Vendome jewelry (1944-1979) was the highest price line of the Coro brand, a US-based manufacturing company.
Signed Vendome jewelry is relatively rare, compared to its parent, Coro, and their market competitors.
Vendome jewelry in the competitive marketplace
Vendome is comparable in quality to Lisner or Kramer, but arguably with some designs that risked a bolder look.
Whereas Lisner and Kramer emulated Hattie Carnegie and Miriam Haskell, Vendome looked further afield than its competitors for design inspiration.
Of course, like most jewelry manufacturers in the mid-twentieth century, one design looked a lot like another.
This brooch and earring set, for example, might have been inspired by Schiaparelli brooches of the same era. (For sale for $425.)
But this 1950s hand-beaded apple demi-parure have one foot in the 40s and the other with Marion Godart.
This wide gold collar necklace feels at once like Monet and Ciner.
But the link shape is unique from anything Monet or Ciner offered.
In addition, this Vendome collar fits like a Victorian era black ribbon necklace.
The true choker length makes this 70s necklace a stand-out.
Brush up here on your Ciner jewelry, an even higher quality brand than Vendome.
Vendome rhinestone jewelry
Vendome made rhinestone jewelry at the same time as its more well-known competitor, Weiss.
Like Weiss, Vendome used Aurora Borealis (AB) crystals.
But unlike Weiss, they designed jewelry your grandmother might not wear.
This incredible rhinestone necklace seems glam-standard enough…
Until you see it worn down the back.
Find me a party.
70s Vendome jewelry | Big gold SLINKY hoops
These big gold hoops signed Vendome used the same engineering as SLINKY (TM), which coincidentally was invented the year before Vendome was launched.
At one point I had this pair in the shop. Shop Vintage Jewelry at minusOne to see if it’s still there.
Vendome jewelry designer Helen Marion
Vendome saw its highest popularity in the 60s, when Helen Marion was their principle designer.
Marion is perhaps best know for her (signed Vendome) 1963-65 ‘Le Fumeur’ brooch, inspired by Cubist artist, Georges Braque.
Ripley Auctions sold this one in 2018 for $250. It’s large at 2 1/4″ wide with a rough-textured gold-plated metal frame, lapis blue and carnelian red enamels, and bezel-set cabochons.
In the same collection is this feast of fishes brooch with a similarly textured gold-plated frame, reminiscent of sea coral. (Asking price on 1st Dibs was $650.)
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