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Eisenberg Jewelry, one of the most popular and respected lines of American costume jewelry, was begun by chance. When Jonas Eisenberg emigrated from Austria to the United States, he went into business making women's ready-to-wear fashion. His company produced jewelry to adorn the displays of his clothing in department stores. Soon enough he learned that the jewelry was more popular than the garments. His son Sam saw this as an opportunity and began a jewelry line separate from his father's clothing line. By 1958, the clothing enterprise was halted and family efforts were all transferred to the jewelry business.
The first pieces of jewelry were not hallmarked. A period of identifying pieces as Eisenberg Originals followed and in 1935, the Eisenberg Ice hallmark was introduced.
Eisenberg used high quality components in its jewelry. The stones, mostly imported from Austria and Czechoslovakia, were often large and colorful. But Eisenberg produced many designs using clear stones to mimic diamonds.
Karl Eisenberg, the next generation, took over the company in 1969 and in the 1970s he oversaw production of one of the most popular lines of jewelry in Eisenberg's history. The Artist Series was designed by many of the leading artists of the period including Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso.
Over the decades Eisenberg produced a great many designs. The work is of very good quality and much of it is available today on the secondary market.
This sterling silver heart set was made in Mexico during the years of WW II when silver production was curtailed in the U.S. due to the war effort.
Eisenberg Christmas tree pins are especially collectible. Their designs are popular, well-made and varied.
Eisenberg jewelry stands up to time. Vintage pieces can be found in near perfect condition. Stones were firmly set into position and most pieces I've found still have all the original stones.
Eisenberg is a favorite among collectors and pieces can be found in all price ranges. The popularity of Eisenberg has led to counterfeiting so buyer beware. Look at the construction and the hallmark. Shoddy workmanship and / or a misspelled or compacted hallmark are two easy-to-identify clues when determining authentic from fake.
I hope you'll visit my shop to see what Eisenberg pieces are available for sale.
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