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Inspired by sea Seaman Schepps

Inspired by sea Seaman Schepps

Nicknamed “the American court jeweler”, inspired by sea Seaman Schepps (1881 – 1972)

Inspired by sea Seaman Schepps (1881 – 1972)
Today, 50 years after his death, he continues to inspire modern jewelers. Even the name of the designer – “man of the sea” predestinated his fate. The son of immigrants from the East Side and a lover of the gifts of the ocean, he did not immediately find his niche. At the end of the XIX century the young Seaman Schepps tirelessly traveled from California to New York, searching for goods for antique shop in Los Angeles.
In 1931, 47 year-old Schepps changed direction and began creating and selling his own jewelry. Newborn designer opened the first retail outlet on 516 Madison Avenue, NY. Things were going uphill. A few years later the company moved to a bigger store at Madison Avenue, 399.
Manager of antique jewelry shop Mr. Schepps once had a chance to see what Fulco di Verdura, Duke and Marquis, was doing out of the ordinary shells, and it impressed him. Admiration turned into jewelry quite reminiscent of jewels by his idol – aristocrat from the coast of Sicily.
Fortunately, Schepps brought his own vision in jewelry design. The freshness and variety of style, use of natural materials (sea shells, pearls, coral, sandalwood, walnut, carved rock crystal) are associated with his name’s relentless refinement.
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French jeweler Marcel Boucher

Playing cats. Vintage brooch by French jeweler Marcel Boucher. Made of jewelry alloy and pearls. The United States, late 1950s

Playing cats brooch by French jeweler Marcel Boucher. Gold tone, pearls. Late 1950s

French jeweler Marcel Boucher
Born in Paris, Marcel Boucher (1898–1965) was one of the most talented designers and manufacturers of the jewelry of the last century. He produced unique, the highest quality of workmanship jewelry, superior to all known brands.
Traditionally, Boucher jewellery reflects the classical and new creative trends. Made until 1971, all the jewelry was top-class performance, and it has become the hallmark of Boucher. Talent of Boucher, prized by collectors and fans of vintage accessories, distinguishes his jewelry pieces from others.
The marking included a patent number, MB (1937 – 1949), or Marboux (1938-1960s), “Boucher” (1950-1955), and Boucher © (after 1955).
Noteworthy, Marcel Boucher was one of the first to apply the so-called three-dimensional design of jewelry. In addition, he actively used the colorful enamel products.
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Sarah Coventry costume jewelry

Sarah Coventry costume jewelry

Golden apple brooch. Sarah Coventry costume jewelry (1949-1984)

Sarah Coventry costume jewelry
The history of Newark New York state based jewelry company Sarah Coventry Inc. began in 1949. The company’s founder, Lyman K. Stuart named it in honor of his granddaughter Sarah. Noteworthy, the company became the oldest direct selling jewelry company in the world.
In addition to Sarah Coventry, Lyman K. Stuart owned no less famous jewelry company “Emmons”. Stuart named it in honor of his wife Caroline Emmons. Both companies created costume jewelry collaborating with other companies.

Alongside with costume jewelry for women, Sarah Coventry made jewelry for men: tie pins and cufflinks. High quality handcrafted in 1960 -1970s Coventry jewelry prices were comparable to Trifari and Coro. Unfortunately, in 1981, Stuart filed for bankruptcy, and in the mid-1980s, a Canadian company bought Coventry.
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Swoboda vintage jewellery

Vintage brooch made as the gentle bouquet of natural jade and coral. Marked Swoboda

Galina Karputina collection. Brooch gentle bouquet of natural jade and coral. Swoboda vintage jewellery

Swoboda vintage jewellery
Edward Swoboda (1917–2013) created his company in 1956 in Los Angeles and called it by his name. He sold his jewelry at Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods of London, Neiman Marcus, and featured in showrooms in Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas. Once, Nancy Reagan commissioned Edward Swoboda to make his fabulous gemstone trees as gifts to governors. Besides, he was a favorite jewelry designer of many Hollywood stars.
Meanwhile, Edward and his wife often traveled to South America. From there he organized a continuous supply of semi-precious stones for his jewelry lines. Edward was a talented designer, and his education gave him the opportunity to understand perfectly the stones, that’s why the company was gaining momentum. In his collections Swoboda used freshwater pearls, gold leaf, a variety of semi-precious stones and unique design. This has always distinguished decorations by Swoboda, despite the fact that jewelry was not marked on the metal stigma until 1966. The product generally contained the company’s name on the cardboard tag of jewelry.
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Bob Mackie vintage costume jewellery

Bob Mackie vintage costume jewellery. Brooch Angel of happiness, mosaic angel

Angel of happiness, mosaic brooch. Gold tone, enamel. Bob Mackie vintage costume jewellery

Bob Mackie vintage costume jewellery (1978-1987)
Born March 24, 1939 in the city of Monterey Park, California, Robert Gordon Mackie founded his jewelry trademark in partnership with fashion designer Ray Aghayan (July 28, 1928 – October 10, 2011).
Registered in 1978, “Ray Aghayan and Bob Mackie, Inc.” owned several trademarks on production of clothes, perfumes and accessories. In particular, “M” (registered in 1978), BOB MACKIE (1978, 1980, 1985, and 1992), including two jewelry trademarks. Both trademarks are no longer active. In fact, the company produced jewelry for a decade, from 1978 to 1987. Accordingly, any piece of jewelry signed Bob Mackie is a collectible vintage. Noteworthy, since 1980s, the manufacture of costume jewelry took place both in the USA and in China, so the marking includes fancy script “Bob Mackie”, or “Bob Mackie China”
Called “the sultan of sequins”, or “the rajah of rhinestones”, Bob Mackie designed dresses for such American divas, as Cher, Madonna, Tina Turner, Liza Minnelli, and Sharon Stone. He completely invented stage image for Whitney Houston, and in several world tours, she was wearing exclusively Bob Mackie dresses.

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Monet vintage costume jewellery

Brooch Dragonfly, 1966. Vintage Monet Jewellery

Dragonfly brooch, 1966. Galina Karputina collection. Monet vintage costume jewellery

Monet vintage costume jewellery
The history of Monet jewelry began in 1927, when Russian-Jewish immigrants Michael and Joseph Chernow founded their own company in Providence Rhode Island. They named the company Monocraft Products Co. Under this name the Chernow brothers worked for ten years, although they created the first jewelry in 1929. Initially, the company’s craftsmen made gilded monograms and ornaments for handbags.
It is impossible to tell exactly what motivated the founders to name their jewelry brand Monet. Perhaps, they loved the works of Impressionist painters Edouard Manet and Claude Monet. Noteworthy, Jewelry from the Chernov brothers branded «Monet» first appeared in 1937. Considered classics today, Monet occupies a prominent position among the world’s most illustrious fashion houses.
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Bulgari jewellery

Bulgari jewellery

Balinese dancer, decorated with cabochon rubies, emerald and sapphire and circular-cut diamonds, Bulgari jewellery

Bulgari jewellery

At the beginning of the XX century Italian jewelry industry was in a downturn. The palm in the decorative arts owned by the French: to replace the period of the Napoleonic Empire came the classic style fades into the Belle Epoch, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.
To bring back to life the Italian jeweler’s art, perhaps, needed talent and energy of Sotirios Voulgaris, the Greek master silversmith and founder of Bvlgari (ancient Roman classical writing, where the letter «U» can be referred to as «V»). At the end of the XIX century, he moved from Greece to Italy, settled first in Naples and then in Rome, where in 1884 opened his first jewelry shop and workshop on Via Sistina.
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