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Mary and Maximilian love brooch

Mary and Maximilian love brooch

Mary and Maximilian love brooch dating to 1476. Engagement brooch given to Mary of Burgundy by Maximilian I of Austria

This rare medieval brooch from Vienna treasury depicts a couple in love – Mary (13 February 1457 – 27 March 1482), Duchess of Burgundy and Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (22 March 1459 – 12 January 1519). Mary and Maximilian love brooch was mentioned for the first time in the list of jewels of Emperor Ferdinand I, who likely inherited it from his grandmother, beautiful and forever young Mary of Burgundy. Mary of Burgundy (13 February 1457 – 27 March 1482) was the heiress to the vast and wealthy Burgundian domains in France and was often referred to as Mary the Rich. She lived a short but bright life, died aged 25. For 5 years of her happy marriage with Archduke Maximilian of Austria she gave birth to three children – Philip the Handsome, who died young, aged 28, daughter Margaret (10 January 1480 – 1 December 1530), and the youngest – Francis who lived only four months.
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Easter egg jewellery art

Faberge Easter eggs. Easter egg jewellery art

Easter egg jewellery art. Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, st. Petersburg, second half of the 19th century

One of the first jewelers to combine an Easter egg with jewellery was Carl Faberge. His name is now associated with the brilliant art of decorative Easter eggs, the so-called “Easter surprise” – giftware with a hidden secret. It is assumed that the idea of creating them belonged to his younger brother Agafon Faberge, extraordinarily gifted artist who also had exceptional design capabilities. Carl Faberge was able to win the hearts of customers, pushing all competitors. His success is in the complexity of the design, originality and impeccable execution of these precious toys. Total from 1885 to 1917 were produced 56 “Easter surprises” on the orders of the imperial family. These were the gifts of Alexander III and Nicholas II to Empresses Maria Feodorovna and Alexandra Feodorovna.
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Imperial bouquet jewellery

Imperial bouquet jewellery

Imperial bouquet jewellery. 1763 Flower bouquet Blumenstrauß aus Edelsteinen. The Natural History Museum (Vienna)

1763 Flower bouquet of precious stones was a romantic spring gift of Maria Theresia to her husband Emperor Franz Stephan. The baroque bouquet is exhibited in The Gemstone Collection of the Natural History Museum (Vienna). Emperor Franz Stephan was interested in natural sciences and Maria Theresia shared her husband’s interests. The jewel flower bouquet weighs 2,8 kilograms and is 50 centimeters high. It is unique not only for the value of used precious stones, but also for the incomparable craftsmanship. A wealth of glistening artistically reproduced flowers and diverse insects made up of 761 variegated stones and 2,102 diamonds, along with the vase of rock crystal. The leaves were crafted from lime green silk. The bouquet is an incredible jewelry creation by Georg Gottfried Lautensack, a jeweler from Frankfurt. Even Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was intrigued by the bouquet, having mentioned about it in fourth book “Aus meinem Leben” (From my life): “Everyone knew of Emperor Franz Josephs great affinity towards gems, he especially favored colored jewels”.
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Donald Stannard brooch for Arlene Dahl

Donald Stannard brooch for Arlene Dahl

Donald Stannard brooch for Arlene Dahl

This vintage brooch is from the capsule collection of beautiful Hollywood actress Arlene Dahl. Being already in middle age, she went away from acting, and has launched a cosmetics line, a line of lingerie and only twice released a collection of jewelry. Her company had a million profit. All of her creations feature elegant taste and girls lined up in a row, in order to buy anything. This brooch is made by Donald Stannard for Arlene Dahl. This master was assigned by the American auction houses to one of the greatest American designers of all time. Donald Stannard jewelry pieces are becoming hard to find vintage treasures.
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Eye miniature jewellery

Eye miniature jewellery

Eye miniature jewellery

Eye miniature jewellery was made in order to preserve the anonymity of a lover or a loved one, just as memorable item, later – decoration. Often with a miniature was kept a lock of hair of beloved one. Such commemorative miniatures were in vogue and became very popular in the 1790 – 1820’s in England, then in France, and Russia. The eyes of lovers were portrayed in jewelry: brooches, rings, bracelets and pendants, on the boxes, and wallets. Most often, these miniatures were made on on ivory.
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Colleen Moore Fairy Castle

Colleen Moore became famous for her luxurious jewelry dollhouse Fairy Castle

Colleen Moore became famous for her luxurious jewelry dollhouse. Colleen Moore Fairy Castle

American silent cinema actress Colleen Moore was born on August 19, 1899, in Port Huron, Michigan. The list of movies where the actress played consists of more than 60 films. But Colleen has also become famous for her luxurious jewelry dollhouse Fairy Castle. The passion for doll houses was inspired by her father Charles Morrison. In her childhood the girl owned seven doll houses, constructed by her father. The first doll house with detailed miniature furniture was built from a cigar box, the actress wrote in her autobiography “Silent Star”, in 1968. Charles Morrison encouraged 29-year-old Colleen for creating her own jewelry doll house. And the Hollywood actress used all resources to create an amazing doll house of large proportions. It took Moore 7 years, more than 700 craftsmen – architects, designers, jewelers, artists to make her dream come true.
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