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    Posted 3 months ago

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    I’ve been friends with a lovely woman in her 80s, who has been collecting jewelry for many decades. Occasionally, we’ll be browsing old jewelry in shops and come upon a piece that she‘ll say is handmade. I’ll ask her how she knows and she’ll just smile and say, “I just do”.. Now, I am certainly not going to argue with a woman who was collecting jewelry before I was born (back in 1968 if anyone is interested LOL). But along with being handmade, she’ll say it’s an “important piece”. I’ll admit she caught my attention! I’ve purchased 2 pieces through the years that she gave this appraisal to and I finally thought to ask the community here at CW! Thanks for all your help!

    Thank you in advance for your help!

    ** None of the jewelry I list under show and tell is done so with the intent to sell. These are my personal pieces that are very special to me and that I enjoy learning about. If there is ever anything I intend to sell and I’m looking to find information about I will disclose that in the description. Thank you for all your help!**

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    1. Newfld Newfld, 3 months ago
      What a beautiful butterfly brooch & earrings set, the colorful faceted stones are just lovely. Unsigned jewelry is hard to tell the maker of, but your experienced friend sounds to have good instincts
    2. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 months ago
      She is brilliant, and only hate this because these are not mine !~
    3. salome000 salome000, 3 months ago
      Newfld-I agree wholeheartedly! I've researched handmade jewelry from the 40's and 50's but there's either not a lot of info OR I'm not searching correctly. Phil-I bought them because I KNEW I'd feel the same!
    4. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 3 months ago
      I believe this is a Schreiner..
      Wonderful to have the earrings, which through the years become separated from the brooch!
      Lovely set!
    5. salome000 salome000, 3 months ago
      Dear Ms Crystalship...I wrote as soon as my heart started beating again. How in the world could you tell? Could you point me to any reference online I could study? Of course, I would LOVE if you'd like to tell how you suspect this and what my friend could've meant by saying they were hand set stones? Did this company do this with all their jewelry? Thank you so very much for taking the time to share this information! Even if it turns out they may not be, I'm thrilled to research a company that is new to me and I thank you from the bottom of my (now, thankfully, beating) heart! God bless, my new friend!
    6. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 3 months ago
      Hello, salome000,
      Schreiner jewelry is very distinct. They used stones that were ordered especially for the company from Germany. The colors in your lovely Butterfly set are one clue. Schreiner used stones of very unique colors. Construction is another, including the use of “fancy” prongs, the “joint & catch” pin mechanism that was used in high end jewelry. Your dear friend is absolutely correct in saying the stones were “hand set”. Schreiner jewelry is very sought after, and pricey! They were so popular in their hey-day they didn’t even have to advertise!
      I have a trembler I posted a few years back. You can go to my profile page and scroll down to see it. It also has open back stones such as your butterfly “wings”. Another thing, Schreiner didn’t sign a lot of their jewelry, and a piece doesn’t have to be signed to be valuable. I collect pieces that were never signed..D & E. But I’m digressing. I have asked a dear friend to chime in, and give her opinion on your set. She is much more qualified than I at identification. She has authored books on vintage jewelry. I consider her our on site expert. Mine is just an educated guess, mind you. I’ve been collecting for decades, and after looking at 1000’s of pieces through the years, you kinda get an idea of what you are looking at, especially when you collect unsigned pieces such as myself. A couple sites you can explore are CJCI, (costume jewelry collectors international) and Morning Glory Jewels- “Jewel Chat”.
      And please, since we are friends, call me Eileen :)
    7. Manikin Manikin, 3 months ago
      Gorgeous !
    8. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 3 months ago
      I found another in all blues nearly identical described as a “ 3-D unsigned Schreiner”, complete with the tear drop shaped stones with round top fancy prongs.. the answer is getting closer!
      Here’s hoping Maureen chimes in soon!
    9. plein-air-painter, 3 months ago
      Hi salome000! Eileen said to stop by so here I am. I suggest you look at the book Schreiner Masters of Twentieth-Century Costume Jewelry by Carole Tenenbaum and Eve Townsend. Carole Tanenbaum is the undisputed expert on this company. Her book is comprehensive. I don't see your exact butterfly in the book, but on page 76, she talks about hand made settings and the examples show the type of stones in your piece. The settings in your pieces are the type Schreiner used although alas, other companies did , too. The worth point attribution that Eileen cites is from a reputable site, so their passing that on is notable. I'm not sure but looks like it me. Maureen
    10. salome000 salome000, 3 months ago
      Eileen and Maureen-I am so honored to have you both take the time to offer your expertise and opinion on this piece! The truth is if you believe it’s a Schreiner then, by God, it’s a Schreiner! LOL With both your years of experience, I don’t doubt it for a second. I’ve been in the Outer Banks visiting my aunt for the past four days and there is virtually no decent way to connect to the Internet. Even though wireless exists, it’s completely lousy, so please pardon my delay in my response. I was able to connect this morning and saw your response right before I was leaving and shortly after stopped in a small antiques shop. She had overpriced brooches everywhere. Naturally, I saw Schreiner’s everywhere I looked, so that’s the trouble with a little bit of knowledge, in my case ???? It totally gets me in trouble!!! I did over pay for what I think is a Bakelite brooch in absolutely stunning condition. I can’t believe it has survived intact if it’s from the 1930s, which I think it might be. I’m going to post it in a bit. I’m supposed to be selling this jewelry but so far, haven’t sold anything. Even the Weiss fell to a bidder who asked to cancel the sale, which I did, gladly. I just can’t seem to let go of the pieces that “sing” to me... does that sound bizarre? But they’re the pieces that called to me. Unfortunately, these are the pieces that would bring the most money if I sold them. So, I guess I’m just going to have to hold onto them a little bit longer and sell the other decent pieces that I have that I don’t really care anything for. Because I learned the hard way, several times, that selling some thing I really love and can’t replace is something I still regret to this day! Thank you both again. I appreciate you more than you know!

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