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Paul Selenger costume jewellery

Paul Selenger costume jewellery. Asian princess earrings

Selro Selini Asian princess earrings. Paul Selenger costume jewellery

Paul Selenger costume jewellery
The history of Selro Jewelry Mfg. Co spans a rather short period of not more than two decades, 1950-70′. Despite this, all Selro jewelry is so distinctive that to confuse it with any other brand is almost impossible. According to art historians, Paul Selenger was personally involved in the design of jewelry. High quality production, incredibly innovative design and rare talent of businessman Paul Selenger brought success to the company. Noteworthy, Selro made jewelry for such companies as Florenza, Capri, Hattie Carnegie and Hargo.
Born in 1911 in Odessa into the family of an ordinary tailor, Paul Selenger emigrated from Russia to New York City in 1927.
As we know, 1927 was the height of the American depression. Luckily, young Paul and his sister Fanny began to work in the jewelry store of their uncle. Having received American citizenship in 1942, Paul Selenger served in the Marine Corps of the US Army, and continued to serve in North Africa and Japan. Only in 1948, Sergeant Salinger returned to civilian life.
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Vintage thematic genre brooches for craftsmen

Vintage thematic genre brooches for craftsmen

1928 Sewing machine brooch. Gold plated metal alloy, 4.5 cm, 1960s. Vintage thematic genre brooches for craftsmen

Thematic genre brooches for craftsmen
When we imagine a vintage brooch, it is a sparkling with rhinestones volumetric decoration of 1950-60s, or elegant brooch with charms in the Victorian style. No less precious and cute are vintage decorations with sense, aimed to be a perfect gift for particular professions, or hobbies. These special “genre” decorations depict figures of fun, or everyday objects that symbolize something. Traditionally, these decorations have been excellent gifts or souvenirs just for mom, sister, or, for example, grandmother, enthusiastic about sewing or knitting. The main purpose of these brooches – to create a good mood.
Especially popular, inexpensive and charming “genre” brooches were in 1970. Symbol of a particular profession or hobby, the designs of these brooches or pins was unlimited. It could be a school board and the globe for teachers, a typewriter for a secretary, needlework, sewing machine or scissors for craft enthusiasts.
Noteworthy, such well known costume jewelry manufacturers as Danecraft and JJ (Jonette Jewelry) made lots of thematic pins and brooches
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Scottish Luckenbooth brooch

Luckenbooth brooch

Traditional Scottish Luckenbooth brooch

Luckenbooth brooch
An ancient symbol of Scotland, and a traditional symbol of love and fidelity – Luckenbooth. The brooch received its name from the small shops – luckenbooths, located near the Cathedral of St. Giles. In Luckenbooths sold jewelry and other handicraft products of the XVI century. The first brooches were very small in size. It was believed that they could protect people from the evil eye and the influence of evil forces. Also stated that they could help new mothers, nursing mothers and infants.
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Baroda pearl carpet

Baroda pearl carpet (detail)

Closeup. Baroda pearl carpet

Baroda pearl carpet
On March 19, 2009, occurred an event, the news of which appeared on many news sites around the world. At the auction house Sotheby’s in Doha, Qatar, was sold a carpet, a unique example of pearl embroidery. Embroidered with beads, pearls and adorned with precious stones – emeralds, rubies, diamonds, and set in gold, the carpet size was 1,73m to 2,64m. According to experts, for every square decimeter of carpet the craftsman used nearly 5,000 pearls and beads. Overall, it took 2.2 million pearls and beads.
History of Baroda pearl carpet is just as amazing as it is. Created in the early 1860s, Pearl carpet was made on the orders of one of the richest Indian Maharaja – the ruler of Baroda Khanda Rao.
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Ralph DeRosa costume jewelry

Flower enameled thistle brooch with clear and purple tiny rhinestones, light enamel wear

Enameled thistle brooch with clear and purple tiny rhinestones, light enamel wear. Ralph DeRosa costume jewelry (1934-70s)

Ralph DeRosa costume jewelry
The history of exceptional in quality and design Derosa jewelry began in sunny Naples, Italy in 1884. Inherited the family business, Ralph de Rosa successfully conducted his business until 1905. As a man who wanted to significantly expand his own horizons, in the beginning of the last century he left for America – “the land of opportunities”.
Despite all the difficulties awaiting immigrant, Ralph DeRosa founded the eponymous company in 1934 in New York City. The next year, he launched his first collection “Meeting in Venice”. Nhe dedicated the collection to one of the most subtle, complex, romantic Crafts – Venetian lace.
Over the next 7 years, until the death of the romantic jeweler, Ralph DeRosa repeatedly returned to the subject of the Venetian lace.
When DeRosa died in 1942, his wife and daughters continued the family business.
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Eye miniature jewellery

Eye miniature jewellery

Made in order to preserve the anonymity of a lover or a loved one, just as memorable item, Eye miniature jewellery

Eye miniature jewellery
Such commemorative miniatures were in vogue and became very popular in the 1790 – 1820’s in England, then in France, and Russia. The eyes of lovers were portrayed in jewelry: brooches, rings, bracelets and pendants, on the boxes, and wallets. Most often, these miniatures were made on on ivory. Often with a miniature was kept a lock of hair of beloved one.
The history of the emergence of these miniatures is as follows:
Prince of Wales (later King George IV) was in love with the widow Maria Fitzherbert (she was a Catholic and six years older than him) and made her a proposal. According to belief, sometime around 1785, Mrs. Fitzherbert commissioned Richard A. Cosway, a London miniaturist, to paint one of her eyes. The portrait painted on ivory, was placed behind glass and set within a locket. December 15, 1785 was their secret wedding.
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Catalan jeweler Lluis Masriera

Brooch Pendant with nymph designed by Masriera, made in the workshop of Lluis Masriera. (Courtesy Balcli's)

Brooch Pendant with nymph, made in the workshop of Catalan jeweler Lluis Masriera. (Courtesy Balcli’s)

Catalan jeweler Lluis Masriera (17 January 1872 – 21 October 1958)
Born in Barcelona, Lluis Masriera i Roses was a famous goldsmith, painter, set designer, playwright and theater director. He was the most important member of the Masriera family because he continued the family tradition. Third generation painter and goldsmith, he gave an international fame to his family. The creator of Barcelona enamel of extreme fragility and beauty, he made his contribution as enameller in the technique of plique-A- jour.
His personal style was based on Art Nouveau influences of Rene Lalique. He made exhibitions in Barcelona, Zaragoza, Madrid, Paris, Buenos Aires and San Francisco, both as a goldsmith and artist.
Lluis Masriera became a benchmark figure in the cultural world of Barcelona in the first half of the twentieth century. In addition, he became internationally recognized as one of the most prominent Art Noveau artists jewelers. Today his jewels are highly appreciated, valued and internationally known. An example of this was the auction featuring works by Masriera organized by Christie’s in Geneva in 1970.
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