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Weiss

Weiss is a costume jewelry company that offers a wide range of sparkling pieces.
The company was founded in New York by Albert Weiss in 1942.
He had previously studied design and manufacturing at Coro, which was the largest costume jewelry company at the time.
Weiss handles everything from design to production in its own factory. The factory specializes in "hand-set" rhinestones, and they also have partner factories in Rhode Island, France, and Germany for other production lines.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Weiss flourished as a gorgeous costume jewelry brand with high-quality rhinestones.


To meet market needs, they sometimes commissioned designs from Hollycraft.
Weiss prefers high-quality Austrian crystal rhinestones and uses them in their jewelry. The stones are carefully setted using traditional methods to maximize their brilliance.

Careful nail clip. Show off the quality of rhinestones to the fullest.

Style

art deco style

Good quality gold and silver plate.

Floral and insect (butterfly) motifs

Signature piece Christmas tree brooches were manufactured in Germany in the 1950s and are popular with collectors.

Weiss Christmas trees can be found in a variety of colors.

Around this time, aurora color rhinestones were newly sold in Austria, and can often be seen in Weiss's jewelry, which was one of the first to incorporate them.

There are many combinations of rhinestones in similar colors to the aurora.

 

During the same time period, Weiss introduced a new color for their pieces called black diamond rhinestones, which are also known as German Smorky Quartz. These rhinestones adopted as a standard color by other costume jewelry makers, including Swarovski.

 

 

During the 1960s, aurora-treated rhinestones with white opaque stones were popular in costume jewelry.

In 1960, Albert Weiss retired and his son Michel Weiss succeeded him. However, with the decline in demand for costume jewelry in the late 1960s, the company closed its doors in 1971.

In terms of quality and design, Weiss jewelry is comparable to Bogoff and Eisenberg, but was previously rated lower by collectors. However, its value has increased over time. Many fake Weiss jewelry pieces exist, often made using poor quality rhinestones with dull colors or rhinestones that were easily set with glue.

There were a few unsigned pieces that were sold at major department stores.

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