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Learning About This Manufacturing Company and Its Marks

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Ciner Manufacturing Company, founded in New York City in 1892 by Emanuel Ciner, originally crafted fine jewelry. The company moved into the costume jewelry business, for which it is well known and highly regarded, in the early 1930s. The company is still in business in New York under the direction of Patricia (Pat) Ciner Hill. In 1978, with the help of her husband David, she began running the business her grandfather founded. Now in her 70s, Hill still writes orders for retail buyers in the company's wholesale showroom. In the past Ciner jewelry was sold by upscale retailers such as Neiman Marcus and a number of department stores like Macy's.

Ciner is known for using high quality glass beads and stones, rich enameling and heavy metal settings with rich gold- and silver-tone plating giving the jewelry a substantial feel and longevity in wear. Pieces by this manufacturer - many of which imitate fine jewelry - have been owned and worn by numerous celebrities including Elizabeth Taylor and Queen Sophia of Spain, according to a 1992 New York Times article on Ciner. Some the designs produced by Ciner in the 1950s and 1960s are still available for wholesale order today along with new, innovative designs.

It is difficult to date Ciner jewelry using marks because some of them have been reused again and again from decade to decade. In addition to the mark, it's wise to look at the overall construction, style and materials used to manufacture the jewelry comparing pieces known to be vintage with those newly distributed. Below are some guidelines to dating Ciner based on observations Pamela Y. Wiggins has made as a seller of vintage costume jewelry.

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CINER in Block San Serif Letters

Ciner Jewelry Mark
Photo by Jay B. Siegel
Mark used prior to 1955 on costume jewelry of high quality featuring glass beads (usually on the clasp) and other rhinestone jewelry. The mark shown is incised into the metal.

CINER with Copyright Symbol

Ciner Jewelry Mark with Copyright Symbol
Photo by Jay B. Siegel
When jewelry is marked with a copyright symbol, you can safely conclude that those pieces were made after 1955. The mark shown was molded into the casting of a brooch from the 1960s. Also found on earrings produced in the 1990s and 2000s.

CINER in Block Serif Letters

Ciner Block Letter Mark
Photo by Jay B. Siegel
This block letter mark was molded into the casting of a bracelet dating to the 1980s.

CINER with Copyright Symbol

Ciner Jewelry Mark with Copyright Symbol
Photo by Jay B. Siegel
This logo was used in vintage advertising dating to the 1940s, but has also been used to mark jewelry produced in the 1990s and 2000s.

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