When Emanuel Ciner founded his namesake company in 1892, he produced fine jewelry made of precious gems and metals. Naturally, when the company transitioned in 1931 to costume jewelry, which was very fashionable at the time, it made only finest quality necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and pins. All the work was still done by hand, by top-notch craftsmen.

This emphasis on quality is why costume-jewelry collectors prize vintage Ciner pieces today. Ciner jewelry is often plated in 18-carat gold and adorned with either Swarovski crystals or faux pearls from Japan, which are made of a glass coated multiple times with a special glaze to achieve the glow of cultured pearls. Pieces with these high-quality fake pearls are very collectible, as are Ciner's figural pieces shaped like animals and flowers. Other signature Ciner looks include jewelry with tiny turquoise seed pearls or chokers and bracelets featuring crystal squares in interlocking zigzag patterns.


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