Eisenberg & Sons were renowned for their outstanding craftsmanship and attention to detail. Many of the fine works that they produced used coloured stones and Swarovski crystals. Highly regarded too are their 18th century jewellery replicas which were so authentic looking that it’s difficult to distinguish them from the pieces that they were copied from. The company also made a number of striking figurals, many of which utilized sterling silver.
Eisenberg & Sons was established by Jonas Eisenberg in 1914 and was originally a women’s clothing company. They initially used jewellery to make their clothing products more attractive. However, these pieces were often stolen due to their beauty and appeal.
Some Eisenberg collectible jewellery pieces can be distinguished by their mark. Pieces that had the words "Eisenberg Original" stamped on them were manufactured from 1935 to 1945, while those that only had the "Eisenberg" or "Eisenberg Ice" wordings were made from 1945 to 1950. The company placed the "Eisenberg Sterling" mark on silver jewellery that was made from 1943 to 1948. There are products made by the company that did not have any distinguishing marks or labels on them. It should be noted though that pieces that have labels in them generally command a better price than those that don’t.
There are many Eisenberg pieces that have abstract forms while there are others that have more definite shapes such as ones that appear like ballerinas, mermaids, queens, and kings.
Another favourite inspiration of Eisenberg was animals. The company made a number of pieces that resembled butterflies, birds, zebras and horses. They also made ones that had more intricate designs showcasing animal stories, such as the Piggy Goes to Market clip, which the company made for the Eaves Costume Company.
Art Deco rhinestone clips, cabochon brooches, and rhinestone-studded bows are examples of pieces made by Eisenberg that had simple yet classic designs. The company also produced clips that were designed to be sewn into garments.
Highly collectible pieces include medallion like clips and pins that were adorned with crystal stones, ruby and aqua. Sterling silver jewellery that featured special quartz called citrine is also highly sought after by collectors.
During the mid-1940s, the company hired Mexican artisans to produce a limited number of gold and turquoise pieces that today are very popular among collectors. Enamelled pieces made in the 1970s including gold earrings and pins in the Artists Series, flower and tree inspired brooches also command a good price in today’s market. Another favourite among collectors are Christmas tree pins.
Popularity among collectors
Regarded as one of the premier costume jewellery manufacturers during its time, Eisenberg costume jewellery is highly popular among many collectors. Price range varies from a couple of hundred to a thousand dollars per piece.
Highly valuable ones include sterling silver cups, while basic brooch and earring sets are known to be less expensive. There are many Eisenberg jewellery fakes around. Many times, it would take the skill of an experienced collector to distinguish between an original and a fake Eisenberg piece.
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