A Special Dolphin Bracelet Resurfaces in Charleston

Last month, at The Restoration Hotel in Charleston, a place steeped in history, we hosted a vintage pop-up shop in their boutique for the month of May. Not only did we have some special, one-of-a-kind vintage items, but we also had a host of beautiful, reissued vintage pieces from CINER, a New York City based family owned, costume jewelry house that is now over 100 years old.

Since I have been collecting and selling vintage I have been fortunate enough to have many vintage CINER pieces come through my hands. They never last long because the demand for their whimsical, elegant designs is so high. They are especially known for the figural jewelry (animals and insects in particular) and quality and craftsmanship of their pieces is exquisite. Last year I took a tour of their Manhattan based factory and was enthralled with their talented team of casters, stone setters and enamel painters. I traveled from room to room watching their hand crafted jewelry get assembled, plated and set with stones or accented with color, right there in the middle of New York city just as they have done for decades.

For our pop-up shop, I was lucky enough to be able to select a few seasonally appropriate styles from CINER’s archive of vintage designs and they were reproduced as one-of-a-kind pieces for our vintage trunk show. I had the idea of selling whichever pieces did not sell in my shop after wards, but many did not even make it that far as they were snatched up almost immediately. One special piece in particular, that went to a saavy vintage collector, was this Dolphin Cuff, an exact reproduction of the same CINER piece owned by Elizabeth Taylor that recently went up for auction at Christie’s in New York, fetching several thousand dollars (a pretty penny for a costume piece!).

 

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The original cuff, belonging to Elizabeth Taylor dated back to the 1960’s when it was originally designed and produced. She favored animal jewelry and with her flamboyant, glamorous taste I can easily see why she would have been attracted to CINER’s whimsical animal and sea life pieces, set carefully with dozens of tiny rhinestones and hand painted with enamel.

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Stay tuned as we will be offering some special, one-of-a-kind vintage CINER pieces this Fall through our website this fall!

One thought on “A Special Dolphin Bracelet Resurfaces in Charleston

  1. I just received 2 rice bead bracelets for my anniversary. Sliver and the turquoise. I absolutely love them!!!! Next on my list is the white one!!! I will without a doubt order from you guys again!!! I’m one happy girl! 🙂

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