Jewellery house Black Starr Frost
Active since 1810, Black, Starr & Frost – the oldest and the most famous jewelry brand in America. Indeed, the most influential families of the time were its clients. Among them, in particular, Carnegie, Vanderbilt, Rockefellers, Guggenheim and Windsor. The company opened one of the first stores on Fifth Avenue in New York. It was here that celebrities and royal families bought some of the largest gems in the world. By the way, Marilyn Monroe mentions them in one of his popular songs, “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.”
Meanwhile, Black, Starr & Frost jewelry collections reach prices from $ 1000 to $ 1 million and above.
Noteworthy, in 2006, Molina Group acquired the company to continue the success of the glorious brand. As a result, the company has a reputation of the creator of high-quality jewellery with a modern, yet timeless design. The new owner also seeks to return this legendary company to the place it once occupied on top of Olympus of American luxury.
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Jewellery house Black Starr Frost
Flying lady brooches – Karen Rossi jewelry art
According to American jewelry designer, sculptor and artist Karen Rossi, she began her professional career in 1987 as a family welding business. And for jewelry lovers, the designer became known for her very cute and funny pins. In particular, striking in their originality decorations depicting flying ladies. Besides, these flying figures personify various professions, and hobbies, from a shopaholic to a teacher.
Traditionally, American designer Rossi uses pewter (tin-based alloy), bright enamel, rhinestones and faux pearls. Also, all these pins have the designer’s stamp. Of course, such unusual themed pin will be a perfect gift for your colleague, sister, grandmother, best friend, gardener, or a teacher.
Noteworthy, hand crafted pins created by Rossi are collectible.
Maison Les Nereides costume jewelry
The history of the French brand “Les Nereides” began with the love story of Pascal and Enzo Amaddeo. She, from a hereditary family of artists (her grandfather was a friend of the famous Belgian artist Rene Magritte). He, from a family of non-conformist Italians. Young people met in Belgium at the Academy of Fine Arts and fell in love at first sight.
A wedding took place very soon, and on April 14, 1980, the world saw their first joint creation – a jewelry boutique in Nice. Their union is a combination of two worlds with common interests, a love for photography, life and a great desire to fulfill their dreams. By the way, the name “Les Nereides” means “sea nymphs”.
Meanwhile, visiting their website I’ve stumbled upon a quote about jewelry by outstanding Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky. “The jewels are like music, there are so many notes, you have to play with them and create your own melody to put the strings of the soul in motion”.
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.
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.