Apparent Albert Weiss, founder of the Weiss Jewellery Company in 1942, never made any of the jewellery that was branded with the Weiss name. He was a designer and sketched ideas that became reality through his employees.
For me as a vintage jewellery buyer and seller, it doesn't really matter, but is an interesting piece of jewellery history.
Weiss jewellery is incredibly popular and sells well and for good amounts. Although many pieces made the the Weiss Jewellery Company bare the Weiss name, not all do, as I have recently had cause to find out.
I was listing new stock on the Bijour bears Jewellery, this particular lot had come from America and came across a lovely hinged bracelet. It looked familiar and nagged at the back of my mind, so I did what all modern jewellery 'experts' do I looked at Google!
I found several that were very similar and attributed to Weiss, but I wanted to be sure before selling the item. The vintage lot, as I said had come from America and contains several Weiss items, some signed and some not, so I was fairly sure this was a Weiss bracelet.
I checked and double checked, looking at the stones and the way the hinge was constructed and concluded that this was indeed a Weiss bracelet.
Two days after selling the bracelet, I discovered why it had tugged at my brain cells, I found it in one of my jewellery books - maybe I should have looked there first - a vintage way of gaining information for vintage jewellery. I love books and although Google is great - in this case my answer lay with my heart.
So when I started Bijour bears jewellery, I started with new jewellery and have some truly fantastic items.
However, then I bought my first vintage lot and I have to admit that I am hooked. Vintage jewellery has a story to tell, it has a history all of its own.
The vintage necklace from the 1930s, that was made in the UK but travelled to the USA with its owner and then became part of a huge collection of jewellery from four generations of the same family which I bought. I wonder at the parties this beautiful rhinestone necklace was worn to, did the owner buy it or was it a gift.
The beautiful Vintage Amber Hinged Turtle Bracelet from the 1960s but in such wonderful condition I wonder if this amazing piece of jewellery has spent its entire life shut away. A beautiful piece like this must have cost a lot and should have been shown off and admired, but it shows no signs of wear. maybe the owner was extremely careful, this amber bracelet would certainly deserve that.
Hi, I'm Helen owner of Bijour Bears Jewellery. I have always loved the way that jewellery can make a statement, add interest to any outfit and really declare your style.