, NY, NY -- c. 1950--1970
        Mark:   Regency     Photo courtesy Beth Rowlands.

        Mark:   "Fleur de Paris by Regency"; other side "hand Made of Imported French Glass"     Courtesy Joan Redden
        Mark:   Regency Jewels  mark has been seen on a brooch with an original Regency hangtag.   Photo courtesy Kathryn of the-vintage-jewelry-advisor.com
        The family name was Polowitz

Regimental Crests -- see SANDOR

REINAD 1922 to at least 1954
        Mark:   Reinad -- used after 1941  .
        Mark:   Reinad script      Photo courtesy Myrna Seale.
        Mark:   Reinad N.Y.C.     Courtesy Mary Ann Docktor-Smith
        Mark:   Reinad 5th Ave. N.Y. - hang tag    Courtesy Cindy Franze
        Mark:   Sceptron -- 1944.
        In business since 1922 making wholesale production.
        Made retail line using the name "Chanel Novelty Co." with mark "Chanel" in script.
        Maison Chanel had closed in France (1940) due to German Occupation, but raised objections to the use of the name.
        Chanel Novelty Co. made only one collection in spring of 1941.
        Thus, there are a limited number of designs, and pieces are rare.
        Reinad seems to have made jewelry for companies such as Boucher, Carnegie, Eisenberg using the same designs.
        Have ad from 1948
        Listed in a 1954 brouchure of an accessories show at the Hotel McAlpin in NY

Reis Company, Inc.- 1919 - Indianapolis, IN
        Mark:   CRC (with the o inside of the C for company)     Courtesy Liz & Maggie
        Mark:   REIS.

        Mark:   Small "c" large "R" small "o" inside triangle with point down.     
        Bought by William Nichols in 1972 and company became Reis-Nichols, Inc.

REJA, INC., NY, NY -- Jan. 17, 1941 -- Dec. 4, 1953
        Pronumciation: RAY_ZHA (like Zsa Zsa Gabor)
        Mark:   DEJA     Courtesy of Rosie Dyer.
        Mark:   Deja Original
        Mark:   Deja Reg. in 1939 & 1940.
        Mark:   Reja Reg.         Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.
        Mark:   Reja     Photo courtesy Beth Rowlands.

        Mark:   Reja Sterling      Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.
        Mark:   Reja, Inc.
        Mark:   Pinch Pin -- oct. 1949
        Mark:         Photo courtesy The Victorian Gallery.
        Solomon Finkelstein started manufacturing jewelry for retail in 1939; changed company name to Deja Costume Jewelry.
        DuJay, Inc. took him to court requiring Deja to change their name.
        On Jan. 17, 1941, they announced a name change to "REJA".
        Pre-1950 used sterling for Reja pieces.
        Went bankrupt in 1952.

Remembrance see FORSTNER--FORSTNER CHAIN CORP

RENOIR 1946-1964
        Mark:   Renoir
        Mark:   Renoir script 1946  
        Mark:   Matisse 1952
        Mark:   Matisse script 1952-1964    
        Mark:   Matisse Renoir  
        Mark:   ©Renoir in script      Courtesy Ann Robinson ID: 9am.
        Mark:   Matisse (beside 4 "M's" placed north, south, east and west)1956
        Mark:   White Copper By Renoir -- 1958
        Mark:   Copperwood 1959
        Mark:   Sauteur 1958-1963           Photos courtesy Beth Rowlands.

        Earring card          Courtesy eclecticgramma

R .F. S. Co. -- see R. F. SIMMONS

R. F. SIMMONS CO., Attleboro, MA -- since 1885
        Mark:   Simmons     Photo courtesy Sam & Yvonne Mitchell.

        Mark:   Armilla
        Mark:   Betsy Ross
        Mark:   Brenda
        Mark:   Floradora
        Mark:   Slident
        Mark:   Stubby
        Mark:   Tyton
        Mark:   Venetian  
        Mark:   Victorian
        Mark:   R.F.S. & Co.
        Mark:   R.F.S. Co.
        Mark:   Simmons' Chains
        Purchased by by Amtel in 1974.
        Have ad Nov. 1952

Ricarde of Hollywood -- see HOLLYWOOD JEWELRY PRODUCTS, INC.

