Masterpieces of Alice Caviness Costume Jewelry
American jewelry designer Alice Caviness started making jewelry right after the Second World War. Based in Long Island, New York, her company continued production after her death in 1983. Meanwhile, her jewelry is very diverse: necklaces, earrings, brooches, cameos, motifs of fruits and animal figurines. For the production of these exquisite decorations used high-quality materials, in particular crystals of unusual color. Labeled “Alice Caviness”, most of them are rare and very popular among collectors.
In fact, on the design and production of these masterpieces of costume jewellery worked Caviness herself and Millie Petronzio who worked for Caviness until 1982. However, at that time Millie Petronzio became head designer for Miriam Haskell. Alice Caviness jewelry is always distinctive and unusual.
Category Archive: Vintage
Masterpieces of Alice Caviness Costume Jewelry
MGM Queen jewellery lover Norma Shearer
“An adventure can become a dark spot or a bright adornment in the picture of life. It all depends on what woman experienced it, “– American-Canadian actress, winner of the Oscar for the film The Divorcee Norma Shearer.
Noteworthy, Hollywood diva Norma Shearer loved and wore lots of jewellery, both in life and in films. In particular, in the Collection of Academy Award winning actress Norma Shearer was a gold, platinum and diamond necklace (est. $150/200,000). Retailed by famed Hollywood jeweler Flato, the necklace is a wonderful example of Flato at his best and most dramatic days. In fact, Norma Shearer bought it around 1941 when both she and the designer were in their heyday. Created by Flato’s talented designer George Headley as a cascade of flowers, diamond-set leaves and a bow, this jewel decorated a 1941 edition of Vogue magazine.
Art Nouveau style jeweler Lucien Gaillard
One of the most distinguished jewelers of his time, Lucien Gaillard (1861 – 1942) was a jeweler in the third generation, working in Art Nouveau style. The skill of the jeweler with the use of a minimum of funds and a subtle sense of material are worthy of admiration. Besides, he became known for his work with exotic materials, such as horn, and unsurpassed art with the use of enamels. In particular, refined brooches, hairpins, combs, rings, and perfume bottles strike with their beauty and sophisticated work. His original products were laconic and modest.
Meanwhile, in the late 60-ies of the 19th century, a general fascination with Japanese art began in Paris. Thus, invited Japanese masters gave lectures on the art of the East and conducted master classes. Accordingly, on the wave of this interest in the art of jewelry began to appear “Japanese motifs.”
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.
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.
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.
Barry Parman costume jewellery
The author of this beautiful brooch “The girl of 1920s” is a London-based theater artist and designer, Barry Parman. However, he began designing jewelry quite late, in 1970s. Unfortunately, the talented jewelry designer Barry Parman stopped producing costume jewellery due to his death 21 February 1990. 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.