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"V" -- see Valentino

VALENTINO COUTURE, INC., NY, NY -- 1960 till present
        Mark:   "V" (made from 3 triangles) first used Oct. 1970
        Mark:        CourtesyJulie Levine
        Founded by Valentino Garavani in 1960.

Valiant -- see CORO

VALJEAN -- VALJEAN PEARL CORP., Brooklyn, NY
        Mark:   Valjean first used 1944
        Have ads from 1956, 1964, 1965
        Have 2 ads from 1964 & 1966 that say, "Valjean, 19 West 36th St. NYC

VAN DELL -- VAN DELL CORP., Providence, RI -- c. January 1939
        Mark:   Van Dell Sterling      Photo courtesy David Pritchett.
        Mark:   Hand carved Ivory -- with necklace in original presentation box      Courtesy Christy Poturkovic.
        FRONT   and   BACK  of card enclosed in orignal box with necklace.   Courtesy Christy Poturkovic.

        Signature on inside of presentation box.      Courtesy Christy Poturkovic.
        Mark:   Van Dell c. Jan. 1939  
        Mark:   Younger Lady 1943
        Mark:   Precious All -- Oct. 1941
        Bought by Colibri in 1991 (info from Colibri)

VAN der STRAETEN, HERVE -- 1985- present
        Mark:   Van der Straeten   
        French designer with own line since 1985; prefers to work in guilded bronze.
        Began working with Bernardaud China in 1992 designing items other than jewelry.
        In 1998 he designed a collection of porcelain jewelry for Bernardaud.

VAN ROUGE, JULES c. 1967

VAN RYN, JOHANNA--A.J. Van Dugteren & Sons, NY, NY
        Mark:   Johanna Van Ryn -- first used March 1945
        Van Ryn is / was a designer for the firm
        Have an ad from 1946

VAN S AUTHENTICS -- see Authentics


Vanecci

  Mark:   Vanecci   Photo courtesy Roxy Richarson


Vanity Fair -- see CORO

VARGAS-- VARGAS MFG. CO., Providence, RI -- c.1945 to at least 1996
        Mark:   CA -- 1937 (original owner Carl-Art; last known owner Vargas); renewed in 1985   
        Mark:   Vargas since 1945; renewed in 1985.
        Mark:   Vargas in script      Courtesy ID: eclecticgramma.
        Mark:   Cradle Craft script 1946
        Mark:   Vargas --*V* imposed over an elongated diamond shape - 1947       Photo courtesy Lilly Vittetow;     

        Mark:   M-H -- 1951; (original owner McGrath-Hamin, Inc.; last known owner Vargas)   
        Mark:   Little Princess --1958; used for children's jewelry; (original owner McGrath-Hamin, Inc.; last known owner Vargas)
        Mark:   Lucky Elephant -- 1960
        Mark:   Bennard (with 3 circles overlapping with a line that forms a styalized "B" -- first used 1969   
        Mark:   Brazilia Fire -- 1971
        Mark:   Grandee -- April 1971
        Mark:   Autocrat -- 1971
        Mark:   Medici -- 1971
        Mark:   Trianium -- 1971
        Mark:   Venetian Cameo -- 1974
        Mark:   Yukon Hematite -- 1974
        Mark:   Bonded Karat -- 1974
        Mark:   Pen Grave -- 1976   
        Mark:   Park Lane -- 1976 (original owner Carl-Art; last known owner Vargas)   
        Mark:   Diamond Life -- 1996
        Mark:   Kid Power --1997
        Vargas purchased McGrath-Hamlin in 1980.
        Still in business in 1996, according to bank loan information.
        All Vargas marks had expired or were cancelled as of 2004; except for the "V" mark, which is still live.
        Sometime between 1976 and 1981 Vargas merged with Carl-Art.
        UNCAS MFG purchased the Vargas company and it's building at 150 Niantic Ave, Providence, RI.    This likely took place after 1996, because Vargas took out a bank loan in 1996.

