What Does the C.R. Stand for in Vintage Jewelry?

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When costume jewelry features a maker's mark, it is considered a signed piece. A symbol or script appears on a clasp or in another inconspicuous place. If a "CR" mark is found, the piece is an early example of a product from the prolific Coro Jewelry Company.

Description

  • The CR mark appears as CR or C and R, and stands for Cohn & Rosenberger, the earliest incarnation of Coro. The imprint features a large capital C with a capital letter R in a slightly smaller pica size resting at its side. If the mark appears as "C and R," the word "and" bisects the letter C.

Early History

Products

  • From the onset, the company featured imported costume jewelry pieces, mixed with work from a stable of designers who developed original work and adapted popular styles.

Timeline

  • The widely recognized Coro name appeared on jewelry concurrently with other marks, but was officially adopted in 1947, when the company name was officially changed to Coro.

Other Marks

References

  • Photo Credit Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Christopher Woo Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Bob Bobster Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Simon Koležnik Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of foundphotoslj
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