Vintage costume jewelry from galalith
The word “galalith” comes from the Greek words “gala” (milk) and “lithos” (stone). Invented in 1893 by French chemist Auguste Trillat, galalith, or so-called French Bakelite, had remarkable properties. In particular, it was non-combustible, unlike celluloid, inexpensive and easy to manufacture. Also, it did not generate static electricity, not allergenic, and at the same time was durable and decorative.
Therefore, it was perfect material for the manufacture of buttons, combs, handles, umbrella handles, and jewelry
Noteworthy, the first massive production began in 1914 in Gloucestershire, England. Some other countries also produced similar material. Among them – Germany, the USA, the USSR and Japan. However, this plastic became widespread only in Europe.
During the Second World War, milk, like other food products, became strategically important, and the production of galalith reduced. Besides, the triumphal procession of lucite began, which was cheaper to manufacture.
Galalith jewelry is now rare and has collectible value. Noteworthy, the name “French Bakelite” is only a figure of speech and galalith is not Bakelite.
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Vintage costume jewelry from galalith
Carl Faberge jewelry masterpieces
A jeweler by birth, a manager by vocation, Carl Faberge was born in St. Petersburg in 1846 among precious metals and precious stones. He inherited his father’s jewelry production and raised the family business to unprecedented heights.
For three decades, Carl Faberge remained on the crest of popularity. Among his regular clients were the Bulgarian king, the Austro-Hungarian heir, the kings and queens of England, Italy, Spain, Greece, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, as well as the king of Siam named Chulalonghorn.
The Winter Palace had a special pantry with a stock of ready-made gifts from Faberge. In fact, the imperial family traveled a lot and on the way gave away tons of various items with the brand of the company. For example, the Emperor of Japan was presented with a punch bowl, two candelabra, an agate vase, a silver set (a decanter with 12 glasses on a tray) and a matte gold Louis XV style hand mirror. The Chinese bogdykhan received two tiaras, a crystal thicket with a chased silver rooster, three silver vases with crystal inlays, two crystal decanters and a hairpin for a hat with a ruby and diamonds.
Every day between 4 pm and 5 pm the grand dukes came to house number 24 along Bolshaya Morskaya to see what new Faberge had put up for sale.
Jack Gutschneider precious jewelry
Founded in 1957, New York based jewelry company Jack Gutschneider Jewelry Co. worked for a short period of two decades. Despite such a short period, they have left impressive jewelry designs embodied in exquisite collectible jewelry. These sought after pieces appear at auctions and high end jewellery stores from time to time, striking with high craftsmanship and quality of materials. Traditionally, when creating jewelry the designer used precious metals and and high quality stones. In particular, opals, turquoise, rubies, corals, emeralds, sapphires, garnets and very often, if not always, diamonds.
According to trademark records, last time the owner of the company filed his company trademark was on February 20, 1963. However, soon after the company ceased to exist.
Noteworthy, German-American designer Gutschnieder initially labeled his products “Van Gogh”, but soon, in the late 1950s, he changed the labeling to JG JLRY.
Italian jewelry brand Cantamessa
For 80 years, Cantamessa jewelry has become very famous in the jewelry industry, not only for its excellent craftsmanship, but also for its extraordinary aesthetics, which has never compromised the author’s style.
Valencia-based Cantamessa has used flora and fauna as inspiration for spectacular and often fun decorations. In addition, their extremely varied palette was distinguished by bright contrasts and color transitions of precious stones. Dandelions and ivy leaves, tulips and roses, snakes and butterflies, exotic fish and marine life – these designs buyers enjoyed at the end of the 20th century. By the way, in the past, Cantamessa created jewelry for Cartier and Bvlgari.
From 1939 to the present day, many famous personalities have appeared in the jewelry of this Italian brand. In particular, Jacqueline Kennedy, Princess Carolina of Monaco, actresses Sharon Stone, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Hudson, singer Mary J. Blige and others. If you have a great sense of humor and subtle irony, Cantamessa jewelry is the right accessory to help you express yourself.
Luxury and splendor of Marina B high jewelry art
Another company that reflected the spirit of the time and the tastes of modern consumers was the Marina B. House, founded in 1979 by Marina, daughter of Constantine Bulgari, who decided to leave the family business in Rome and found her own in Geneva. Marina believed that jewelry should be highly decorative, and she perfectly understood the desires of her contemporaries. Her catchy multi-colored pieces are easily recognizable and are copied by many jewelry companies. Committed to lively, unusual chromatic combinations, Marina Bulgari often used black and colorless elements to accentuate the hues of precious stones.
Blackened gold, black onyx and black mother-of-pearl in her products set off the shine of diamonds, the play of pearls and the bright or muted colors of precious stones.
Following her concept that jewelry should not only be suitable for both daytime and evening wear, but also match the color of the outfit, Marina began producing products in which it was possible to change precious stones.
Italian jewelry designer Pasquale Bruni
The famous Italian designer Pasquale Bruni together with five talented craftsmen created the Gioielmoda brand in 1976. I must say that Pascual, like almost all jewelers, from early childhood was drawn to everything beautiful. He received his first jewelry experience in the Italian workshops of the town of Valenza.
Bruni has come a long way from a simple apprentice to a genius creator of exclusive precious masterpieces and has become a well-deserved legislator in the world of jewelry. It is Bruni who is the father of a radically new trend called Fashion jewellery. The master jeweler guessed the wishes of women with mystical precision, drawing increased attention to his brand.
Noteworthy, in 1997, Bruni decided to produce jewelry under his own name, and the company, accordingly, became known as Pasquale Bruni. In fact, Pasquale Bruni is a family run business. Pasquale Bruni’s daughter, Eugenia Bruni, is the head of the company’s art department involved in public relations. Also, the daughter of Pasquale Bruni creates the image of the brand and organizes all kinds of jewelry exhibitions of the brand. Pasquale’s son Alessandro is the commercial director of the company.
Sadie Green vintage costume jewelry
A Victorian vintage openwork brooch marked Sadie Green. The central part of the brooch features a very beautiful oval cabochon.
American costume jewelry designer, Sadie Green used old materials and design to create beautiful things. She started her business in the early 1970s. Love for ancient jewelry, the artist’s talent and an active desire to earn money allowed her to take her place of honor in the jewelry market.
The characteristic features of these hand-made jewelry is the use of a mixture of metals from modern metal alloys to antique copper and silver alloys in one jewelry piece. These are metal parts of the Victorian era, Art Nouveau and Art Deco, and metal alloys of a later period of the 1970-80s. In addition, antique glass from 1900-1940 complements the later glass and Swarovski crystals. Due to this, the jewelry collections of this brand range from vintage to antique.