Elizabeth Reimer was one of Australias groundbreaking women in the field of costume jewellery . From a Hungarian family , she learnt the skills of jewellery making from her father, a trained goldsmith ,and began her career making ornate fashion jewellery in the 1950s from her Willoughby ,NSW garage. Business expanded in the 60s ,and she began to create themed collections , from medieval to renaissance revival , ancient Egypt ,modern fashion styles and a superb "australiana "collection.With delicate hand soldered components ,in pastel enamels on brushed gold the "Australiana " collection featured native plants and flowers ,presented in an art nouveau style , a concept not previously attempted . These are her most inovative and technically adept designs and consequently most sought after ,as production was limited by the demands of construction .So succesful was her style that it was marketed throughout Australia and Japan , under the company trade name "arcansas" with its trademark dagger and often cleverly hidden "A" and banner symbol .
Highly prized for the intricate work , hand detailng and traditional methods , Elizabeth Reimer costume jewellery is coveted by collectors in the US, and Australia .