Lisner & Richelieu リスナーとリシュリュ

Lisner & Richelieu

I was planning to write about each of them individually, but since the two companies will be merging in the second half, I will write about them together.


Lisner's jewelry has only recently become collectible, as it was hidden behind other jewelry brands. The company was founded in New York in 1904 as a wholesale jewelry company, importing jewelry from Europe, other brands, and novelty items. It is the second-oldest jewelry company in the 20th century, with Coro being the oldest, founded in 1902.

In the 1920s, Lisner began selling its first original jewelry under the name "Lanvin's Violet," gradually gaining recognition as a jewelry brand.

Before World War II, Lisner became the official US agent for French jewelry designer Elsa Schiapareli and began manufacturing and selling jewelry designed by her. In the 1930s, Lisner began selling its first "Lisner" engraved jewelry, which were manufactured in-house as well as at other jewelry factories in Rhode Island.

By the 1940s, Lisner had become recognized as a jewelry brand with reasonably good quality and reasonable prices for the masses. The head designer at this time was Selwyn Young, who had worked as a member of Coro's designers and used his extensive knowledge and know-how to produce Lisner's jewelry.

In the 1950s, Lisner began using Lucite, a new material invented by DuPont in 1937, in many of its works. Low-priced products targeted at middle-class and working people became very popular. Although other brands also used Lucite, Lisner's use of it was by far the best, especially those with natural motifs, whose colors and shapes were sophisticated, and the combination with rhinestones, especially the aurora stones. Gold or silver colors were mainly used for the metal base.

The Oak series, which is said to be "the item with the highest collectible value," is available in several colors.


During the 1960s, it was common to come across jewelry with gunmetal plating and enamel. Rhinestones add a touch of glamour to those piece.

Although the quality of Lisner's products is not exceptional, their designs are comparable to other high-end jewelry brands.

Lisner's pieces are famous for their affordability, which makes them a popular choice among shoppers.




Joseph H Meyer Boss Co. was the founder of the jewelry brand Richelieu, which was established in 1911.
They specialized in costume jewelry made of imitation pearls and colored pearls. The sign used on their jewelry included "RCHL", "Richelieu", "Treza", and "Richelieu Satinore".

Later on, in 1933, they introduced a line of cultured pearls mainly imported from Japan.
Richelieu's pearl jewelry was known for its exceptional color and luster, and it was as good in quality as real pearls. Additionally, it had an elegant look.

There are various theories about it. In 1965, Lisner acquired Richelieu, and they began selling Richelieu's jewelry as a luxury line.
In 1978, the company name was changed to Lisner-Richelieu, but unfortunately, in 1979, the company was closed down.

Mark & Sign

Some Listeners are not signed, and you can also tell by the shape of the charm attached to the end of the necklace extension. Usually, LISNER or ©Lisner is engraved on the clasp etc.


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