Ricci, Nina -- Paris, France/Toronto Canada
        Mark:   Nina Ricci -- used for precious jewelry as well as costume -- first used Sept. 1960
        Purchased from D'Orlan Jewellers in Toronto in 2006 by Creed Canada.

RICE-WEINER 1938
        Mark:   Jeray      Photo courtesy David Pritchett.     Photos courtesy Beth Rowlands.
        Mark:   Design By Bel Geddes Jeray      Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.

  Bel Geddes, © Jeray    Photo courtesy Deb Schneider
        Mark:   Etrusceana was a line and a trade-mark of Rice Weiner produced in 1941    Photo by Jan Cox.    Info from Roberto Brunialti to Cheri Van Hoover (2/07)
        In 1938 the New England Glasswork Co (founded in 1911) became Rice-Weiner & Co. (Brunialti)
        Made jewelry for McClelland Barclay
        Under license to United Artists, made CJ inspired by films produced by Alenander Korda--"Thief of Bagdad"(1940) & "The Jungle Book"(1942).
        Story that the items were commissioned by Korda to give to crew members is false.
        Rice-Weiner Co. split in 1946. Alvin & Robert Rice, with designer Louis Mark founded the new Barclay Jewelry Co. using the mark "Barclay".
        Rice-Weiner was relaunched by the introduction of 2 new lines: Jeray and American Beauty Pearls.
        According to an ad, they were still in business in 1950

RICHARD POLUMBAUM, CO. -- see Polumbaum, Richard

RICHARDS, W. E. CO., North Attleboro, MA -- c. 1900-present
        Mark:   WRE with the R larger than the other letters -- since Jan. 1944     Photo courtesy Glitz & Glitter Boutique.
        Mark:   Symmetalic first used Dec. 1936 - was still being used in 1946.     Photo courtesy Cheri & Rocky Van Hoover.
        Mark:    "R" with 10 KT inside

RICHELIEU -- see Joseph H. Meyer

RIFAS -- owned by Frank Rifas; Chicago, IL -- c.1960
        Mark:   FRARICO -- 1962      Courtesy Plenty O'Jewels.
        Mark:   RIFAS     Courtesy Lilly Vittetow
        Info courtesy Plenty O Jewels

RISIS - Sinapore 1976- ?
        Mark:   RISIS      Courtesy Joanne Clyde
        Specialize in genuine orchids dipped in 24K gold

Rivo of Switzerland c. 1954
        Featherweight pure aluminum jewelry in gold or silver finish that is said to be non-corrosive, non-allergic and guaranteed against tarnishing. large collection of bracelets in narrow to very wide adapted from solid gold jewelry. Chain type bracelets and necklaces, and bangle bracelets. They will introduce new pastel iridescent aluminum in bangle bracelets and bead necklaces.
        Information from a 1954 brouchure of an accessories show at the Hotel McAlpin in NY


Robbins -- now TharpeRobbins

  Mark:   Robbins Co. Attleboro   Photo courtesy Gloria Barnhart
  Mark:   Jewelry by Robbins   Photo courtesy Janet Bagley


Robert -- see The Fashioncraft Jewelry Co. Original by Robert

ROBERT FLEISCHER -- see Fleischer, Robert


Robert Goossens -- see Goossens, Robert


ROBERT MAYO -- see Mayo, Robert

Robert Rose -- see Jewelry Fashions, Inc.

ROC -- contemporary mark -- China
        Mark:   ROC -- Republic of China

Roderick Tnorio -- se Tenorio, Roderick

ROGER JEAN-PIERRE -- see Jean-Pierre

Roger Scemama -- see Scemama, Roger

ROHNER -- ROBERT A. ROHNER & CO., INC. -- c. 1946
        Mark:        Courtesy eclecticgramma
        Have ads form 1946.

RO-LON -- see Swank, Inc.

