Cini Sterling Silver Vintage Charms and Jewelry

August 1, 2010 | By | 22 Replies More

The Cini Jewelry Company makes some of the most intricate and popular vintage jewelry available.  I’ve started a collection of Cini Zodiac charms and I’ve also sold a few Cini vintage silver pins so I decided to see what I could find out about them.

The company was founded by Guglielmo Cini, who was an Italian jewelry maker.  He came to the United States in 1922 at the age of 17 and set up a shop in Boston Massachusetts, where he remained until 1957.  During that time he and one of his designers, Felipe Mendosa, created both fine and costume jewelry using hand crafted, master jeweler techniques.  The early pieces were marked “Guglielmo Sterling” in a rectangular box.

Guglielmo Cini frequently incorporated faceted colored rhinestones in his designs.  The jewelry was high quality and began to attract a clientele in the Hollywood film and theater business.  In 1957 Cini moved his operations to Laguna Beach, California and remained there until his death in 1979.

Many of the Cini pieces are reproductions of antique jewelry, but he also produced many original creations.  Most of the later pieces are signed “Cini” or “Cini Sterling”.  Cini vintage jewelry is highly collectible today and sought after by avid collectors.  The company went out of business in 1970, but was reopened by Cini’s granddaughters in 1993 in Solana Beach California.

Vintage Cini sterling Zodiac cancer clip on earrings
Vintage Cini sterling Zodiac cancer clip on earrings
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Large vintage signed Guglielmo Cini sterling Silver floral brooch Rarely seen
Large vintage signed Guglielmo Cini sterling Silver floral brooch Rarely seen
$194.10
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Sterling Designer Signed Cini Cupid Cherub Brooch Pin
Sterling Designer Signed Cini Cupid Cherub Brooch Pin
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Vintage Guglielmo Cini Sterling Silver Seahorse Pin Brooch
Vintage Guglielmo Cini Sterling Silver Seahorse Pin Brooch
$199.99
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CINI VINTAGE STERLING SILVER ORNATE FLOWER DESIGN PIN
CINI VINTAGE STERLING SILVER ORNATE FLOWER DESIGN PIN
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Large Vintage Cini Sterling Silver Flower Leaf Pin Brocoh
Large Vintage Cini Sterling Silver Flower Leaf Pin Brocoh
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Cini Sterling Silver Large Textured Flower Leaf Pin Brooch
Cini Sterling Silver Large Textured Flower Leaf Pin Brooch
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Antique Wide Art Deco CINI Sterling Bangle Bracelet VERY ORNATE Flower Scrolls
Antique Wide Art Deco CINI Sterling Bangle Bracelet VERY ORNATE Flower Scrolls
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Cini Sterling Silver Cross Pendant 4021
Cini Sterling Silver Cross Pendant 4021
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PERUZZI COPPINI CINI STERLING SILVER ITALIAN GREEN GLASS LARGE EARRINGS PAIR SET
PERUZZI COPPINI CINI STERLING SILVER ITALIAN GREEN GLASS LARGE EARRINGS PAIR SET
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Rare Sterling Silver Cini Brooch pin Armored Angel Standing on Sea Creature
Rare Sterling Silver Cini Brooch pin Armored Angel Standing on Sea Creature
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1940s STERLING SILVER HAWAIIAN LOKELANI ROSE BRACELET G CINI
1940s STERLING SILVER HAWAIIAN LOKELANI ROSE BRACELET G CINI
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1940s STERLING HAWAII LOKELANI ROSE BROOCH G CINI
1940s STERLING HAWAII LOKELANI ROSE BROOCH G CINI
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1940s STERLING SILVER HAWAIIAN PIN BREADFRUIT DESIGN G CINI GUMPS BROOCH
1940s STERLING SILVER HAWAIIAN PIN BREADFRUIT DESIGN G CINI GUMPS BROOCH
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1940s STERLING ORIGINAL GUMPS HIBISCUS HONOLULU G CINI PIN BROOCHFINE
1940s STERLING ORIGINAL GUMPS HIBISCUS HONOLULU G CINI PIN BROOCHFINE
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Ornately Crafted Cini Sterling Silver Bracelet
Ornately Crafted Cini Sterling Silver Bracelet
$195.00
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Vintage 1950 CUGLIELMO CINI Sterling Silver Leaf Brooch Circa 1950
Vintage 1950 CUGLIELMO CINI Sterling Silver Leaf Brooch Circa 1950
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Cini Sterling silver spoons StThomas  StBartholomew
Cini Sterling silver spoons StThomas StBartholomew
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Vintage Guglielmo Cini Sterling Scorpio Pin Zodiac Scorpion Brooch Astrological
Vintage Guglielmo Cini Sterling Scorpio Pin Zodiac Scorpion Brooch Astrological
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VINTAGE GUGLIELMO CINI STERLING SILVER HAWAIIAN SEAHORSE BROOCH PIN
VINTAGE GUGLIELMO CINI STERLING SILVER HAWAIIAN SEAHORSE BROOCH PIN
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Wanda Fitzgerald is a Florida native and an vintage charm collector who loves to share her adventures in an e-commerce jewelry business with anyone who is interested.

