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Category Archive: Vintage

Russian Art Nouveau jewellery

Belle Epoque handcrafted Diamond Brooch Pin. Russian Art Nouveau jewellery

Belle Epoque handcrafted Diamond Brooch Pin. Moscow, 1908 – 1917. The brooch is marked on pin and on pin guard with maker’s initials ‘AM’ for Moscow jeweler Alexander Moskvin

Art Nouveau Jewellery has “geographical” features. French Art Nouveau jewellery, for example, by Lucien Gaillard, Georges Fouquet, is masterly asymmetrical, while “the German mind” (Wilhelm von Cranach Lucas) tends to symmetry. Palette also varies, and in Russia it is different than in Europe. Russian Revival Style of the 1910s, called Neo-Russian Modern was influenced by medieval Russo-Byzantine tradition. Russian Art Nouveau jewellery was produced in Moscow in 1908-1917, the period before and during the World War I. Russian medieval designs and shapes were mixed with typical Belle Epoque forms and elements, resulting in a unique Russian jewelry style not seen anywhere else.
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French jewelry designer Jean Schlumberger

The brooch 'Bird on a Rock'. Tiffany Diamond. image - Wikipedia. French jewelry designer Jean Schlumberger

The brooch ‘Bird on a Rock’. Tiffany Diamond. image – Wikipedia. French jewelry designer Jean Schlumberger

French jewelry designer Jean Schlumberger
Bird on a Rock has been one of Jean Schlumberger’s most iconic pieces since its introduction in 1965. Born in Mulhouse, France, Jean Schlumberger was the son of Paul Albert Edward Schlumberger (1877 – 1952) and Elizabeth Schoen (1884 – 1942), both worked in the textile industry. Already in his youth, Jean showed talent for drawing, but his parents tried to discourage him from the artistic activity, forbidding him to undertake formal training. In 1930, his father sent his son to Berlin to be engaged in banking activities. However, Jean finds a complete lack of interest and talent for numbers, and soon moved to Paris, where he indulges his love of art.
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Insect Jewellery Kaleidoscope

Insect Jewellery Kaleidoscope

Insect Jewellery Kaleidoscope. Brooch. Gold, diamonds, pearls, opal. 1879

Insects in jewelry existed at all times, but the real fashion for them began in the early XIX century with the development of the natural sciences. Since then, bugs, butterflies, ants, ladybirds, dragonflies and spiders forever became one of the most popular images in jewelry, and still virtually all known fashion houses have their precious insectarium, replenished from time to time with new swatches. Jewelers of XIX century not just used images of insects, but almost copied the mother nature and always had a naturalistic albums with sketches of insects and ordered sketches from entomologists. Actually brooches and necklaces of XIX century would be correct to call the “entomological”.
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Antique jewellery buttons

Antique jewellery buttons

Antique jewellery buttons

History of the appearance of buttons is interesting and diverse. The first of their counterparts include fasteners, which appeared in the 3rd millennium BC. The excavations in the Indus Valley discovered a button with two holes for sewing. In Europe, the first find is dated 4th century BC. These were the items for bonding pieces of clothing from the ancient Greeks, who fastened with buttons their leather belts. From that time until the 1st century AD were found the samples made of gold. A medieval knight brought them to Europe from the Middle East.
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Symbolism of wearing rings

Symbolism of wearing rings. Portrait of the Infanta of Spain and Queen Isabella Clara Eugenia of Austria'

Fragment of work by Alonso Sanchez Coello (1531-1588) ‘Portrait of the Infanta of Spain and Queen Isabella Clara Eugenia of Austria’

Ring on the thumb – a symbol of wealth, on the index – belonging to a powerful family or any fraternity, and a ring on the little finger may indicate professional status. Does it matter on which finger to wear a ring? There are many traditions in wearing jewelry. Knowing the symbolism of wearing rings, you can “make a statement” or learn something about its owner. Rigid set of rules on which finger and which hand to wear the ring does not exist and anyone can wear the ring as he pleases, except wedding. But there are nuances. For example, in the majority of South and North America, including, most European countries wedding ring is worn on the ring finger of the left hand, and in accordance with Orthodox tradition they are worn on the ring finger of the right hand.
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Jewellery lover Italian actress Virna Lisi

Jewellery lover Italian actress Virna Lisi (8 November 1936 – 18 December 2014)

Jewellery lover Italian actress Virna Lisi (8 November 1936 – 18 December 2014)

Jewellery lover Italian actress Virna Lisi
During her Hollywood experience Virna Lisi worked with such actors as Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Frank Sinatra and many more. In different periods she had a chance to play with many talented and legendary European actors and actresses. In particular, Marcello Mastroianni, Franco Nero, Timothy Dalton, Anna Magnani, Alberto Sordi, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon, Jeanne Moreau, Claudia Cardinale and Stefania Sandrelli. The movie list of Virna Lisi, the winner of the Cesar prize at the Cannes Film Festival, includes more than 107 films, for period 1953 – 2011.
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Elsa Schiaparelli twelve commandments

Elsa Schiaparelli twelve commandments

Hand-made embroidery in fashion design. Elsa Schiaparelli twelve commandments

Elsa Schiaparelli twelve commandments
Stunning, shocking, scandalous – not once was called Paris fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973). Elsa was born Elsa Luisa Maria, into a noble Italian family. The well-known Chanel created the same time with her, she wanted to be her. Witty look at things, the cooperation with the best representatives of the artistic elite of the time, the courage of the experimenter and the gift of the artist forever provided for Schiaparelli a place in the history of fashion. She was not like the others and still amazes and inspires artists, costumers, designers from all over the world.
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