About the Artist:
MAZER: 1917 - 1951, AND JOMAZ: 1946 - 1970s
The Mazer Brothers, Joseph and Louis, began their jewelry business in Philadelphia, Pensylvania in 1917 and moved the jewelry establishment to New York City in 1927. Later, the company changed its name to Joseph Mazer and Company, Inc. Marcel Boucher worked as a designer for the company but left in the mid 1930s to form his own company. The Mazer company experimented with different techniques to create metal alloys. It manufactured high-quality jewelry using Swarovski rhinestones and crystals and the jewelry sold in the middle price range of costume jewelry. It is avidly sought after by collectors today.
In 1946. Joseph Mazer left the company to form Joseph J. Mazer and Co. (better known as Jomaz). Louis Mazer remained with the original company until 1951, the last year the jewelry was made there. The early 1950s jewelry was designed by Andre Fleurida. Adolfo designed some of the 1970s pieces for the company.
The earlier jewelry is marked "MAZER BROS.", or "Mystere" in script for earrings and brooches since July 1949, while the later pieces are marked "MAZER" 1946 to 1981 or "JOMAZ" 1946 to 1981 and "JOSEPH MAZER". The jewelry produced contains beautiful craftsmanship with spectacular use of Swarovski rhinestones that can be mistaken for genuine jewelry.
Other designers using the Mazor trademark carrying their signature were Thierry Mugler in 1978, Adolpho during the 1970s, and Sandra Miller. The jewelry pieces by Mazor are of high quality with superior stones and designs and are highly sought after by collectors. The companies made costume jewelry up to the 1970s.
This is gorgeous brooch has beautiful open-back set-molded blue art glass stones that are marbleized and surrounded by brilliant chatons. This brooch is elegant and timeless and is signed "Jomaz" on the reverse. The brooch is in excellent condition with no missing, broken, or "dead" rhinestones, no missing molded glass stones, no joint breaks, no metal corrosion, no problems to the standard pin back, no chips, no cracks, no repairs, and no discoloration to the gold-tone metal.