A Vintage Gold Tone and Jade Style Quartz Stone Pin or Brooch of Pagoda by BSK company, signed. This vintage BSK Gold Tone and Jade Style Quartz Stone Pin/ Brooch dates to mid-century 20th century. It is between 50 and 65 years old. It is a nice design as a representation of a pagoda, with claw like pieces reaching out to grasp a piece of stone which looks like jade. From what I can tell, the architectural style is most similar to that of a pagoda from Thailand. It is a nice piece in excellent condition, no scratches chips or injuries to any part. The hallmark BSK is seen on the back. Please see more below about the BSK company. Another U.S. piece made with an Asian style influence of great costume quality!
SIZE: Height: 2" or 5.08 cm, Width: 1.25 or 3.17 cm
The BSK Jewelry Company
BSK is a designer jewelry company which was founded in New York in 1948 and did business until the mid-1980s in New York City. The name “BSK” was an acronym for the three owners: Benny Steinberg, Hy Slovitt and a Mr. Kashe. BSK was considered a high end jewelry line during that time, and still is. One can see by the current condition of their vintage pieces. Their pieces were considered and are among those with the highest of costume jewelry quality. Further, from an article found on the internet written in 2009 for a blog called “Collecting Vintage Jewelry”: Their designs vary from simple silver tone and gold tone pieces to some particularly stunning designs with rhinestones. The jewelry sold well in the 1950s, when the demand for affordable jewelry boomed after the war time period.
It was normal during this period for mothers and teachers to receive BSK designs as gifts because of the competitive price point. One very interesting series that the company made was called My Fair Lady, and this is featured in many vintage jewelry reference books at better than average book values. Consider this a real find if you come across one of these highly collectible pieces!
The design characteristics of BSK pieces are the use of colorful enamel designs, with the base metal often dipped in the enamel. They made some whimsical designs. Their rhinestone pieces often used Aurora Borealis Rhinestones, in combination with enamel. Many of their designs featured a leaf style of overlay. BSK designs had very little variation in their markings. Most pieces were signed just with the hallmark BSK. BSK is prized by some collections of vintage jewelry for the lovely combination of enameling and rhinestones, so the pieces should slowly rise in value.
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