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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’. Symbolism of wearing rings

Symbolism of wearing rings
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, 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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Elsa Schiaparelli twelve commandments

Elsa Schiaparelli twelve commandments

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

Elsa Schiaparelli twelve commandments
Born Elsa Luisa Maria, into a noble Italian family, Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973) is a renowned Parisian fashion designer. Noteworthy, the well-known Coco Chanel wanted to be like her, in witty look at things, and the courage of the experimenter. She cooperated with the best representatives of the artistic elite of the time. The gift of the artist forever provided for Schiaparelli a place in the history of fashion. She still amazes and inspires artists, costumers, and designers from all over the world.
The phenomenon of Surrealism played a huge role in the development of modern fashion design. Schiaparelli grew up in an eccentric environment, and in New York she eagerly followed the development of the Art Deco and Cubism.
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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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