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Christian Dior jewellery

Gina Lollobrigida. Dior is quoted as saying 'I have designed flower women'

Gina Lollobrigida in New Look dress. The public saw first “New Look” collection in Paris in February 1947. Christian Dior jewellery

Christian Dior jewellery
The greatest legislator of world fashion, Dior magnificent decorations dominated on the world market in the late 1940s and 50s.
Born in Normandy, France, Christian Dior (1905-1959) began his career in the mid-1930s, selling sketches of hats and dresses to Parisian couturiers. Meanwhile, it was Jean Ozenne, designer for couture houses, who introduced Dior to the fashion world and to his clientele.
So, at the age of thirty, Dior devoted himself to studying fashion drawing, referring only to what he knew and appreciated of Edward Molyneux, Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Jeanne Lanvin. Luckily, he managed to sell his first sketches of hats and then of dresses to fashionable hat makers and couture houses. In addition, he managed to sell ideas to foreign buyers. Besides, publication of his drawings in Le Figaro contributed to his first public recognition.
Unlike his contemporary designers, who decorated clothes with unobtrusive, modest products, Dior jewellery was a mandatory detail of his collection. His early works had exclusive character. Among his clients were the Duchess of Windsor, Princess Margaret, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe, Gloria Guinness, Eva Peron. Later works were produced under license and in much larger quantities.
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Inventor and actress Hedy Lamarr

Inventor actress Hedy Lamarr

Born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler (9 November 1914 – 19 January 2000) Inventor actress Hedy Lamarr

Inventor actress Hedy Lamarr

Austrian actress of the 1930s and 1940s, Lamarr was frequently called the most beautiful woman in motion pictures. In addition to cinema, Lamarr was engaged in inventive activities. In 1942, together with George Antheil, she patented a system that allowed remote control of torpedoes.
A true jewelry lover, she wore pearl necklaces, earrings, bracelets and brooches. Generally, for movie and advertising the actresses wore her own decorations. The taste of the actress is elegant and flawless. She will forever be remembered not only as one of the most beautiful women ever to grace a motion picture screen, but also as a smart woman.
She first created a sensation when appeared nude in the Czechoslovakian film, Ecstasy in 1933. The daughter of a director of the Bank of Vienna, Hedwig Kiesler had a privileged childhood. Even as a teenager, she was extraordinarily beautiful, and at least one man committed suicide when she didn’t agree to marry him. When she married munitions millionaire Fritz Mandl in 1933, he was so insanely jealous that he tried to buy up every copy of Ecstasy to destroy it.
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Banana Bob jewellery

Banana Bob jewellery vintage brooch Angels

Beautiful Victorian style vintage brooch Two Angels holding Heart, made of brass, enameled, 1970-80s, USA. Banana Bob jewellery

Banana Bob jewellery
Launched by Annie Venditti in 1985, Banana Bob jewelry trademark ceased to exist in 1992. Mark Brown (Seekonk, Massachusetts), the new owner of the trademark has filed for new registration of the brand in 1993. However, since 2000, the trademark ceased to exist.
Initially, all their jewellery pieces were handmade in Providence. The material – metal alloy based on brass, with the use of high quality Swarovski crystals, rhinestones from Austria, and enamels. Traditionally, Banana Bob incorporated various styles – from Victorian, Art Deco/Art Nouveau to motifs of the time – inspired by Disco music and Discotheques of the 1970s. The company sold jewelry in such department stores as Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s.
Currently, the decorations of this brand are collectible rarities, which price is growing up each year.
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Beaucraft jewellery unsigned beauty

