The Hollywood Jewelry Manufacturing Co. made Hollycraft vintage costume jewelry. The company was founded in 1938, and in 1948 began using the Hollycraft signature, and continued producing jewelry until about 1971.
The Hollycraft Christmas jewelry line was very popular and the Hollycraft Jewelry founder, Joseph Chorbajian, is widely credited for the Christmas jewelry. Collectors seem to clamor for the Christmas tree pins and earrings, but the Christmas jewelry was made in many other holiday styles, much of quite beautiful and wearable today.
Lots of vintage costume jewelry collectors look for jewelry signed Hollycraft. It is usually fairly expensive, but so much was produced that it is relatively easy to find. People are probably attracted to the elaborate settings and very rich-looking stones, which give off lots of sparkle!
Hollycraft jewelry produced in the latter 1950s was marked with a date (the year) and the copyright sign, so many Hollycraft vintage jewelry collectors try to add pieces from each of these years to their collections.
Besides the Christmas jewelry, rhinestone bracelets and rhinestone necklace and earring sets from the 1950s are popular. Often, these pieces were in an array of pastel colors, but many other colors were used as well. Because Hollycraft rhinestones were not prong-set, (they were pasted into the settings) it is good to check a piece for missing stones.
Hollycraft costume jewelry was signed “Hollycraft Corp.” with the date of manufacture in the 1950s; “Hollycraft” with the copyright symbol after 1955 and “Hollycraft” in the early years beginning in 1948.
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