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Joseff of Hollywood
J
ewelry 
1938-present


 


Joseff of Hollywood Jewelry
made it's reputation by providing the vast majority of jewelry used in Hollywood movies during the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's (although he did not make jewelry from 1942-1944). Owner and designer Eugene Joseff created jewelry as glamorous as the era and place in which he worked. "Gone With The Wind" and "Around the World in Eighty Days" are just two of many movies enhanced by Joseff jewelry.

He wanted the jewelry used in period movies to have a basis in historical fact, and the combination of the requirements of the movie industry and his own creative genius resulted in some of the most fabulous jewelry of ever made.

Mr. Joseff died in 1948, and his wife, Joan Castle Joseff has spearheaded Joseff jewelry since that time. Joan Joseff branched out into providing Joseff jewelry for TV stars from the Fifties on, as well as expanding the
retail market until her death in 2010. Some vintage findings are still being assembled on a limited basis for finished pieces today, according to Joanne Ball, who wrote Jewelry of the Stars, where many of these pieces are described and pictured.

 

 

   JOSEFF  princess face blue cabochons 18" by 3-1/2" necklace and 2-1/2" earrings.   View   View   #X24168

   JOSEFF  red cabochons snake motif 19" necklace, 7" by 1-5/8" bangle and 3-1/3" earrings.   View   #X24172

    JOSEFF lily motif red rhinestones 17-1/2" by 4" necklace and 3-3/4" earrings.   View   View   #X24169

 

   JOSEFF chrysanthemum 5-1/3" by 3-1/2" brooch and 3" earrings with red and green glass cabochons.  View   View   #X24173

   JOSEFF  green and red lily 4-1/2" by 2-1/4" brooch with rose and green glass cabochons.  View    #X24174

   JOSEFF oriental motif and chains brooch, 3" by 6" with multi-colored cabochons.  View   View   #X24171

 

 

      JOAN CASTLE (Joseff) gold tone crown pin with clear rhinestone, 2-1/2". This may have been made for the old TV show "Queen for a Day".  View  #X23073

    JOSEFF cherub 3" pendant on 16" chain, accented with topaz-colored rhinestones. Signed "Joseff" in script.  View   View   #X23074

    JOSEFF 1956 Limited Production necklace in antique gold tone metal with cherubs, faux pearls and clear rhinestones.  Bib necklace 10-12" chain with 5-1/4" by 6" front element and 1-3/4" by 1-1/4" earrings. Pictured twice in "Jewelry of the Stars"  by Joanne Dubbs Ball.
Courtesy of Barbara Wood

 

   JOSEFF 1" by 2-1/2" filigree brooch with brilliant clear rhinestones, marked "Joseff" in script.   View
Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover

   JOSEFF large 3-1/4" by 3-3/4" Egyptian Revival brooch with purple rhinestones, marked Joseff in script.   View
Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover

   JOSEFF dangle 1-3/4" earrings with large red cabochons set into the bottom of the earrings.   View
Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover

 

 

   JOSEFF astrological Libra 2-1/4" pin in antique gold tone metal.
Courtesy of Barbara Wood

    JOSEFF astrological Virgo brooch and earrings circa 1945.
Courtesy of Barbara Wood

   JOSEFF 2" by 1-1/2" turtle brooch in antique gold tone metal.
Courtesy of Barbara Wood

 

     JOSEFF 16-3/4" choker with the block letter "JOSEFF HOLLYWOOD" mark.   View
Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover

JOSEFF 1-5/8 x 2-3/4 inch floral brooch marked "JOSEFF HOLLYWOOD" in block letters.   View
Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover

   JOSEFF wishbone pin, 1-1/4" by 2-1/4" and marked "Joseff" in script.   View
Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover

 

 

JOSEFF topaz colored rhinestones necklace and bracelet set in matte gold tone, necklace 17-1/2" by 1-1/4", bracelet 7" by 1-1/3".   View   #X35819

JOSEFF necklace and matching set of 2 pins with green and clear rhinestones set in a geometrically designed matter gold finish, necklace pins each.   View   View   #X65401

JOSEFF beautifully formed flowers necklace in matte gold tone on a lovely twist style chain, 16" by 1".   View   #X35818

 

 

   JOSEFF 3-1/4" pin in antiqued gold tone metal with faux pearls.
Courtesy of Barbara Wood

    JOSEFF heavy matte gold tone cross brooch with three chain dangles, 6-1/3" by 2-3/4". This is a heavy well made older Joseff piece and an unusual one. Pictured in Harrice Miller's "The Confident Collector, 2nd Edition", page 181. View   View   View   #X65706

   JOSEFF antiqued gold tone metal 7" by 5/8" bracelet marked  "Joseff Hollywood" in block letters.
Courtesy of Barbara Wood

 

      This is the first JOSEFF piece I ever acquired.  I've had it for about 30 years, but didn't realize it was Joseff until about 2 years ago. It measures about 2 x 3 inches. The rhinestone is a rich pink, like pink amethyst.  Marked with the block "JOSEFF HOLLYWOOD" mark.   View
Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover

   JOSEFF victory wings 2-1/8" by 2-1/2" brooch marked "Joseff" in script.   View
Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover

   JOSEFF bow brooch, 2-1/2" by 4" and about 1 inch deep. Marked Joseff in script.   View
Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover

 

      JOSEFF silver filigree butterfly 1-3/4" by 2-7/8" brooch marked "JOSEFF HOLLYWOOD" in block
letters.   View
Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover

   JOSEFF heavy-link triple chain 7-1/2" bracelet with a 2" dangling cage and wonderful "tail-light" style ruby glass cabochons.  Marked Joseff
in script.   View
Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover

