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Jewellery lover Italian actress Virna Lisi

Jewellery lover Italian actress Virna Lisi (8 November 1936 – 18 December 2014)

Jewellery lover Italian actress Virna Lisi (8 November 1936 – 18 December 2014)

Jewellery lover Italian actress Virna Lisi
During her Hollywood experience Virna Lisi worked with such actors as Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Frank Sinatra and many more. In different periods she had a chance to play with many talented and legendary European actors and actresses. In particular, Marcello Mastroianni, Franco Nero, Timothy Dalton, Anna Magnani, Alberto Sordi, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon, Jeanne Moreau, Claudia Cardinale and Stefania Sandrelli. The movie list of Virna Lisi, the winner of the Cesar prize at the Cannes Film Festival, includes more than 107 films, for period 1953 – 2011.
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Elsa Schiaparelli twelve commandments

Elsa Schiaparelli twelve commandments

Hand-made embroidery in fashion design. Elsa Schiaparelli twelve commandments

Elsa Schiaparelli twelve commandments
Stunning, shocking, scandalous – not once was called Paris fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973). Elsa was born Elsa Luisa Maria, into a noble Italian family. The well-known Chanel created the same time with her, she wanted to be her. Witty look at things, the cooperation with the best representatives of the artistic elite of the time, the courage of the experimenter and the gift of the artist forever provided for Schiaparelli a place in the history of fashion. She was not like the others and still amazes and inspires artists, costumers, designers from all over the world.
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Paul Selenger costume jewellery

Paul Selenger costume jewellery. Asian princess earrings

Asian princess earrings. Paul Selenger costume jewellery

Paul Selenger costume jewellery
Many fans of vintage jewelry have long admired the products labeled “Selro” and “Selini”, but still know little about the company and the person who created these incredible decorations. Meanwhile, about Selro and its unusual jewelry are many legends, mysteries, and fantasies. It worked in the market of jewelry only a dozen years, but until now we, lovers of vintage jewelry, admire the original design and the unique beauty of Selro jewelry. However, there are fairly well-known facts from the history of the company. First of all, the founder of the company was immigrant from Odessa (Russian empire) Paul Selenger, who founded it in 1949 (or 1950) in New York (USA).
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Vintage genre brooches

Vintage genre brooches. Brooch for those who love sewing maching, quilters. Vintage Antique style Brooch Pin with charms

Vintage genre brooches. Brooch for those who love sewing maching, quilters. Vintage Antique style Brooch Pin with charms

When we imagine a vintage brooch, it is a sparkling with rhinestones volumetric decoration of 1950-60s, or elegant brooch with pendants in the Victorian style. But there are some vintage brooches of less well-known ornaments. The fact is that many well-known jewelery brands made special “genre” decorations depicting figures of fun or everyday objects that symbolize something. The main purpose of these Vintage genre brooches was to create a good mood. Especially popular cheap but charming “genre” brooches were in 1970, these brooches were symbols of a particular profession or hobby – brooch in the form of a school board and the globe for teachers, brooch in the form of a typewriter to the Secretary, brooch or pin for the needlework or craft enthusiasts.
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Scottish Luckenbooth brooch

Luckenbooth brooch

Scottish Luckenbooth brooch

Luckenbooth brooch is an ancient symbol of Scotland, and a traditional symbol of love and fidelity. The brooch received its name from the small shops – luckenbooths, located near the Cathedral of St. Giles. In Luckenbooths sold jewelry and other handicraft products of the XVI century. The first brooches were very small in size. It was believed that they could protect people from the evil eye and the influence of evil forces. Also stated that they could help new mothers, nursing mothers and infants.
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Baroda pearl carpet

Baroda pearl carpet (detail)

Baroda pearl carpet (detail)

March 19, 2009, occurred an event, the news of which appeared on many news sites around the world. At the auction house Sotheby’s in Doha, Qatar, was sold a carpet of Baroda, a unique example of pearl embroidery. Carpet of 1,73m to 2,64m in size, embroidered with beads, pearls and adorned with precious stones – emeralds, rubies and diamonds set in gold. Experts estimated that for every square decimeter of carpet were used nearly 5,000 pearls and beads. Overall, the silk fabric was embroidered with around 2.2 million pearls and beads. History of Baroda pearl carpet is just as amazing as it is. Pearl carpet was created in the early 1860s, on the orders of one of the richest Indian Maharaja – the ruler of Baroda Khanda Rao.
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Ralph DeRosa costume jewelry

Flower enameled thistle brooch with clear and purple tiny rhinestones, light enamel wear

Ralph DeRosa costume jewelry. Enameled thistle brooch with clear and purple tiny rhinestones, light enamel wear

History of Ralph DeRosa costume jewelry, exceptional in quality and design, began in sunny Naples, Italy in 1884. Inherited the family business, Ralph de Rosa, a hereditary jeweler successfully conducted his business until 1905. As a man who wanted to significantly expand his own horizons, in the beginning of the last century, he left for America – “the land of opportunities”. Despite all the difficulties awaiting immigrant started from scratch. He founded the company under his own name already in 1934 – the Ralph DeRosa Company. The next year, already in 1935, the first collection of the master – “Meeting in Venice” saw the light. The collection was dedicated to one of the most subtle, complex, romantic Crafts – Venetian lace.
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