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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.
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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.
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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.
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Thomas Sabo silver jewelry art

Thomas Sabo silver jewelry art

The founder of the eponymous company, Thomas Sabo silver jewelry art

Thomas Sabo silver jewelry art
The history of the German company Thomas Sabo GmbH & Co began in 1984. Born in Austria in the 60s, Thomas Sabo, versatile and talented, is not only a jewelry designer, but also a former rocker, musician and traveler.
Thomas liked to discover something new every day, for which he has traveled half the world, inspired by new ideas for his designs.
Noteworthy, initially Sabo did not mark his jewelry pieces.
The company produces not only jewelry, but also watches and perfumes. But still, the world fame for the Thomas Sabo brand was brought by unusual silver jewelry.
In the 90s, Suzanne Kölbli became the creative director of the company. It was she who gave the brand a new breath, and the worldwide popularity of the company is her merit.
Today, Thomas Szabo has 300 boutiques around the world. Thomas himself, who is 60 this year, stepped down from the management, but retained a controlling stake in the company.
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Wendy Gell vintage costume jewelry

Wendy Gell vintage costume jewelry

Fire fighter brooch. Silver tone, enamel, rhinestones. 1980s. Wendy Gell vintage costume jewelry

Wendy Gell vintage costume jewelry
The history of Wendy Gell brand began about 50 years ago in New York. According to official data, Wendy Gell Jewelry Inc., founded in 1975, ceased to exist in 1993. Its founder was American artist and jewelry designer Wendy Gell. Initially, the designer created eye-catching wrist bracelets with a multi-layered three-dimensional design. Since 1985, she has added Disney characters to her work by purchasing a license from the Disney Company.

In addition, she owned the eponymous trademark for the production of scarves (since 1988).
Noteworthy, after the closure of her company, the legendary Napier company invited her as a consultant on jewelry with Disney characters. Besides, after a long absence, Gell came back with new designs and ideas on her website wendygell.com.
Many stars, such as Elizabeth Taylor, Cher, Diana, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Hillary Clinton and Mick Jagger have had Wendy Gell jewelry in their collections.
Jewelry pieces created by Gell are wearable art, and highly collectible now.

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Charter Club costume jewelry

Charter Club costume jewelry

Winter cap snowflake pattern pin. Textured gold tone, blue enamel, rhinestones. Charter Club costume jewelry (2004-present)

Charter Club costume jewelry
The history of the brand for the production of costume jewelry, Charter Club (New York) began in 1997. Since 2004, the brand has been owned by one of the world’s largest department stores – Macy’s. An iconic and one of America’s oldest brands, Macy’s dates back to the late 19th century.
Charter Club’s costume jewelry production is located in China. Traditionally, these are beautiful figurative ornaments exquisitely packaged in branded boxes. Most often, jewelry designs include Christmas, Easter, Halloween and other holiday and classic motifs. The selection of brooches, pendants, necklaces and earrings is very diverse in terms of material, color and price. The material used in the creation of jewelry is also diverse – from an alloy of gold-tone metals to gilding, and silver, enamel, Swarovski crystals, rhinestones and art glass. Also characteristic in the design of jewelry is the use of abalone.
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Dolce Gabbana haute couture jewelry

Dolce Gabbana haute couture jewelry

Byzantine Empire collection. 2013. Dolce Gabbana haute couture jewelry

Dolce Gabbana haute couture jewelry
The variety of collections, where each collection differs from the previous one in form and style, is the jewelry of the Italian haute couture house Dolce & Gabbana.
Noteworthy, the famous Italian fashion designers owned two jewelry trademarks. The first international brand, Dolce & Gabbana, owned by GADO S.r.l. since 1994 for the production of costume jewelry and watches was registered in 1994. The second trademark, D&G fine jewelry, was registered in 2000.
Dolce & Gabbana costume jewelry is made from base metals, nickel-free and allergy-free. Also, designers use plastic, enamel, leather, resin, art glass imitating natural stones, crystal and rhinestones.
The epitome of chic and luxury, jewelry with the D&G logo is perfect for women of any status and age. Undoubtedly, the owners of these massive bracelets, earrings and necklaces with the D&G logo will be constantly in the spotlight.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who hail from Italy, founded Dolce & Gabbana in 1985 in Milan. Taking part in the Milano Collezioni fashion show, they immediately became popular. Italian designers have become the personification of youth, and the tendency to turn their dreams and desires into reality. Nowadays, D&G boutiques are available in more than 80 countries around the world.
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