VINTAGE LISNER JEWELLERY
Although once considered “junk jewellery,” vintage Lisner pieces have just recently become more collectible. In the 1990s, collectors began to realise that the bright colours and clever shapes and bright colors of the company’s cheaply made plastic baubles possessed a certain unique beauty.
For almost 30 years after its 1904 beginnings, Lisner imported and sold Parisian jewellery by Elsa Schiaparelli in the United States. In the 1930s, the firm achieved a higher profile by finally making and selling its own creations that used Dupont’s new coloured plastic called Lucite, as well as clear and colored rhinestones (in particular aurora borealis) and lava stones, as well as silver-plated, chromed, and black japanned metal.
At present one of the most sought after vintage Lisner designs is the moulded plastic oak-leaf jewellery, that was only produced for a period of five years in the 1960s. Individual pieces like necklaces or brooches without matching earrings or bracelets are more affordable.
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