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  1. Janel says:

    I found a Cini bracelet in an estate auction 10 years ago as part of a group silver lot that I got for $20. I bought the lot solely out of love for the bracelet. It has a beach theme – fish, stars, etc. and that was the year I moved to Florida, so I bought it purely on sentimental value. I haven’t a foggy idea what it’s worth, but it’s my very favorite bracelet and I’d love to buy a couple more pieces.

  2. camilla says:

    Hey, He was a great man! He was my grandfather and his pieces are hard to find. He also worked with gold. I’m glad to see it circulating. Good luck! He came from Florence and worked out of Boston before moving to Laguna Beach CA in 1954. Look at Collen Moore’s Dollhouse and check out the miniatures he created for her.

  3. fitzcharming says:

    Colleen Moore’s Dollhouse is amazing. I had never heard of it before and now I’m completely charmed. Thanks for reading my blog. I feel special that Mr. Cini’s granddaughter visited here.

  4. Dana says:

    My parents owned a women’s clothing and accessories store in Rancho Bernardo, Ca in the early to mid 1970’s. We were a retail of Mr. Cini’s fabulous jewelry during that time. I was recently in Solana Beach and was so disappointed that the shop that Mr. Cini’s granddaughters had was no longer there. I would love to know if they have moved somewhere else. I have several different pieces of his work. He was such a special man. I remember on one buying trip, he told my mother, “you can’t sell from an empty cart” Its something I have remembered for more than 30 years.

  5. Susan says:

    Hi,

    I’ve always wondered about an interesting bracelet that was either my mom’s or grandmom’s. I finally took out a magnifying glass and saw the word “Cini.” Thanks to you and the Internet, I now know much more about it! It’s a series of creatures I can only describe as resembling the orcs in the Wizard of Oz. They are not cute! It’s quite fantastic.

    susan

  6. fitzcharming says:

    Susan I would love to see a picture of that bracelet. I’m so in love with vintage Cini jewelry. If get a chance to take a photo and wouldn’t mind sharing you can send it to my email address at fitzcharming@charmcrazey.com. If you want me to share with the readers I’ll post it on the blog but if you want to keep it private I will do that too. I would just be happy to look at it by myself too :-)

  7. MK says:

    I’m still wearing a silver Cini ring I bought 47 years ago! I bought the ring in his store in Laguna Beach (where I grew up) for $8 when I was 16 years old. The design is an alternating flower and ribbon, although it’s pretty worn…

  8. fitzcharming says:

    I saw online that the store is closed now but I sure would have loved to have visited it when it was open. Hang onto that ring!

  9. Nick Baran says:

    Been Collecting Cini for Years; Been to the locations in Boston and Laguna Beach, Visited the shop With Amy, and Molly. Also have a Cini Charm Bracelet as well as Jewelry by both Gino Peruzzi and the Parenti Sisters; all from the same area in Boston, Similar styles, Some designs are replicated with minor changes, sort of Etruscan style. When I get the hang of it will forward photos of some of the items, including two 14k Gold Owl Pins, Irresistable! Started when I found a Cross at a flea markt in Norton, Ma. @ ’75 -Been chasing them ever since. Still Find them Reasonably priced. My favorite is a parule set From the “Duchess” design, with moonstone centers, HOT!!! Too bad I can’t really wear it, but I still enjoy looking at it. Can’t even estimate the collection’s value, but it’s an investment that I still enjoy. New (Pcs I don’t already own) Pieces are Getting more difficult to find or obtain, I guess I just enjoy them for what they are, -miniature art. Other ‘smiths I got into later are Jensen, Hansen, From, D-A and Harvey Avedon

  10. julia says:

    i have a gold cini charm bracelet with a 4 leaf clover

    charm. it is really beautiful and i would like to know

    its’ value. so far i’ve only seen silver cini. do you

    have any ideas or suggestions? thanks.

