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Hobe vintage jewellery

Hobe vintage jewellery

Retro ad. Hobe vintage jewellery (1868-1980s)

Hobe vintage jewellery
The history of the iconic jewelry brand Hobe began in the 19th century in Paris. Incorporated in 1868, Hobé was a family business founded by a French goldsmith Jacques Hobé. In 1927, his son William Hobe, opened the company branch in New York. William created designs and decorations for several Broadway musicals. The success of the musicals, as well as the advertising company, attracted a lot of new customers to the company.
Hereditary American designer of French origin, William Hobé was a favorite jeweler of Hollywood directors and actresses of mid XX century. He designed some of his jewelry specially for shootings. His bold and colorful handmade products had no equal in quality.
He first revealed to the world his talent, when at the end of the 1920s Broadway impresario, Florenz Ziegfeld, ordered the inexpensive but high quality jewellery for his show. Later, directors and actresses called Hobe “choice of Hollywood. Movie stars, such as Ava Gardner and Betty Davis wore Hobe jewelry.
William’s sons, Robert and Donald continued the business in Mount Vernon, New York

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Buccellati timeless jewellery

Buccellati timeless jewellery. Carats aquamarine in Buccellati Necklace

Carats aquamarine necklace. Buccellati timeless jewellery

Buccellati timeless jewellery
The story of the legendary brand has its roots in the distant middle of the eighteenth century. Contardo Buccellati was the owner of the jewelry store in Milan. In 1919, his son Mario, having worked as an apprentice at the parents’ shop for six years, he opened his own business – and that was the foundation for an outstanding style of Buccellati, such as we know it today.
After the Second World War, in addition to the already existing Italian boutique, he opened stores in New York and Palm Beach. Finally, it was time to worldwide fame. Among the clients of Mario Buccellati were not only trendsetters, artists and poets, but the whole royal houses of Italy, Belgium, Spain, Egypt and even the Vatican!
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Christmas vintage jewellery

Second life of vintage costume jewellery

Second life of vintage treasure. Christmas vintage jewellery

Christmas vintage jewellery
Many women have accumulated a certain amount of broken or simply unwanted jewelry that for a long time is waiting for somebody to bring it to life again. Let’s give vintage costume jewellery, precious buttons and crystal beads a second life and make jeweled Christmas tree, like this in the above photo.
Interestingly, brooch in the form of Christmas trees for a long time was sent to soldiers as a memory of family and home and to feel the spirit of Christmas holidays …
Christmas brooch – a special theme in the history of vintage jewelry in Europe and the United States. Almost every self-respecting designer produced to the most favorite holiday of the year a series of graceful figures that appeared on dresses of even the most discerning ladies. After all, when else can you take the traditional festive dress with a share of common humor and adorn yourself with a bell, a miniature Christmas tree or fawn – assistant to Santa Claus?
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B David vintage jewellery

B David vintage jewellery. Mother's Crown Pin by B. David

Notable Mother’s Crown Pin created in 1960s. B David vintage jewellery

B David vintage jewellery
Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, B. David company was not big, just a family jewelry shop. However, very soon the company became well-known and popular. The business lasted for 47 years, until it ceased to exist in 1993.
B. David elegant decorations are often compared to other pompous ornaments of 1950s. In particular, they were often smaller and made in a balanced color scheme. Also, the distinguishing feature was the use of a full-color “rainbow” stones.
Noteworthy, B. David specialized in famous to the whole world – Parent Crowns, or Mother’s crown brooches. Traditionally, such “parent” crown brooch was a perfect gift to a mother after she gave birth to a child. Of course, you will not find two identical crowns, because each of them was handcrafted and unique. These brooches have full set of rainbow colors of crystals and stones, and with a name of a newborn.
Undoubtedly, B.David was a legend of the American jewelry.
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Damascene jewellery art

Damascene jewellery art. Brooch ‘Sailboat with two in love’ in the art damascene art technique (Spain)

‘Sailboat with two in love’ brooch in the Damascene technique (Spain). Damascene jewellery art

Damascene jewellery art
Originated in Damascus, Syria more than 2 000 years ago, borrowed by the Arabs and brought to Spain, Damascene technique has reached our days. This technique, in particular, was the art of incrustation of various metals into each other, and most often gold or silver into a copper, steel or alloy basis.
Meanwhile, to Japan, the art of damascene got through the Silk Road in the period between 710 AD -794. It achieved a great popularity in Kyoto during the Edo period (1603 – 1868), when masters decorated handles of weapons. However, due to the fact of banning of swords in Japan, the masters used their skills in the manufacture of accessories and jewelry. Their art reflected traditional motifs – flowers, birds, sakura, landscapes, and Mount Fuji. By 1936, more than half of the manufactured Damascene products had been exported mainly to the United States and England.
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DeNicola costume jewellery

DeNicola costume jewellery - brooch from the series of Chinese zodiac, the year of goat

Capricorn brooch from the series of Zodiac signs. Gold tone, rhinestones, plastic, enamel. DeNicola costume jewellery

DeNicola costume jewellery (1957-1973)

The history of DeNicola jewelry trademark began in 1957 in New York founded by Jerry DeNicola. The company became known for its high quality costume jewelry. Thanks to exquisite designs, the use of gold and semi-precious stones, DeNicola competed with high-end jewelry brands.
The first collection “The Real Look”, released in 1962, represented marine life. Noteworthy, the company used a variety of designs, from turtles to angels and St. George. One of the most collectible became the line of zodiac signs. In 1964 they made their second collection “Young America”.
Beautiful semi-precious stones, the brilliance of metal and extremely complex design made many connoisseurs give preference to the brand. In fact, DeNicola design has a certain similarity with Cassini, or Carnegie jewelry.
From the very beginning, in the 1950s, DeNicola collaborated with Vogue.
However, in 1970, DeNicola became part of the CAPRI jewelry company and in 1973 the brand ceased to exist.
According to a number of reference books on vintage costume jewelry, DeNicola pieces are highly collectible.
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Erwin Pearl jewellery

Vintage brooch-pendant - Pharaoh. Erwin Pearl jewellery. Marked © E.Pearl

Pharaoh brooch-pendant. Erwin Pearl jewellery

Erwin Pearl jewellery
The history of E.Pearl jewelry brand began in 1952, when Erwin Pearl released the first collection of his own design. In 1957 he founded the eponymous jewelry company.
A native of Austria, in his early years, Erwin Pearl moved to the United States and made there a wonderful career. Five consecutive years, his jewellery products participated in international exhibitions, and won prestigious awards. For over 60 years Pearl has been one of the largest manufacturers of collectible jewelry, connecting advanced technology and old techniques of hand finishing.
Noteworthy, Erwin Pearl was one of the best diamond cutters in the world. For five years in a row he received the prestigious “Diamond International Award”. Traditionally, the designer used precious metals, gemstones and pearls.
His fine jewelry of high quality has become popular with stars of show business and politics. In 1970, “Erwin Pearl” began to produce costume jewellery with the use of matte and glossy metal, pearls, glass, colored enamels, Austrian Crystal and zirconium.

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