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American enamel artist jeweler William Harper

American enamel artist jeweler William Harper

Grotesque self-portrait of the artist as an oracle IV. 1989. Work by American enamel artist jeweler William Harper

American jeweler William Harper

Born in 1944 in Ohio, William Harper is one of the greatest American jewelers of the 20th century. His decorations – recognized masterpieces that are in private collections and museum exhibitions around the world. An amazing combination of genius and skill!
His exotic and often esoteric images, complex and brilliant jewelry work with enamel, make his products unique in this area.
In fact, the base of such an extraordinary vision is an extensive knowledge of the history of art and a deep understanding of human nature. Noteworthy, New York based jeweler Harper has been creating convincing and innovative works for more than forty years.

His products are in the collections of the American Museum of Crafts, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Also, represented in the Vatican Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
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Christopher Walling Jewelry Art

Baroque pearl 18 gold plated cross earrings. 1990s. Active since 1972 Christopher Walling Jewelry Art

Christopher Walling Jewelry Art

The story of self-taught jewelry designer Walling began in his childhood when he was… eight years old! The son of the United Nations’ activist, he spent his childhood in the capitals of Lebanon, France, Switzerland, and West Africa. According to Walling, Africa influenced his love affair for color. In particular, the fabrics of African women’s clothes, the way they wore turbans, and their elegance. He was there for two years and undoubtedly, had great and useful experience there. Meanwhile, in 1968 he moved to New York. Already in 1972 he began making his own jewelry line, which we now know under the name of Christopher Walling. Noteworthy, the designer became known mostly for his unusually shaped and rare baroque pearl and diamond jewelry. His work has significantly influenced modern jewelry, featured in various TV programs. In particular, two PBS documentaries, the Nova program, “Mystique of the Pearl” and the Nature special “Diamonds.”
Described by Sotheby’s as “undoubtedly one of the most exciting jewelry designers”, his creations have adorned many celerbrities. Among them Maya Angelou, Linda Gray, Brook Hayward, Jasper Johns, Alex Katz, Queen Noor of Jordan, Danielle Steele, Renee Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor and others.
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Japanase women seasonal hair decorations

Hair accessories, known as kanzashi have become real works of art. Japanase women seasonal hair decorations

Hair accessories, known as kanzashi have become real works of art. Japanase women seasonal hair decorations

Japanase women seasonal hair decorations

Everything in Japan has a deep meaning, even women’s jewelry. As the seasons change, human life flows, so do amazing kanzashi decorations. And each of them is not only a work of art, but also a part of female beauty, and a moment of her life.
Traditionally, Japanese women’s costume did not allow jewelry on their hands or necklaces around their necks. Accordingly, the main decoration for more than 400 years has become the hairstyle! In fact, hair ornaments – the main way of self-expression and demonstration of wealth and status. Real works of art, hair ornaments “kanzashi” with their variety in purpose and performance is worth a separate dictionary with descriptions. In particular, to figure out which piece of jewelry is for which lady, when and where you can wear it.
A very special kind of jewelry that changes throughout the year is seasonal hana-kanzashi jewelry with garlands of flowers. Noteworthy, each of the 28 seasons of the Japanese calendar has its own flower! Of course, only the master of high-class can make such decorations using special varieties of silk.
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The oldest American jewellery house Black Starr & Frost

Jewellery house Black Starr & Frost

Aquamarine Diamond Platinum Yellow Gold Pendant Brooch. Jewellery house Black Starr & Frost

