Kramer vintage costume jewelry was produced by Kramer Jewelry Creations, Inc. Louis Kramer started the company in 1943, in New York, and his brothers Harry and Morris joined the company soon afterward. Kramer Jewelry Creations, Inc., produced fine costume jewelry for about 40 years.
The credit goes to Louis Kramer for the wonderful creations associated with Kramer Jewelry Creations. He was a gifted designer who combined unusual techniques and stones to make truly stunning pieces.
On the higher end of the Kramer vintage costume jewelry spectrum are sets made from fine rhinestones and many of these pieces are highly wearable, decades after they were first produced, because they feature such classic designs.
Pieces signed “Christian Dior by Kramer” were made in the 1950s and 1960s, and featured timeless designs as well, with high quality rhinestones sometimes setting off a blue or green large stone.
Often, Kramer vintage costume jewelry features unusual color combinations that are at the same time very subtle, such as various shades of blue or green, and combining rhinestones with similarly tinted seed pearl beads.
Sometimes, Kramer vintage costume jewelry was made with unusual shaped beads, in sets featuring earrings, a necklace and bracelet. These plastic sets were very well made and some collectors look for these in particular.
In about 1963, Kramer produced pieces signed “Amourelle.” The “Amourelle” pieces were made by Frank Hess, who was formerly the chief designer at Miram Haskell. “Amourelle” pieces are a very rare Kramer signature and many collectors seek these pieces.
Kramer signatures include “Kramer,” “Kramer sterling,” “Kramer of New York, “Kramer of N.Y.” and “Kramer New York,” as well as the previously mentioned “Christian Dior by Kramer” and “Amourelle”.
Kramer sets of any type are highly popular with collectors and are probably a good investment for the vintage costume jewelry collector.
Preston Reuther is a "Master Wire Sculptor" and Cameo Appraiser and has been collecting and selling Vintage Jewelry for over 30 years. He is a jewelry instructor and has produced over 100 jewelry making videos and owns two vintage jewelry stores WWW.CAMEOJEWELRY.COM and WWW.ANTIQUECAMEOS.COM You may reach him at either store.