Enid Collins Vintage Handbags
American designer from Texas, Enid Collins began producing these amazing bags in 1959. She became the proprietress of the same name brand. Non-standard, bright, cheerful, with a good dose of humor and self-irony – with her bags used to fall in love at first sight. Initially Enid Collins made bags with her husband Fred, right at the ranch. Only later, as the popularity of handbags grew, production was moved to a separate studio, and then appeared two factories in different cities.
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Enid Collins Vintage Handbags
Clara Bijoux jewellery
The famous Spanish brand has a glorious history with 70 years of successful work in the world of jewelry fashion. Headed by designer Clara Torres today, the brand is known throughout the world as the creator of beautiful handmade items.
Founded in 1953, in Spanish Ciutadella de Menorca, the original company “Industrias Galy” was a family business of Diego Torres, Clara’s father. Diego got training as a goldsmith and silversmith in Barcelona, and worked as an apprentice in a fashion jewellery manufacturer. Later he started his own business in fashion jewellery made with precious stones. His three children Pedro, Clara and Biel entered their father’s business.
Gold Dresses Kaleidoscope
Dresses with threads of precious metals are very heavy, taking into account the mantle plume of any coronation dress. It’s hard even to imagine how difficult it was to wear them. Nevertheless, almost all the coronation gowns include fabric with metallic threads and were decorated with real gold and silver embroidery.
In the XX century, there were two periods when the metallic threads and Lurex were very much in fashion. First – in the late 60’s and early 70’s, second – in the late 80-early 90’s. Silver and gold, glitter and lurex were periodically in and out of fashion, and now there is a return of interest in metallic texture in a suit, shoes and accessories.
Juliana Vintage jewellery
Owned by the American company Delizza and Elster Inc. (abbreviated as D&E), Juliana appeared in 1953 and lasted until 1990.
Founded in the 1940s by Robert De Lizza and Harold Elster, Delizza and Elster Inc. became one of the largest jewelry manufacturers in the United States. Already in the first years of its operation, the company signed contracts with hundreds of firms in the US and abroad.
The list of companies for which D&E has created jewelry is impressive. These are well-known jewelry brands such as Weiss, Alice Caviness, Ballet, Celebrity, Hobe, Hattie Carnegie, Kenneth J. Lane, Kramer, and Karu.
Noteworthy, the company did not label the jewelry created for these brands. In 1953, the company launched the Juliana jewelry line, which has become a collector’s item today.
Originally, the craftsmen did not label this line of jewelry, as large stores and companies preferred to see the Juliana name only on attached tags.
Apparently, as a result of numerous negotiations, since 1967, large department stores began to sell jewelry marked “Juliana”.
Although Mr. De Lizza wanted his jewelry to be labeled “De Lizza and Elster”, the name “Juliana” became more popular. What’s more, these pieces are among the most sought-after on the market, and can fetch up to several thousand dollars at auctions.
Russian Art Nouveau jewellery
Noteworthy, Art Nouveau Jewellery has “geographical” features. French Art Nouveau jewellery, for example, by Lucien Gaillard, Georges Fouquet, is masterly asymmetrical, while “the German mind” (Wilhelm von Cranach Lucas) tends to symmetry. Palette also varies, and in Russia it is different than in Europe.
Russian Revival Style of the 1910s, called Neo-Russian Modern was influenced by medieval Russo-Byzantine tradition. Produced in Moscow in 1908-1917, the period before and during the World War I, Russian medieval designs and shapes were mixed with typical Belle Epoque forms and elements. The result was a unique Russian jewelry style not seen anywhere else.
French jewelry designer Jean Schlumberger
Born in Mulhouse, France, Jean Schlumberger was the son of Paul Albert Edward Schlumberger (1877 – 1952) and Elizabeth Schoen (1884 – 1942), who worked in the textile industry. Already in his youth, Jean showed talent for drawing, but his parents tried to discourage him from the artistic activity, forbidding him to undertake formal training.
In 1930, his father sent his son to Berlin to be engaged in banking activities. However, Jean finds a complete lack of interest and talent for numbers, and soon moved to Paris. In Paris, Schlumberger began to create jewelry with porcelain flowers and precious stones. He gave these products to his friends, among whom was Marina, Duchess of Kent. Later, she became the permanent representative of his works.
In 1930, thanks to Marina, Elsa Schiaparelli noticed the talent of the young designer. She hired him to create jewelry and buttons for her surreal collections. Also, he began to collaborate with Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dali and Louis Aragon. From these meetings future famous jeweler began his professional career.
Insect Jewellery Kaleidoscope
Love for insect designs existed at all times, but the real passion for them began in the early XIX century, due to the development of the natural sciences. Since then, bugs, butterflies, ants, ladybirds, dragonflies and spiders forever became one of the most popular images in jewelry. Indeed, nearly all fashion houses have their precious insectarium, replenished from time to time with new swatches.
Jewelers of XIX century not just used images of insects, but almost copied naturalistic albums with sketches and ordered sketches from entomologists. Actually, the correct word for insect jewelry of XIX century would be “entomological”.