Founded in New York City at the height of World War II, Kramer Jewelry Creations produced intricate and artistic pieces out of gilt metal, rhinestones, glass, and enamel. Louis Kramer, who started the company in 1943, was later joined by his brothers, Morris and Harry, as he tapped into the burgeoning costume-jewelry market. All aspects of the business took place in New York City, so the pieces were marked “Kramer,” “Kramer N.Y.,” or “Kramer of New York.”

With the help of his siblings, Louis Kramer managed the production of his jewelry line, and was hands-on when it came to the design and integrity of the final product. In fact, Kramer designed many of his company's most exuberant pieces and parures. Kramer seemed to favor flowers, particularly organic-looking floral designs made with colored enamel or gilt petals and leaves. Some of these flower brooches had rhinestones set in “trembling” centers. Kramer also made pieces dripping with rhinestones in vibrant colors like blue, red, and topaz, as well as geometric patterns and animal figures.

When Christian Dior introduced his exaggerated, feminine “New Look” in 1947, the fashion designer did not shy away from romantic, showy, costume-jewelry counterparts using ostentatious amounts of fake gems, including Swarovski crystals. In the 1950s and '60s, Kramer was tapped to produce this costume jewelry for Christian Dior—those pieces are marked "Christian Dior by Kramer," “Dior by Kramer,” or “Kramer for Dior.”

Kramer's ornate Dior pieces, with their cascading Swarovski aurora borealis, petal-shaped pastes, and baroque faux pearls, built upon the company's obsession with craftsmanship and organic, romantic design, achieving a high level of elegance and sophistication in the process. But the collaboration with Dior, however fruitful, was not enough to keep Kramer from closing its doors in the 1970s. Today, complete parures, particularly those produced for Dior, are considered the most collectible Kramers.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Researching Costume Jewelry

Researching Costume Jewelry

Jewelry lovers, venture through this amazing database of vintage jewelry articles, catalogs, and brochures, as well… [read review or visit site]

Emerald City Vintage Costume Jewelry

Emerald City Vintage Costume Jewelry

It looks like we're not in Kansas anymore with Elizabeth Rowlands' site on vintage costume jewelry from the 1940s a… [read review or visit site]

Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry

Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry

Jewelry collectors, feast your eyes on this internet gem! It's a goldmine of jewelry information featuring all styl… [read review or visit site]

All About Jewels Dictionary

All About Jewels Dictionary

This incredible reference dictionary on jewelry, from Enchantedlearning.com, is both beautiful and comprehensive. S… [read review or visit site]

Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery

Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery

With its vast galleries featuring clear images of jewelry and style, this site really covers it all! Divided up by … [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Most watched eBay auctions    

Wow - Vintage Faceted Saphiret Kramer Of Ny Earrings. Big And SparklyVtg Christian Dior By Kramer Brooch Pin & Earrings Set Black Flower RhinestoneVintage Signed Christian Dior By Kramer White Glass Flower & Rhinestone NecklaceVintage Kramer Of New York Signed Lavender Rhinestone Bracelet Vintage Signed Kramer Dazzling Daisy Flower Trio Brooch Pin Rhinestone Silver ToVintage Kramer Of New York Chunky Green Stone Bracelet & EarringsStunning Vintage Estate Gold Tone Signed Kramer Of Ny Rhinestone Brooch!!! 2695uDesigner Kramer Of New York Yellow & Amber Rhinestone Flower Vtg 1 7/8" D BroochChristian Dior By Kramer Purple Stone Pin Brooch Costume VintageDazzling Glam! Vintage Signed Kramer Blue Rhinestone Golf Tone Butterfly Brooch27 Pc Vintage Costume Jewelry Lot Murano Kramer Trifari Rhinestone Xmas TreeVintage Kramer Of New York Signed Rhinestone Brooch Pin Clip Earring SetLot 30 Vintage Signed Brooch Pins Parts Repairs Rhinestone Kramer Weiss As IsVintage Clear Rhinestone Snowflake Brooch By Kramer/sterlingVintage Kramer Jeweled Rhinestone Faceted Glass Dangle Brooch BeautifulVintage Lot 9 Mid Century Brooches Trifari Sarah Coventry Kramer GerrysKramer Signed Multi Strand Gold Tone Faux Pearl Statement Necklace Vtg #r17Antique Broach Pins*18 Kramer*coro*rhinestones*enamels*all Very NiceVintage Estate High End Costume Designer Kramer Gold Tone Rhinestone Brooch PinVintage Kramer Mid Century Modernist Gold Tone Lucite Bead Dangle Clip EarringsVintage Kramer Rhinestone Waterfall Clip Earrings, Large Bling!Rare Stunning Vintage Estate Signed Kramer Of New York Rhinestone Necklace G9999104 Pr Vintage Clip On Earrings Trifari Emmons Nordic Coro Laguna Lisner KramerKramer Of New York Signed White Rhinestones Round EarringsVintage Rhinestone Brooches Lot Of 3 Kramer W. Germany Beautiful #16019 Vintage Lot Clip Screw Earrings Pat Sarah Cov Kramer Flower Shawl Cuff GlassVintage Kramer Necklace Triple Strand Cascading Chunky Bead Necklace Lot Of Vintage Costume Brooches Including Trifari, Monet, Lisner And KramerStunning Vintage Estate Signed Kramer Red Ab Rhinestone Earrings!!! 2679nVintage Kramer Clip On Earrings Lemon Lime Orange Givre Glass RhinestonesVintage Rhinestone Brooches Horses. Lot Of 5. Kramer. #138Kramer Of New York Vintage Estate Silver Tone Shamrock Rhinestone EarringsStunning Vintage Estate Gold Tone Signed Kramer Faux Pearl Bracelet!!! 2694uVintage Costume Jewelry Rhinestone Kramer Jeweled BraceletBoucher 6061 Gold Tone Brooch Kramer Purple Stone Earrings Clear Stone EarringsEarings-kramer,art,emmonds,star,chanel,sarah Con,monetLouis Kramer New York Snowflake BroochVintage Kramer Signed Brooch Pin Brushed Gold Clear Rhinestone LeafStunning Vintage Estate Unsigned Kramer Of New York Clip Earrings!!! 2696rKramer Signed Clip On Earrings With Green Tone Beads And Faux PearlsVintage Kramer Gold Tone Earrings Clip On Signed Lot Of 3 Pair