About the Artist:
The Jonette Jewelry Company was started by Abraham Lisker. Before he decided on his career path, Mr. Lisker trained as a physician, until he changed directions and entered the jewelry industry, working for several years in Rhode Island. In 1935, he started his own business, “Providence Jewelry Company,” and produced costume jewelry in East Providence, Rhode Island.
In 1937, when his brother Nathan joined the business, the name was changed to “Lisker & Lisker.” Following the sales success and popularity of their ballerina and mother-of-pearl pins, Abraham Lisker directed the company towards novelty figural pieces.
When World War II began, Abraham Lisker closed the factory (due to government restrictions and shortages of materials), then enlisted and served a two year tour of duty in the U.S. Army. At the war’s end, the Lisker brothers decided to rename the company, and they combined the names of their parents, John and Etta, to form the name Jonette. Records show that the “Jonette Jewelry Co.” was established in 1944, incorporated in the state of Rhode Island.
1970 marked the start of the copyrighted “JJ” mark, which was signed on all pieces from that point forward. Abraham Lisker decided to retire in 1972, and his son, B. Gordon Lisker took over the business. After nearly 70 years as a family-operated business, the company closed in 2006.
From the early 1970s comes this delightful honey comb-colored, three-dimensional turtle brooch from the Jonette Jewelry Company. A large honey comb-styled and –colored stone forms the central shell of the turtle; its height gives the brooch a solid three-dimensional quality. The stone is set in etched gold-tone metal that forms the head, legs, feet and tail of the turtle. The signature “©JJ” hallmark appears on the back shell rim of the brooch.
This charming brooch is in great vintage condition. The gold-tone has a slight patina due to age. The stone shell remains quite colorful. The pin and clasp mechanism are in good working condition.
This vintage gorgeous brooch would make both a strong and playful statement to any outfit. For those who love nature jewelry, and turtles in particular, this piece belongs in your costume jewelry collection!