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Cow: HOLLYCRAFT

Hollywood Jewelry a/k/a Hollycraft

Dear JR Members:
I am truly delighted that JR elected to feature COW as Hollycraft this week. If my father were alive, he would be absolutely tickled to know that so many people appreciate his jewelry. I regret that my participation has not been what I would have liked, but my computer had a complete melt down and my email was not cooperating.
In honor of my father, along with his two partners and other family members, I hope and plan is to be able to donate my collection of Hollycraft to a museum sometime in the future. A number of costume jewelry collectors have already been kind enough to donate Hollycraft either as an outright gift or heavily discounted. As life has been so hectic, my plan to create my own website for Hollycraft has been delayed. I finally targeted this fall as my launch. Of course, it will be going up in segments as my collection of jewelry, artwork and photographs is rather large.

My father, Joseph Chorbajian began Hollywood Jewelry in 1936. As good fortune, determination and talent were in his favor, his company began to grow so he encouraged his cousins, Jack Hazard (formerly Hazardabedian) and Arshag “Archie” Chorbajian, to join him, thus in 1939 they became part of the Hollywood family. Through the years many members of the family worked at Hollywood either full time, part time or summer time—myself included.

I began going with my father to work when I was really young, probably 8 or 9 when the factory was located at 902 Broadway. My first paying job was in the summer of 1959 while I was in high school. I continued through the years working at the factory until I finally went out into the world on my own. My only true regret is that none of us ever thought about the future so all the beautiful sets that were created never got saved, particularly the beauties that were manufactured and unsigned in the 1940’s. In addition, I had access to all the big names in costume jewelry manufacturing and could have collected any number of pieces of jewelry that we are all seeking out today. Hindsight was never more 20-20 then this.

My father, mother, and all the senior members of the business were survivors of the Genocide of 1915-1917 in Turkey. They came to the United States poor, but determined to make a great life for themselves. I am happy and proud to say that all of these wonderful people lived their dreams to the fullest. They not only lived good lives, but made many major contributions to both their newly adopted country and their community. My father, for one, was the first campaign chairman for the building and development of St. Vartan’s Armenian Cathedral Complex that graces Second Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets in New York City.

One question that comes up quite often in costume jewelry circles is the Hollywood-Hollycraft name. As I noted, Hollywood Jewelry Manufacturing Company was the original name of the company. Along the way, confusion developed between Joseph of Hollywood (East Coast) and Josef of Hollywood (West Coast). It was therefore decided that Hollywood East would use Hollycraft as its logo. The official name of the company remained Hollywood Jewelry until it was sold in the 1978-1979 period. It lasted approximately 10 more years and closed.

I hope all of you who are interested in Hollycraft will continue to acquire and enjoy it. I know that every time I receive a new piece my first reaction is to hear the sounds of the factory and sense the smell of the glue. How fortunate I am to have such wonderful memories.
I have posted quite a number of pieces to Judi Bollan’s ImageEvent—thank you Judi. I apologize that the pictures are not what I would like them to be—something that will be changing this fall. These pictures are from eBay wins, internet sites and sent to me by thoughtful collectors. Again, thank you one and all. Joyce, The Hollycraft Lady
To See Some of Joyce the Hollycraft Lady's Collection Please click on this Link

Date(s): August 9, 2008. Album by Jewelry Ring. 1 - 100 of 100 Total. 9195 Visits.
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Stunning Demi made by Hollycraft for Weiss.

Compliments of Carolyn Sunday

Sunday and Sunday


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Closeup view

Courtesy of Carolyn Sunday


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Signed HOLLYCRAFT CORP 1950 Rhinestone Earrings

Compliments of Lenae Williams


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Signed HOLLYCRAFT Rhinestone & Cabochon Brooch

Courtesy of Lenae Williams


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Picture of horseshoe Hollycraft mark

Courtesy of Lenae Williams


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Signed HOLLYCRAFT Rhinestone Owl Brooch

Courtesy of Lenae Williams


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Signed Weiss Rhinestone Pocketwatch Brooch...can also be found Signed Hollycraft 1951.

Compliments of Lenae Williams


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Made by Hollycraft for Weiss

Courtesy of Lenae Williams


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Hollycraft 1951 Aqua Rhinestone Bottle-shaped Brooch

Compliments of Susan Corwin

I put Susan's piece by Lenae's to show comparison. Susan's other selections are found down below.


