Collectors can be avid about their holiday collections and with good reason, it's one collection that usually makes people smile with their happy memories. Ornament collectors have a wide range of companies and artists to pick from, in prices from inexpensive to the sky's the limit!
Read more about these top ornament companies and artists.
If you're a collector of antique Christmas ornaments, there is one resource that you definitely need on your book shelf. Christmas Rarities by John Lightner. The book showcases almost 1500 antique Christmas ornaments made in Germany, from angels to wire wrapped pieces.
Artistry of Poland Ornaments
Artistry of Poland
When one thinks of glass ornaments, Poland's craftsmen and southwestern designs do not normally go hand-in-hand, but Artistry of Poland is a company that pulls off that combination in unexpected ways.
100% American-made, solid brass ornaments -- that's what the company is known for, but it's certainly a different direction from the original plans of founder Richard Beaupre. It all started with industrial components and jewelry findings.
Now, that's quite a switch!
Collectors have been able to enjoy Christina's World ornaments for over fourteen years, but not many may know how she got her start and story behind the beautiful works of art. While working with her father, Christina fell in love with glass and what could be created in the world of glass ornaments.
Today, the De Carlini's have more than 2,500 designs in their line, adding 30 to 50 new ornament pieces each year. According to Luca, they "lack the courage" to retire old ones and are fast running out of space! The once sprawling 70 square meter showroom is becoming a little cramped. Indeed, it is sometimes hard to tell old ornaments from new ones.
The glass blower's skills and workmanship have maintained their integrity over the decades. The meticulous, imaginative painting has retained its magic as well. Italian free blown figural ornaments are standouts on any holiday tree and there are many collectors who would agree that no one does it better than the De Carlini's.
The difference is in the details. That's the best way to describe the glass ornaments from Gabriela Christoff. That was the good news.
The bad news is they are no longer being produced, but you might find them on the secondary market.
The Hallmark Company has been around for over 90 years, but it wasn't until 1973 that the company started producing Christmas ornaments and started to set the standard for other ornament companies.
Although other companies produced different collectible series before that time, e.g. plates, figures, etc, it was Hallmark that turned the collectible series into a marketing tool and turned Christmas decorators into Christmas collectors.
It's hard to generalize a line of Christmas ornaments, but the main feeling from JingleNog is fun with more than a touch of whimsy. The characters come to life with the little story that is attached to each one.
Joy to the World Collectibles
Lisa Kelechava had a vision, or perhaps it was a dream, as she said the idea came to her in the middle of the night. The idea was to create beautiful glass ornaments. She has certainly succeeded in living her dream.
All of Joy to The World's ornaments are made by a factory in Poland that has grown along with the ornament company. Kelechava found a factory that is "crazy enough" to try making the most detailed molds and making them work.
Check out their Glitterazzi ornaments, fully glittered hand-blown designs in both traditional and "hot, popular" colors. The non-traditional look is especially appealing to the younger collector.
The "Little Red Box" that takes you around the world. That's the perfect slogan for this interesting ornament company that does bring the world into your home for the holidays.