Arthur and Georgie Gaskin jewellery
British duo of jewelers Arthur and Georgie Gaskin were Georgina Gaskin (1866-1934) and her husband Arthur Gaskin (16 March 1862 – 4 June 1928). Arthur Gaskin did most of the enameling and had a particular interest in medieval metalwork. Georgie was his main creative partner for Arts & Crafts jewelry. Arthur Gaskin was also an illustrator, painter, teacher and designer of jewellery and enamel work. He was born in Birmingham into the family of a decorator. In 1883 he entered the Birmingham School of Art. Here he met his future wife Georgie in 1888. She was one of his students. The couple married in 1894. Arthur and Georgie Gaskin started producing jewellery in 1899.
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Arthur and Georgie Gaskin jewellery
Legendary Hattie Carnegie jewellery
Born Henrietta Kanengeiser on March 15, 1889 in Vienna, Austria, Hattie Carnegie became a legendary American jewelry and fashion designer in the 1920s-1950s. She was the second of seven children of Isaac Kanengeiser and his wife Helen Kranczer. In 1900 their family emigrated to the United States of America. The 16-year-old Henrietta worked as a secretary in the Macy’s Store, one of the famous New York department stores. Noteworthy, it was her father, Jewish tailor, who had introduced her to the world of fashion. Elegant and beautiful Henrietta designed her own clothes and accessories. Meanwhile, Henrietta adopted the name Hattie Carnegie after she had met the local dressmaker Rose Ruth Purchaser. In 1909 Hattie Carnegie and Rose Ruth opened their own fashion business on East 49th Street in New York. Nine years later she founded the Hattie Carnegie, Inc.
Wilhelm Lucas von Cranach Art Nouveau jewellery (1861-1918)
German goldsmith Cranach worked in the Art Nouveau style, and his beautiful works are often confused with other jewelers’. Wilhelm Cranach worked as a forester, portrait painter, designer, and silversmith. He became known in Berlin as an artist of applied art and a jeweler since 1900.
Exquisite Art Nouveau jewelry by Wilhelm von Lucas Cranach was similar in design to the jewelry of the famous French jeweler Rene Jules Lalique. In fact, Cranach jewelry at its core is the intersection of the boundaries of art and jewelry. Thus, William Lucas Cranach has revolutionized the traditional art of jewelry. Traditionally, the motifs of his jewelry included plants and flowers, natural wonders, and zoomorphic themes. Snake, as part of the historical coat of arms of Cranach, the head of Medusa the Gorgon were made in the style of the late 19th – early 20th century.
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.
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.