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Danecraft vintage costume jewellery

Danecraft vintage costume jewellery

Hibiscus flower sterling silver brooch. 1940s. Danecraft vintage costume jewellery

Danecraft vintage costume jewellery
Officially founded in 1934 and located in Providence, Rhode Island, Danecraft company originates from the famous manufacturer of “Primavera” jewelry. A goldsmith from Pescara, Italy, Victor Primavera was a descendant of an old family, who made jewelry for noble families in Italy. By the way, Italian word “Primavera” means “spring”.
Primavera workshops existed until 1910, then Victor Primavera, Sr. emigrated to the United States. He settled in Providence, Rhode Island and continued jewelry business alongside with James Felch. Their company Felch & Co. founded in 1934 ceased to exist in 1945, when Primavera bought out Felch and changed the company’s name to Danecraft.
Meanwhile, James Felch started another jewelry company which worked for a short period, not more than a decade. Noteworthy, the company marked their products “Felch”.
After Victor’s death in 1977, his family continued the business. So, Victor II headed the board of directors, the youngest Victor Primavera became chief executive officer and his daughter Gale – vice-president.
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Jewellery lover Anita Ekberg

Jewellery lover Anita Ekberg

Swedish-Italian beauty, Jewellery lover Anita Ekberg

Jewellery lover Anita Ekberg

One of the most iconic faces of the 20th century Anita Ekberg passed away 11 January 2015. Undoubtedly, Anita Ekberg loved jewelry, wore tiaras, necklaces, earrings and bracelets until old age. However, her beauty outshone any jewelry… Meanwhile, better known as iconic Swedish-Italian and Hollywood actress, and a cult sex symbol of 1950-1960s, Anita Ekberg was Miss Sweden 1951.
Born Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg on 29 September 1931 in Malmo, Skane, Sweden, Anita Ekberg grew up in a large family, where she was the eldest of eight children. Anita started her career as a fashion model after she had won the beauty pageant in Sweden. Soon after, the crowned beauty left Sweden for the United States to compete for the Miss Universe crown. Although she didn’t speak English, Anita Ekberg entered six most beautiful finalists.
In the United States, Anita met Hollywood producer Howard Hughes, who advised her to change her nose, teeth and name (he said “Ekberg” was too difficult to pronounce). Future symbol of lush beauty Anita Ekberg wisely refused – “when I become famous people will learn to pronounce my name, and if I don’t, then name will not make any sense”.
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Lawrence Vrba jewellery

Lawrence Vrba jewellery. Volume vintage brooch in the form of a beetle Larry Vrba

Volume vintage brooch in the form of a beetle. Lawrence Vrba jewellery

Lawrence Vrba jewellery
A new round of life started in the company of Miriam Haskell after Lawrence Vrba became a leading designer (in the 1970s). First taken as assistant designer, he collected and prepared crystals for jewelry, and a few months in charge of the style of the company – continued the tradition of Miriam. And in 1981, at the peak of the popularity of the brand, he left the company to begin his own business.
Lawrence Vrba developed amazing, not constrained by the scope of anyone’s identity brand design, which has been at the peak of popularity for more than 30 years.
Works by Vrba are very theatrical. Typically, these are large, sculptural decorations of very high quality, instantly giving every model a majestic and luxurious look. The major buyers of products «Lawrence Vrba» included not only the major boutiques and vintage shops, but also Broadway Theater and the Metropolitan Opera for performances, for which designer created unique necklaces and tiaras.
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Dona Maria de la Concepcion butterfly

Dona Maria de la Concepcion butterfly

Brooch, given by the XVIII Duke de Plasencia José María Martorell y Téllez-Girón as a symbol of their oath and commitment to one another. Sapphires, diamonds, rubies, opals, emeralds. Dona Maria de la Concepcion butterfly

Dona Maria de la Concepcion butterfly
The XVIII Duke de Plasencia and Dona Maria de la Concepcion lived during the very turbulent and politically unstable years of the Spanish Civil War. They first met in Madrid, by chance on the terrace of the Hotel Universal in 1931, where it was love at first sight. Yet the political situation separated them; the Duke was forced to take refuge in the Romanian embassy while Dona Maria de la Concepcion left for San Sebastian in the north of Spain.
Only twenty years later did they finally marry, in the famous Chapel of Santiago de Compostela. Duke gave this brooch to Dona Maria de la Concepcion during one of their rare encounters in Biarritz, during their time apart. A symbolic gift, the butterfly’s wings represented freedom from the difficult political situation. Also, it was a symbol of their oath and commitment to one another.
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1928 vintage Jewelry

1928 vintage Jewelry

Filigree gold tone rhinestone flower brooch. 1928 vintage Jewelry

1928 vintage Jewelry
The history of 1928 jewelry brand began in 1968. Founded by Melvyn Bernie, the company signed an exclusive licensing agreement with the Vatican Library in Rome. Thus, he received the right to recreate the artifacts found in the unrivaled collections, kept in the Vatican library. Using all the skills and experience, the company’s craftsmen fully justified the expectations of the Vatican. They showed the ability to make a tasteful decoration, keeping all the value of the originals. In particular, rosaries, jewelry boxes, key rings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches and earrings.
1928 Jewelry Company produced jewellery exclusively for premium department stores – class Macy’s. The brand used the wealth of vintage European and American storage. While the basis for the production of the company consists of vintage items, 1928 company is focused on the incredible combination of antiquities and the most modern trends.
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Albert Weiss jewellery

Extra large and impressive butterfly pin. Albert Weiss jewellery

Butterfly pin brooch. Gold tone, blue rhinestones. 1950s. Albert Weiss jewellery

Albert Weiss jewellery
Founded in New York in 1942 by Albert Weiss, the company got his name. Prior to that, Weiss had worked for a long time in the company of Coro and therefore knew a lot about jewelry. He imported rhinestone from Austria, created ornaments by hand. The design and quality were on top, and because of it, many ladies began to change such loud brands as Dior, Chanel, Haskell to jewelry from Weiss.
So, the company started to grow and in just a few years has become very popular. To keep up to carry out orders, the company opened its production in Germany, France, and Rhode Island. Later, Albert Weiss handed his Jewelry Company to his son Michael. However, he closed the company in 1971 for financial reasons and the company ceased to exist. Today jewelry by Albert Weiss enjoys unprecedented popularity among the fashionistas and lovers of vintage.
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Rene Lalique Art Nouveau jewellery

Rene Lalique Art Nouveau jewellery

A gold sylph spreads her plique-ajour enamel and diamond wings to fill the dog collar plaque. The gold veins of the wings and the crustaceous tail covered with a thin layer of transparent green enamel. The ethereal being seems made out of air and light. Rene Lalique Art Nouveau jewellery

Rene Lalique Art Nouveau jewellery
French jeweler and glass-maker, Rene Jules Lalique (1860 – 1945) is one of the outstanding representatives of Art Nouveau. Lalique was a revolutionary in jeweler’s art in every sense of the word. Pushing aside gold and diamonds, he experimented with amber, enamel, metal alloys, glass, favorite semi-precious stones, horn and tortoiseshell. And – the most interesting – the public madly in love with his ornaments. The images and figures appeared out of the very thick fog of Nouveau: dragonflies and scarabs, peacocks and ears of wheat, thin silhouettes of women: in some of them is possible to recognize the features of Rene Lalique muse Augustine-Alice Ledru, whose father and brother used to assist Roden. Lalique always followed the rule of three French “F” – Femme, Fauna, Flora, which still remains the motto of the house.
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