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 his father's jewelry business. After nearly 70 years as a family-operated business, the company closed in 2006.
This unusual, beautifully rendered Art Deco-style brooch with the face of an Asian woman was designed by Jonette Jewelry. The brooch is composed solely of a heavy gold-tone metal into which the facial features and decorative designs have been carved. On the backside of the brooch in a tiny oval are the initials of the designer “JJ.”
The brooch is in excellent, unmarked condition, almost as if it has never or rarely been worn. Its clasp and pin are also in great working condition.
This rare brooch would be a wonderful gift for someone you know who has a great love for Asian imagery. But then again, it might be right for you!