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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La Chatelaine antique fine jewelry
Italian designer Carlo Zini costume jewelry
Born in 1950 in Milan, Carlo Zini began producing jewelry in 1976. According to the designer himself, he finds inspiration in old movies, musicals and books on architecture. The world’s famous designer uses in his work absolutely everything – rhinestones, onyx, coral, jade, pearls, enamel, resin, fabric, fur, straw, silk, velvet … Noteworthy, Zini never repeats his collections, although you can immediately recognize the designer’s style. And this style is first of all love and respect for a woman, as well as her soul, grace and irony. Indeed, Carlo Zini jewelery satisfies the taste of the most demanding customers.
Creating jewelry (and watches) all his life, Carlo Zini has a small showroom, and sells his jewelry in boutiques all over the world. In particular, in Monte Carlo, Sardinia, Capri, Saint Tropez, Lugano, New York and Zurich. His production is not massive, but he always participates in exhibitions in Paris. Twice a year, regularly, he updates the collections.
Roberto Cavalli costume jewelry
Jewelry by Roberto Cavalli – a sparkling scattering of jewelry that has conquered the whole world with its quality and magnificence of performance. Both housewives and Hollywood stars wear jewelry by a famous Italian designer.
Born in Florence, Italy, Roberto Cavalli grew up in an artistic family. In particular, Robert’s grandfather Giuseppe Rossi was a world famous artist. And Cavalli himself studied at the Florentine Academy of Arts. Cavalli opened his first fashion boutique in Saint-Tropez in 1972.
Noteworthy, in 1998, Roberto Cavalli began producing costume jewelry called “Just Cavalli”. The brand surprises us with a variety of designs including ethnic style, plant and animal motifs. Traditionally, jewelry makers use silver and gold tone jewelry alloys, Swarovski crystals, precious and semi-precious stones and beads. Also, they confidently use jewelry enamel of various colors.
Thai silver jewelry unique style
Undoubtedly, Thailand has become a paradise for all silver lovers. Visitors to this country are foreign tourists who come here not only to just have a good rest, but also to get cheap silver jewelry.
Making jewelry of silver – in Thailand, is quite an ancient craft, and Thailand has a huge reserve of silver. Traditionally, silver jewelry adorn national dresses and decorate head and body of Thai women. Today, Thai silver is very much appreciated, both domestically and throughout the world. According to belief, Thai silver is one of the best in the world. Besides, Thailand is the world leader in the production of silver jewelry.
Noteworthy, the discovery of ore deposits in the 1980s in this country led to the rapid development of jewelry production. And the state has taken silver jewelry production under strict control. The level of pure silver – in jewelry, does not fall below 92.7 percent, and, as a rule, Thai jewelry silver is a sterling alloy of 925 samples. Due to the low tax, it is not so expensive.
New vintage – Laurel Burch costume jewelry
Born in 1945, talented designer Laurel Burch had to leave her native town in California and move to San Francisco at the age of 14. Already six years later, remaining after an unsuccessful marriage with two children in her arms, she had to survive. Laurel finds a way out – she begins to make jewelry that sells on the streets of the city.
Fortunately, the works of Laurel were so unusually beautiful that pedestrians on the streets and friends began to buy these decorations for themselves. So begins the phenomenon of Laurel Burch. Self-taught artist, Laurel herself said: “In our rapidly changing world, we must have something that reminds us of our souls.”
Traditionally, her works combine in themselves different cultures, cosmic connection with earthly things. And even with severe pains, when she could not even rise from the bed, she continued to create … to create beauty, to transform earthly things into magical images. In 2007, Laurel died due to a complication of her illness. But her work remained forever to inspire our souls.
Roman vintage costume jewelry
Originally, founded in 1973 by Melvin Roman in Chicago, Roman Company produced brand jewelry skillfully imitating expensive jewelry. Soon, the decorations became very popular among jewelry lovers. The company used high quality materials and was famous for its performance. Traditionally, jewelers used high quality Austrian crystals, cabochons, rhinestones, mother of pearl, enamel and jewelry alloy of gold tone.
Meanwhile, ten years later, in 1984, Melvin sold his company and became a designer and distributor of jewelery made in Far Eastern countries.
According to jewelry lovers and collectors of vintage costume jewelry, excellent quality of materials has always distinguished Roman jewelry. The company has worked for just over 10 years, so its decorations are very rare.
Michal Golan handcrafted jewelry art
American artist Michal Golan – designer and founder of the company, opened in 1982 in New York. Michal herself came from Israel. According to Golan, she finds inspiratrion in the art of the Victorian era, Byzantium and the Middle East. And the second source of her inspiration is the visual richness that she encounters in her everyday life. Perhaps, that’s why her bright and elegant decorations are not just costume jewelry, but a real piece of jewelry art.
Noteworthy, Michal Golan jewelry exhibits an abundance of stones, cabochons, crystals, and semi-precious stones. Creating decorations she usually uses varios metals and jewelry alloys of gold and silver tone, gold plating, brass and pewter. Traditionally unusual in their beauty and elegance, flowers and floral patterns are framed in round and oval, triangular and rectangular shapes. Combining geometry, beauty of nature, fantasy and high craftsmanship, jewelry is deservedly popular with women and lovers of costume jewelry.