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Auguste Bonaz Vintage Bakelite jewellery

Auguste Bonaz Vintage Bakelite jewellery

Kokoshnik inspired hair comb. Auguste Bonaz Vintage Bakelite jewellery

Auguste Bonaz Vintage Bakelite jewellery
Founded as a company for the production of jewelry for hair in 1910, French manufactory Bonaz belonged to the son of the founder Auguste Bonaz (1877-1922). He was very interested in making the company famous for unusual beads and brooches of galalite and chrome. His idea was successfully developed by heirs, and the firm existed until the early 1980s. Crests, brooches, pins for hats, and ornaments, as well as buttons of all directions – uncompromising art deco. Multicolored penguins, owls, carrots and other cheerful subjects along with the Japanese style or exquisite filigree.
Meanwhile, according to the fashion historian Alexander Vasiliev, in the “Russian” trend of world fashion between the two World Wars, the most popular element of the national costume was the kokoshnik, which “in 1919-1929 was part of the arsenal of women of fashion all over the world.” During this period, the form of a kokoshnik-crown as a wedding dress is affirmed in the West – even the future British Queen Maria Teckaya married in such a crown. Zhanna Lanven made a collection of “Russian” hats, and the Parisian house “Auguste Bonaz” in the early 1920’s made plastic kokoshniks.
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Attwood and Sawyer vintage costume jewellery

Brooch Snowman. Metal - gilding, enamel, rock crystal. The end of the 1990's. Length 3.5 cm. Attwood and Sawyer vintage costume jewellery

Snowman Brooch. Metal – gilding, enamel, rock crystal. The end of the 1990’s. Length 3.5 cm. Attwood and Sawyer vintage costume jewellery

Attwood and Sawyer vintage costume jewellery

Founded in Wales in 1956 by Horas Atwood (Sauer was a partner), Atwood and Sauer produced copies of precious ornaments from the 18th to 19th centuries. Many decorations were made for the television series “Dallas” and “Dynasty”, as well as exclusive compositions for the beauty contest “Miss World”. In addition, the firm produced high-end imitation jewelry and sold their decorations at prestigious retail outlets across the UK, Europe and some other countries around the world, as well as on cruise ships and on board of Airliners.
A special recognition was given to their historical collection of exact copies of the jewelry of the Duchess of Windsor. Undoubtedly, these specimens are desirable for many collectors of vintage jewelry. The company was sold in 2001.
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Barry Parman costume jewellery

Gatsby girl of 1920s brooch. Black and gray plastic, makeup - enamel, transparent rock crystal, 1975. 9 cm. Barry Parman costume jewellery

Gatsby girl of 1920s brooch. Black and gray plastic, makeup – enamel, transparent rock crystal, 1975. 9 cm. Barry Parman costume jewellery

The author of this beautiful brooch “The girl of 1920s” is a London-based theater artist, Barry Parman. He began designing jewelry in 1970s. Unfortunately, the talented jewelry designer Barry Parman stopped producing costume jewellery due to his death in 1980. Parman designed fine works for leading jewelry dealers, such as Linda Bee. Noteworthy, Barry Parman costume jewellery pieces are truly very rare and incredibly popular among collectors.

Barry Parman costume jewellery

Bettina and Michelle von Walhof costume jewellery

Collection Set 'Gentle embrace' brooch and clips. 1970s. Gilding, silvering, tinted rock crystal, antique glass, Vauxhol glass, lucite, cubic zirkonia, Swarovski crystals. Bettina and Michelle von Walhof costume jewellery

Collection Set ‘Gentle embrace’ brooch and clips. 1970s. Gilding, silvering, tinted rock crystal, antique glass, Vauxhol glass, lucite, cubic zirkonia, Swarovski crystals. Bettina and Michelle von Walhof costume jewellery

Bettina and Michelle von Walhof costume jewellery

The modern designer Bettina von Walhoff from California is known for her unique ornaments. Their quaint shapes of brooch-figurines, for example lobsters, parrots and whales, as well as flowers, are hand-made from antique glass, cast glass (leaves and flowers) and sparkling Swarovski crystals. Many of her pieces are tremblers with the moving parts on springs. Flowers, animals and birds – the constantly occurring motifs of ornaments Betina von Walhoff. Made with a sense of humor and distinguished by careful detailed elaboration. In addition to standard size, Bettina and Michelle von Walhoff sometimes produce oversized decorations, making them jewelry for confident women.
Starting to make their jewelry in 1998, her products soon became known in the jewelry market. In addition, eight years later (2006), her daughter Michelle Fuhrman joined Bettina. Accordingly, since then their products have a signature “B + M von Walhof”. Based in Sarasota jewelry designers Bettina and Michelle often produce their creations in limited editions. Therefore, their whimsical and original pieces are in high demand among collectors now.
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BillyBoy costume jewellery

