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Lisner jewellery has only become
popular with collectors over recent
years, as the focus has been on
bigger names. However the company's
skilfull an attractive designs together
with relatively low prices have led to a
resurgence in their popularity with collectors.
The company was established in New York
in 1904 where it made its own good quality
unsigned jewellery and also distributed
pieces for others. In the 1920's it focused on well made jewellery marked
"Lanvin's Violet". Before the outbreak of the second world war Lisner became
the US agent for Elsa Schiaparelli importing and selling the designers French
made jewellery. In addition it had a license to make her jewellery and accessories
in the United States.
After the "Lisner" signature was introduced in the 1930's it became more well known
in its own right. It used the many jewellery manufacturers based in Rhode Island to
make its pieces including Whiting and Davis, known for its metal mesh purses. Lisner
was at its peak int the 1950's with it coloured plastic and Lucite jewellery aimed at the
cheaper to mid point end of the market. Lucite was an acrylic type of plastic that could
be coloured shaped or moulded. Several costume jewellers adopted the material and
Lisner used it extensively with great results. Lisner's cololour combinations and attractive
results were a success at the time and are now popular again with collectors.
Below examples of Lisner's lucite necklaces:
Working with plastic or Lucite, Lisner designed jewellery around geometric or abstract
organic shapes such as flowers. On more expensive items these crisply moulded pieces
were combined with coloured or clear crystal rhinestones, often using the popular "aurora
borealis" rhinestones, or exotic lava stones.Designs were set on silver chromed or plated
bases, on in the 1960's on black japanned metal. Enamelling of metalwork was also used
to great effect.
Not all of Lisner's pieces were of the highest quality but they refleted the design trends of
the high end brands.Their 1950's rhinestone sets are an example of this. While not comparable
to the calibre of those made by Kramer and Weiss they are still better made than comparable
modern pieces. Lisner's "leaves" are not of thestandard of Schiaparelli, but they are affordable
Below: Rare Faux pearl Richeliue necklace by Lisner and Lisner brooch
In the late 1950's and into the 60's Lisner produced a range marked "Richelieu" which
was more expensive and of better quality. These pieces are harder to find today and
attract higher prices.