Founded in 1914 by Austrian immigrant Jonas
Eisenberg as a ready-to-wear dress company,
Eisenberg’s clothes were sometimes embellished
with beautifully designed and crafted rhinestone clips
and pins. The bling eventually proved more popular
than the dresses and the company’s focus shifted
solely to sumptuous jewelry designs. To gauge their
popularity consider their 1940’s era retail pricing
of $50 - $100 when a woman’s weekly salary was
just $30 - $40. Eisenberg jewelry remains a coveted
collectible with pieces selling for hundreds of dollars.
A major collection even garnered a serious auction at
Historian Susan Klein Bagdade will present on
the unique trajectory of the Eisenberg company.
Examples of jewelry and clothing from a major
private collection will also be on hand.
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