Vaubel, Steven - c. 1980's
        Mark:     Courtesy Mary Baker

Vautrin, Line - Paris, France -- c. late 1930's
        Mark:   Line Vautrin     Courtesy Erik Yang
        Started as a button maker showing designs at Paris Exposition in 1937. Known for mirrors set on a resin background, which she called "Talosel" (info from Erik Yang)

Vendome -- see CORO

Venetian -- see R. F. SIMMONS CO.

Venus -- see MARVELLA

Venus -- see BRIER MFG. CO.

Verducci Creations, Inc. -- Providence, RI -- contemporary company
        Mark:   Verducci -- probably the mark of Verducci Crations    Courtesy Kathryn of the-vintage-jewelry-advisor.com.

Victoria, Co, Ltd. Warwick, RI
        Mark:   Victoria Creations first used 1962.
        Victoria, Co. owned by United Merchants and Manufacturers, Inc.
        Has manufactured jewelry for export, for Bijoux Givenchy(R), Richelieu(R), Tommy Hilfiger, Karl Lagerfeld(R), Napier, its own brandsand under the Nine West brand.
        Currently owned by the Jones Apparel Group.

Victoria Flemming -- see Flemming, Victoria

Victorian -- see R. F. SIMMONS

Vien, Ann -- Atlanta, GA , c. 1950
        Mark:   Ann-Vien      Courtesy Plenty O Jewels.

Vigeland, Tone -- Norway
        Mark:        Photo courtesy Carolyn Henry

VIKING CRAFT -- ALBERT HORWIG, NY, NY
        Mark:   Viking Craft used since Nov. 1938

VOGUE 1936-- until at least 1977; New York City
        Mark:   Vogue     Photo courtesy Beth Rowlands.

        Mark:   Vogue Jlry     Photo courtesy Erik Yang.
        Mark:   Vogue Jlry     Courtesy Vera Battemarco
        Mark:   Earrings marked Vogue    Matching necklace marked "Paris, Made in France".  Photos courtesy Erik Yang.
        Mark:   Vogue Sterling     Courtesy Robin Deutsch
        Founded by George Grand, Harold Shapiro (left the company in 1961) and Jack Gilbert
        Some necklaces are unsigned because the clasps could not carry a signature.
        Have two ads from Vogue from 1973, 1977
        Information provided by Pam Brooks from converstions with the grandson of George Grand.

Vogue Belt & Ornamental Co., Inc.; Chicago, Il. -- currently in business (6/05)
        Mark:   Vogue Belt Chicago     Photo courtesy Karen Bird.

VOLUPTE-- VOLUPTE, INC., Elizabeth, NJ
        Mark:   Volupte -- used on compacts & cigarette cases
        Mark:   Volupte Pat. Pend.     Photo courtesy Linda Lange.

        Mark:   Volupte U.S.A.      Photo courtesy eclecticgramma.
        Bought by Shields, Inc., Attleboro, MA in 1957
        Have costume jewelry ad from 1956

Von Furstenberg, Diane -- c. 1970
        Mark:   dvf  
        Mark:      Photo courtesy Linda Jo D. Mitchell.
        Contemporary clothing designer who also does jewelry.

Vrba, Larry -- contemporary designer
        Mark:         Photo courtesy Pat Seal
        Mark:   Lawrence Vrba, Ltd (seen on card for unsigned earrings)     Courtesy Vera Battemarco
        He worked for Haskell about 1-1/2 years starting in 1968.
        Worked for William De Lillo for a short time c. 1969.
        Designed for Castlecliff for a short time c. 1970.
        Head designer for Miriam Haskell from 1970 to 1978; responsible for the Egyptian collection inspired by the King Tut exhibit.
        1983 - left Miriam Haskell Jewelry and began his own jewelry line.
        The Vrba jewelry cards were usually, but now always, used in the late 80-early 90's. But, they also hung around his studio and were used later for other things.
        Some things were accidentally not signed.
        All Vrba items were/are made in his studio.
        See a great article on VRBA on Morning Glory


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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