   JOSEFF red "tail lights" 2-1/4" by 2-3/4" brooch.   Marked Joseff in script.   View
Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover

 

 JOSEFF 2-1/2" wide cuff bracelets.  According to "Jewelry of the Stars" by Joanne Dubbs Ball, these were worn by Yvonne DeCarlo in the movie "Casbah" in 1948 and then again in 1951 by  Tony Curtis, who wore it in "The Prince Who Was a Thief". Marked "Joseff" in script.    View
Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover
 

  JOSEFF turquoise parure... all pieces set with tear-shaped pieces of turquoise art glass with gold veining.  16-3/4" necklace, 8-1/8" bracelet and 1-3/4" earrings. Necklace and bracelet are marked "Joseff" in script and earrings are unmarked.   View   View 
Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover

  JOSEFF 4-1/4" by 1-1/2" silver bow brooch marked "JOSEFF HOLLYWOOD" in block
letters.   View
Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover

 

 

   JOSEFF silver plated 1-1/4" bee brooch.
Courtesy of Barbara Wood

    JOSEFF 2-3/4" bee brooch. The bee sits atop a large honey-colored glass cabochon.  Marked "Joseff" in script.   View
Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover

JOSEFF turtle brooches in artificial jade and coral.   View
Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover

 

 

   JOSEFF 2" elephant pin signed "Joseff".
Courtesy of Molly Garza

     JOSEFF red, blue and clear unfoiled rhinestones 2-1/2" brooch signed "Joseff of Hollywood".
Courtesy of Molly Garza

      JOSEFF double pin in antique gold tone metal with large glass cabochon stones in all colors. Pin is very large and can be adjusted from 8" to 10" long; each medallion is 1-3/4" wide.
Courtesy of Barbara Wood

 

     JOSEFF green and pink rhinestones huge (pink stone is 1/1/2" across) brooch, signed "Joseff Hollywood".
Courtesy of Cathy Gordon

   JOSEFF rosy pink rhinestones crucifix signed "Joseff" in script.
Courtesy of Cathy Gordon

        JOSEFF hand holding a bouquet brooch, 3-3/4".  View   #X23989

 

   JOSEFF 4" green and clear rhinestones cross pendant on 30" chain.   View   #X23930

   JOSEFF bird motif brooch with blue and green rhinestones.   View
Courtesy of Pat Hamm

  JOSEFF bib necklace in antique gold tone metal with clear and emerald green square rhinestones. The earrings have been made into two pins. Pins measure  2" and the bib part of the necklace measures a 5" triangle. Necklace to fit 15-16". 
Courtesy of Barbara Wood

 

JOSEFF gold tone and clear rhinestone cupid and heart 2-1/4" pendant on a 28" chain.  View   #X28299

   JOSEFF gold tone cupid and heart earrings, 2-1/4" .  View   #X28298

   JOSEFF gold tone cupid and heart brooch, 2-1/2".  View   #X28297

 

JOSEFF silver tone cupids brooch, 2-5/8".  View   #X28300

  JOSEFF gold tone and clear rhinestones scrolls and roses 2-1/2" brooch and 1-1/2" earrings.  View   View   #X28301

   JOSEFF of Hollywood 3-1/3" gold tone grapes brooch.   View   #X50334

 

  JOSEFF silver tone puffy leaf brooch, one very small dimple on the leaf so priced as-is, 2-5/8".   View   #X28108     JOSEFF purple and clear rhinestones brooch, 2-1/4".   View   #X24307    JOSEFF matte gold tone brooch with unfoiled clear faceted rhinestones dangling from stylized leaves, finish as is with slight wear, 4".   View   #X65106

 

JOSEFF HOLLYWOOD
1938-present

   JOSEFF HOLLYWOOD
1938-present
   JOSEFF script signature
1938-present
Hollywood, California

JOSEFF script signature
1938-present
Hollywood, California

 


DATING JOSEFF JEWELRY

GINGER MORO, author of "European Designer Jewelry", SAYS:
How to tell the old from the new? The vintage pieces- 30s and 40s- are marked "Joseff Hollywood" in upper case block letters, either cast in the piece, or stamped in a discreetly small oval plaque which is screwed on or soldered. The more flamboyant script Joseff in a round plaque has been used since the 50s. Does it happen that the older plaque sometimes got soldered onto a newer piece? Sure, just like it happened in the Haskell and other costume jewelry workshops. I don't think there was any intention to deceive, it may just have been more conveniently at hand. Dress clips were not in fashion post-Forties with any costume jewelry makers, so there's another clue. Unadorned leaves and scrolls were in style, as first designed by Schiaparelli for her Thirties couture collections- (scans 284 and 285 on the next page). The early brooches were heavier because there was a lot of layered metal work on the front and plus a frame in the back. (Scan 293 and 275 killer brooches are 4 layers each.) The faux faceted gems were large and plentiful for dazzling effect. The dorure mountings were matt or antiqued gold-plated, to cut down on camera reflections.
 
The retail pieces, post-40s, are brighter because they were intended to be worn by housewives not film stars under studio lights. The metal findings were stamped out in one layer, (two layers, max) which were both lighter and cheaper for mass-production purposes. Scan 292, the "Pelican" brooch  and the Oriental coin necklace, #279, and the "Cleopatra" snake cuff , #290, are two-layers each. They are easy to wear.
 

 

Marlene Dietrich 1944
The movie was "Kismet".
According to Ginger Moro, author of "European Designer Jewelry", the bangles are by Joseff of Hollywood.

 

 

 

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