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Kenyan passion for beaded jewelry

Kenyan passion for beaded jewelry

Kenyan passion for beaded jewelry. Photographer Eric Lafforgue

North Kenyan tribes of Samburu and Rendille may differ in the languages they speak, but have the same passion for beaded jewelry. Beaded bracelets, necklaces, head adornments worn mainly for their beauty, can also tell much about relationships, special events and customs. Beaded jewellery is not only tradition, but a sophisticated and evolving fashion. From their young age, the girls are offered strings of beads by their fathers. The first layers of necklaces are usually red, as it means the girl is engaged (which can be at a very early age).
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Ariel Mosaic jewellery

Pendant Snail, natural stones of gem quality - charoite, rhodonite, red and pink coral, mother of pearl, pearl

Pendant Snail, natural stones of gem quality – charoite, rhodonite, red and pink coral, mother of pearl, pearl. Ariel Mosaic jewellery

Creative duo of jewelry designers Alyona and Igor have been creating beautiful mosaic jewelry of natural stones in their workshop “Ariel Mosaic” for many years. Alyona says “the creator of this style – Moscow artist Igor Groshev, my teacher”. Creating Ariel Mosaic jewellery the master uses only natural stones, such as turquoise, malachite, lapis lazuli, charoite, rhodonite, corals, as well as mother of pearl, and the the pearl of exceptional beauty “galiotis”. All works are created by her author’s sketches, there are no two identical, so each piece of jewelry is unique. All Jewellery is made entirely by hand, including locks for earrings, brooches, pendants, bracelets and cuff-links.
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Alyona Abramova unique jewellery

Alyona Abramova unique jewellery. African woman. Brooch manual molding with coral

Alyona Abramova unique jewellery. African woman. Brooch manual molding with coral

Russian artist, jeweler Alyona Abramova is a master of lacquer miniature. She graduated from Kholuy art school named after NN Kharlamov in 2004. Kholui – famous in Russia center of traditional lacquer miniature. In the words of the artist herself, she fell in love with this little piece of Russia, who is still in awe of its silence and nature. Nature and silence – the best teacher for the artist. Brooches created by Alyona Abramova are truly unique, they can not be confused with the work of any other jewelers. All jewelry – brooches, pendants, jewelry boxes are made by hand, using techniques of modeling and painting. Materials used by the master – various precious and semi-precious stones, mother of pearl, gold, silver.
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Verba wise jewellery by Anna Fanigina

Vintage brooch from the collection 'Everything Changes, Nothing Is Truly Lost', 2009

Vintage brooch from the collection ‘Everything Changes, Nothing Is Truly Lost’, 2009. Verba wise jewellery

Simple forms and wise sayings in Latin – the main feature of the jewelry by Riga based designer Anna Fanigina. For more than 15 years, Anna creates her products under the brand name Verba. The admirers of Verba creations say that Latin wisdom tested for centuries, can actually support in a difficult situation and suggest the correct solution. The most exquisite collection by Anna Fanigina – vintage brooches from the series ‘Everything Changes, Nothing Is Truly Lost’, was made in 2009. The main idea of the collection is transformation of things and feelings from the past – silhouettes of people, ships, pigeons. The collection consists of silver and golden brooches with inserted old photos vintage post cards and reproductions of old costume jewelry. The materials used for creation of brooches – semi-precious and precious stones – topaz, garnets, aquamarines, amethysts, sapphires, antique and Murano glass.
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Dolce Gabbana 2016 head accessories

Dolce Gabbana 2016 head accessories

Dolce Gabbana 2016 head accessories

Dolce Gabbana 2016 head accessories – tiaras, headbands, hairpins, combs, headphones, and the crown – a truly distinctive feature of the iconic Italian fashion brand. Without changing traditions, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have dedicated to their homeland yet another women’s collection, the show which took place on the eve of Fashion Week in Milan. At this time, a source of inspiration for designers became vintage postcards advertising the most famous resorts in Italy: Capri, Florence, Rome, Venice. The main theme of the collection is reflected not only in print, adorning clothes, but also in the style, made in retro. The recent collection of Dolce and Gabbana was very bright, with excellent color combination, massive tiaras and hair ornaments of all colors of the rainbow, united by one theme – flowers.
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From Watches to jewellery

From Watches to jewellery

From Watches to jewellery – Swan. L’Heure Envoutée de Cartier collection. Watch in rhodium-plated 18-carat white gold, pear-shaped and briolette-cut diamonds, emerald eye. Quartz movement

Control over time – a natural need and an urgent need for modern man, evolved over thousands of years. Electronic quartz and mechanical watches, inextricably linked with our everyday life, have a long chain of ancestors. The same as a representative of silver wear, luxurious fabrics, weapons, horse harness, watches have been the subject of diplomatic donation – the precious parcels were shared at the state level. In 1557, the Swedish king Gustav I brought to Ivan the Terrible gilded cup with the clock in the lid. Fedor, his son and heir came to the delight of the astronomical clock with calendar – Gift of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II. Later, from Vienna arrived two musical automaton with moving figures chiming hours. Having become a prestigious thing and the object of admiration, they cost extremely expensive. To afford such luxury could only elite circle. In creating pocket watch took part representatives of various jewelry specialties. The materials chosen for the corps – gold, silver, bronze, precious and semiprecious stones, with the whole arsenal of methods and techniques of jewelry. Dandies wore several watches at a time, at least – made in gold and silver.
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Powder and lipstick

Powder and lipstick

Powder case of the XIX century, Russia, Hermitage

Up to 20-ies of XX century to use cosmetics – Powder and lipstick was considered bad taste, worthy only ladies of the demimonde. In the 20s the situation changed radically. Cosmetics has become a fashionable attribute. The first compact powder was imported into Europe from the United States. The novelty was quickly appreciated and the production began in France, where the powder often wore the name of major perfume houses such as Coty Houbigant. In the 30-40s of the XX century, designer Line Vautrin used bronze, creating packaging for powder which looked like jewelry. Powder boxes took an infinite variety of forms, bearing the reflection of the talent of the master. Sometimes the body depicted puzzles or poetic quotations, not devoid of humor.

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