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    

60pc Hi End Designer Rhinestone Lot Juliana Selro Kramer Coro Sets75pc Hi End Rhinestone Lot Juliana Selro Kramer Hollycraft Schiaparelli Sets NrVintage 50's Signed Christian Dior By Kramer Ny Rhinestone Necklace Bracelet SetVintage Lot Rhinestones Etc, 35 Pieces Pair Or Sets/1 Pc, Kramer Trifari Coro Kramer Of Ny Vintage Stunning Red Carpet Worthy Wide Silver Rhinestone BraceletVintage Mix Lot Bracelet Necklace Earrings Watch Kramer Charms Rhinestone! Jm226Vintage Emerald-green Baguette Rhinestone Necklace Kramer*rare* Stunning Vintage Estate Signed Christian Dior By Kramer Fur Pin!!! S5999Coro Earring Kramer Necklace Sherman Earrings Aurora Borealis Bracelet & MoreVintage Kramer Of New York Ice Crystal Choker Necklace Spectacular Stones226 Vtg Now Jewelry Lot Sterling Clasps Kramer Monet T Ati Napier Cezanne Sc FpGorgeous Vintage Estate Signed Kramer Of New York Rhinestone Brooch!!! 5618uVintage Kramer Ny Clear Rhinestone BraceletVtg Rhinestone Costume Jewelry Lot Kramer Bracelet Satin Glass Necklace BroochKramer Enamel Wiener Dog Dachshund Pin Brooch W/ Dangling Real Pearl Kramer Of Ny Vintage Stunning Red Carpet Worthy Wide Silver Rhinestone ChokerVintage Signed Kramer Rhinestone Dangle Pearl BraceletVintage Faceted Crystal Earrings Lot, Prong Set, Weiss, Lisner, Kramer, AustriaVintage Sapphire-blue Rhinestone Earrings KramerVintage Kramer White Washed Gold Tone Brushed Link Choker Necklace And EarringsGorgeous Vintage Estate Gold Tone Signed Kramer Chain Flower Brooch!!! 5618rRare Vtg Ann Taylor Faux Pearl Violet Emerald Gripoix Glass Maltese Cross BroochVintage Gold-toned Alloy With Clear Stones Jewelry Set - Signed KramerClassic Kramer Clear And Aurora Borealis Dangle Rhinestone Brooch Pin SignedVintage Jewelry Pin Awesom Kramer Crystal Clear 6 Diff Rhinestone Brooch Lot 445Signed Kramer Vintage Brooch Pin Flower Pearl Rhinestone Gold Tone Retro! 76Lovely Vtg Green Rhinestone Goldtone Signed Kramer Estate Designer Brooch Pin NrSigned Kramer Shades Of Blue Glass Baguette Rhinestone Inset Center Pin Brooch!!Kramer Ny Vintage Bracelet & Clip Earrings Pink Aurora Borealis RhinestonesVintage Signed Kramer Faux Pearl Clear Rhinestone Silver Rhodium Tennis BraceletSigned Kramer Vintage Twisted Gold & Pearl Matching Necklace & Bracelet SetVintage Kramer Of New York Rhinestone NecklaceWonderful Vintage Kramer Rhinestone And Necklace And Earring SetStunning Vintage Silver Tone Signed Kramer Rhinestone Clip Earrings!! 5601pSigned Kramer New York Vintage Brooch Pin Mid Century Modern Floral Nice! 2009Signed Kramer Vintage Brooch Pin Enamel Flower Lucite Cabochon Iron Cross 2119Kramer Of New York Brooch Goldtone Rhinestones Mother Of Pearl Signed VintageVintage Kramer Spiky Aurora Borealis Rhinestone And Wire PinClassic Two Tone Detailed Metal Flower Pin Marked KramerVintage Kramer Faux Pearl EarringsSigned Kramer Vintage Brooch Pin Tiered Flower Braid Chain Gold Tn Nice! 2097