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Hollycraft Multicolor Rhinestone Brooch

Compliments of Cheri Van Hoover

Milky Way Jewels


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1956 Hollycraft Baby Blue Rhinestone Earrings

Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover


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1950 Hollycraft Multicolor Rhinestone Earrings

Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover


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1953 Hollycraft Pastel Rhinestones Necklace

Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover


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Hollycraft Red Paisley Earrings

Compliments of Cheri Van Hoover


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Hard to Find Hollycraft Enameled Fish Necklace

Compliments of Cheryl Killmer

Past Perfection


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Amazing Hollycraft Demi

Compliments of Karla Wacker

Our Vintage Rose


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Hollycraft Brooch & Earrings

Courtesy of Karla Wacker


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Pretty white enamel Hollycraft demi

Compliments of Jan Gaughan

Eclectic Vintage


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Lovely red rhinestone Circle Brooch

Courtesy of Jan Gaughan


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Pretty green rhinestone Hollycraft brooch

Compliments of Dotty Stringfield

Illusion Jewels


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Hollycraft Turtle brooch

Courtesy of Dotty Stringfield


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Pretty Hollycraft Earrings

Compliments of Pat Seal

Treasures From Yesterday


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Hollycraft Brooch

Courtesy of Pat Seal


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Hollycraft Earrings 1954

Courtesy of Pat Seal


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Hollycraft hand figural Necklace

Compliments of Rea Maurice

A Peacock Boutique


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Pretty blue Hollycraft earrings

Courtesy of Rea Maurice


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Our Hollycraft Mascot

Cute Hollycraft enamel Duck pin

Compliments of Linda Heberling

Yesterdays Jewels


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Gorgeous Hollycraft Ring

Compliments of Lee Caplan

FauxJewels


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Huge Hollycraft Earrings

Courtesy of Lee Caplan


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HollyCraft Pastel Pin/Pendant & Earrings

Courtesy of Lee Caplan


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Arum Golden Rhinestone Signed Hollycraft Bow Brooch

Compliments of Lil Roberts

Loveoldstuff Costume Jewelry


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Vintage Hollycraft Rivoli Watermelon, Greens & Blues Flower Brooch/Pin

Courtesy of Lil Roberts


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Signed Hollycraft Faux Pearl & Rhinestone Silver Tone Adj.Ring

Courtesy of Lil Roberts


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Beautiful selections of Hollycraft pastels

Compliments of Bobye Syverson

The Enchanted Castle


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Unusual Hollycraft Necklace & Earrings

Courtesy of Bobye Syverson


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Green Hollycraft earrings

Courtesy of Bobye Syverson


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Very pretty Hollycraft Earrings 1955

Compliments of Nicole Goodwin

Toy Nicole's


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Signed Hollycraft 1954 Earrings

Courtesy of Nicole Goodwin


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Lovely signed Hollycraft earrings

Courtesy of Nicole Goodwin


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Early Unsigned Hollycraft Bracelet and Brooch Set with Enanel detailing.
This wonderful set has danced it's way from unsigned beauty into my Hollycraft drawer thanks to Robin's endless research and Joyce's endless knowledge.

Compliments of Sheri Weiss

Boo Bears Baubles


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Licorice Colored Cabochon and Rhinestone Necklace and Earrings

Courtesy of Sheri Weiss


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Early Unsigned Hollycraft Necklace

Courtesy of Sheri Weiss


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Royal Purple Signed Hollycraft Earrings

Courtesy of Sheri Weiss


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Gorgeous Hollycraft Brooch

Compliments of the Carolyn Newhouse Collection


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Earrings to match previous Hollycraft brooch

Courtesy of Carolyn Newhouse


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Lovely Hollycraft Earrings

Courtesy of Carolyn Newhouse


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Signed Hollycraft Necklace

Compliments of Carolyn Newhouse


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Stunning Hollycraft drippy Necklace

Courtesy of Carolyn Newhouse


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Pretty Hollycraft Demi

Compliments of Tracy Green

Venus Vintage Jewelry


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Stunning Hollycraft AB Necklace

Courtesy of Tracy Green


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Arum rhinestone Flower Brooch signed Hollycraft

Compliments of Rosie Dyer

justabunchawildflowers on eBay


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Opalescent cabs pin Hollycraft

Courtesy of Rosie Dyer


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Hollycraft Iridescent blue rs sash brooch

Courtesy of Rosie Dyer


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Classic Hollycraft Earrings

Courtesy of Rosie Dyer


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Gorgeous Hollycraft Necklace

Compliments of Rosie Dyer


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Hollycraft Multi color rs ring

Courtesy of Rosie Dyer


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1951 HOLLYCRAFT Pastel Rhinestone Dangly Clip Earrings

Compliments of Alison Gadberry

Alison's Antiques & Vintage Jewelry


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Hollycraft Frog Pin

Compliments of Susan Corwin

Eureka I Found It!