Beaucraft jewellery unsigned beauty

Yellow roses Vintage brooch. Beaucraft jewellery unsigned beauty

Beaucraft jewellery unsigned beauty
The company Beaucraft Inc. began producing jewelry “Beau” and “Beaucraft” in Providence, Rhode Island in 1947. Noteworthy, they had been a leading manufacturer of unique sterling silver jewelry for half a century. Beaucraft jewellery design features originality, versatility and impeccable craftsmanship.
Although Beaucraft did not label their brooches in the set, only clips, but still it remained recognizable by their special style called “unsigned beauty” (not marked beauty). However, vintage costume jewellery lovers often confuse the name of Beaucraft with another, no less popular Beau Jewels. Founded in 1947 by Luigi Russo and Ray Sacciccio, Beaucraft jewellery classic elegant design is equal in rating of popularity and quality to the products of, for example, the brand Coro. And, of course, values as highly collectible. Known for high-quality products of perfect polished sterling silver, and gold-plated, they have a completely original look. Besides, combining classic style with modern fashion. Undoubtedly, the markings “Beau Sterling” of this brand destined for high-end fashionistas. And due to the fact that the company did not only make costume jewelry, but jewelry made of precious metals.

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Butler and Wilson jewellery

Butler and Wilson jewellery

Charlie Chaplin brooch. Silver tone, enamel, rhinestones. 4.5 cm. 1990s. Butler and Wilson jewellery

Butler and Wilson jewellery
The history of Butler and Wilson jewelry trademark began in 1968 in London founded by two antique dealers, Nicky Butler and Simon Wilson. Although Butler & Wilson is still active, since the 1980s the designers no longer work together. Nicky founded his jewelry brand NB in the USA in 1998.
Originally, they were jewelry traders who opened their first boutique in 1972. In addition to selling, they began creating jewelry. Talented designers, they sold their jewelry throughout the country and attracted many celebrities of the time.
In the 1980s, Butler & Wilson Limited became world known. Noteworthy, among fans of the brand was Princess Diana. B&W snake brooch of black-and-white crystals accompanied Diana during different events and meetings.

Traditionally, B&W jewelers made decorations using fake diamonds, Swarovski crystals and rare stones of unusual forms. Besides, their decorations were similar to the works of the Art Deco. Sparkling rock crystals are characteristic for their jewelry, created in 1980s. Also, their brooches in the form of lizards and spiders have become classics. However, the most popular among the collectors are their early works of the 1970s.
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Russian Trompe l’oeil silver jewellery

A fine silver parcel-gilt trompe l’oeil salt cellar designed as a cake (kulich) mounted in trompe l’oeil napkin and plate. Marked ‘VS’ (Viktor Savinkov, 1855-1888)

A fine silver parcel-gilt trompe l’oeil salt cellar designed as a cake (kulich) mounted in trompe l’oeil napkin and plate. Marked ‘VS’ (Viktor Savinkov), 1855-1888. Russian Trompe l’oeil silver jewellery

Russian Trompe l’oeil silver jewellery

Optical illusion technique known as Trompe l’oeil aimed the creation of realistic objects. Originally used in paintings and interior design, over time hyper realism has come to applied in decorative art. One of the peculiarities of Russian Trompe l’oeil jewellery was a perfect imitation of linen napkins and towels.
Talented silver tromp-l’oeil jewelers were suppliers to the Russian Imperial court. Stunning realistic silver pieces were multiple winners at international exhibitions, with many customers abroad. Beautiful artworks of Russian jewelers still appear at major auctions, sold for big money. Unique cigar boxes, imitating real wood boxes, with the texture of the tree, stickers and labels are in high demand among collectors.
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Exquisite Coco Chanel jewellery decorations

Fashion fades, only style remains the same. Coco Chanel

Fashion fades, only style remains the same. Coco Chanel jewellery

Coco Chanel jewellery
According to Chanel, the role of jewelry was to decorate an ensemble rather than to flaunt wealth. For that reason she challenged convention by wearing heaps of jewelry, and often precious. Besides, during the day – even for sailing, while for evening she sometimes wore no jewelry at all. But wealthy clients who did not wish to display their costly jewellery in public could wear Chanel creations to impress others. “It’s disgusting to walk around with millions around the neck because one happens to be rich. I only like fake jewellery … because it’s provocative”, Chanel stated.
Lacking any desire to replicate precious jewels, Chanel’s designs, initially made by Maison Gripoix, defied nature in their bold use of color and size. In 1924 she opened her own jewelry workshop, which was managed by Etienne de Beaumont. Beaumont designed the long chains with colored stones and cross-shaped pendants that became a classic of her house.
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