What Does the C.R. Stand for in Vintage Jewelry?
- CR stands for Cohn & Rosenberger.Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Christopher Woo
The CR mark appears as CR or C and R, and stands for Cohn & Rosenberger, the earliest incarnation of Coro. The imprint features a large capital C with a capital letter R in a slightly smaller pica size resting at its side. If the mark appears as "C and R," the word "and" bisects the letter C.
- Fashionable women of the 1920s wore Cohn & Rosenberger.Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Bob Bobster
The partners, Emanuel Cohn & Carl Rosenberger, founded the company in Rhode Island in 1902, and incorporated their venture in 1914.
- Styles were adapted from around the globe.Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Simon Kole?nik
From the onset, the company featured imported costume jewelry pieces, mixed with work from a stable of designers who developed original work and adapted popular styles.
- The widely recognized Coro name appeared on jewelry concurrently with other marks, but was officially adopted in 1947, when the company name was officially changed to Coro.
- Vendome and Francois were high-end lines for special occasions.Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of foundphotoslj
Additional imprints of the company include the premium lines of Vendome and Francois, and moderate lines such as Corocraft.