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Castlecliff vintage jewellery

Castlecliff vintage jewellery - brooch 'Bird in the nest'

Castlecliff vintage jewellery – brooch ‘Bird in the nest’

Castlecliff vintage jewellery

In 1918, American jewelry designers Clifford Furst and Joseph Bobley opened their own jewellery company “Castlecliff”. Initially, they both worked for other companies, but in 1941, launched Castlecliff jewelry brand, and in 1945 released the first collection of beautiful costume jewellery. The main designer was William Markle, whose imagination allowed him to create in all styles, from the Gothic, Renaissance and Art – Deco, before the three-dimensional and moving, trembling butterflies, flowers and animals. Castlecliff vintage jewellery has always been famous for exquisite and colorful decorations, rich decorative trim. The company worked with a lot of silver and almost always applied the gilding and silvering jewelry. They began put their Castlecliff marking on their products in 1941. The company ceased to exist in in 1977. Castlecliff Jewellery is highly valued by collectors.
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German Art Deco Theodore Fahrner jewellery

Theodore Fahrner jewellery Art Deco brooch

German Art Deco Theodore Fahrner jewellery. Brooch, silver filigree, pearl, 1930s

Theodore Fahrner jewellery

First of all, it is worth saying that the exclusive, often made of semiprecious materials in the style of art nouveau and art deco, decorations of Fahrner are highly appreciated. And most of all those which had the brand label on them. Founded in Forgeheim, Germany, in 1855 and run since 1883 by Theodore Fahrner Jr., the jewelry company “Fahrner” was one of the most prosperous in Europe. Meanwhile, in 1919, after the death of Theodore Fahrner Jr., Gustave Brandel bought this company. And already renamed “Gustave Brandel – Theodore Fahrner Nackf”, the company successfully led the market until the 1950s. Unfortunately, the company ceased to exist 1979. Thus, the company has successfully existed for more than a century, from 1855 to 1979.
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Glamorous Hollywood diva Lana Turner

Hollywood diva Lana Turner (February 8, 1921 – June 29, 1995)

Hollywood diva Lana Turner (February 8, 1921 – June 29, 1995)

Glamorous Hollywood diva Lana Turner
According to Lana Turner, “A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man”.
Glamorous Hollywood diva, along with many other actresses of the time, was a real connoisseur of jewelry. Besides, she had a good taste and the opportunity to purchase jewelry – from costume decorations to expensive jewellery pieces made of diamonds, sapphires and emeralds. Bright and certainly beautiful actress lived a stormy life, and was married eight times (officially). According to the actress herself, she wanted to get married once and have seven children, but it was the other way around. Lana Turner was born into a family of a miner from Tennessee, who was killed when Lana was a child. She began acting in film at the age of 16 years.
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Capri vintage costume jewellery

Vintage brooch Flower of paradise, 1960s, Capri vintage costume jewellery

Vintage brooch Flower of paradise, 1960s, Capri vintage costume jewellery

Capri vintage costume jewellery
Jewellery company Capri was created in 1952 by Sol Smith in New York, and lasted until 1977. Over the entire period it released only a few collections of high-quality jewelry of original design. Jewellery of the brand is also distinguished by exquisite color combinations with simplicity of form. A small number of outstanding jewelry makes it a godsend for every collector and only adds value.
Capri Jewelry, Inc., 5th Ave., NY, NY c. 1952 – 1977, was founded in 1952 and located in the heart of New York City, Fifth Avenue. The brand owner was Sol Smith. Initially, the company had name DelNicola, and was renamed Capri in 1960-s. In its not very long history, this jewelry company released not so many collections, but very high quality and unique, underrated design.
Jewellery Company Capri until 1955 labeled jewelry Capri, and after 1955 was added the copyright sign. The company released its latest collection, and was forced to close in 1977. Today Capri decorations are quite rare and sought after by collectors. Advertising companies were held in 1952, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1961, 1965 and 1977.
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Original by Robert vintage jewellery

Vintage Brooch pink flowers on a green leaf, Original by Robert

Vintage Brooch pink flowers on a green leaf, Original by Robert vintage jewellery

Original by Robert vintage jewellery
The history of the brand “Original by Robert” dates back to 1942. Founded by Robert Levy, David Jaffee, and Irving Landsman as Fashion craft Jewelry Company NYC, in 1951, it was renamed to Robert Originals, Inc. The American costume jewelry market has not been affected much by the World War II. The demand was big enough, the equipment and materials were quite enough. After the Great Depression, the ladies of all ages got a taste and wanted to look elegant and expensive. Therefore, a lot of magnificent jewellery pieces were created in the 1940s. They were close to high expensive jewelry in quality and design, but more accessible. Also Hollywood screen divas added to the demand – they wore not only diamonds, but a luxury costume jewelry. Jewellery company Original by Robert began to do the same. It copied the style of the great Miriam Haskell. All the decorations were made by hand, which means – they are unique and expensive. In addition to jewelry made of beads, great popularity enjoyed the line of decorations in the style of Art Nouveau, made of colored glass. These ornaments are very rare to find on the antique market.
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Frida Kahlo jewellery

Frida Kahlo jewellery

1930s photo of a young Mexican painter, wearing beads. Frida Kahlo jewellery

Frida Kahlo jewellery
Almost every woman has a collection of decorations and jewelry. Someone is interested in vintage and antique patterns, which, in some cases results in a gallery of jewellery. Such jewellery collection had the famous Mexican painter of Spanish, Indian and Jewish origin – Frida Kahlo. Frida lived a few years in the US, where she bought Indian jewelry. The basis of her collection – rings and necklaces of bone, turquoise. The artist searched real antiques from pre-Columbian era, however, often these things cost very cheap. Many photos and self-portraits depict her rings, necklaces and bracelets. Frida wore multiple rings on her left hand, because it was uncomfortable to wear them on the right hand, they interfered with paint. Frida could wear a very little clothing, but there was always a lot of jewelry.
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Gerry’s costume jewellery

Gerry's costume jewellery

Amazing, full of grace brooch ‘Swan’. 1950s. Gerry’s costume jewellery (1950-1990)

Gerry’s costume jewellery
History of Gerry’s Creations began with Geraldine Giles in 1950. As established in the peak of the popularity of costume jewelry, Gerry’s Creations have been able to stay on the market for more than 40 years. The main direction, familiar to most collectors of this brand, were Christmas brooches, many of which are included in the costume jewellery catalogs. In addition, among collectors are very popular brooches with the image of animals, birds, butterflies and flowers. Gerry’s was also famous for themed brooches, for example sport series – tennis rackets, bowling, etc., but they are particularly rare. The company ceased operations in 1996. Gerry’s costume jewellery is rare, their antique brooches are for those collectors who love and appreciate jewelry with history.
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