BillyBoy costume jewellery. Face brooch. 1987

Face brooch. 1987. BillyBoy costume jewellery

BillyBoy costume jewellery
American company “BillyBoy” had boutiques and shops in Paris. Meanwhile, the company produced decorations the design of which combined various styles. In particular, jewellery decorations reminding the style of Schiaparelli, as well as barbarian tribal decorations and geometrical forms of ancient amulets. In addition, the company produced necklaces and buckles of coarse materials using glass beads of square and pyramidal shapes.
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Beau Jewels vintage costume jewelry

Beau Jewels vintage costume jewelry

Green rhinestone spray brooch. Vintage, 1960s. Beau Jewels vintage costume jewelry

Beau Jewels vintage costume jewelry
First of all, despite the similarity of the name with other jewelry brands, such as Beau Craft and Beau Sterling, Beau Jewels is a completely different jewelry firm. In particular, the company Beau Jewels worked under the leadership of Bowman and Foster from the end of 1940s till the beginning of 1970s. Flowers and leaves are constantly repeating motifs, often in bright colors and unusual color combinations. Beau jewels made their decorations using multi-colored stones, or more precisely, imitating precious stones of different colors, and especially later ornaments. However, they are relatively inexpensive.
Currently, the products of this company are collectible and rare, as the company ceased to exist more than forty years ago. “Beau”, translated as dandy, meant for those who kept up with the modern fashion of the time, but at the same time appreciated the classical style. Despite the fairly simple design and strict geometric composition, the decoration combines sophistication and chic!
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Exquisite vintage costume jewellery Accessocraft

Exquisite vintage costume jewellery Accessocraft

Falcon vintage brooch, pendant. 1950s. Exquisite vintage costume jewellery Accessocraft

Exquisite vintage costume jewellery Accessocraft
Founded in 1935 by Edgar Rodelheimer and Theodore Steinman, jewellery company Accessocraft produced decorations of very high quality. Although the company “Accessorcraft” produced thousands of brooches during World War II, but only years later it became known for its heavy, stylish jewelry and accessories. In the 1960s, Gothic designs, alloys of antique metals imitating gold and bronze with unusual stones were very popular. Accessocraft produced decorations in the style of the Renaissance, Victorian and Art Deco with the use of colored enamels, Czech glass, crystals, cabochons and artificial pearls of the highest quality.
Thanks to an impeccable reputation, famous design studios worked with this company, developing for them magnificent designs of ornaments. However, the company worked until 1998.
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Eternally Fashionable Precious choker

Sapphire and pearl choker necklace, Princess Diana. Eternally Fashionable Precious choker

Sapphire, pearl and diamond choker necklace, Princess Diana. Eternally Fashionable Precious choker

Eternally Fashionable Precious choker
Modern fashion is such a complicated thing that it is impossible to say definitely what is fashionable now and what is not. In this continuous eclectic, now and then seemingly well forgotten, and in due time – cult things pop up. Undoubtedly, one of them is collar, or choker. In English you can also find the name collar, and even earlier the choker had an absolutely unethical name – “dog collar” (in French – collier de chien). Of course, if you go into more detail, then, in theory, collar is a decoration that fits tightly around your neck, while the choker located at its very base. Nevertheless, now these concepts have merged and became applied to both options.
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French jewelry designer Lea Stein

French jewelry designer Lea Stein

Josephine Baker Chocolate Dancer Brooch. French jewelry designer Lea Stein

French jewelry designer Lea Stein

In 1970-ies Lee Stein has created a unique collection of jewelry from Rhodoid (high-quality plastic). Prior to that, she was little known outside France. Recently, her work has received worldwide recognition.
Lea Stine was born in Paris (France) in 1931. At the age of 26, she opens her own clothing design company, while developing the design of buttons for fashion and starts its production. Her buttons of laminate Rhodoid had a huge success. In 1969 she begins manufacture of jewelry. The success became possible thanks to her husband, Fernando Steinberg, who discovered this material. It consisted of layers of painted rhodoid – cellulose acetate sheet, close to Bakelite. The layered structure of rhodoid allowed the inclusion of other materials, usually metal or fabric, such as lace. Making the cut and working on shapes, Lea Stein received a polychromatic “plastic”, varying in color and texture.
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Robert Rose vintage costume jewellery

Robert Rose vintage costume jewellery

Blue Butterfly brooch. Robert Rose vintage costume jewellery

Robert Rose vintage costume jewellery
In the fashion market, and in particular, jewelry market, Robert Rose costume decorations may rightly be called vintage. By the way, in 2016 the company celebrated their 70th anniversary. American jeweler Robert Rose founded the company in 1946 in New York (USA) in Manhattan. Initially, a small family business was built by Charles and Marion Rose. Soon, their son Robert successfully graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York with a degree in jewelry design. And it was he, who took family business into his hands and brought it to the new stage of development. The company continues to work today in the same place, and under the same label – Robert Rose. Their products lead on the jewelry market, thanks to the beauty and reasonable prices. A truly family run business, the second generation of owners, Harry and Ron Rose continued their father’s work, offering clients the most fashionable and high level of quality and style jewellery decorations.
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