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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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Button jewellery art

Button jewellery art

Button jewellery art

You can become an archangel, a fool or a criminal, and no one will notice it. But if you have no buttons – everyone pay attention to it, “- wrote Erich Maria Remarque. Indeed, for several millennia button faithfully serves man.
Prehistoric people fastened their clothes out of animal skins with the help of pieces of wood or bone. Later came to light pins, buckles, buttons and hooks. Already in IV-III millennium BC. e. our ancestors who lived in what is now the Moscow region, wore amber buttons in the form of a disc with two holes. The golden buttons were among the treasures unearthed in Asia by Heinrich Schliemann, as is well known, his finds are much older than Homeric Troy. Reform of the suit in the XIII century, the invention of a cut, allowed to wear tight clothes, like a second skin – has led to a massive use of buttons.
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Jewellery designer Maria Brik

A grotesque brooch 'Girl with the Moon'

A grotesque brooch ‘Girl with the Moon’. Art work by jewellery designer Maria Brik

A mysterious, unusual, grotesque brooch ‘Girl with the Moon’, made in the author’s technique of cold porcelain, hand-painted with acrylic, natural mother of pearl inlay, art glass with gold leaf and natural pearls. The author of this brooch – Maria Brik – jewellery designer, living in Israel – Judea and Samaria, Netanya. For almost ten years she has worked in the cinema. Three years ago, she set up her own design studio “Murrmelad” (marmalade) where she creates all this beauty. Maria tries to create bright, positive, pleasant to the touch decorations, and as she says, “as delicious as marmalade,” and only natural things. Their mission, according to the artist, to cheer up, turning life into marmalade. All decorations are made by hand from natural materials, natural stones and pearls.
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Maria Venecia Jeweled Crowns

Crown Mio Bello in the style of D & G

Maria Venecia Jeweled Crowns

Crowns made by talented master jeweler Maria Venecia are absolutely fantastic, a real piece of jewelry, worth to be inherited by descendants. Making her breathtakingly beautiful crowns, Maria not only uses antique furniture, fine stones, she puts her soul into each work. All this makes the crown a truly unique and in some cases even not repeatable. When you simply look or touch the crown, it seems that you touch the history and come back to the days when old masters created their unreal masterpieces. Maria is inspired by the masterpieces of the past – French painter Jacques Majorelle, Spanish Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, Czech Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha, German architect August Endell. She started from the style of contemporary designers – Italians Dolce & Gabbana, French Christian Lacroix, German Karl Lagerfeld …, while not forgetting about the luxury of the East, to create one-of-a-Kind luxury decorations, in which can be traced flexible flowing lines of vegetable pattern, whimsical fantasy of flower bushes.
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From old bag to clutch

From old bag to clutch

From old bag to clutch, photo venecia-maria.livemaster.ru

One can hardly imagine a working woman or a housewife, a student or a young old pensioner without a bag. Omnia mea mecum porto (lat) “I carry all my things with me” – this cry of medieval mercenaries often repeats the modern woman, referring to the contents of her handbag. After all, there are passport and money, driving license, cosmetic, keys, a copy of the employment contract, unopened tights, a bar of chocolate, hygienic things, a mobile phone, and what not! The sea of current bags is boundless. These are ​​elegant handbags, business cases, roomy sports and shopping bags, as well as various modifications – from old bag to clutch. British Queen Elizabeth II, buying her favorite items, inadvertently gathered a huge collection, with preference for models of handbag, close to the business. This is probably not conscious, but subconsciously perceived magical symbol: Let the Queen’s bag be roomy and filled with food, as a sign of prosperity to her people.
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Portuguese filigree jewellery

Traditional Portuguese jewelry

Traditional Portuguese filigree jewellery

Folk dress of Portuguese woman decorated with jewelry has been always highly valued because of its superior quality and a special technique of making ornaments – filigree. The oldest objects found on the territory of modern Portugal, made in filigree, dated 2500-2000 BC. It should also be noted that the Portuguese gold has the highest purity in Europe – 19.2 carats (80% purity). Forms and design of jewelry are closely associated with the history and religion. For example, the famous heart of Viana (coração de Viana), the form of which is observed in present day traditional earrings is one of the oldest symbols of Portugal.
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Caterpillar luxurious jewellery

Caterpillar luxurious jewellery. Unique 19th Century Golden Caterpillar Robot

Caterpillar luxurious jewellery. Unique 19th Century Ethiopian Golden Caterpillar Robot

This so called Ethiopian Caterpillar is a unique work of Swiss jeweler and watch maker Henri Maillardet. 200-year-old masterpiece of high jewellery, the caterpillar is still in excellent working condition. The realistic automaton was created for some wealthy Chinese aristocrat. When the Ethiopian Caterpillar was sold at auction in 2010, it fetched a price of more than $415,000. It joins five other such caterpillars known to exist, all of which reside in prestigious art collections. At one time, robots were meant for the amusement of wealthy collectors and art enthusiasts. This stunning caterpillar automaton from approximately 1820 is a wonder of both artistry and workmanship. The Ethiopian Caterpillar is made of rubies, diamonds, emeralds, pearls, and turquoise all set in gold. The caterpillar’s eleven jointed ring segments combine to form a “body” that undulates like a real caterpillar, crawling realistically. Its body moves up and down simulating the undulations of a caterpillar by means of a set of gilt-metal knurled wheels.
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