American vintage Cyvra costume jewelry
The unique Cyvra jewelry brand appeared in the 1950s in Topanga, California and ceased to exist in 1960s. It was a family business created by talented American artists Vera and Cyril Wood. Vera Wood grew up in England, and this probably determined the direction of their jewelry design. In particular, mythical creatures traditional for England, magical sea fish, mermaids, elves and mythological monsters. Traditionally, designers used their own wax casting method, achieving detailed rendering. It was incredibly delicate work with the use of silver and gold. Also, artists often used abalone of sea shells. Due to their high quality work, designers made many products for well-known brands, such as Cassini, Tortolani, Hime, Ruser, and Volupte. Noteworthy, the artists produced their decorations in small quantities. Accordingly, rarely found on sale, Cyvra jewelry brand products are in high demand among the lovers of vintage costume jewelry.
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American vintage Cyvra costume jewelry
Latvian jewellery designer Guntis Lauders
Born 31 May 1965 in Riga, Guntis Lauder is a talented and creative Latvian jewellery designer. The artist’s handwriting is instantly captured in the details, forms and materials used. To achieve this, the jewelry artist masterly uses such classic jewelry technology as inlay, engraving on a mammoth tusk and an ebony tree. Also, especially difficult soldering, casting and forging. Traditionally, the designer uses silver, mammoth tusk, garnets, green amethyst, pyrite, agate, smoky quartz, ebony, black and white pearls, topaz and more.
“I would like my jewelry to be worn and looked at for another hundred years, passed from generation to generation. Once, in the distant future, the ring I created will receive a new breath, and some successor to one of my clients will wear it. This explains the choice of materials – silver, gold, precious stones, ebony, mahogany, mammoth tusk, coconut bark, corals, pearls and amber. They can withstand time, do not fade, and will not lose their value. Probably, such solidity is in my Latvian blood. And, on the contrary, in the creative process of the birth of my ideas, I do not like any restrictions.”
Rodrigo Otazu statement jewelry
A brand of Argentinean fashion designer, Rodrigo Otazu has been synonymous with style, charm and beauty since its inception in 1991. His decorations first attracted attention in the fashion world when they appeared in the Australian magazine Vogue. Now Rodrigo lives in New York, where he works not only on his own jewelry lines, but also creates capsule collections for show business stars. Known as “Jeweller to the Stars”, many movie and show business stars love Otazu handcrafted jewelry. Among them – Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Britney Spears, Mariah Kerry, Nicole Kidman and others. His jewelry regularly appear in best fashion shows. In particular, Christian La Croix, Clements Ribeiro, Emanuel Ungaro, Giambattista Valli, Jean-Paul Gualtier, Thierry Mugler, Viktor and Rolf. Also, almost all glossy magazines about style and fashion featured his jewelry.
Noteworthy, Otazu created a special collection for the main characters of the film “SEX AND THE CITY 2”. Worn by celebrities, his jewelry appeared at all the major industry award ceremonies, including the Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, and the Grammys.
Daniel Espinosa handcrafted jewelry
The most recognizable Latin American jewelry designer, Daniel Espinosa has learned Mexican silver craftsmanship since childhood. Born in a family of jewelers in Taxco, jewelry is in his DNA. According to Espinosa, he prefers attractive jewelry with geometric volumes, and he is working to enable creative people to express themselves with jewelry. A lot of stars love and wear vibrant, bold, innovative and undeniably luxurious Daniel Espinosa jewelry. In particular, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Melanie Griffith, Eva Longoria, Shakira, Nelly Furtado, Salma Hayek, Oprah, Susan Sarandon, Holly Berry, Gwyneth Paltrow, and many more.
The designer combines the latest trends in the world of jewelry with ancient traditions using silver – metal, which is the hallmark of the designer’s homeland, Mexico.
All Espinosa jewelry is exclusively handmade, which from Mexico conveys to us the culture and fashion spirit. Focused primarily on style, complement, his decorations often create the necessary direction in the image.
Japanese jewelry designer Yumi Ueno
Yumi Ueno jewelry – three-dimensional geometric abstractions and bizarre, humorous fantasies. Traditionally, to create her works, she uses precious and semiprecious stones, as well as gold and sterling silver. According to Ueno, she prefers to use semiprecious stones because the variety of their colors, structures and shapes attract her.
Born in Japan, she studied Graphic Design at Musashino Art University, Tokyo (1970-74). Nearly twenty years later, she mastered Silversmithing at the Barnsdall Art Center, Los Angeles (1989-90). A talented artist and jewelry designer, Ueno has participated in numerous art exhibitions in galleries and museums, where she has received well-deserved awards. In particular, the first place at exhibitions in 1995, 1996, 1998, 1989, 2001, 2002, 2013, and 2014 in California, Illinois and Arizona. Also, the work of the designer periodically appears on the pages of prestigious magazines, newspapers and directories of art galleries and art festivals. For example, the San Francisco Chronicle, Best of America Jewelry Artists, American Craft Magazine, Lapidary Journal, New York Magazine, New York Times, etc.
American jewelry designer Heinz Brummel
Combining old traditions and quality with a modern design, Heinz Brummel creates unique jewelry. Observing the formal requirements of “fine art,” he goes beyond the traditional approaches to creating jewelry. In particular, in a combination of precious and non-precious materials, which the master “alchemizes” into exquisite objects of jewelry art. As a result, we see a personal decoration in the field of fine art, a miniature sculpture in the macro world. According to Brummel, jewelry designers of the 19th and early 20th centuries such as Klee, Calder, Miro and the Bauhaus inspire him.
Born in 1955 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, into a family of German immigrants, Heinz Brummel is a talented jewelry designer. Noteworthy, a self-taught artist, Brummel has participated in numerous group and solo jewelry exhibitions in the United States, as well as abroad since 1981. Brummel works are in collections of famous institutions. In particular, the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC and the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Also, at the Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine Wisconsin.
Unique and beautiful Linda Ladurner jewelry
Linda Ladurner jewelry is a work of art that we can contemplate as much as wear with grace. Noteworthy, she works alone to create jewelry from oxidized silver and forged gold inlaid with precious stones. According to Linda, she prefers precious materials because they are durable, unchanged and live for centuries.
In 1982, she opened her studio in Paris and has since been creating exceptionally unique jewelry, while maintaining a recognizable style. The talent and imagination of the designer allows her a free and spontaneous game with forms and directly with the material. Creating her jewelry collages, she draws her inspiration from different cultures and eras, showing a very personal original expression. Traditionally, the plots of her design include legends or city landscapes, as well as abstract objects, the reliefs of which, graphic or geometric, enliven the imagination. For about forty years the designer draws her inspiration from nature, the city, the art of different cultures and eras, as well as from films or cultural news.