The History of Decorative Arts in Small Wearable Form
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. All items have an unconditional return policy and I offer a layaway plan. Check out the "Terms of Sale" for details.
About UsLisa Kramer Vintage offers vintage and antique jewelry selected with an eye towards design and history, informed by my former career as an architect. I love the artistry of jewelry and how each piece distills elements of its era's design into beautiful, wearable, sculpture. I study how a piece a piece of jewelry has been constructed in much the same way that I look at the details of how buildings are constructed. Together, a piece's design and construction helps me determine its age, along with extensive research. I try to provide pieces at many different price points because good design isn't limited to expensive items.
Some of my loves are fine paste jewelry from the Georgian through Art Deco eras; the bold surprisingly modern-looking designs that were sometimes produced during the Victorian era; romantic Edwardian and Art Nouveau jewelry; glamorous Art Deco jewelry; Mexican jewelry; and artist-produced jewelry from the Arts and Crafts era, the mid-century Modernist period, and even crazy hippie jewelry. I also love jewelry made from unconventional materials including antique cut steel, Art Nouveau carved horn, and the jewelry produced by Marsh, a pioneer in using blackened steel in fine jewelry.
For nearly 20 years I have been selling antique and vintage jewelry at shows throughout the San Francisco Bay Area: the Art Deco Show, the Hillsborough Antique Show, and several others. In recent years I've expanded my reach to shows in southern California and the east coast including the Modernism Show in Palm Springs, the Pickwick Show in Burbank, the Pier Show in New York, and the Baltimore Art, Antique, and Jewelry Show. But my love of vintage jewelry goes back much farther, since I was teenager combing vintage stores and flea markets in New York City (where I grew up).
If you are looking for something in particular, and don't see it in my Ruby Lane shop, please feel free to contact me as I have hundreds of additional pieces, and am constantly acquiring new ones. I'll also gladly keep an eye out for you and let you know when I have something that might interest you.
I have a blog, also named 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), the Society of Jewelry Historians in both the US and the UK, the Art Deco Society of California, and the Women's Jewelry Association. I have also completed the Accredited Jewelry Professional program of the Gemological Institute of America.