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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
Mark: Pauline Rader Photo courtesy Laura Libio.
Radio see FORSTNER--FORSTNER CHAIN CORP
Mark: Raffaele Sterling Photo courtesy Alison's Antiques & Vintage Jewelry on Ruby Lane
Possibly a Canadian company in Quebec.
Raffaello -- see Creazioni Raffaello
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
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
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: 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.
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: 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
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: Betsy Ross
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.
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
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
French jewelry designer Mark: Paper label "Louis Rousselet, Modele Depose, made in France" Courtesy Ginger Moro.
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.
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 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
Mark: By C. Ruopoli Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.
Rush, Robin -- Florida -- contemporary
Mark: RR -- has jewelry made in China and imports.
PAT SEAL: research files
DOTTY STRINGFIELD: research files
LUCILLE TEMPESTA: owner-publisher of the Vintage Fashion & Costume Jewelry Magazine
BOBYE SYVERSON: research files.
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