B. David vintage jewellery
The company B. David was very small – almost a family jewelry shop, which was located in Cincinnati (Ohio, USA) and lasted 47 years. It ceased to exist in 1993. Its decorations were known as “understated elegance” because, compared to other pompous ornaments of 1950s, they were often smaller and made in a balanced color scheme. The distinguishing feature, however, was the use of a full-color “rainbow” stones. jewellery company B. David specialized famous to the whole world – Parent Crowns, or Mother’s crown a brooch from the series of collectible ornaments «Family Crown». It was a legend, a masterpiece of the American jewelry by the company B. David. The “parent” brooch in the shape of a crown was given to a mother after she gave birth to a child. These brooches had full set of rainbow colors of crystals and stones, with a name of the newborn. Decorations were made of jewelry alloy with rhodium-plated crystals – from the Austrian crystal glass of different cut and color, imitating gemstones and cultured pearls and crystals with an iridescent effect of “Aurora Borealis”.
Vintage jewelry – a riddle of its time. Often, buying jewelry, we are not even aware what it was bought. It happened to me when I first bought the brooch from the American jewelry company B. David. Stamp was tiny and I could not for a long time to decipher it because the brooch was similar to one of the best specimens by WEISS, and BOGOFF, and Julianna. And then I looked more attentive – there was the stigma “B. David”.
Such brooches were presented at the birth of a child – and a happy mother could collect the entire collection of crowns. Please note – you will not find two identical crowns, each of them was unique.
I already knew that in the days of women’s struggle for their rights, they wore jewels with the meaning. Because each stone corresponded to a letter of the alphabet, often on a bracelet or brooch was encrypted “freedom.” Later in ornaments given as a sign of love, began to “hide” a declaration of love. For example, here in this locket (it is approximately 1930-1940, not sure if it is made by the company B. David) is hidden the word “DEAREST” – which is composed of a Diamond, Emerald, Amethyst, Ruby, again Emerald, Sapphire and Topaz. Diamond located in the center is the beginning of the word.