Measurements:Brooch is approximately 2 1⁄8 inches tall by approximately 1 3⁄4 inches wide.
Earrings are approximately 1 1⁄4 inches tall by approximately 3⁄4 inch wide.
Eisenberg Jewelry History —
Eisenberg & Sons, Inc., was formed in 1914. Founded in Chicago in 1914 by Jonas Eisenberg. Eisenberg Jewelry happens to be some of the finest costume jewelry ever made. Despite the fact that the company never used real gemstones, gold, or silver, the jewelry is of the very best quality. In fact, the classic and stylish designs could easily be worn today. This superior workmanship stands the test of time and holds up well, barely showing any signs of age. The history of Eisenberg Jewelry is an interesting one with an unusual beginning.
The original company, Eisenberg & Sons, Inc., was formed as a perfume and clothing company for ladies. The dresses sold by the company were not selling quickly or in volume. After a while, during the late 1930s, the company began to manufacture jewelry for the sole purpose of complementing their clothing line in an attempt to boost sales. Therefore, the early pieces of jewelry were crafted as accessories to the clothing line of dresses. Specifically, pins and brooches were designed with brilliant rhinestones. In time, however, the beauty and quality of these jewelry pieces was so fine that it soon overwhelmed the design and beauty of the dresses. Women began to clamor for the jewelry rather than the dresses. In essence, Eisenberg Jewelry began as a simple incentive to sell merchandise of another nature.
In fact, the jewelry pieces were made as accessories to the garments or dresses that were manufactured by the company, which was based in Chicago. Pinned to the garment in a blue velvet box labeled “Eisenberg & Sons Originals,” the jewelry pieces were an immediate success to the point that they were more desired than the dresses themselves. The company, Eisenberg Jewelry, Inc. was officially established in 1940.
Originally, the company farmed out the orders for the jewelry, but once the decision was made to manufacture jewelry for the sake of jewelry, the Eisenberg Company began to do their own work and set up its own facilities for the production of costume jewelry. Therefore, the company began to make jewelry to be sold on its own, apart from anything else manufactured and sold by the company. The jewelry was selling so well, the company no longer needed to sell dresses. Therefore, dresses were no longer designed and sold after 1958.
Only the highest quality of metals, plating, and brilliant Swarovski Austrian crystal rhinestones were used in the construction of these pieces that portrayed bold designs. Rhinestones, imported from Czechoslovakia and Austria were used specifically to add glitter and color to each piece. Mainly, Swarovski rhinestones were selected in white as well as in a small variety of colors.
Rhodium plate metal in a variety of colors was a popular material for the company to use in their pieces. The colors were coordinated with the colors of the rhinestones that were also included in the design. Favorite colors of the rhodium metals included rose, gold, silver, and copper.
Early Eisenberg pieces are unmarked; in 1935, the company used the mark 'Eisenberg Original'. This mark was used from 1935 - 1945. During WWII, because of government restrictions [on materials], the company used sterling silver (1941-1945). Another mark, script letter E, was also used during the war years. Eisenberg Ice in block letters was used during 1945 - 1958 period. The jewelry manufactured during 1958 - 1970 period was not generally marked.
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