Irish Tara Ware vintage costume jewelry
The world famous sacred manuscript known as “The Book of Kells” is the main inspiration for the jewelry design of the Irish jewelry company Tara Ware Ltd. An old Irish manuscript is the most valuable piece of medieval art. The monks did their best to fulfill the murals, decorating each page with illustrations and ornaments. Written in black, red, magenta and yellow ink on parchment, the book contains 340 pages. Unfortunately, another 30 pages were lost.
Enamel jewelry is the art for which the ancient Irish were famous. The subtlety and intricacy of patterns used in jewelry work amaze with exquisite weaves and curls hand painted in bright colors. Using vibrant multicolor Guilloche enamel, copper, bronze and gilding, the craftsmen created medieval Celtic designs depicting birds and snakes. Traditionally, the marking includes the initials “TW” inside shamrock, or word “Tara” on the back. Accompanied by paper tags or postcards, each jewelry piece told a history of ancient Irish jewellery art, “as old as Ireland herself.”
The company produced costume jewelry for five decades, from 1935 to late 1980s.
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Irish Tara Ware vintage costume jewelry
Lindsay Claire Designs vintage costume jewelry
The history of vintage jewelry marked “LCD” (Lindsay Claire Designs) began on July 1, 1993, and spans a fairly short period, just over a decade. Located in Niagara Falls New York, the company thrived until the early 2000s. In 2006 Canadian couple Gord and Donna Doeler bought LCD and the company moved to their hometown of Barrie, Ontario. The Doelers had been making fine pewter products for 12 years before retiring.
Since 2018, the new owners of LCD – well-known US manufacturer of pewter gifts and collectibles Hampshire Pewter, located in Somersworth, NH.
However, it is the hand crafted LCD-labeled costume jewelry, mostly lapel pins made from fine pewter between 1993 and the early 2000s that is considered vintage and highly collectible.
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.