The primary time I visited Ciner’s New York showroom in 2011, I used to be stunned by the array of knickknack on show. As I opened drawer after drawer of samples, I acknowledged classic types that had been supplied to their purchasers for actually many years.
As a jewellery collector, I used to be utterly in awe. When Costume Jewellery Collector’s Int’l (CJCI) had the chance to honor Ciner at our 2017 conference, I used to be knocked off my ft but once more.
Pat Ciner Hill and her daughter Jean graciously accepted the 2017 CJCI Achievement Award – a recognition reserved for costume jewelry-related companies and designers nonetheless manufacturing in america – on behalf of their firm throughout our occasion. Additionally they very generously gifted a specifically marked Ciner bee pin, considered one of their basic designs, to every of our attendees in celebration of the corporate’s 125th 12 months in enterprise.
It’s my excessive pleasure to share extra on the historical past, identification, and courting of knickknack made by this celebrated producer by way of this month’s “All That Glitters” column.
Ciner: Within the Starting
The corporate’s founder, Emmanuel Ciner, received his begin as a positive jeweler in 1892. Charles and Irwin Ciner, his sons, started apprenticing within the household enterprise in 1922. Emmanuel Ciner continued working along with his sons till he died in 1958 on the age of 92.
Throughout the Nice Despair, like many different positive jewelers of the day, the Ciners ventured into costume jewellery manufacture to maintain prospects that might not afford positive jewellery proud of properly crafted imitations. With an eye fixed for high quality, the corporate started by producing sterling silver items set with glass cabochons, high-quality rhinestones, and different stones akin to marcasite. Most of the designs rivaled positive jewellery items, and the craftsmanship of those early types is impeccable. They’re additionally pretty exhausting to return by at the moment.
As time handed, Ciner added jewellery made from plated base metals to their traces. Additionally they perfected using rubber molds for casting throughout the 1930s and manufactured armaments for america authorities throughout World Warfare II. This work saved the corporate alive till they might resume making full traces of knickknack within the late ’40s. Even after warfare restrictions lifted, Ciner continued to make restricted version jewellery utilizing sterling silver settings.
It was additionally throughout the late 1940s that Jolie Gabor, the mom of Zsa Zsa and Eva Gabor, started carrying Ciner jewellery in her Madison Avenue boutique in New York. This was simply one of many quite a few retailers that bought Ciner round america. Within the many years to comply with, an increasing number of malls started to supply Ciner jewellery to their clientele. Among the many elite prospects who owned and wore this jewellery have been actress Elizabeth Taylor and Spain’s Queen Sofia.
In 1979, Pat Ciner Hill, who’s the daughter of Irwin Ciner and granddaughter of Emanuel Ciner, took the reins of the corporate. Her husband David Hill, who generally designed jewellery for the agency, assisted her with operations by way of 2008 when he handed away. Together with producing a few of the basic types the corporate first launched throughout the 1950s and ’60s, the 1980s noticed Ciner embrace the decision for daring costume jewellery. From torsade necklaces to animal bangles, Ciner’s jewellery bought very nicely throughout this decade.
Jean Hill joined her mother and father within the household enterprise in 1984 and nonetheless helps her mom run the corporate at the moment. Ciner continues to supply costume jewellery traces of their New York manufacturing facility with the identical consideration to element discovered of their classic items. They provide jewellery to the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork in New York by way of a time-honored partnership and collaborate with smaller boutiques to make customized traces together with serving bigger retailers by way of their showroom.
Figuring out and Courting Ciner Jewellery
The overwhelming majority of costume jewellery items made by Ciner have been certainly signed. Meaning in case you discover a classic merchandise that type of appears like Ciner, however you’ll be able to’t discover a mark, it’s in all probability a bit often called a “interval copy.” A few of them even have again texturing much like the small circles Ciner used on a few of their items. Upon shut inspection, nevertheless, the standard is normally inferior to marked gadgets.
And because the firm used a few of the identical marks throughout completely different time durations, it’s virtually inconceivable to make use of them for courting functions. To additional complicate the method, the corporate continued to make a few of their hottest designs over many many years. This makes the courting activity probably the most tough features of accumulating Ciner, however it may be completed.
For the reason that first Ciner costume jewellery made throughout the 1930s was solid in sterling silver, that’s an enormous clue. When you run throughout a high-quality silver piece with an older look to it, say an Artwork Deco duette-style brooch or a bit set with marcasites, then you’ll be able to pretty precisely date it. Be mindful, nevertheless, that Ciner did sparingly use sterling silver later so in search of model cues is important.
When courting the basic designs from the ’50s and ’60s, it normally comes all the way down to in search of indicators of damage and patina that solely happen with age. As an example, Moghul types like large bracelets and colourful brooches embellished with jewel-toned cabochons made throughout the 1960s could have extra of a matte, aged look to the gold plating. Newer variations made later, particularly brooch types revived throughout the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s, have brighter gold plating.
Ciner additionally made many colourful and inventive items within the 1980s that have been on development on the time. Studying about types that have been common throughout this decade helps to pin down courting. This consists of torsade necklaces with clasps that coordinate with a bevy of jeweled and enameled animal head bracelets. Many pairs of earrings have been made in daring types with massive, colourful rhinestones and cabochons as nicely. All this stuff bought nicely and have been extensively copied by different producers. Present manufacturing from this firm consists of some wonderful collaborations with designers and boutiques to create new traces. And, in fact, they’re nonetheless making numerous these aforementioned classics which were a staple of the enterprise for many years. A go to to CinerNY.com is a good place to study extra concerning the agency’s heritage and to see what’s new multi function journey.
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