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1950 purple/lavender Bouquet Brooch

Courtesy of Susan Corwin


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Hollycraft figural

Courtesy of Susan Corwin


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Pretty Hollywood/Hollycraft necklace
The hangtag has "Hollycraft" on 1 side, "Created by Hollywood Mfg. Co.
New York on the other.


Courtesy of Susan Corwin


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Marbled Turquoise Glass Cab & Faux Pearl Demi Set by Hollycraft

Compliments of Karen Kavan

Ocean Bay Jewels


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Hollycraft Black Cabochon & Rhinestone Brooch

Courtesy of Karen Kavan


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Pretty signed Hollycraft brooch

Compliments of Judy Miller

Bangle Caddies & Vintage Costume Jewelry


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Hollycraft brooch that is unusual.  It is metal, and the back is black, but more like enamel than Japaned. The green leaf is perfect and the red rhinestones are all there and sparkly.

Courtesy of Judy Miller


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This is a HOLLYCRAFT parure made in 1952.

Courtesy of Judy Miller


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Pic of the signature

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Stunning signed Hollycraft brooch

Compliments of Delores Benedict

Bitz of Glitz


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Beautiful Hollycraft Ring

Compliments of Lilly Vittetow

Lilly's Vintage Jewelry


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Hollycraft rh Brooch

Courtesy of Lilly Vittetow


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Unusual Hollycraft thistle Brooch

Courtesy of Lilly Vittetow


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Lovely Hollycraft Ring 1950

Compliments of Helene Slaughter

Femmetiques-Etcetera on eBay


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Designer Signed Hollycraft Silvertone with Blue Pendant  

Courtesy of Helene Slaughter


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Signed Hollycraft Lamp Post Pin

Courtesy of Helene Slaughter


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Signed Hollycraft Large Pastel Stones Pin 1950  

Courtesy of Helene Slaughter


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Pretty Signed Hollycraft Brooch Multicolor Stones

Courtesy of Helene Slaughter


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Hollycraft marbled green and white art glass cabochon Ring

Compliments of the Ann Pitman Collection


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All baby blue brooch and earrings signed Hollycraft

Compliments of Nancy Brace

Splendors Of the Past


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Pretty Hollycraft Demi

Courtesy of Nancy Brace


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Over the top Hollycraft parure with all aurora borealis stones

Courtesy of Nancy Brace


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Lovely Hollycraft Earrings

Compliments of Barbara Diddle

Vintage Jewelry Plus


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Hollycraft 1950 Necklace and Matching Earrings

Compliments of Mary Ann Docktor-Smith

Anna's Vintage Jewelry


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Hollycraft 1951 Bracelet, Brooches and Earrings Parure

Compliments of Mary Ann Docktor-Smith


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Hollycraft 1954 Grand Parure

Compliments of Mary Ann Docktor-Smith


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Hollycraft Fish Belt and Necklace

Compliments of Mary Ann Docktor-Smith


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Hollycraft 1955 Pastel Rhinestone Bracelet

Compliments of Mary Ann Docktor-Smith


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Hollycraft Enameled Monkey Brooch

Courtesy of Sam & Yvonne Mitchell


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Hollycraft Marbled Cabochon and Rhinestone Brooch

Courtesy of Sam & Yvonne Mitchell


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Hollycraft White Enameled Rhinestone Brooch and Earrings Demi-Parure

Courtesy of Sam & Yvonne Mitchell


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Hollycraft Iridescent Stones Butterfly Pin

Courtesy of Sam & Yvonne Mitchell


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Hollycraft Art Glass Stones Fish Brooch

Courtesy of Sam & Yvonne Mitchell


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Hollycraft 1955 Pastel Rhinestone Bow Brooch

Compliments of Linda Kripke

Link 2 Jewels


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Hollycraft 1950 Topaz and Citrine Rhinestones Necklace and Matching Bracelet

Compliments of Linda Kripke


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Hollycraft Pastel Rhinestone Bracelet

Compliments of Linda Kripke


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Hollycraft Clamper Bracelet and Earrings Demi-Parure

Compliments of Linda Kripke


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Hollycraft Insect Pin

Compliments of Linda Kripke


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Hollycraft gunmetal with montana and light sapphire brooch

Compliments of the Ronda Allman Collection


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Stunning demi Hollycraft for Weiss

Courtesy of Ronda Allman


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Back Construction

Courtesy of Ronda Allman


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Earrings by Hollycraft for Weiss

Courtesy of Ronda Allman