ROLYN INC., Cranston, RI 1961 - present
        Mark:   R with Inc. inside - 1962   
        Mark:   Chante' - 1983   
        Mark:   Magna Tron 1000 - 1998   

ROMA -- see Fairdeal

Roman Company - St. Louis, MO -- 1973 to present
        Mark:   ROMAN     Courtesy RCJ
        Mark:   Inside presentation box    Courtesy RCJ
        Founded by Melvin Roman in 1973.
        Had sales offices in NYC, Chicago and Texas.,br>         Became the largest engraving company in the world, with engraving machines in department stores.
        1984 it became apparent you could buy direct from the Orient for much less than making jewelry in US.
        Currently designer and distributor of costume jewelry; products mainly manufactured in the Far East
        Melvin Roman sold the company to the 4 VPs around 1984
        Purchased by TSI Holding Company in 1994.

Romantic -- see CORO

Ronte of Hollywood -- see AVON

ROSLYN HOFFMAN -- see Hoffman, Roslyn

ROSE, ROBERT -- see Jewelry Fashions, Inc.

ROSENSTEIN, NETTIE c. 1935--1975
        Mark:   Nettie Rosenstein    Photo courtesy Robin Deutsch
        Mark:   Sterling Nettie Rosenstein     Courtesy RCJ

Round the Clock -- see CORO

Rousselet, Louis
        French jewelry designer         Mark:   Paper label "Louis Rousselet, Modele Depose, made in France"      Courtesy Ginger Moro.
        Mark:   "LR"  
        Much Rousselet jewelry was not marked, except for a paper hang tag.
        He died in 1980.
        Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.   Visit her gallery to see examples.
        Read Ginger Moro's article on Louis Rousselet.

Roxanne Assoulin -- see Assoulin, Roxanne


Royal Bead Novelty, Co.
  "Delroy ®" on one side; "Blue Ribbon Quality" on the reverse.


ROYAL COPENHAGEN -- Madison Ave., NY -- c. 1977
        Have ad for porcelain bracelets -- 1977.


Royal Craftsmen

  Mark:   Laguna 1944; renewed in 1972, now dead
  Mark:   Persiana 1946; renewed in 1987, now dead


Royal International -- Japan -- c. 1950's
        Mark:   "Royal International Made in Japan" on paper tag around a glass bead necklace c. 1950's      Courtesy RCJ

ROYAL OF PITTSBURGH -- ROYAL OF PITTSBURGH, INC., Pittsburgh, PA
        Mark:   Royal/Pittsburgh
        Mark:   Royal of Pittsburgh      Photo courtesy John Bene.
        Mark:   Royalustre -- 1959     Courtesy RCJ
        Mark:   Royal Pastelli - 1961     Courtesy RCJ
        Mark:   Luvbugs - 1966    Courtesy RCJ
        Mark:   Andre Pierre Originals - 1962 (back & front of hangtag)       Courtesy Toy Nicole
        Have ads from 1946, 1947, 1962

Roz Kaplan, Baltimore, MD
        Mark:        Courtesy Kathy Earls

R. Serbin see Serbin, R.

R. Tennesmed -- see Tennesmed

RUBINSTEIN, HELENA -- NY, NY
        Mark:   Helena Rubinstein first used in 1928
        They purchased Maui Divers of Hawaii, LTD. in 1977

Ruby Z -- see Parrot Pearls

Rucinni -- contemporary made in China

Ruopoli, Charles
        Mark:   By C. Ruopoli      Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.

Rush, Robin -- Florida -- contemporary
        Mark:   RR -- has jewelry made in China and imports.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

PAT SEAL: research files
DOTTY STRINGFIELD: research files
LUCILLE TEMPESTA: owner-publisher of the Vintage Fashion & Costume Jewelry Magazine
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 COSTUME JEWELRY 101 By Julia Carroll
COLLECTING COSTUME JEWELRY 202 By Julia Carroll
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
INSIDE THE JEWELRY BOX By Ann Pitman
MASTERPIECES OF COSTUME JEWELRY by Ball and Torem
MID-CENTURY PLASTIC JEWELRY By Susan Klein
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



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