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Albert Weiss vintage jewelry

Albert Weiss vintage jewelry

Extra large and impressive Weiss butterfly pin. Albert Weiss vintage jewelry

Albert Weiss vintage jewelry

American jeweler Albert Weiss was born and raised in New York. He learned his craft working at the huge company Coro and Marvella Jewelry, which produced a wide range of costume jewelry. In 1942 he opened his own business on Fifth Avenue in New York. The earliest works of Albert Weiss had ‘WEISS’ signature (block capitals) which was then followed by ‘Weiss’ (in script). Later pieces, from the late 1940s onwards are often marked ‘Albert Weiss’ or A W Co. In the latter the W is portrayed with a crown symbol. Weiss jewelry designs of 1940s and 1950s are valued today for their astonishing style. Many of Weiss’ pieces are considered collectibles, and all embody unmistakable style. He is well known for the use of high quality Austrian rhinestones with excellent clarity. He started using rhinestones that looked like the German Smokey quartz and were termed “Black Diamond”. Like most of the other pieces designed in this era, Weiss jewelry is intended to stand out and augment a women’s beauty with shine and design.

Extra large and impressive Weiss butterfly pin

Extra large and impressive Weiss butterfly pin. Albert Weiss vintage jewelry

Weiss incorporated many styles and designs that were subsequently copied by other jewelers. Among the more desirable collector pieces are the ‘black diamond’ series which featured a unique smoky-colored rhinestone. Other popular pieces include those made with inverted rhinestones and series using a Christmas tree design.

Many of his designs – beautiful insects, butterflies are actively sought after by collectors, due to many of the earlier pieces being undervalued. Recognition of this has meant an increase in the prices Weiss jewelry now fetches at auction.

Albert Weiss was president of his company and retired in 1969.
One of Albert’s sons, Michael, continued the business for a short time but finally Weiss Jewelry closed it’s doors in 1971. Weiss jewelry, compared to other companies of the times, was in business for a relatively short period of time. This means there is less Weiss jewelry to collect and it is a little harder to find.

Albert Weiss vintage jewelry

sources:
illusionjewels.com
antiquehelper.com