Founded by Emanuel Ciner in 1892, Ciner
has the distinction of being the only company that converted from the production of fine jewelry to costume
pieces exclusively. During the Depression Era, their faux diamonds were synthetic white sapphires imported
from France, and this practice of never skimping on the quality and uniqueness of their stones and beads
never faltered. Since 1931, the company has manufactured classic, upscale costume jewelry.
Ciner was also responsible for giving impetus to the use of wax molds (like those
used by dentists) instead of the previously popular sand casting method. Their designs are copper-plated
first, then nickel-plated, after which they are electroplated in gold. Swarovski crystals are often used,
hand-set in gold-tone metalwork. Early pieces are often unmarked, but most pieces after 1945 were marked,
Ciner pieces look like fine jewelry, but are set with rhinestones rather than jewels. Still creating masterpieces that reflect the influence of their
founder, Ciner's current offerings, with special emphasis on their ropes and multiple-strand necklaces are
the epitome of beauty and quality, and still very much in demand.
Having trouble with the small sizes of
yesteryear? Well, most of us do!
The ladies were smaller
than the women of today.
NO Problem, be sure to check out our necklace extenders.