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Welcome to the beauty, history and art that is vintage jewelry. We buy and sell vintage rhinestone, costume, designer, bakelite and antique Georgian & Victorian jewelry, purses and accessories.
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JEWEL CHAT
Costume Jewelry Magazine

 

 


THE COLLECTORS

JELLY BELLY
courtesy of Brenda Nurenberg
of Vintage Treasures


Brenda is a long-time collector of marvelous Lucite jewelry, also referred to as "jelly bellys", and her enthusiasm is contagious. These wonderful pieces were made in the 1930's and 1940's of rhinestones, metals and the newly-invented Lucite.  Their creative and imaginative designs make them eagerly sought after by collectors and dealers alike.
Brenda says,
"One of my first books on costume Jewelry was Fun Jewelry.  This book had so many jelly bellies pictured.  I fell in love with them and I was hooked.  I immediately went hunting in my local antique mall and came up with the tiniest of turtles.  I thought I had made a major find!  That was the beginning of a wonderful collection."

 

 

   
    "JELLY BELLY" jewelry 
Named for their clear transparent Lucite bellies, "jelly bellys" can be both beautiful and whimsical. Most were made in the 1940's, although some continued to be produced into the early 1960's. Collector's usually agree that in order to qualify as a true "jelly belly", the belly portion must be made of Lucite, not glass, and must be clear, not colored, and set in metal. The most coveted pieces are larger pieces with Lucite set in sterling vermeil (gold washed sterling).

Since jelly bellys all have a Lucite component and Lucite was invented by DuPont in 1937, there are no jelly bellys are older than that. Says jewelry historian Pat Seal, "I doubt if any were made much before 1938 and the bulk of them were made during the war years, 1942-1946. Many of the ones of that era were made in sterling silver settings. After the war and into the 1950's they were made in base metals, but all of them are delightful!" There are many reproductions so buy from an honest and knowledgeable dealer. (See more information on the source myth at the bottom of this page.)

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   FLORAL This is a very striking 2-1/2" floral brooch made of pot metal and Lucite. The rose head is very chunky, heavy and very three-dimensional.

     FLOWER  This is a stunning flower bouquet.  It is a  large gold tone unsigned 4" with three carved Lucite flower heads centered with clear rhinestones. Circa 1940.

    DOUBLE FLOWER  a large unsigned 3-1/2" floral brooch with two Lucite flowers and clear rhinestone accents set in gold plated pot metal, circa 1942.

 

       FLOWER & LIZARD  A very unusual unsigned flower pin with a green lizard crawling up its stem. What imagination!  Gold tone, 3.5", probably circa 1940. 
 

          FRED A BLOCK  It measures 4" and is signed "Fred A. Block Jewelry", gold tone pot metal.  The face shows wonderful detail. This is my favorite.  From the first time that I saw it in one of the jewelry books, I was determined to own it.    Back View

      MERMAID riding on a Lucite fish 2" brooch, a smallish but very unusual sterling unsigned jelly. I think it might have had a vermeil finish at one time but if so, it is worn off now.  It is simply marked "sterling".

 

 

   SANDOR 2" fur clip signed "Sandor", it is gold tone and although the metal looks and cleans like sterling, it is not marked sterling.  The face is ceramic.  My husband thinks this is one of the ugliest in my collection. I have always called him "The Sandman" but one of the books calls him the gnome and another the snowman.

 SANDOR  This is the largest jelly that I own.  It is a whopping 5". It is signed "Sandor", gold tone with three Lucite flower heads and a fourth flower head that is enameled metal.  Large pearls in the center of the flower heads.
   

  CAT & FISHBOWL  signed "Anthony" and "Sterling", this 2-1/2" brooch is sterling vermeil. The goldfish behind the Lucite bowl is made of metal. There are two versions of this pin, and the other one is unsigned, made of pot metal and the fish is carved into the Lucite.

PATENT 1946
Patent No. 149,925  

 

   HORSE  This 2-1/2" horse brooch is one of my most recent purchases.  It is unsigned pot metal, and is missing its enamel.

     LLAMA  This is a 2-1/4" unsigned but charming fur clip, 2-1/4". He is a llama with a gilt silver saddle. 

     PRANCING HORSE  This is one of the jelly bellies that I bought in London.  The entire horse is Lucite except for the saddle and reins.  It is attached on the back to a metal frame that is in the same shape as the horse and is gold tone.  Unsigned but marked Sterling, 4". Circa 1942.
 

 

       SPIDER  A very realistic 2-1/2" unsigned spider pin. It is sterling but the vermeil has worn away. Clear rhinestones accent the legs. I love to perch him on my shoulder.

     CORO PEGASUS  Sterling 2" brooch with a rose gold vermeil.  Signed "Corocraft Sterling", it was also the logo of Coro Company. This one of my first jellies found in New York City almost 10 years ago.  I had no idea at the time how rare it was, and in fact it was something of a bargain. Patent number 139,072 dated 1949.

      COROCRAFT sterling and rose gold vermeil 2-1/2"  beetle brooch with imbedded rhinestones. My favorite creepy crawly.
 
 

 

      COROCRAFT sterling cornucopia  2" brooch with vibrant enamel fruit and perching bird, circa 1944. Be careful because while this is genuine, it has been reproduced in the 1990s.
 

      
      TRIFARI 2-1/4" sailboat brooch, a realistic boat with Lucite sail set in sterling/gold vermeil. Signed "Trifari Sterling". 

  
   COROCRAFT sterling 2" fur clip with bright enamel fruit atop a Lucite vase, circa 1944. Be careful because while this is genuine, it has been reproduced in the 1990s.

