Kaleidoscope effect

Jewellery kaleidoscope

Canadian jewelry designer John Hardy

Canadian jewelry designer John Hardy

18 K gold sterling silver dot stud earrings. Canadian jewelry designer John Hardy

The history of John Hardy jewelry spans three decades, from 1975 to 2007.
Born November 28, 1949 in Canada, John Hardy studied jewelry at the Ontario College of Art and Design. After graduating, he traveled the world and finally settled in Indonesia. Inspired by the local craftsmen jewelry art, he launched the eponymous jewelry brand in 1975. Originally a small business, it has grown into an international company.
Meanwhile, at the beginning of his career, he met a like-minded person and future wife, Cynthia. She, like John, moved to Bali after graduating from college, setting up her own company. After marrying John, Cynthia Hardy joined his company. Noteworthy, having an aesthetic and artistic taste, Cynthia made jewelry even as a teenager. The work of local jewelers, their traditions and technologies inspired John and Cynthia to create their own unique pieces.
Traditionally, the JH design includes dot texture in gold and silver, natural stones and minerals, symbols of infinity and Celtic motifs.
In 2007, after thirty years in jewelry business, John and Cynthia sold their company. According to John and Cynthia, they dedicated their time to advocating and building a more sustainable world through education and design. So, the first step in building a new world was the Green School they created in Bali, Indonesia.
John Hardy jewelry company continues to operate under new owners headquartered in Hong Kong with an additional office in New York.
Read more »

Italian jewelry brand Sabbadini

Italian jewelry brand Sabbadini

Pink flower brooch. Cultured pearl, diamond, silver, enamel. Italian jewelry brand Sabbadini

Italian jewelry brand Sabbadini
The history of Sabbadini jewelry began in the 1940s, when diamond dealer Alberto Esquenazi in partnership with his son-in-law Bruno Sabbadini, founded their family business on Via Agnello in Milan.
In 1967, Bruno handed over the management of the company to his son Alberto Sabbadini, who already ran the business with him. Alberto focused on designing and creating jewelry using precious stones and relied on his wife Stefania’s unique sense of style.
In 1983 they opened a showroom in New York.
Noteworthy, since the 1990s, Pierandrea, the eldest son of Alberto and Stefania, joined the company. A gem expert, Pierandrea studied gemmology at the GIA in New York. Also, he worked at Sotheby’s in the jewelry department before joining the family business.
Later, the second child of Alberto and Stefania, their daughter of Micol, began to collaborate with the company. Her research in the visual arts, as well as her work in the fashion world, allowed Micol to serve as a brand ambassador for Sabbadini.
Read more »

Signed Daria vintage costume jewelry

Signed Daria vintage costume jewelry

Checkerboard clip earrings. Gold tone, black enamel. 1990s. Signed Daria vintage costume jewelry

Signed Daria vintage costume jewelry
The history of American jewelry trademark Daria began in 1989 in Warwick Rhode Island. The trademark owner was Dane Manufacturing Co Inc (later Dane Group, Inc.).
Incorporated in 1981, Dane Manufacturing Co was founded by hereditary jeweler William M. D’Amore Jr (born in 1952). The company launched two trademarks on production of costume jewelry in 1989 – Colour Parade and Daria. However, Dane Manufacturing Co Inc became inactive in 2002. Accordingly, Colour Parade and Daria trademarks ceased to exist too.
The design of Daria jewelry includes figural, fashion and classic brooches, clip earrings and necklaces made in gold and silver tone, enamel and rhinestones.
The marking includes a stylized word Daria on an oval cartouche.
Read more »

Evelyne Alay vintage costume jewelry

Evelyne Alay vintage costume jewelry

Silver and gold tone art glass clips. 3 cm. 1990s. Evelyne Alay vintage costume jewelry

Evelyne Alay vintage costume jewelry (1990s)
The history of the American jewelry brand “Evelyne Alay” spans a short period of less than a decade. Incorporated in 1996 in Miami Florida, Evelyne Alay Designs Inc. was a family business founded by Evelyne Leone (company president) and Joseph Leone.
Noteworthy, the company produced costume jewelry both under its own name and under the Perlas Elegancia brand (founded in 1998). The company’s craftsmen created fashion couture jewelry by hand, using gilding, silver, and art glass imitating semi-precious stones. A distinctive feature of the design of Perlas Elegancia necklaces, bracelets, earrings and brooches was the use of pearls made in Mallorca, Spain.
After eight years in the fashion jewelry market, Evelyne Alay Designs, Inc. ceased to exist in 2006.
Today, jewelry pieces marked Evelyne Alay and made mostly in 1996 – 2000 are quite rare and collectible.
Read more »

