In the early 1930's, costume
jewelry was cast into hand held metal molds. By the mid 1930's,
a new technology found its way into this industry and our founder,
Jack Fefferman, was the first to apply it in the Chicago Area. This
process was centrifugal, rubber mold casting. A rubber mold containing
the impression is placed in a casting machine which spins it at
a higher speed. Molten metal called "white metal" or "pewter metal"
is poured into the casting machine. When hardened, it is removed
an the process begins again.
After many successful years making costume jewelry
in Chicago, importing began to take its toll on American Manufacturing
of this product. By mid 1950 most high quality costume jewelry was
The company evolved into an Ad Specialty supplier
when it was discovered that many costly die striking products could
be manufactured more quickly at a lower cost with the cast process.
Once again, after many successful years, importing
began to provide a lower cost solution and today most ad specialty
jewelry is manufactured in the orient.
Today, Bee-Jay has concentrated on speed of delivery,
assurance of accuracy, flexibility in ordering and service. Where
a typical imported order takes 6-8 weeks, normal Bee-Jay delivery
is 2-3 weeks with no rush charge and includes a pre-production proof.