Vintage Jewellery Guide

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Albert Weiss started his own costume-jewelry company in 1942, after learned his craft as a designer for Coro in the 1930s. Weiss excelled at figural and floral brooches and earrings although the firm also made various styles of necklaces and bracelets. Although Weiss would never become as big as Coro and stopped operations altogether in 1971, business was good enough in the 1950s and ’60s that the firm had to contract with Hollycraft to complete its orders.


Weiss is perhaps most well know for its use of smoky rhinestones. The firm was also one of the first to use aurora borealis crystals which were created by Swarovski in conjunction with Dior in the 1950s.


Apart from rhinestones, collectors of Weiss prize the company’s enamel jewellery, as well as its japanned items. Dark, japanned pins in the form of Maltese crosses were often detailed with “black diamond” beads, however, japanned metal also served to offset clusters of rhinestones in ruby red, royal blue and other dense colors.