Costume Jewelry (Part 2) Eisenberg… Always Classic, Always New
FASHION TREND REPORT EXCLUSIVELY FOR RANDOLPH STREET MARKET BY NENA IVON, nenasnotes
Chicago has had a long history of Internationally recognized design, one such company is Eisenberg. The original company, Eisenberg & Sons, Inc. was formed in 1914 as a women’s clothing and perfume company. In the late 1930’s the jewelry was made to enhance the dresses as pins and soon the brilliant rhinestone pieces outshone the garments themselves. An interesting marketing ploy became an industry star. The Eisenberg Jewelry, Inc. was officially launched in 1940.
Only the highest quality of metals, plating, and brilliant Swarovski Austrian crystal rhinestones were used in the construction of the jewelry.
Also from Bel Air Jewelry at Randolph Street Market. Photo taken by Nena Ivon.
I particularly love the Christmas tree pins (I did a post on them last year)…perfect for gift giving or adding to your own collection.
Eisenberg did many ads to promote their special pieces. I think these show the various eras with the model’s hair, makeup etc….but the jewelry is definitely timeless.
When I started in the fashion industry Eisenberg Ice was the jewelry to own and was quite recognizable. Many of the pieces were not marked and have had many incarnations (a post unto itself!)…as always when collecting do your research for authenticity, work with reputable dealers is a must (think RSM!!!!)
Bows were huge….they are my favorites….
A few more examples too wet your appetite….
A book to aid your research and collecting, of course…
I have concentrated on pins/brooches in this post, there are many other examples of Eisenberg pieces…I think you can understand why, when the pieces were afixed to the ready-to-wear garments, many went missing and a new company was born, lucky for us who collect vintage jewelry!!!!!
Top photo from Bel Air Jewelry’s Collection at the Randolph Street Market. Photo taken by Nena Ivon. All other photos, unless otherwise noted, found on Pinterest, photo credits unknown.
by Nena Ivon