J.J. is the registered trademark of Jonette Jewelry Co. located in East Providence, RI. The company was founded in 1935 as Providence Jewelry Company by Abraham Lisker and later changed names to Lisker and Lisker Inc. During WWII the firm discontinued production due to the metal shortages that were brought on by the war and government restrictions. The company changed its name to "Lisker & Lisker" when Abraham's brother Nathan joined him in the business. Production ceased temporarily during World War II. After the war, the company reemerged as "Jonette Jewelry" in honor of the Abraham and Nathan's parents -- "John" and "Etta." Since the 1970's, Gordon Lisker has been manufacturing jewelry though some of the work is farmed out to other companies. In 1970, the company began marking its jewelry with the distinctive "JJ" trademark on all pieces. In 1986 they registered the popular "Artifacts" mark. Additionally, the company marketed a pewter line of animals of the American west under the "Santa Fe" mark. I love J.J. Jewelry... they make the cutest novelty pins I've seen. According to Abraham Lisker, the firm moved in this direction because of the popularity of their earlier ballerina pins and mother of pearl figurals. These were usually priced at about a buck! I believe their jewelry is above average in quality and Christmas pins are another of their specialty items. They are most certainly a FUN WEAR!
Message from Jonette Jewelry Co.
Due to foreign competition and market conditions, we are sorry to inform you that after 69 years Jonette Jewelry Co.will be ending production on or about September 1, 2006. Orders received during the next few weeks will be filled to the extent that finished inventory is available.
We would like to thank you for your past years of support and extend our best wishes for your future success.
Jonette Jewelry Co.
This broke my heart. You may now consider all JJ Jewelry as collectible since they won't be making it any longer. So sad.
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VINTAGE JJ JEWELRY (ONLY 1 EACH)
JJ Siamese Cat Pierced Post Earrings in Matte Goldtone. The cat body sways side to side for a fun wear! Measure 1-3/4" long. Excellent condition.
ES345 Price: $24.00
Vintage JJ Goldtone Bow Christmas Tree with multi-colored rhinestones. Measures 2-1/4" x 2". Excellent condition.
PS1001 Price: $20.00
Vintage JJ Aqua Goldtone Leaf Pin. Aqua in color to the florentine finish. Shiny goldtone edges. Measures 2-1/4" x x 1-1/2". Excellent condition.
PS994 Price: $16.00
Vintage JJ Pewter Happy Chanukah Pin. 3 charms hang down from the words; Star of David, Menorah and a Dreidel. Measures 2-1/8" x 1-3/4". Excellent condition.
PS987 Price: $19.00
JJ RARE 1960s Psychedelic Cool Cat Enamel Pin. Bright yellow, slanted bright pink eyeliner, black whiskers, green swirly tail and purple on the neck. This is the coolest cat ever! I've seen lots of JJ jewelry in all my years but never one like this. Excellent condition this Cool Cat measures 2-7/8" x 1-1/4". A must have for the 1960's collector!
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PS963 Price: $52.00
Vintage JJ Enamel Bunny Farmer with Pitchfork Pin. c1970s-early 80s. Ever read PJ Funny Bunny Books to your child? This bunny looks just like him! Blue enamel overalls, black pitchfork, tan hat and the cutest pink bunny nose and ears ever! I love this pin. Measures 1-5/8" x 7/8". These old enamel pins are hard to find yet alone in excellent condition as this one is.
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PS962 Price: $28.00
JJ Pewter Cat Climbing Pole to Catch Bird in Cage. CUTE! Sorry the pic doesn't show the cage at the right angle... but believe me, it hangs perfectly straight down. The cats legs are wrapped around the pole as he reaches out to get the bird cage. Measures 2-3/8" x 1-1/4" wide. Excellent condition.
PS961 Price: $16.00
Vintage JJ Noah's Ark Pin. The Pin is brass with an antiqued finish. The Ark has two giraffes on the left and two elephants on the right. There are two Rhinos dangling, two horses, two camels and Lion and Lioness. The pin measures 2-3/4" x -1/4". Excellent condition.
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PS960 Price: $28.00
JJ Wizard Holding a Crystal Ball Pewter Pin. Large pin measuring about 4" x 2-1/4". Great for a jacket or coat. There are multi-color rhinestones bezel set in the crown of the hat and a iridescent cab. The detail of the pin is impressive. The 'crystal ball' is in fact, Lucite with an AB finish. Excellent condition.
PS929 Price: $52.00
JJ Antique Looking Brass Vintage "Server" Pin. Waitresses...this one is for you! Burger, soda and soup on a platter with charms hanging underneath. Money, ketchup, coffee, silverware and check. The pin measures 1-3/4" in diameter. Very good condition.
PS921 Price: $16.00
JJ 1988 NY Skyline Pin Empire State & Chrysler Pre-Twin Towers. Silvertone pin measuring 2-1/2" high x 2-1/2" wide. Pewter. The pin is marked on the back JJ 1988.Very good condition. A nice collectible!
