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D’Orlan Jewellery

Gorilla Gold Plated Rhinestone brooch. D’Orlan Jewellery

Gorilla Gold Plated Rhinestone brooch. D’Orlan Jewellery

Maurice Bradden founded his company D’Orlan Jewellers Ltd. in 1957 in Toronto, Canada. Previously, he studied at the French magician Marcel Boucher. Marcel Boucher founded Marcel Boucher & Cie Company, in New York in 1937. Maurice Bradden moved to Toronto and started his own company, producing jewelry and costume jewelry ornaments exclusively for the company Boucher. Marcel Boucher died in 1966, and his wife, Sandra, also a designer, took over management of the company, which was then in East Toronto. D’orlan Company – the successor of the company Boucher. In 1979, Boucher became the property of D’Orlan Industries of Toronto Canadian company. Jewellery marking has been changed to “D’Orlan”. By the early 1970s D’Orlan successfully sold their jewelry in North America, Europe and Japan. All the decorations of this company are famous for high quality craftsmanship and attention to detail. D’Orlan jewelers used unique design elements, high-quality imitation of gemstones, exclusively Austrian crystals and rhinestones, the Japanese glass and artificial pearls, as well as various kinds of enamels.
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Jewellery lover Margaret Thatcher

Jewellery lover Margaret Thatcher

Jewellery lover Margaret Thatcher

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher introduced her own rule of wearing, as every day she appeared at work with the new accessory, and it was possible to determine her mood that day by her brooch. “They (brooches) express the state of my soul,” – used to say Margaret. The Iron Lady loved jewelry and was not afraid to wear all at once – bracelets, rings, pearls at the neck, and large earrings. And yet, in nine cases out of ten – she wore a brooch. As she grew older, she added more jewellery, more brooches, more color. London auction Christie is presenting a selection of Margaret Thatcher jewellery at auction on 15 December, 2015. The jewellery to be offered in the auction in December is led by an exquisite Art Deco emerald and diamond necklace by Chaumet, circa 1930 worth and estimated £120,000 to 180,000. Another favorite jewelry of Mrs Thatcher’s was a George III diamond flower brooch, circa 1800 and expected to fetch £8,000 to £10,000.
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Ship’s Wheel and Anchor symbolism

Ship's wheel brooch

Gorgeous brooch. Ship’s Wheel and Anchor symbolism

Ship’s Wheel and Anchor symbolism
The value of the wheel jewellery is in its symbolism. Thus, choosing wheel jewellery a person chooses his own path in life. So, he is responsible for his actions and is ready for any twist of fate. Another value of the wheel jewellery, less common – a love of adventure, traveling and a tendency to change places. In fact, the steering wheel is a solar sign. But it turned out that the steering wheel – one of the ancient emblems, occurring in the early Middle Ages. A wheel was portrayed with handles (two or more), and meant emblem of leadership and management. This logo, undoubtedly, came from the sun wheel as a symbol of divine power (the handle – the remains, vestiges of light) and only later began to correspond with the ship’s wheel.
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Turtle in jewellery

Bracelet with green enamel Turtles in vintage style. Handmade. Made of metal alloy coated in gold antique, with Swarovski crystals and rock crystal

Turtle in jewellery. Bracelet with green enamel Turtles in vintage style. Handmade. Made of metal alloy coated in gold antique, with Swarovski crystals and rock crystal

Amulets in the form of a turtle are found in ancient Egypt. In China, sacred turtle has long been a mascot of wisdom and long life, carved figures of turtles on roofs of wooden houses served as a protection from fire. In India, the giant wise turtle Kurma was one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu, and its feet, according to ancient myths, served as a support to space. In Mongolian myths, golden turtle holds the central mountain of the universe, and in many mythologies, it was seen as a symbol of material existence, as a mediator between heaven and earth. In the ancient East, it was considered (these beliefs took over Europe) that tortoise shell protects the home from evil spells and the Grail, the cup from it will protect against poison, and tortoiseshell bracelets – from any damage. In the ancient world and ancient Mexico, tortoise, because of the large number of laid eggs was recognized a mascot of fertility.
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Ariel Mosaic jewellery

Pendant Snail, natural stones of gem quality - charoite, rhodonite, red and pink coral, mother of pearl, pearl

Pendant Snail, natural stones of gem quality – charoite, rhodonite, red and pink coral, mother of pearl, pearl. Ariel Mosaic jewellery

Creative duo of jewelry designers Alyona and Igor have been creating beautiful mosaic jewelry of natural stones in their workshop “Ariel Mosaic” for many years. Alyona says “the creator of this style – Moscow artist Igor Groshev, my teacher”. Creating Ariel Mosaic jewellery the master uses only natural stones, such as turquoise, malachite, lapis lazuli, charoite, rhodonite, corals, as well as mother of pearl, and the the pearl of exceptional beauty “galiotis”. All works are created by her author’s sketches, there are no two identical, so each piece of jewelry is unique. All Jewellery is made entirely by hand, including locks for earrings, brooches, pendants, bracelets and cuff-links.
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Farm bird Apotropaic magic

18 Karat Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Ruby Rooster Brooch, Oscar Heyman & Brothers

Farm bird Apotropaic magic. 18 Karat Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Ruby Rooster Brooch, Oscar Heyman & Brothers

Farm bird Apotropaic magic.
Many birds were seen as being endowed with apotropaic magic. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that the image of a chicken – amulet against the evil eye, as well as a chicken egg. Egg amulet is known in almost all cultures, stone eggs are found even in before-Neolithic graves. In Europe, as a talisman and amulet since ancient times were used the so-called bone desires – V-shaped chicken or turkey breast bone, both present in the form of pendants, and brooches, trinkets of gold and silver. A variety of necklaces, charms with golden ducks found in ancient Egypt, and later – in the Hellenistic and Eastern world. A pair of mandarin ducks “Yuan-yang” symbolized and also served as a talisman of conjugal life in China. Fluffy tail of the wild duck was attached to the earrings of Tajiks and Uzbeks, in addition, in Central Asia, Apotropaic magic had feathers and claws of birds, embodying fertility: dove, pheasant, rooster.
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Alexander Calder spiral jewellery

Alexander Calder spiral jewellery. Necklace, Estimate $200,000 – 300,000

Alexander Calder spiral jewellery. Necklace, Estimate $200,000 – 300,000. Photo – sothebys.com

Alexander Calder loved the spiral sign and often repeated it in his jewellery. He believed it to be a talisman of a successful life. His earrings, necklaces and bracelets were mini-mobiles that dangled from the wrists, necks and earlobes. During his life, he created more than 1800 pieces of jewelry, each one is unique, invented and made by Calder himself. He created jewelry from steel wire, copper, silver and gold, often decorating it with what was lying under his feet: beach glass, pottery shards, pebbles, splinters. Alexander Calder was born in a family of successful artists in 1898. His father was a sculptor, mother – a painter. Since childhood, Alexander was able to engage in a home studio. At 8 years old, he created decorations for the dolls of his sisters, at 10 he created a small sculpture.
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