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Welcome to the beauty, history and art that is vintage jewelry. We buy and sell vintage rhinestone, costume, designer, bakelite and antique Georgian & Victorian jewelry, purses and accessories.
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All jewelry is in excellent vintage condition unless specified otherwise.  All items are subject to prior sale.
We work constantly to offer extensive jewelry research, pictures and information in our references, " Jewel Chat " and " Morning Glory Collects ". 
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Eugene Jewelry
1952-62
Eugene (Gene) Schultz
New York City

 
 

   

 
Eugene Jewelry was the creation of a talented man named Eugene (Gene) Schultz.

According to Barbara Schultz Byers, his niece, Eugene was, "six feet one inch tall with dark wavy hair, piercing blue eyes and a magnetic smile. When I worked at Macy's during college in the mid-1950's", she said, "Uncle Gene would pick me up to take me to dinner. All the women I worked with wanted to know who the movie star was. He was so handsome, and impeccably dressed, with his camel hair coat, scarf, and hat. You couldn't help but look at him".

Eugene was born in the United States as his father, August Schultz, had migrated to New York City before World War I.  August was a Doctor of Chemistry working for Bayer aspirin and he and his wife had two sons, Karl and Eugene. Eugene was born in 1911 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and his brother Karl was born two years later. In 1916, the family moved to Closter, New Jersey. Eugene's mother, Elizabeth Duvall Schultz, was one of the first successful female real estate agents in New Jersey, and Eugene and Karl had a nanny as well as servants who took care of them.
 

 

      EUGENE pretty in pink 2.5 inch pin with pink marquis rhinestones, faux pearls, and crystals. Very 3-dimensional.    #D11000 

     EUGENE red, pink and aurora faceted glass beads wrap-over bracelet with artificial pearls and rhinestone clasp.  View   #D20018

   EUGENE pink and purple beads and rhinestones earrings.  View   #D13186

 

    Eugene coil bracelet of red, pink and gray faceted crystal beads with clear rhinestone roundels.   View   View

   EUGENE red, gray and pink crystal faceted beads in a 14-17 inch necklace, coil bracelet and 1-1/8 inch earrings with terrific color and clear rhinestone roundel spacers.  View   View  #D18299

    Eugene 1-1/8" earrings of red, pink and gray faceted crystal beads.  View   View

 

 

His family says that Eugene graduated from Parsons School of Design and worked as a costumer for Broadway shows in the late 1920s-early 1930s. In the mid to late 1930s, Eugene worked for Cartier hand painting Christmas cards. He worked with Anne Hornik Casey, another talented family member and the sister of Eugene's sister-in law, Marion Hornik Schultz. Anne herself had worked as a seamstress and designer for Miss Christine, a famous designer/milliner of the 20's and 30's, and made the wedding trousseau for the Vanderbilt girls.

During WWII Eugene served in the Army in a non-combat position and was stationed in Hawaii. (His family says that after the war he went to work for Miriam Haskell Jewelry in some capacity, although so far there is NO record at Haskell or from those who worked there during that time there to show this to be true.)

In 1952 he started his own company, Eugene Jewelry, with a showroom on Madison Avenue. Eugene Jewelry was sold at Henri Bendel, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City, Neiman Marcus in Dallas and finer stores in Boston. At the height of the business he had about fifteen people working for him. All his pieces were his own designs and hand made by his company. He never sub-contracted pieces.

Says his nephew Eugene, "I remember Uncle Gene coming to visit on holidays, sometimes bringing Henry Howard, the producer of the Perry Como show, for which he also made jewelry. Making 'junk jewelry' as it was called in New York City in those days was not impressive to my simple family and myself as a young teen. He got the job on the Perry Como show through Joe Lipman, who was Perry's musical arranger. Joe lived in the same building as Karl and Marion in Washington Heights."

 

 

   EUGENE bracelet made like a belt, with snap-over buckle closure.

    EUGENE two tone green and white opaque glass bead three-strand necklace, four strand bracelet and crescent shaped earrings with rhinestone accents.   View   View   View   View   View   View   View   View   View   View   #D21508

Eugene crescent earrings.

 

   EUGENE 8-strand faceted glass yellow and green beads necklace, 15-1/2".   View   View   #D23762

    EUGENE crystal and frosted glass beads necklace, 4-strand, 16-1/2".     View   View   View   #26766

    EUGENE green glass seed beads and rhinestones brooch and earrings.  View  #D19211

 

 

Nancy Strausbaugh Knaub says, "While browsing on the internet, I was surprised to come across your webpage with article about EUGENE jewelry. My cousin was Henry Howard, who produced the Perry Como Show.  I used to spend a few weeks each summer in New York with my Aunt Mayme who was Harry's Mother. Harry would take me to the Perry Como set, where I first met Eugene. My impression of Eugene was 'Wow, he is so handsome'. I was about 14 yrs. old, and I thought he looked like someone from Hollywood ! My cousin, producer Harry (Henry Howard), was also very good looking. What good memories they are for me."

 

 

A young Eugene with his father.

  Eugene with an unidentified lady.

Eugene in his 20's.

 

  EUGENE gold tone scalloped earrings with green and brown crystal beads, 1-1/8".   #D19191

   EUGENE champagne colored faceted glass beads three-strand necklace and earrings with artificial pearl accents.   View   View   View   #D18298

  EUGENE artificial pearl and rhinestones 1" round earrings.   View   #D24878

 

     EUGENE artificial pearl, pink and gray faceted glass beads 8-strand necklace, 7" bracelet and 1" earrings.  View   View   View   View   #D26788

    EUGENE pastel and medium blue and lavender glass beads and artificial pearls three-strand necklace and earrings.  View   View   #D19793 

   EUGENE avocado green beads 4-strand 15-17" necklace and 1-1/8" earrings.  View   View   #D26789

 

 

Mr. Eugene Schultz died on Thanksgiving Day of 1964, about two years after his company went out of business.

Scott Buyers, Eugene's great nephew, is a collector of his great-uncle's jewelry and history. According to him, Eugene designed some of the unsigned jewelry from the early days of Miriam Haskell. According to the people who worked at Haskell, though, Eugene never designed there at all. Whichever is true, but his jewelry does seem to have been possibly influenced by the work of Frank Hess.

Says Scott of his uncle, "His wonderful jewelry will always keep his name alive".

The Eugene yellow and green crystal bead necklace shown above was featured in the August 2004 issue of InStyle Magazine and on the "Today" show.

Many thanks to his nephew, also named Eugene, his niece Barbara Schultz Byers and his great-nephew Scott Byers who were kind enough share this information about Mr. Eugene Schultz of Eugene Jewelry.

 

 

   EUGENE white glass seed bead and clear rhinestones set in silver tone wing-shaped earrings.  View  
Courtesy of Dan Day

   EUGENE artificial pearl and gold tone chains necklace with coral seed beads and glass bead clasp, 15-1/2".   View   View   #D9540

EUGENE artificial pearl and clear rhinestones earrings, 1-1/4".   View   #D23956

 

   
  EUGENE red and pink beads and aurora borealis faceted glass beads necklace with fancy clasp of beads and gold tone, circa 1955, 15".   View   #E34477   


 

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PLEASE NOTE: Regretfully, it is no longer possible to respond to individual questions regarding jewelry history, identification or value, or to offer written or verbal appraisals or opinions. The demand for this kind of information is absolutely too overwhelming for one dealer to fill. 
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