Kaleidoscope effect

Jewellery kaleidoscope

From old bag to clutch

From old bag to clutch

From old bag to clutch, photo venecia-maria.livemaster.ru

One can hardly imagine a working woman or a housewife, a student or a young old pensioner without a bag. Omnia mea mecum porto (lat) “I carry all my things with me” – this cry of medieval mercenaries often repeats the modern woman, referring to the contents of her handbag. After all, there are passport and money, driving license, cosmetic, keys, a copy of the employment contract, unopened tights, a bar of chocolate, hygienic things, a mobile phone, and what not! The sea of current bags is boundless. These are ​​elegant handbags, business cases, roomy sports and shopping bags, as well as various modifications – from old bag to clutch. British Queen Elizabeth II, buying her favorite items, inadvertently gathered a huge collection, with preference for models of handbag, close to the business. This is probably not conscious, but subconsciously perceived magical symbol: Let the Queen’s bag be roomy and filled with food, as a sign of prosperity to her people.
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Portuguese filigree jewellery

Traditional Portuguese jewelry

Traditional Portuguese filigree jewellery

Folk dress of Portuguese woman decorated with jewelry has been always highly valued because of its superior quality and a special technique of making ornaments – filigree. The oldest objects found on the territory of modern Portugal, made in filigree, dated 2500-2000 BC. It should also be noted that the Portuguese gold has the highest purity in Europe – 19.2 carats (80% purity). Forms and design of jewelry are closely associated with the history and religion. For example, the famous heart of Viana (coração de Viana), the form of which is observed in present day traditional earrings is one of the oldest symbols of Portugal.
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Gina Lollobrigida Jewellery

Gina Lollobrigida Jewellery

Gina Lollobrigida Jewellery

Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida has always been a standard of Mediterranean beauty – hot, wild and passionate. Her beauty, feminine “hourglass” silhouette, like a fragile porcelain figurine, and wonderful acting ability made her international star, nicknamed “The Italian volcano.” Such Movies as “Notre Dame de Paris” and “Fanfan la Tulip”, where Gina Lollobrigida starred, made her dream of millions people around the world … In addition to being a great actress, Gina Lollobrigida has had the status of collector of luxurious jewelry. Gina Lollobrigida is the owner of one of the best collections of emeralds and diamonds in the world. 2013 Sotheby`s auction estimated some pieces of her jewelry at hundreds thousands of dollars. Emeralds and diamonds of the actress are not the most expensive in her collection. The approximate cost of her vintage pearl earrings – one million dollars and, according to the hostess, they once belonged to the Habsburg dynasty.
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Cadoro vintage jewellery

Cadoro vintage jewellery, brooch Frog, 1970s

Cadoro vintage jewellery, brooch Frog, 1970s

Manhattan-based jewellery company Cadoro was founded by two friends Steven Brody and Daniel Stoenescu in 1954. The creative duo of designers made fashionable, hand crafted costume jewelry, which was sold in Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Their motto was “Famous Jewellery to the Rich and Famous!”. Among their customers were the Duchess of Windsor and Barbra Streisand. While making brooches, bracelets, clips and body jewellery, they used traditional crystals, gold toned and silver toned metals, beautiful rhinestones and glass crystals from all over the world, seed pearls and stones from the ocean depths.
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Frank Tortolani vintage jewellery

Frank Tortolani vintage jewellery

Shoulder Brooches “Angel” and “Demon”. Tortolani vintage jewellery

Tortolani vintage jewellery
Jewellery brand “Tortolani” existed in the United States from 1934 until World War II, and then from 1950 until 1976. Tortolani costume jewelry was extremely popular due to its exciting design. And today, most of Tortolani pieces have a high collection value. Frank Tortolani, founder of the dynasty of jewelers, came to America from Italy in 1923. He created decorations of silver or silver-plated jewelry, with his trademark signature. However, his decorations became recognized and appreciated only in the 50s, after he had got a lot of awards for original design and unique method. He signed a contract with Max Factor in the manufacture of boxes for cosmetics. Now these items are a real rarity. At the same time, he created a nominal jewelry for stars of the time. Among his clients were Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis and many others.
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Kenneth Jay Lane costume jewellery

Kenneth Jay Lane costume jewellery

For Audrey Hepburn, Lane made the legendary necklace of cultured pearls. Kenneth Jay Lane costume jewellery

First of all, Kenneth Jay Lane costume jewellery is a legendary American brand. The massive and luxurious jewelry by KJL is out of time and seasons, and it doesn’t become either old-fashioned or non-wearable. Such things, despite the lack of precious stones and metals, are not so much for shopping season, but for the collection. And such a collection is worth to be inherited. Interestingly, one of the first and perhaps the most prominent connoisseurs of the brand was Jacqueline Kennedy. Meanwhile, Kenneth Lane was a famous virtuoso copying celebrity jewelry, and made perfect copies. Thus, one day Jacqueline Kennedy asked Lane to create a copy of a precious necklace that Aristotle Onassis had given her. Since then, the creator of the KJL brand became known as the “king of counterfeiting and imitation of jewelry.” By the way, Kenneth Jay Lane jewelry appeared in such iconic films, as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, “Dallas”, “Dynasty”, and “Sex and the City”.
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Cleopatra legendary jewellery

Cleopatra legendary jewellery

Elizabeth Taylor in 1963 film. Cleopatra legendary jewellery

Cleopatra legendary jewellery
One of the most beautiful women of the ancient world, Great Queen of Egypt of a divine origin, unmatched mistress, was capable to bewitch any man – even if he is Caesar. The mysterious and attractive image of Cleopatra still holds many mysteries and charms for over two thousand years. Historians of antiquity, who observe the life of Cleopatra, are impressed by without doubt, magical abilities of this woman.
But if you carefully read the ancient texts, none of them call Egyptian queen – beauty. Instead, praised her sharp wit and determination, as well as an excellent education. Cleopatra knew seven languages ​​and even wrote philosophical treatises and writings on weights and measures. In addition, she was unsurpassed expert in the field of Women in the Arts – knew the secrets of the special preparation of cosmetic drugs (and poisons!), had mastered the art of dress and jewelry to choose.
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