Ciner Costume Jewelry
Ciner Costume Jewelry are a New-York based jewellery company, created by Emanuel Ciner in 1892.
History and background.
Initially, Ciner were known for their fine jewelry pieces before moving into costume jewelry in the 1930s. The company have built up an enviable reputation for quality jewelry items and, amongst their clientèle can list actress Elizabeth Taylor and Queen Sophia of Spain.
The pieces produced still retain many characteristics of fine jewelry including the use of good-quality beads and stones and substantial metal settings.
Ciner became massively popular in the late 1920s/early 1930s with the arrival of American department stores. They sold in stores such as Macy's with a mostly middle-class customer base.
Guide for Collectors
Vintage Ciner jewelry is often quite difficult to date and so it is advised that collectors consider a range of factors including jewelry marks, style of items and materials used.
Pre-1955 Ciner jewelry contained the 'Ciner' logo, capitalised and using the San Serif font. This time period favoured rhinestones and glass beads.
Later pieces (from the 1980s) use the Serif font. It is unknown whether all early Ciner pieces contain the official logo and trademark with some collectors claiming that they do not.
It is also worth noting that not all Ciner pieces contain the copyright symbol and also sometimes they are inscribed with 'Ciner Sterling' or with the initials 'MC' inside a rectangle.
Collectors generally favour the older Ciner pieces with jewelry incorporating fake pearls and turquoises being particularly desirable.
Ciner Jewellery is an easy and accessible choice for the beginner or novice collectors with many pieces available through online auction houses such as eBay for under $100.
Collectors resource The Find lists a range of Ciner Jewellery for sale with prices starting at $30-$35 for a variety of vintage earrings. It places figural brooches around the $50+ mark. The more ornate items such as chokers and necklace sets can retail for anything from $500 upwards with their most expensive items listed at just over $700.
In March, 2012, Rubylane advertised a gilded metal set featuring a rhinestone necklace and matching earring for sale at just over $700.