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Trifari costume jewellery

Trifari costume jewellery brooch Camel

Camel vintage brooch. Trifari costume jewellery

Jewellery lovers know Trifari costume jewellery under the different names, and in particular, TKF, Trifari&Trifari, Krussman and Fishel. Noteworthy, the company, founded in 1910 by Gustav Trifari, exists for more than 100 years.
Luigi Trifari, a jeweler from Italy taught jewellery craft his grandson Gustav, who emigrated to the United States and worked for several years in New York as a designer. In 1917, Leo Krussman joined him. Then, in the 1920s with them began to work Carl Fishel, and the company changed its name to TKF (Trifari, Krussman and Fishel). From 1930 until 1968 for Trifari jewellery design engaged Alfred Philippe. Prior to that, he worked as a designer for Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels. Under his influence was created a line of jewelry that brought the company to a new level. Meanwhile, famous are brooches of excellent quality, which Philip created in the form of crowns and Jelly Belly. About the success and quality of Trifari jewelry can be judged from the fact that the company still exists today, having gone through several economic crises. Until now changed owners, changed leading designers, but eventually Trifari became part of Monet Group, bought by Liz Claiborne in 2000.
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Raymond Yard jewellery

Art Deco Rabbit brooch by Raymond Yard

Art Deco Rabbit brooch. Gold, diamonds. Raymond Yard jewellery

From Raymond Yard decorations can be learned not only the history of jewelry art of the twentieth century, but also the evolution of American tastes. From Art Deco to the “space” design of the 60s, from strict classical forms and large rings with moonstones to funny rabbits waiters … To survive during the “dry law” in America, sense of humor, perhaps, was very helpful. Thanks to these relevant and certainly very expensive brooches, talented jeweler Raymond Yard has won eternal fame. In 1929, at the peak of the ban on the sale of alcohol, the jeweler has released a brooch in the form of rabbits waiters, these ornaments have become a kind of artist’s protest against the law. Rabbits waiters have become the hallmark of the brand, they are hunt for by the collectors all over the world.
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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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Napier vintage jewellery

Napier vintage brooch Green Apple

Napier vintage brooch Green Apple, glowing from within like in the style of Austrian fruit

The company Napier began its history in 1875 in Attleboro – a city in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States, releasing men’s pocket watch made of silver under the name “Whitney and Rice”. Already in 1882 the owners renamed the company to “Carpenter and Bliss”, shifting production to the state of Connecticut and in the following decade their business was growing very fast. In 1922 the president of the company became James Napier, who launched jewellery under the brand of his own name – Napier. Unlike many jewelry companies of the time, Napier did not stop any work during the First and the Second World War. Instead, the company wisely reconstructed the manufacture, having started making orders and medals.
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Mamselle Costume jewelry

Elegant vintage brooch in the form of the orchid, marked Mamselle

Elegant vintage brooch in the form of the orchid, Mamselle Costume jewelry

Orchid is the symbol of sophistication, wisdom and gentility. Orchid often symbolizes love, beauty and harmony, as well as family comfort. White orchid symbolizes pure love, variegated – longing. Pink refined orchid petals mean pure affection. Orchid in a bouquet – a symbol of love, refinement and large families … Mamselle Costume jewelry was produced from a special jewelry alloy with a small portion of gold. It was often used enamel, but also almost all well-known in the manufacture of jewelry decorative techniques. On the reverse side of genuine jewelry is always a stigma “Mamselle”.
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Fabulous Florenza vintage costume jewellery

Antique brooch Fabulous Florenza vintage costume jewellery

Antique brooch. Fabulous Florenza vintage costume jewellery

Fabulous Florenza vintage costume jewellery – decorations of stunning beauty by the genius of Dan Kasoff. He founded company Dan Kasoff Inc. in the early 40s in New York. In 1945, he launched branded jewelry, to which he gave the name of his mother – Florenza. Mostly made in Victorian style, magnificent Florenza jewels dazzle, have a truly mystical beauty. Each piece of Florenza is always absolutely rare collectible. Florenza always used only the finest stones from Germany, Austria and the East, with many stones which have been made specially for the brand. In all jewelry was used only a 24kt gold or gold alloys patented by them, bearing the sonorous name – “Florenza Gold”, “French Gold” and “French Rose”.
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1960s iconic face Twiggy

1960s iconic face Twiggy advertising jewelry and accessories

1960s iconic face Twiggy advertising jewelry and accessories

September 19, 1949 in a suburb of Neasden was born Leslie Hornby, whom the whole world now knows as Twiggy. The first real top model in the history, the popularity of whom was greater than the popularity of the movie stars. It’s her fault that thinness became fashionable. Unearthly creature, girl with eyes half her face turned into a charming woman, implemented in all areas of life. As it turns out, quite fragile fairy can become not just a model, actress, singer and businesswoman. Today, 1960s iconic face Twiggy has turned 66. Twiggy was the first real, live prototype of Barbie. Twiggy Barbie was produced by Mattel in 1967-68. London’s top teen model (advertised as a doll), was similar to the original – same light, close-cropped hair, “real” eyelashes, framing the big eyes … In 1967, the doll was dressed in a striped dress and yellow mini-shoes, in 1968 her “dowry” was supplemented not only by new little things, but also cosmetics – powder puffs, eyeliner, and more. Only after Twiggy appeared doll twins of Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Cher and other stars.
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