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PS915 Price: $28.00
Vintage JJ Pewter Weightlifter with Copper Penny Barbell. One penny is dated 1988 the other 1993. The pin measures 2" in diameter. Excellent condition.
PS885 Price: $24.00
JJ Vintage Brushed Goldtone Red Rhinestone Heart Pin. Small red rhinestones set in to the heart with two larger deep red rhinestones prong set raised above cut out hearts. The pin measures 1-3/8" x 1-1/2". Excellent condition.
PS864 Price: $14.00
JJ Vintage Dalmatian in Dog House Pin. A white and black spotted enamel Dog sits in the doorway of his dog house. The dog house is brushed goldtone. Measures 2-1/4" x 1-1/4". Very good condition.
PS863 Price: $14.00
Vintage JJ Enameled Duck Pin. I'm not sure of the exact age of this pin but my best guess is 1960's. It's a heavy goldtone metal with blue enamel tail and neck, brown enameled body and a green enameled head with red eyes. It's very dimensional and detailed. The duck measures 1-3/4" x 1-1/4" and is in very good condition.
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PS744 Price: $20.00
JJ Mom Picture Holder Frame Pin. Matte antique goldtone finish. The word Mom in script at top. Measures 2" x 1-1/2". Very good condition.
PS667 Price: $6.00
JJ Coral Plastic Flower with Gold Enamel Leaves. Older JJ item... maybe late 60's. The flower is molded plastic with three layers of petals and a raised center. The leaves have a golden enamel over a shiny silvertone setting. Measures 2-1/2" x 1-1/4". Excellent condition.
PS543 Price: $16.00
JJ Google Eye Dog and Cat Pins. Wonderful pearlized cab bellies, dog yellow and the cat green. Brushed goldtone finish. c 1970s. Excellent condition. Cat measures 2" x 1-1/2" and the dog 1-3/4" x 1-1/4".
PS485 Price: $28.00
Signed JJ, this is a lovely enameled dark mustard colored flower. Two layers of petals and the center is a bright orange. Green enameled stem. Measures 3-3/4" high x 2" across. Excellent condition.
PS404 Price: $28.00
This pin is a goldwashed pin of a '49 or '50 Cadillac convertible; likely a '49 as it was more popular and prized by Hollywood elite--like Joan Crawford...measuring 3" across x 1" high. It's marked JJ 1986. Old car buffs would love this one!
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ANIMALS / BIRDS / FISH / PETS
JJ Artifacts Brass Running Greyhound Pin. The look on this dogs face indicates he is out to win! The pin measures 2-1/2" x 1". New on Artifacts card.
PS817 SOLD OUT
JJ Artifacts Dog Bowl Pierced Post Earrings in Matte Goldtone. There are Dog Bone and Fire Hydrant Charms hanging off the bowl. These are cute. They measure 1-1/2" high x 3/4". New on card.
ES301 SOLD OUT
JJ Artifacts Pewter Poodle Pin. Beautifully textured fur at the paws and chest. Poodle owners will enjoy this pin! Measures 2" x 1-1/4". New on card.
JJ Artifacts Pewter Make A Wish Dog Pin. This is too funny! You know how we blow out the candles... well, this little dog with a pink nose thinks you make a wish and pee on the candles on the birthday cake to put them out. Great birthday gift for a dog lover. The dog has an enamel painted pink nose. The cake has pink around the trim and yellow candle flames with the candles being green. Of course the dog is lifting his leg right over the candles. Measures 1-3/4" x 1-1/2". New on Artifacts card. A fun piece sure to get a chuckle.
JJ Artifacts Two Tone Gold Cat with Head in Toilet Pin. I've had cats... they hate water. I can't imagine a cat doing this! My DOGS have... oh well, maybe YOUR cat likes toilet water! hehe! Anyhow, this is a cute pin with the toilet in a matte goldtone finish and the cat, toilet lid, toilet tank top and handle all in a shiny finish goldtone. This measures 2-1/2" x 1-1/4". New on Artifacts card.
JJ Artifacts Pewter Birds Pin. Four rippling lines of pewter with 5 birds flying across it. This pin measures 3" x 3/4". New on Artifacts card.
JJ Artifacts Pewter Eat Turkey - Eat Beef Pin. This is funny and I'm sure the vegetarian could appreciate the humor of it too. The cow has Eat Turkey on his T-Shirt and is pointing to the Turkey that has Eat Beef on his T-Shirt. This measures 2" x 1-3/4". New on card.
JJ Artifacts Silvertone Fish Pin with 3 shades of blue rhinestones and a green cabochon eye. This is a beautiful pin! Light Blue, cyan blue and dark blue rhinestones in rows on the body of the fish. The pin measures 1-1/2" in diameter. New on Artifacts Card.
JJ Artifacts Brass Swordfish Pin with Light and Dark Blue Rhinestones and Red RS Eye. Really nice! The swordfish has nice detail. The pin measures 3" x 1". New on Artifacts Card.