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 jewellery designer. He graduated from the Department of Metal Design of the Tallinn Art Institute (1992), and Latvian Academy of Arts (2005). Since 1996, Lauders participated in international group exhibitions in Europe, America and Russia. Laureate of the Baltic Triennial of Applied Arts in Tallinn. Noteworthy, in 1998, the Riga City Council awarded him with the title of “The best jewelry artist of the year”. His works decorate the Latvian Museum of Applied Arts and Design, as well as private collections around the world.
The artist’s handwriting is instantly captured in the details, forms and materials he used. To achieve this, he masterly uses such classic jewelry technologies as inlay, engraving on a mammoth tusk and an ebony tree. Among other techniques are 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 passed from generation to generation”. The materials he uses can withstand time and do not fade. According to Guntis, in the creative process he does not like any restrictions.
Rodrigo Otazu statement jewelry
The history of Argentinean fashion brand Rodrigo Otazu began in 1991. His decorations first attracted attention when they appeared in the Australian magazine Vogue. Now Rodrigo lives in New York, where he creates capsule collections and jewelry for show business stars.
Known as “Jeweller to the Stars”, many celebrities love his 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 of Christian La Croix, Clements Ribeiro, Emanuel Ungaro, Giambattista Valli, Jean-Paul Gualtier, etc.
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 renowned Latin American jewelry designer, Daniel Espinosa has learned Mexican silver craftsmanship since childhood. Born in 1969, he grew in a family of goldsmiths in Taxco, and jewelry is in his DNA. According to Espinosa, he prefers attractive jewelry with geometric volumes.
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
Signed Yumi 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
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.
According to Brummel, jewelry designers of the 19th and early 20th centuries such as Klee, Calder, Miro and the Bauhaus inspire him.
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.
Linda Ladurner jewelry
The history of Linda Ladurner jewelry brand began in Paris in 1982. Noteworthy, she works in her studio creating exceptionally unique jewelry from oxidized silver and forged gold. According to Linda, she prefers precious materials because they are durable, unchanged and live for centuries. In addition, she uses precious stones.
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 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 films or cultural news.