Vintage and Antique Jewelry and Accessories Selected with an Architect's Eye
About Lisa Kramer Vintage
Our Service PledgeI guarantee the authenticity of all items in my shop and want my customers to love their purchases as much as I love them.
About UsI have been selling antique and vintage jewelry since the late '90's at shows throughout the San Francisco Bay Area: the Art Deco Show, the Hillsborough Antique Show, the Vintage Clothing Expo and several others. However, I've been collecting vintage jewelry and clothing for decades, since I was teenager combing vintage clothing stores in New York City (where I grew up).
With a background in architecture and archeology I select items based on their design and the talent of their makers, whether or not they are signed "designer" pieces. I also look for pieces that speak of the era in which they were created. Because of this my merchandise is eclectic and ranges from Georgian through the 1970's. I try to provide pieces at many different price points because good design isn't limited to just expensive items.
I use my background in identifying the age of jewelry: styles, motifs, and historical revivals were used in both buildings and the other decorative arts, including jewelry. I love to study how a piece of jewelry has been constructed; this, combined with its style, helps me determine its age. I spend a great deal of time researching my pieces and love to delve into a style, material, manufacturer, or design puzzle and learn more about it. I also welcome feedback from dealers and collectors. I have a website, Lisa Kramer Vintage, which I use as a forum for writing about jewelry history, travel (with a focus on antiquing), design, and other subjects that interest me. A link to it can be found on my "Our Favorite Links" page.
I am a member of the Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts (ASJRA), Costume Jewelry Collectors International, the Art Deco Society of California, and the Art Jewelry Forum. I recently completed the Accredited Jewelry Professional program of the Gemological Institute of America.