  11. fitzcharming says:

    I would search for a similar charm on eBay or Ruby Lane. There’s also a site called Worthpoint you can try. It’s a subscription site but I believe they will allow you a trial period. Otherwise check with a jeweler. Hope that helps.

  12. fitzcharming says:

    Wow your collection sounds impressive. I have a few pieces, mostly charms and pins. I love them and will continue to collect. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  13. sheila cini says:

    Hello fitzcharming…. recently, out of boredom, i searched my last name on Ebay and discovered Cini sterling jewelry. I was shocked and very delighted. My two adult daughters. 24 and 26, are thrilled as well. The girls have a very strong Italian family history, their father being first generation American, however grew up in Georgia being virtually the only “cini’s” in the state. I’m interested in collecting a few items for the girls but first need to know how can i distinquish between vintage pieces vs reproductions from the existing molds? Appreciate your thoughts, S~

  14. Linda Sue says:

    I’ve just enherited a bit of jewelry from my mother-in-law. I have a beautiful single rose with 6 leaves bracelet and silver ball accents, 1.5 inches wide or more, 4 parts; and I have been researching its history. My husband’s grandmother lived in San Diego at turn of the century and it was given by her to his mother. I never saw her wear it, but I am so proud to have it. Each part has a “Cini sterling” logo on it, plus the silver clasp as well has the logo. It is truly a cherished beautiful adornment. LK

  15. Carol says:

    I’m desperate to find a gold Cini St. Christopher medal to replace one I recently lost–the chain broke. I have worn this medal, given to me by my Sicilian grandmother, and purchased by her at Mr. Cini’s Laguna Beach store when I was a teenager. I’m now 70, have never taken it off and have traveled safely with it for years. I also had it engraved with “allergic to penicillin.”

    I hope someone can steer me in toward one soon. I will be very grateful.

    Carol, from the Snoqualmie Valley of Western Washington

  16. fitzcharming says:

    I checked my stash and I don’t have a Cini St. Christopher medal but if I run across one I’ll let you know. And if anyone responds here with one I will forward the message. Good luck.

  17. Diana Stone says:

    Mr Cini made and designed my wedding band in Laguna Beach in 1964. Its a plain gold band and although it is thinner, I still wear it every day. I was married on August 8 in Laguna at St. Catherine’s. I wanted a wider barrel shaped ring but Mr. Cini convinced me that the idea he had was better and he was right!

  18. fitzcharming says:

    How lucky you are! I probably would have opted for the wider ring and been disappointed. I would have loved to have met Mr. Cini.

  19. Cheri France says:

    My Dad, Van France of Disney University, lived in South Laguna for many years and had a garnet birthstone gold ring made for me by Cini for my 21st birthday in 1966. I was thinking of selling it for the gold but now after reading these comments maybe I should hang on to it. I haven’t worn the ring in a number of years as I have gained weight and the ring no longer fits. I wore it for many years and still love it to this day. Do you know what the value of this ring might be?

  20. fitzcharming says:

    I have no idea. You can look up the value of the gold weight on any online gold calculator. I wouldn’t ever sell anything made by Cini though. Especially something your dad had the shop make for you. You could try looking on Worthpoint and see if there is anything similar. I think they have a trial subscription. Also look on eBay periodically. Unique things pop up all the time. If it was a custom piece you won’t find and exact copy though.

  21. Sonia says:

    hello, i have a Cini Sterling brooch with double chained necalce, it says Guglielmo Cini Sterling in a box on the back of brooch. i have looked up all his pieces but can not seem to find this rare one anywhere, can someone help? you can contact me @ soniaharris12.sh@gmail.com

  22. fitzcharming says:

    What is it you are trying to find out? When it was made, how much it’s worth, something else? Can describe the brooch a little better?

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