 

    TRIFARI big elephant rhodium-plated 3" fur clip with Lucite body, clear rhinestones and red and black enamel. Signed "Trifari Pat. Pend."   View back

           TRIFARI PEKINESE rhodium plated  2-1/2" brooch with black enamel and clear rhinestones, signed "Trifari Pat. Pend.". Be careful because while this is genuine, it has been reproduced in the 1990s.    View back

   MONKEY brooch, an unsigned favorite.  Rambunctious 2" monkey pin in sterling with a gold vermeil.  

 

 

 CORO fox jelly belly shown in ad at right, circa 1945.
Courtesy of Brenda Nurenberg

    CORO 1945 ad showing "jellly bellies".

   CORO fish jelly belly shown in ad at left.
Courtesy of Brenda Nurenberg

COROCRAFT "Jelly Bellies"
1943

 

     TRIFARI  A rare jelly belly that is one of my favorites.  I call him "Big Bird". Gold tone pot metal bird with red and blue enamel and Lucite body.  A whopping 4.5 inches in size.  I have also seen this done in blue enamel.  Back View

     TRIFARI FROG on Lily Pad, a large Lucite leaf with an enamel frog stretched out on top.  Rhodium plated, signed "Trifari Pat. Pend", 2-3/4".  I have seen the reproduction of this piece and while, unlike the real piece, the jelly part is flat, the front is quite good.    Back View

     PARROT perched on a branch with spread Lucite wings and red and blue enameling. Rhodium plated setting, signed "Trifari Pat. Pend", circa 1942, a 4 inch fur clip. I have been told that there are only three of these that are known to exist.  It was a surprise gift from my husband.  Back View

 

 

  JELLY BELLY beautifully formed Lucite flower brooch with a clear rhinestone dew drop and gold tone leaves. View   #Bn12

  JELLY BELLY Lucite 3-petaled flower brooch with a glass pearl center and gold tone accents.    #Bn12b

 

 


JEWELRY DESIGN

In November 2004, Brenda wrote
: My husband and I are just back from at trip to New York City. We had the opportunity to see two fabulous jewelry shows in progress at the American Folk Art Museum.  Both are of fine jewelry. 

The first show we saw was "Seaman Schepps - A Century of New York Jewelry Design."  Much of this jewelry was designed from the early 1930s to the late 1950s.  He catered to a celebrity clientele from Hollywood to royalty. The jewelry was often pictured in glamorous photos in old Vogue magazines.  
Over and over, I saw how fine jewelry was the direct inspiration for our vintage costume jewelry, particularly in Trifari, Coro and even K.J.L
.  I had to keep reminding myself that what I was looking at was REAL, as I have almost line for line copies in vintage costume jewelry. I realized that my beloved Lucite jelly bellies were copied from figurals originally done in gold and rock crystal.
 
   One example is the Trifari jelly belly bird brooch, shown at right.    TRIFARI "jelly belly" bird brooch in brushed gold tone with rhinestones. View #T6116  

 

  The same is true of pearl bellies, tuttie fruity (which we call fruit salad), and invisibly set stones. Many of K.J.L.'s (Kenneth J Lane's) designs look very similar to Schepp's jeweled menagerie. Even the stylized  Hattie Carnegie figurals done with orange and green lucite saw their origination from the designs by Seaman Schepps

The second show (right across the street) was "Masterpieces of American Jewelry".  These fine jewels were by the best of the best - Tiffany, Cartier, etc.  Tiffany did a series of enamel and diamond orchid brooches in the 1890s, and Coro mimicked them in the enamel and rhinestone orchid pins done in the 1940s, like the one shown at left.
 
        CORO sterling vermeil orchid brooch with purple and yellow enamel and clear rhinestones, circa 1945.   View   #C21466  


 

 SOURCE MYTH

For years a story has circulated that World War II airplane windshields were used to make some of the jelly belly jewelry. While it is a appealingly romantic story, it is probably not a true one.

Bobye Syverson comments on this subject, "During World War II,  I not only flew some of the planes but did some of the work on them.  The Lucite in the windshields was " to " thick.  If damaged, they tended to crack in a spider web pattern.

"After the war, pieces could be bought in hobby shops to be cut and shaped into whatever a person wished.  I bought some pieces that were quite flat, cut them out with a jig saw, shaped them by holding them in an oven, drilled holes to set rhinestones in, and made two crown replicas. The entire base structure of the crown is Lucite.  Since I was using pointed back rhinestones, I had to drill a cup in which to set each stone. Also, I know that the mechanics that I worked with would cut out round pieces from discarded wind shields, drill a hole in the center and make a finger ring as a souvenir for their girl friends.  

"All of the pieces that I ever saw from the planes tended to turn yellowish with time.  Because of that, it is my opinion that the Lucite that was used by the jewelry companies was not the same as that used for the plane windows."

As Pat Seal says, "Whatever the true story is, the old jellies will continue to be loved, admired, and coveted by collectors for many years to come. They are certainly some of my favorites and it is always a huge thrill to discover one."

 

 

A word of warning to jewelry collectors: There are many reproductions of Jelly Belly jewelry on the market, both poorly done and dangerously well done, so be very careful of what you buy as a vintage Jelly Belly. The frog on a lily pad is just one of the reproductions, as are the pins with enameled fruit in them. Also reproduced are the Poodle and Pekinese and some of the bird designs, as well as other subjects. Some are even marked on the back with the names of companies who never made jellies at all.

 

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