|Weiss Company was founded in New York City in 1942 by a former Coro employee, Albert Weiss. The company flourished during the 1950's and 1960's period, offering high quality costume jewelry with excellent Austrian rhinestones of exceptional quality and clarity. Weiss jewelry has somewhat traditional designs, including floral and figural jewelry. Also desirable is Weiss "black diamond" jewelry replicating the German smoky quartz, set in typical Weiss designs. Weiss jewelry, is comparable to Eisenberg and Bogoff jewelry. Without a doubt, the company manufactured some of the most beautiful jewelry and appealing rhinestone jewelry of the post WWII era. In the mid 1950's, an expandable rhinestone bracelet by Weiss sold for $10 to $15.00. Weiss prices are rapidly rising. Weiss jewelry is usually marked with the company name however they also marked their jewelry A.W. Co. witht the large central letter W in the shape of a crown. After Albert's retirement, his son Michael Weiss assume the leadership of the company, but the firm ceased operations in the early 1970's. |
(The above information is from Fred Rezazadeh's book Costume Jewelry, A Practical Handbook and you can order this book from my bookstore).
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Weiss 1950's Clear Rhinestone Choker. Prong set Rounds, and marquis shaped stones at top and bottom of the choker with a band of tiny rhinestones glued into 4 wavy designs. The choker measures adjustable to 17-1/2" and is in very good condition. 3/4" wide. The stones behind the neck are not brilliant as if they were new - normal wear for 50's years old!
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NS537 Price: $46.00
Vintage Weiss Double Strand Aurora Borealis Rhinestone Bracelet. Prong set sparkly AB Rhinestones in two rows measuring 6-3/4" x 1/4". Stones are all sparkling and bright. The clasp is secure but it seems a bit difficult to open it once on. I think there is a tiny piece of the male part of the clasp that is missing. Still wearable and beautiful!
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BS245 Price: $42.00
Vintage Weiss Aurora Borealis Clip On Earrings. Three faceted Marquis shaped AB RS's prong set with two small AB prong set rounds adorning each side of the top stone. One large AB Dog Tooth set round AB rhinestones at the base. Gold tone setting. Measure 1-1/4" x 7/8". Very good condition. Sparkling!
ES364 Price: $37.00
1950's Weiss Clear Rhinestone Screwback Earrings. Three rectangular prong set rhinestone have a row of three small round RS's in between. These measure 7/8" x 3/8" and are in excellent condition.
Weiss Clip Back Clear Rhinestone Earrings. Various shaped clear rhinestones - though two are cloudy on the one earring. These measures 1-1/8" x 5/8". Good condition.Those two stones CAN be replaced... I know who can do it cost effectively. Ask me. Price reflects.
ES175 Price: $16.00
Measuring 1-1/2" in diameter,
this is a goldtone zebra with a white body and black stripes in enamel.
There is a tiny red rhinestone for the eye. Good condition. Wear should
show in the pic...but in case you don't see it, there are a few area
of where the black is off and the gold shows through.