Arthur Pepper jewellery
The history of Mode-Art jewelry company founded by Arthur Pepper began in New York City in the late 1940s. In fact, the more reliable data about the company is absent. Even the exact year of the liquidation of the company is not clear, but we know for sure that ART produced their last pieces in the early ’70s.
If to compare the amount of jewelry owned by collectors and dealers, the company’s heyday was in the mid 1950- – 60’s, the “golden” age of costume jewelry.
According to design, the company produced jewelry in very different styles, including – the Renaissance, Victorian and Art – Deco. Basically, designs included flower, fruit and leafy motifs, and rarely – figures of animals and reptiles. Also, the materials used by ART craftsmen included metal alloys of gold and silver tone, rhinestones, enamel, and art glass imitating precious stones.
Almost all items (with the possible exception of the earliest works) included markings ModeArt, Mode – Art or just ART, but certainly with the copyright symbol.
Category Archive: Vintage
Arthur Pepper jewellery
Dominick and Haff Sterling Silver Art
A descendant of George Dominick and French Huguenot, Henry Blanchard Dominick came to America in 1740. His partner Leroy B. Haff first entered the silversmith business in 1867. In their early days Dominick and Haff devoted themselves to the manufacture of relatively small pieces. They were renowned for the quality of their vinaigrettes, chatelaines, and other fancy articles.
The firm of Dominick & Haff has a long and complicated history. Though not established until 1872 or incorporated until 1889, Dominick & Haff can trace its beginnings to William Gale and son, which started in New York in 1821, changed its name to Gale and North in 1860, and became Gale, North and Dominick in 1868, when Henry Blanchard Dominick (1847 – 1928) entered the business. Relatively few details of Dominick & Haff history are known at present was sold to Reed & Barton in 1928, and consolidated within that firm.
Miriam Haskell jewellery
Born into a family of Russian-Jewish immigrants, July 1, 1899, Tell City, Indiana, Miriam Haskell was a famous American jeweler. She studied in Chicago University for three years. In fact, she wasn’t a professional designer or jeweler, but with her good taste and subtle intuition, Haskell accurately determined the potential of a jewelry designer. She just got a talent in it. Haskell jewelry reflects innovative design and very rarely replicate the form of jewelry, which partly explains the relationship of the company with show business, private clients and collectors.
Noteworthy, Haskell pieces often made its debut on the stage and in films. Florence Ziegfeld bought her decorations for the “Ziegfeld Folies”, movies stars Lucille Ball and Joan Crawford, Gloria Vanderbilt and the Duchess of Windsor wore her jewels. Besides, her decoration often appeared on television shows, Broadway Musicals, such as “Phantom of the Opera”.
Vintage Mermaid jewellery
Great storyteller, Hans Christian Andersen romanticized mermaid pretty much, because originally it was just a creepy creature. The existence of mermaids has been known since ancient times. In Russia, mermaids were considered the drowned girls. Or the suicide girls who decided to end life because of unhappy love. It is believed that the biggest holiday for them is the night of July 7, when they come out of the water and dance. Mermaids are interested not only in mere mortals, but the powerful men.
Russian Emperor Peter I carefully studied the records of Christopher Columbus, who claimed to have seen with his own eyes the three beautiful maidens with fish tails, frolicking off the coast.
Mermaid has long been an inspiration for jewelers.
Enid Collins Vintage Handbags
American designer from Texas, Enid Collins began producing these amazing bags in 1959. She became the proprietress of the same name brand. Non-standard, bright, cheerful, with a good dose of humor and self-irony – with her bags used to fall in love at first sight. Initially Enid Collins made bags with her husband Fred, right at the ranch. Only later, as the popularity of handbags grew, production was moved to a separate studio, and then appeared two factories in different cities.
Clara Bijoux jewellery
The famous Spanish brand has a glorious history with 70 years of successful work in the world of jewelry fashion. Headed by designer Clara Torres today, the brand is known throughout the world as the creator of beautiful handmade items.
Founded in 1953, in Spanish Ciutadella de Menorca, the original company “Industrias Galy” was a family business of Diego Torres, Clara’s father. Diego got training as a goldsmith and silversmith in Barcelona, and worked as an apprentice in a fashion jewellery manufacturer. Later he started his own business in fashion jewellery made with precious stones. His three children Pedro, Clara and Biel entered their father’s business.
Gold Dresses Kaleidoscope
Dresses with threads of precious metals are very heavy, taking into account the mantle plume of any coronation dress. It’s hard even to imagine how difficult it was to wear them. Nevertheless, almost all the coronation gowns include fabric with metallic threads and were decorated with real gold and silver embroidery.
In the XX century, there were two periods when the metallic threads and Lurex were very much in fashion. First – in the late 60’s and early 70’s, second – in the late 80-early 90’s. Silver and gold, glitter and lurex were periodically in and out of fashion, and now there is a return of interest in metallic texture in a suit, shoes and accessories.