A boy with a dog figural brooch. Jewelry alloy, emeral blue tone enamel, metal. 1970s. Carolee vintage costume jewelry
Carolee vintage costume jewelry
An architect by training, Carolee Friedlander founded the popular jewelry brand Carolee in 1972. According to Friedlander, she started her business on the kitchen table, creating a necklace of various beads and crystals. First of all, she wanted to create such jewelry and accessories that would force women not only to buy them, but also to collect.
Noteworthy, the first Carolee store opened in Bloomingdales (New York) in 1989. Six years later, in 1995, Carolee launched a joint collection with Ralph Lauren. And next year, she created the iconic collection of Jewelry Inspired by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Thanks to the incredible “fashionable” flair and the ability to quickly make risky decisions, the company became the first to sell its products through the online store. And for the first two hours, they earned half a million dollars!
In 2001, the “Retail Brand Alliance”, which owns the oldest men’s clothing brand in the USA, Brooks Brothers, bought Carolee company.
Today, Carolee still exists and produces jewelry in many countries, including the USA, China, Korea and the UK. The best department stores in the world, including the Moscow Central Department Store sell Carolee jewelry. They say, many famous ladies prefer the jewelry of this brand. Among them – Michelle Obama, Brooke Shields, Liv Tyler, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Simpson, Cameron Diaz, Jessica Alba, Pamela Anderson, Caroline Beckham, Eva Mendez, and Penelope Cruz.
Lily Flower vintage brooch. Jewelry alloy, crystals, aurora borealis, Swarovski crystals. 7 cm
Also, Carolee is one of the first to start regularly deducting part of the profits to charitable funds, including women’s organizations that raise awareness and create opportunities for women in the business world.
Carolee vintage costume jewelry
Elephant mother and baby, vintage brooch-toy. Jewelry alloy, crystals. 3.5 cm
Dalmatian puppy brooch. Gold tone metal alloy, enamel. 3.5 cm. 1980s
Flower bouquet brooch. Gold plated metal alloy, rhinestones. 7.5 cm. 1980s
A couple of romantic cats, vintage brooch. Jewelry alloy, crystals, aurora borealis, cabochons. 4 cm
Bee brooch. Jewelry alloy, aurora borealis, glass cabochons. 3.5 cm
Birds on the branch limited edition brooch. 1996
Blue-eyed frog brooch. Jewelry alloy, faux pearls, crystals. 4 cm
Bow vintage brooch. Metal, enamel, faux pearls, crystals. 6 cm
Butterfly vintage brooch. Jewelry alloy, crystals, glass, enamel. 7.7 cm
LUX Vintage Necklace. Jewelry alloy, crystals, pearls, semiprecious stones, crystal. Pendant 8 cm, chain 50 cm
Champagne brooch. Gold tone metal, jewelry alloy, enamel, crystals. 5.5 cm
Paired brooches Boy and Girl. Jewelry alloy, gilding, crystals, enamel. 5 cm. 1970s
Dalmatian puppy with a house and a bone 1980s brooch. Gold tone, Swarovski crystals, enamel
Dragonfly brooch. Metal alloy, aurora borealis, cabochons. 11cm
Fairy vintage brooch. Aurora Borealis, gold tone metal, Swarovski crystals. 6 cm
Flamingo vintage brooch. Meyal alloy, cabochons, Swarovski crystals. 3.4 cm. 1980s
Flower Lily vintage brooch. Limited Edition. Jewelry alloy, crystals, aurora borealis, Swarovski crystals, cabochons. 5.5 cm
Golf player, 1972-1975 brooch. Jewelry alloy, metal, enamel, rhinestones
‘Magic Rabbit’. Metal alloy, enamel. 1970s
Luxury bracelet. Gold plated, plastic, red cabochons
Moth vintage brooch. Metal alloy, cabochons, colored glass. 3.4 cm
Multi-color brooch with pearl pendant and gripoix inserts
Orchid vintage brooch. Metal alloy, cabochons, enamel. 4.8 cm
Panda brooch, dedicated to the birth of the baby panda Bei Bei at the Washington Zoo in 2015. 3 cm. Gold tone metal, black enamel, pave crystals
Pink flower vintage brooch. Silver tone metal, enamel, crystals. 6 cm
Snowman brooch. Gold tone metal, enamel. 4.9 cm, vintage
Teddy bear brooch-pendant