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Jewellery kaleidoscope

French Art Nouveau jeweler Gabriel Argy-Rousseau

Belt buckle. Brass, three stone blue cameos with crabs. 1905. Gabriel Argy-Rousseau jewellery

Belt buckle. Brass, three stone blue cameos with crabs. 1905. Gabriel Argy-Rousseau jewellery

French Art Nouveau jeweler Gabriel Argy-Rousseau

Born in 1885 in Meslay-le-Vidame, France, Joseph Gabriel Rousseau (1885-1953) became known to the world as a sculptor, ceramist and master of glass. In 1913 he married the Greek Marianne Argyriadis and began to sign his works Gabriel Argy-Rousseau, in honor of his wife. Already the next year, in 1914, Argy-Rousseau first exhibited his projects in the Pate de Verre and won immediate success in the Salon du Des Artistes Français. Critics reacted with enthusiasm, “Such successful forms, such amazing patterns of gold, copper, cobalt, uranium and oxides, such a beautiful mixture of colors!”. Meanwhile, the focus of Argy-Rousseau’s experiments were various methods for achieving the Pate de Verre effects.
However, the main passion was jewelry. Gabriel Argy-Rousseau created magnificent pendants and brooches with stylized forms of fruits, flowers, butterflies and figurines of mythological plots.
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Buryat woman traditional jewellery decorations

Buryat woman traditional jewellery decorations

Buryat woman traditional jewellery decorations

Buryat woman traditional jewellery decorations

First of all, Buryat women paid great attention to jewelry. Female ornaments of eastern Buryats were distinguished by complexity and multicomponent. Made mainly of silver with inserts from coral (the most valuable was considered pink coral), turquoise and amber. Traditionally, the headdress of the Eastern Buryats is as follows: the upper part of the headdress denotes the sky – tengeri, red tassels – the rays of the sun – the naran, the lower part – the ground – the gasar. Hanging on the chest from a headdress, temple ornaments and earrings symbolize the stars, the sun, the moon, rain, snow, etc. Neck and breast decorations (guu) have fertile symbolism and correspond to the sign – Earth.
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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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