Schreiner was founded by Henry Schreiner who emigrated to the US from Bavaria, Germany in 1923. He had been a blacksmith, but went to work for the Better show buckle company in 1926 or 1927. He started Schreiner in the 1930s and after his death in 1954, the company was operated under the leadership of his daughter Terry Schreiner and her husband Ambros Albert until the late 1970s.
Many Schreiner pieces were made for the fashion desingers, including Adele Simpson, Pauline Trigere, Norman Norelle, Teal Traina, and Christian Dior. The Schreiner name tag never went on jewelry made for the dress designers. Pieces for the stores used the Schreiner and Schreiner N.Y. tags interchangeably.
An extensive interview with Terry Schreiner can be found in Harrice Miller's book, Costume Jewelry 2nd edition pages 61-66. A number of excellent pictures of Schreiner jewelry can be found both in Harrice's book and in Rhinestones! by Nancy N. Schiffer.
Date(s): September 17, 2002. Album by Cathy Gordon. Photos by Cathy Gordon. 1 - 45 of 45 Total. 19058 Visits.
1 Fabulous parure (yes, 3 pieces) of clear and hematite-colored rhinestones. The bracelet (1 1/2" wide) is signed Schreiner N.Y., necklace and pin are unsigned. Hook and chain clasp is typical of Schreiner.
2 [Sold] Necklace, bracelet and earrings of opaque, pale blue glass octagons complemented by pale blue rhinestones. Necklace is signed Schreiner, others are unsigned.
3 Necklace with four shades of green rhinestones using these shapes: round, pear, square, octagon, oval and marquise. Signed Schreiner.
5 [Sold] My favorite Schreiner and now sold. Gorgeous bib of unfoiled lemon yellow stones surrounded by "snowflakes" of clear and yellow rhinestones. The larger stones are inverted. Unsigned.
6 A picture of the same bib in different colors from Harrice Miller, Costume Jewelry 2nd edition.
7 Schreiner made belts for the fashion industry during the 1960s. According to Harrice's interview with Terry Schreiner, "Terry noted that if she were to make the same belts today, they'd have to cost two to three thousand dollars because the stones have gotten so expensive." p 63.
I couldn't get the entire belt on my scanner, so you see the back side on the left and the front on the right. Gorgeous jewel-tone and pearl pear-shaped drops and jewel-tone cabs set in silver-tone metal. Unsigned.
8 [Sold] A rose colored and pearl ruffle pin, unfortunately missing two of its keystones. I have been looking for replacement stones forever. If you know where I can find some, please contact me. This ruffle pin is signed Schreiner N.Y.
9 A rose-colored ruffled cross and earrings using the famous Schreiner keystones. These were made for Henry Schreiner by Czechs who had relocated to Germany. The ruffle pins and variations were first introduced in 1957. Unsigned.
10 Back of ruffle cross and earrings. The center of the brooch is an example of the hook and eye construction and these are the typical Schreiner earring backs.
11 Large (3" across), 3-D pin of emerald green cabs, clear unfoiled rhinestones and pearls. Unsigned.
14 One inch high, domed pin in sapphire-blue colored rhinestones. Unusual signature: Schreiner Jewelry N.Y.C.
15 Back of domed pin, showing hook and eye construction.
16 Spoke pin and earrings made for Pauline Trigere in the 1960s. Clear crystals with rhodium plating. See Harrice Miller 2nd edition pg 260 for ad in Harper's Bazaar.
17 Pink dandelion with apple green and citrine rhinestone leaves made in the 1950s. Unsigned.
18 Back of pink dandelion showing typical structure of these pins.
19 Lovely aqua cab earrings. Unsigned.
20 The mysterious designer named Albert. Gorgeous cat's eye stones surrounded by autumn-toned rounds and marquise-shapes. Signed Albert in block letters.
21 Another Albert pin with glorious colors and shapes. Most Albert pins that I own are square, so this one is unusual. Signed Albert.
22 Signed Albert.
23 Signed Albert.
24 Signed Albert.
25 Unsigned Schreiner necklace and earrings. Necklace motif is also a pin and can be detached. Large clear glass cabs in silver metal.
27 Unsigned Schreiner jewel-tone brooch.
45 Schreiner ruffle brooch -- finally found stones that were missing!