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Carven vintage costume jewelry

Swallow vintage brooch. Gold tone metal, enamel, faux pearls. Carven vintage costume jewelry

Carven vintage costume jewelry
The brand name Carven comes from the first three letters of its founder – Carmen de Tommaso and the last three letters of her aunt, Beyriven. Called by the locals Madame Carven, she was the wife of a wealthy industrialist Rene Grog.
Born August 31, 1909 in an ancient French city of Chatellerault, Carmen studied architecture and interior design in the art school. However, at first she was not going to become a fashion designer.
Madame Carven was of short stature, about one and a half meter. Accordingly, she always faced a problem of lack of clothes of the necessary size. One day she wondered if she could open her own atelier where she could help all the non-standard women of France. So, Madam Carven started her own business in 1945.
In the 1950s, the number of clients increased so much that she had to expand the studio to the entire first floor of the building, and hired assistants. Noteworthy, in addition to clothes, Carven house began producing costume jewelry.
The glory of the atelier spread far beyond Paris. The princess herself from Egypt was a customer of Carven. Also, Michelle Morgan, Leslie Caron and Edith Piaf, who bought both clothes and jewelry.
Traditionally hand-made with the use of gilding and imitation of precious stones, the pieces had marking Carven. Carven jewelry of abstract, animal and floral designs are highly collectible.

Carmen de Tommaso (31 August 1909 – 8 June 2015) with her model. Source - magazine vogue, Russia

Carmen de Tommaso (31 August 1909 – 8 June 2015) with her model. Magazine Vogue, Russia. 2015

According to Marie-Louise Carven, she chose to start, the moment when she had no rivals, and Paris was overwhelmed with joy.

Marked Carven

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Carven vintage costume jewelry

Carven vintage costume jewelry

Ribbon bow brooch. Gold tone, enamel, rhinestones

Rose vintage brooch. Gold tone jewelry alloy, enamel, 24 K gold plated. 7.5 cm. 1970s

Rose brooch. Enamel, 24 K gold plated. 7.5 cm. 1970s

Abstract design brooch. Gold tone jewelry alloy, rhinestones, faux turquoise beads

Abstract design brooch. Gold tone, rhinestones, faux turquoise beads

Bird brooch. 18 K Gold plated, crystals, enamel. 1980s

Bird brooch. 18 K Gold plated, crystals, enamel. 1980s

Bouquet of flowers enameled brooch of gold tone jewelry alloy

Bouquet of flowers enameled brooch of gold tone

Cat brooch. 1960s. Gold tone jewelry alloy, enamel, rhinestones

Cat brooch. 1960s. Gold tone, enamel, rhinestones

Dog brooch of gold tone textured metal

Dog brooch of gold tone textured metal

Floral design vintage brooch. 1960s. Gold tone metal, faux pearls, rhinestones. 7.5 cm

Floral design vintage brooch. 1960s. Gold tone metal, faux pearls, rhinestones. 7.5 cm

Flower vintage brooch. Gold tone metal, faux corals. 7.5 cm

Flower vintage brooch. Gold tone metal, faux corals. 7.5 cm

Leaf vintage brooch. Textured metal, gold plated

Leaf vintage brooch. Textured metal, gold plated

Lily of the valley vintage brooch. Gold tone jewelry alloy, faux pearls. 6 cm

Lily of the valley vintage brooch. Gold tone, faux pearls. 6 cm

Lion gold plated enameled brooch

Lion gold plated enameled brooch

Owl brooch pin. Gold tone jewelry alloy, enamel, glass cabochons

Owl brooch pin. Gold tone, enamel, glass cabochons

Swallow vintage brooch. Gold tone metal, enamel, faux pearls

Swallow brooch. Gold tone, enamel, faux pearls

Textured gold tone metal rose brooch. 4 cm

Textured gold tone rose brooch. 4 cm

Turtle gold tone enameled brooch. 1970s

Turtle gold tone enameled brooch. 1970s

Abstract design gold tone rhinestones brooch

Abstract design gold tone rhinestones brooch

Aster flower brooch of gold tone. 6.7 cm

Aster flower brooch of gold tone. 6.7 cm

Beautiful gold tone brooch of abstract design. Jewelry alloy, faux pearls, glass cabochons

Abstract design brooch. Gold tone, faux pearls, glass cabochons

Belt and buckle runway brooch. 1960s. Gold tone jewelry alloy, glass cabochons

Belt and buckle runway brooch. 1960s. Gold tone, glass cabochons

Daisy flower vintage brooch. Green glass cabochon, jewelry alloy, rhinestones. 1960s

Daisy flower brooch. Green glass cabochon, rhinestones. 1960s

Faux turquoise cabochon floral design brooch. 1960s

Faux turquoise cabochon floral design brooch. 1960s

Floral design earrings. Jewelry alloy, rhinestones, blue glass cabochons

Floral design earrings. Gold tone, rhinestones, blue glass cabochons

Parrot brooch. Jewelry alloy, enamel, rhinestones

Parrot brooch. Gold tone, enamel, rhinestones