Ines De La Fressange vintage costume jewelry
According to these designs, oak and only oak is worthy of admiration and artistic expression in brooches, earrings and bracelets. At the same time, these pieces amaze with variety of designs and the talent of their creator.
Meanwhile, the symbolic meaning of the oak in the mythology of the peoples of the world is extremely wide. In particular, longevity, splendor and power, fertility, vitality, fortitude, the origin of the great from the small, the sacred axis of the world, and heavenly gates.
Born on August 11, 1957 in France, Ines De La Fressange grew up in a wealthy aristocratic family, and began her modeling career at the age of 17. Already at the age of 18, she was on the cover of Elle, having become a style icon for many years. Karl Lagerfeld himself noted her beauty and resemblance to Coco Chanel. Indeed, she was the face of Chanel haute couture house for six years.
After the end of her modeling career, she created her own brand “Inès de la Fressange SA” and registered seven trademarks. In addition, she opened a boutique selling luxury goods, ready-to-wear, perfumes and designed by her costume jewelry.
Produced for no more than a decade, from 1991 to 2001, these gold tone decorations have become collectibles. Noteworthy, alongside with the initials “IF” the back side of each decoration, the marking often include number.
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Ines De La Fressange vintage costume jewelry
Candy Cane symbolic jewelry
Traditionally, most loved and collectible are vintage Christmas and New Year’s inspired costume decorations – Santas, wreaths, poinsettias, and snowmen. Also, no less popular are candy cane design brooches and pins.
A symbol of Christmas and New Year, the candy cane has many legends of its origin. One of them is about the choirmaster of the Cologne Cathedral, who could not calm down the singing boys during the service. The choirmaster ordered long lollipop sticks for the children. Using candies as a teaching aid, he bent them and reminded of the shepherds’ worship of the born Christ.
According to a popular in the United States legend, the inventor of the candy cane was a candy maker from Indiana. He also used Christian symbols in its design. Thus, the whiteness of the sugar stick symbolized the purity of the immaculate conception of Jesus Christ. Its firmness meant the cornerstone of the foundation of the Christian church. And the red stripes represent the blood shed by the Redeemer. Also, the shape J comes from the name “Jesus”.
However, the first documented appearance of candy canes in the United States belongs to German immigrant Augustus Imgard (1828–1904). It was he who in 1847 dressed a Christmas tree in Ohio with paper garlands, cookies, gilded nuts and Christmas canes.
Since then, the Christmas cane has inspired artists, designers and jewelers. Perhaps there is not a single costume jewelry company that has not created candy cane design brooch, pin, or pendant.
Hand of Fatima Hamsa symbolic jewelry
Once, the husband of Fatima (the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad) brought home his second wife. He introduced her to his wife when Fatima was cooking halva on the fire. Having received a blow to the heart, the girl dropped the spoon. She began to stir the boiling halva with her hand further, not feeling pain. Fatima’s heartache was stronger. Ali (her husband), struck by his wife’s worries, abandoned his intention. He remained faithful to his wife until the end of his days.
Archaeological evidence suggests that the downward-facing hamsa was used as a protective amulet in the region even before it was used by adherents of monotheistic religions.
In Judaism, Hamsa is associated with the five books of the Torah. Noteworthy, this is a common symbol in both Jewish and Muslim communities. Traditionally, in Jewish communities they call it the Hamsa Hand or the Hand of Miriam, while in Muslim communities it is the Hand of Fatima or the Khamsa.
Also, Hamsa in Hebrew and Arabic means five, and equally best known for the power to protect the owner from the evil eye and bring happiness to the holder.
Victorian era Mizpah jewelry with sense
Founded by two brothers in England, Mizpah jewelry company produced jewelry that symbolises an emotional bond and in translation means “I will always be with you.” These are spiritual ornaments with a meaning, intended for beloved and dear people – relatives, friends, and soulmates. The production of the company included chains, necklaces, engraved medallions and brooches with names, memorable dates and oaths. MIZPAH products were very popular among couples in the Victorian era. Traditionally made of silver, this antique jewelry is very much appreciated by collectors.
Mizpah is an amulet, a symbol of the emotional connection between parting people (even if one of them died). According to belief, it ensures the safe return of a loved one. The image of ivy on the decoration symbolized immortality, unfading love, fidelity, friendship and memory.
Turquoise stone magic properties
Called “Heavenly stone” in ancient times, turquoise certainly has magical properties. The Roman historian Pliny the Elder in the 1st century AD enthusiastically wrote about the Persian turquoise. According to him, it is “bluer than the azure of heaven” and for getting it “the caravans of merchants equip themselves to distant Khorasan”. Even then, turquoise entered the markets of the East from Persian mines. Further, through Turkey, it crossed to Europe, where it always found numerous fans.
Stone of victory and wealth
Turquoise, set in gold, adorned the robes of royalty and representatives of the nobility. Persian turquoise means “winner”. Considered a stone of victory in Muslim countries, “the mere sight of which is equivalent to reading the Koran”. In the East, from ancient times they attribute to it miraculous, magical power and wear it as a talisman.
Butterfly jewelry symbolism and meaning
Undoubtedly, the most popular jewelry design, so beloved by women, is a butterfly along with flowers. And this choice is not casual, but subconscious, therefore women intuitively choose a butterfly design. A symbol of the soul, immortality, rebirth and resurrection, the ability to transform, a butterfly is born, transforming from a usual caterpillar. Also, the butterfly is a symbol of the Great Goddess (Great Mother, Magna Mater). The image of the Great Goddess goes back to the ancient times of human history, to the Paleolithic. This supreme deity personified heaven and earth at the same time, life and death. Hence the belief that witches can turn into butterflies. Also, butterflies contribute to conception and foreshadow war, and butterflies are the souls of the dead.
In addition, in many cultures, the butterfly symbolizes the transient nature of joy. In China, this winged creature denotes immortality, leisure in abundance, joy and summer. The butterfly depicted with plum symbolizes longevity and beauty, with chrysanthemum – beauty in old age, with a feather – longevity.
Japanase women seasonal hair decorations
Everything in Japan has a deep meaning, even women’s jewelry. As the seasons change, human life flows, so do amazing kanzashi decorations. And each of them is not only a work of art, but also a part of female beauty, and a moment of her life.
Traditionally, Japanese women’s costume did not allow jewelry on their hands or necklaces around their necks. Accordingly, the main decoration for more than 400 years has become the hairstyle! In fact, hair ornaments – the main way of self-expression and demonstration of wealth and status. Real works of art, hair ornaments “kanzashi” with their variety in purpose and performance is worth a separate dictionary with descriptions. In particular, to figure out which piece of jewelry is for which lady, when and where you can wear it.
A very special kind of jewelry that changes throughout the year is seasonal hana-kanzashi jewelry with garlands of flowers. Noteworthy, each of the 28 seasons of the Japanese calendar has its own flower! Of course, only the master of high-class can make such decorations using special varieties of silk.