Ciner Manufacturing Company is known for using high-quality glass beads and stones, rich enameling, and heavy metal settings with rich gold- and silver-tone plating giving the jewelry a substantial feel and longevity in wear. Pieces by this manufacturer -- many of which imitate fine jewelry -- have been owned and worn by numerous celebrities including Elizabeth Taylor and Queen Sophia of Spain, according to a 1992 New York Times article on the company. Some of the designs produced by Ciner in the 1950s and 1960s are still available for wholesale order today along with new, quite innovative designs.
It is difficult to date Ciner jewelry using marks because some of the signatures have been reused again and again from decade to decade. In addition to the mark, it is wise to look at the overall construction, style, and materials used to manufacture the jewelry comparing pieces known to be vintage with those newly distributed.
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CINER Sterling Mark
Ciner stamped into metal work along with a sterling silver mark usually indicates that a piece was made in the 1930s. The company made their first costume jewelry in sterling silver, and occasionally thereafter. Pieces with unmistakable Art Deco styling are definitely 1930s vintage.
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CINER in Block Serif Letters
This block letter mark was molded into the casting of a bracelet dating to the 1980s. However, it has also used on pieces made since then as well including brooches dating to the 1990s. It is important to look at the overall styling and materials used in the composition when dating pieces with this mark.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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