George Lederman vintage animal brooches

George Lederman vintage animal brooches

Koala brooch. Textured 18 K gold, ruby eye, diamond. George Lederman vintage animal brooches

George Lederman vintage animal brooches
The history of George Lederman Inc. began in 1945, founded by Michel Barmache and George E. Lederman in New York. However, even before founding their family business in NY, Michel and George had a jewelry workshop in Paris and sold their products in the best boutiques.
Innovative jewelers, they constantly applied for jewelry patents. Among them, in particular, were clasps for bracelets in 1934, a flexible bracelet in 1941, a bracelet in 1945 and others.
High quality workmanship, the use of gold, platinum, precious stones, exquisite design and attention to detail have brought fame to the company. Notably, GL has designed jewelry for such iconic brands as Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Co. and Cartier.
Renewed in 1963, George Lederman, Inc. (located on Madison Avenue, New York, NY) introduced the new “GL” logo. It is this logo that marks all the jewelry of the company, along with an indication of the carat of gold.
The company is currently run by the third generation jeweler Janine Lederman.
Marked GL animalistic brooch collection, created in the 1990s, became a real hit. The anatomically accurate animal figurines are handcrafted from 18k textured gold, rubies, emeralds and diamonds. Noteworthy, the collection includes more than 400 wild and even prehistoric animals. In fact, this is the world’s largest collection of handmade gold animal jewelry.
Read more »

Signed Batya vintage costume jewelry

Signed Batya vintage costume jewelry

Primary school student Teddy bear in glasses, ABC vest and red apple, symbol of knowledge, wisdom, and education. Articulated brooch pendant. Gold tone, enamel, rhinestone. 4 cm. 1995. Signed Batya vintage costume jewelry

Signed Batya vintage costume jewelry
The history of Batya jewelry began in 1974 in Los Angeles, California. Headed by Marton S. Stark (b. 1929) Batya Originals Inc. launched two jewelry brands for the production of costume jewelry and accessories. In addition to Batya, they owned the “Marika Pearl” trademark.
Originally, the company employed 6 people and produced limited quantities of handmade jewelry for women and children. The brand’s most notable designs included teddy bear brooches/pendants with articulated arms, legs and head. Also, in various festive looks – Christmas, Birthday, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Wedding, etc.
Traditionally, craftsmen used gold plating, metal alloys, enamel and rhinestones. Often sold in branded boxes, each brooch is marked Batya in capital letters.
The wholesale and manufacturing company operated for over two decades and ceased to exist in 1998.
Notably, there is a similar brand, Batya Jewelry Design, owned by Bette Allen and based in Tucson, Arizona. However, this is a completely different brand, specializing in hand-forged jewelry made from sterling silver, copper and natural stones. In addition, the markings include a hand-engraved author’s name, metal and design name.
Read more »

Asch Grossbardt fine jewelry art

Asch Grossbardt fine jewelry art

Leopard brooch in 18k gold, onyx, mother-of-pearl and diamonds. Asch Grossbardt fine jewelry art

Asch Grossbardt fine jewelry art
The history of Asch/Grossbardt brand began in New York NY, founded by hereditary jewelers Lawrence (Larry) Asch and Jerome (Jerry) Grossbardt (1923-2012). The name of the company consists of their family names. Founded in 1990, the company has become a leading manufacturer of finely inlaid gold and silver jewelry with the use of mother of pearl. Also, the jewelers used emeralds, onyx, coral, jasper, malachite, lapis lazuli, turquoise, opal, and more. Undoubtedly, each AG piece is wearable art, displaying superb craftsmanship.
Sophisticated color combinations have been a signature design element of the Asch Grossbardt collections.
Noteworthy, before founding Ash Grossbardt Ltd., Jerome Grossbardt and Stanley Schechter co-founded Honora Pearls company. Incorporated in 1947, the company was named after Jerome’s wife, Honora.
Jerome’s son, Eric, joined the business in 1986 and became the sole owner of Asch Grossbardt Inc., after the death of his father in 2012.
Read more »