Jewellery house Black Starr & Frost
Active since 1810, Black, Starr & Frost – the oldest and the most famous jewelry brand in America. Indeed, the most influential families of the time were its clients. In particular, Carnegie, Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, Guggenheims and Windsor. The company opened one of the first stores on Fifth Avenue in New York. It was here that celebrities and royal families bought some of the largest gems in the world. By the way, Marilyn Monroe mentions them in one of his popular songs, “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.”
Meanwhile, Black, Starr & Frost jewelry collections reach prices from $ 1000 to $ 1 million and above.
Noteworthy, in 2006, Molina Group acquired the company to continue the success of the glorious brand. As a result, the company has a reputation of the creator of high-quality jewelery with a modern, yet timeless design. The new owner also seeks to return this legendary company to the place it once occupied on top of Olympus of American luxury.
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Flying lady brooches – Karen Rossi jewelry art

Hand painted enameled pin from the series Fancy Flight. Pewter, Enamel. Flying lady brooches - Karen Rossi jewelry art

Hand painted enameled pin from the series Fancy Flight. Pewter, Enamel. Flying lady brooches – Karen Rossi jewelry art

Flying lady brooches – Karen Rossi jewelry art
According to American jewelry designer, sculptor and artist Karen Rossi, she began her professional career in 1987 as a family welding business. And for jewelry lovers, the designer became known for her very cute and funny pins. In particular, striking in their originality decorations depicting flying ladies. Besides, these flying figures personify various professions, and hobbies, from a shopaholic to a teacher. Traditionally, American designer Karen Rossi uses pewter (tin-based alloy), bright enamel, rhinestones and faux pearl. All decoratins have designer’s stamp. Of course, such unusual themed pin will be a perfect gift for your colleague, sister, grandmother, best friend, gardener, or a teacher.
Noteworthy,
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Maison Les Nereides costume jewelry

Maison Les Nereides costume jewelry

Parisian lovers gold plated rhinestones hand painted enameled earrings. Maison Les Nereides costume jewelry

Maison Les Nereides costume jewelry
The history of the French brand “Les Nereides” began with the love story of Pascal and Enzo Amaddeo. She, from a hereditary family of artists (her grandfather was a friend of the famous Belgian artist Rene Magritte). He, from a family of non-conformist Italians. Young people met in Belgium at the Academy of Fine Arts and fell in love at first sight.
A wedding took place very soon, and on April 14, 1980, the world saw their first joint creation – a jewelry boutique in Nice. Their union is a combination of two worlds with common interests, a love for photography, life and a great desire to fulfill their dreams. By the way, the name “Les Nereides” means “sea nymphs”.
Meanwhile, visiting their website I’ve stumbled upon a quote about jewelry by outstanding Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky. “The jewels are like music, there are so many notes, you have to play with them and create your own melody to put the strings of the soul in motion”.
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Brooches as hair ornaments. La Chatelaine antique fine jewelry

Used as hair ornament 18K yellow gold and platinum brooch clip. Double clip that forms a flower with 3 scrolled leave petals in diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emerald. 1950-1960s. La Chatelaine antique fine jewelry

Used as hair ornament 18K yellow gold and platinum brooch clip. Double clip that forms a flower with 3 scrolled leave petals in diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emerald. 1950-1960s. La Chatelaine antique fine jewelry

La Chatelaine antique fine jewelry
Passionate about Art Deco and Retro jewelry art, Lara van Schaik is a professional gemologist and the owner of an online boutique “La Chatelaine Jewelry”. The boutique sells exquisite high-quality French and Dutch jewels of 1900-1960s. Her web boutique got such an appropriate name thanks to French locals, who called her La Chatelaine. In fact, La chatelaine means “Lady of the Manor” or “Key holder”, and she is both. Thus, she runs a 18th century chateau located in Burgundy and rents it out for weddings and parties.
Born into the family of antique jewelry dealer (her mum), Lara grew up with some knowledge and love for jewelry. And later she decided to turn her life passion into a jewelry company. Traditionally, she finds her treasures in Paris and in the French countryside, auctions, and exhibitions. Noteworthy, she blogs about her “trouvailles”, jewelry stories, notable events and all activities. Her blog is truly informative and interesting to read. La Chatelaine aims to help woman to become confident, independent and smart in wearing retro jewelry that underlines her personality.
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