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Thursday, August 28, 2008

VINTAGE DESIGNER: HOLLYCRAFT

As I get more and more deeply involved in designer vintage jewelry, it never ceases to amaze me! These vintage designers had such an artistic eye, replicating the beauty and colors of nature in their choices of rhinestones and the patterns in which the jewelry was ultimately set.

Take this delightful Hollycraft bracelet above. What instantly comes to mind for me when I look at this one is the laurel leaf, such as was worn by ancient Roman rulers such as Nero. You often see depictions of Nero with a laurel-leaf wreath around his head. The second picture is a photo of actual laurel leaf. Look how similar it is to the Hollycraft bracelet above!

The Hollycraft company opened in Hollywood in 1948 and ceased production in the early 70's. So you know that the bracelet above is at least 40 years old, but I'd put it at more than that. Hollycraft used pastel colored rhinestones, often in one shade, but even more often in elaborate combinations of colors which makes it some of the most colorful vintage jewelry you'll find. Hollycraft pieces today aren't all that rare but they do command a good price.

Construction-wise, the stones were often pasted in. That applies to the bracelet above. I found out the hard way when I sold this one to a lovely lady in the US. Sadly, thanks to some rough handling by mail carriers, when she finally got it, two of the stones had fallen out and one was shattered. I refunded her of course and she sent it back to me. Well fortunately, I found someone who repairs jewelry who had just the perfect matching stones. So now my one and only piece of Hollycraft is available again for the very reasonable price of $65 from my SHOP AT RUBY LANE. Click the link or the photo of the bracelet to see more views and to purchase this vintage beauty. One thing you can be sure of is you'll be the only one with this Hollycraft bracelet. It's a delightful mixture of dark and lighter green rhinestones. All stones are clear and despite its age, there are no chips. And of course, it's signed: HOLLYCRAFT!