Glamour Girl Vintage: Vintage Costume Jewelry - Made in West Germany - 1949 to 1990
inDecember 27, 2010 - 4:49pm
Ever been curious as to when costume jewelry marked "West Germany", " Made in West Germany", "W Germany", and Made in Western Germany" was made? To answer that question a brief summary of German history is necessary...
The German Empire originated in 1871 and was called Germany until the end of World War II.
In 1949, Germany was split into West and East Germany. East and West Germany were reunited in October 1990, and became known as Germany again. Accordingly it is easy to date costume jewelry marked "Made in West Germany" (or it's variations) to the time frame between 1949 and 1990.
Jewelry marked "Germany" is either pre-World War II or post 1990.
As the economy was decimated in post-World War II Germany, designing, manufacturing and exporting gorgeous costume jewelry rapidly became a big industry providing work and bringing in much needed funds.
The German jewelry companies excelled in designing and producing beaded tiered bib style necklaces in a multitude of beautiful colors to compliment any outfit. These necklaces often came with matching clip on cluster earrings, brooches and bracelets.
They also produced lovely jewelry made of glass made to imitate precious gemstones or quartz.
Matching sets of filigree metal, including aluminum and silver, were designed and produced by hand which were similar to those of Miriam Haskell, Original by Robert, Stanley Hagler and De Mario.
Costume jewelry made in West Germany is becoming harder to find and more and more desirable, particularly matched sets, and should be part of any jewelry collector's jewelry wardrobe.