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Vintage Jewelry - Kramer by Preston Reuther


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  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  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 Jewelry Designer and has been collecting and selling Vintage Jewelry and Antique Cameo jewelry for over 20 years. He has produced over 50 jewelry making videos on jewelry design and over 1000 articles on designer jewelry.  See his entire Jewelry collection at

HE CAN BE REACHED AT 816-689-2779 

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