Sonia B design vintage jewelry
Famous American designer Sonia Bitton has been creating unique, fashion-forward fine jewelry for several decades. According to the designer, in addition to her travels around the world, these are women who prefer her elegant creations inspire her most of all. New York based designer, Sonia is the creator of popular with customers Galarie De Bijoux – an exclusive collection of fine jewelry. Noteworthy, Sonia has worked with such famous jewelry houses as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bailey, Banks and Biddle, and others.
Traditionally, creating her decorations the designer uses precious metals, diamonds and rare gemstones.
This post features vintage decorations created by Sonia B design in 1980-1990s.
Category Archive: Vintage
Sonia B design vintage jewelry
Dorothy Bauer vintage costume jewelry
Born in 1940, Dorothy Eleanor Bauer grew up in a family of a jeweler who owned a jewelry store in California. From childhood, the girl saw and understood beauty, developing her artistic taste. As a result, she became a professional artist, having graduated from the College of Art in California. However, instead of a career as a professional sculptor, she took up jewelry and opened her own company “A Piece of the Rainbow” in 1981. Initially, she created hand-blown glass decorations and sold them in her own shop in Berkeley, CA, USA. Noteworthy, in 1982 she renamed her company to “Dorothy Bauer Designs”. She, alongside with her husband Robert Bauer, began creating sculptural jewelry using high end colored and clear faceted Austrian crystals and rhinestones.
Dorothy Bauer’s jewelry designs include brooches, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, hair ornaments, shoe clips and belt buckles. Traditionally, the designers used antique and fine silver, 23k gold, and antique brass. In general, Bauer produced decorations in series. In particular, Christmas, hearts, flower baskets, flowers, animals, birds, and Patriotic items. Also, some Limited Editions ornaments included hand engraved name and numbered pieces.
Since early 2010s, Dorothy Bauer has not been in business.
Philippe Ferrandis vintage costume jewelry
A modern French jewelry designer, artist and producer, Philippe Ferrandis creates luxury jewelry for ladies with extravagant taste. Baroque and modern style, combining semi-precious stones with Swarovski crystals and Czech glass from Bohemia, his creations are always bright and memorable.
A talented designer, Philippe grew up in a family of artists who unconditionally shaped his artistic taste and instilled a love of art. However, one of the most striking childhood experiences was a vintage brooch found in his grandmother’s box. From that day, he knew what he would do in the future. In 1986, he became a jewelry designer and quickly became successful and famous. Noteworthy, Fernandez created jewelry for the characters of historical films and performances. The actresses who wore his jewelry are Isabelle Adjani, Monica Bellucci and many other cinema and theater actresses.
In addition, prestigious French fashion houses such as Nina Ricci and Jean-Paul Gaultier, Pierre BALMAIN and Hubert de GIVENCHY, Chantal THOMAS and Oscar DE LA RENTA collaborated with him. Also, he created capsule collections for Carolina Herrera and Swarovski. The atelier celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2016. Meanwhile, a few years before this anniversary, the world-famous publishing house Assouline Publishing released a reference book about the master jeweler and his unforgettable works.
English vintage Kigu costume jewelry
Hungarian hereditary jeweler Gustav Kiashek, the son the famous master goldsmith Josef Kiashek, lived in Budapest. Initially, he produced compacts in his own workshop. Gustav had three sons – Charles, Paul and George. The eldest son, Charles moved to London and successfully worked as a goldsmith. Meanwhile, the youngest son, George moved to London where he founded his own jewelry company in 1939. He named it Kigu after his father Gustav Kiashek having used the first two letters of his surname and forename. For about half a century, Kigu produced costume quality pieces that have stood the test of time. However, in the 1980s another famous company, known for their compact and dressing table trinkets, as well as their brooches, bought Kigu.
Traditionally, Kigu jewelers created high quality costume decorations with lots of design and filigree details, marcasite, rich gold plating, rhinestones and stunning gems.
Jay Strongwater vintage costume jewelry
The American company “Jay Strongwater” creates unique jewelry and luxurious interior accessories. Highly qualified designers follow the main principle “Luxury is a special attention to details”.
A graduate of Rhode Island Design School, Strongwater began his career as a jeweler. In 1981, he created a small collection of jewelry. Oscar de la Renta almost immediately noticed the young designer, and the very next year, jewelry marked Jay Strongwater appeared in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. This allowed him to open his first studio in New York, and his jewelry began its ascent to world catwalks.
However, gradually the fashion shows began to do without the use of jewelry at all, or couturiers prefer cheaper versions of jewelry. Understanding this, in 1994 Jay Strongwater created a collection of … photo frames! Noteworthy, for the first time in his work, he uses jewelry techniques: jewelry alloys of tin, bronze and copper, coated with colored enamel using the Faberge technique and inlaid with semiprecious stones and Swarovski crystals. He pays equal attention to both the front and back of the products, which subsequently becomes his quality mark and business card.
Guy Laroche vintage costume jewelry
Laroche is a luxury brand with a high price level, justified by the highest quality products and the exclusivity of production. Founded in the heyday of Haute couture in 1957, it is still the benchmark in the fashion world. The first Guy Laroche jewelry collection appeared at the end of the 20th century. Laroche jewelry is a real work of art, created in accordance with the main values of the French elegance, grace and seduction. Classic, sometimes somewhat conservative, sometimes – emphasized glamorous and creative.
Due to fidelity to the traditions and courage of the designers, jewelry of this brand can be worn with a business suit and evening dress. Indeed, you will look equally appropriate during a business meeting, business lunch or a visit to the theater and restaurant.
Lia Sophia vintage costume jewelry
Vintage jewelry is always exquisite and beautiful. Antique jewelry embodies something special, it only wins over time. Vintage brooches, necklaces, rings or earrings, despite their image, never go out of fashion, no matter how paradoxical this sounds.
Costume jewelry marked Lia Sophia has been produced for about 30 years – from 1986 to 2014. Before 1986 it was Lady Remington Fashion Jewelry Inc. Lia Sophia manufactured high quality, superbly designed, fashion jewelry at reasonable prices. According to Chicago Tribune, the sole member of Lia Sophia, a Delaware corporation Kiam Equities, the husband-wife team Tory Kiam and creative director Elena Kiam ran Lia Sophia before it closed in 2014. The New York based couple took over the fashion jewelry business (Lady Remington Fashion Jewelry Inc) from Tory Kiam’s father, Victor Kiam. His son renamed it Lia Sophia, in honor of two of his daughters, in 2004. In fact, the company sold its jewelry mostly at home parties in a business model similar to Avon. Noteworthy, at its peak, Lia Sophia had more than 30,000 sales representatives. Although the direct sales business closed at the end of December 2014, they are still selling their products online.