JULIANA, DeLizza & Elster, large olivine, amber, silver dangling balls and aurora borealis pin. Wonderful vintage costume jewelry that features olivine green and amber glass marquises/lots of round aurora borealis stones in a large and small size, emerald green chatons, and aurora borealis chatons. A wonderful combination of colors (as D&E are known for). Layered and slightly domed design. The olivine and amber marquis are open-backed and unfoiled. All stones are prong set in gold-plated base metal. To top it off there are several ball dangles in silvered material as well as faceted amber glass.
Measures a tad over 3" in diameter.
JULIANA jewelry was never signed and was sold with hang tags. It has the pooled soldering, the mix of large art glass stones and rhinestones, the use of open back and foiled rhinestones. Construction and materials consistent with JULIANA jewelry.
Excellent vintage condition.
JULIANA costume jewelry was produced by DeLizza & Elster, which was founded in 1947 to manufacture everything from buttons and buckles to pins and pendants for such venerable costume jewelers as Hattie Carnegie, Hobe, Kenneth J. Lane, and Weiss.
In 1967, chief designer Frank DeLizza and business partner Harold Elster decided to create a brand of their own by placing paper tags with the Juliana trademark on some of their pieces. The brand lasted barely two years, but it became synonymous with DeLizza & Elster.
Vintage Juliana pieces (which include unlabeled pieces created before 1967 as well as those with Gloria and Tara hang tags) typically feature vibrantly colored rhinestones such as aurora borealis, clear crystals, faux hematite, and fake opals. Striking colors such as purple and teal or green and pink are routinely combined. In other Juliana pieces, large speckled (or "Easter egg") cabochons are set within rings of smaller, colored stones.
Unlike much of the vintage costume jewelry from this period, Juliana pieces are almost all stone, with very little metal showing. In addition to such basic stone cuts as pears, baguettes, ovals, and rounds, some of the more fancy vintage Juliana pieces have stones cut into the shapes of keystones, arrows, anchors, and hearts.