Art Deco jewelry designer Gerard Sandoz (1902-1995)
The history of Gerard Sandoz (1902 – 1995) Art Deco jewelry spans a short period of 1920-1934. A contemporary of the 20th century, Gerard Sandoz was an outstanding artist, designer and jeweler. His fate (like the fate of Raymond Templier or Jean Fouquet) was determined by family traditions. Under the strict guidance of his father, goldsmith Gustave-Roger Sandoz, at the age of 18 he took his first steps in the jewelry business.
A member of the Union of Contemporary Artists (the Union des Artistes Moderns), Gerard preferred simple forms and geometric lines. Being colorblind, he preferred to work with contrasting colors such as coral, gold, silver, black lacquer and white eggshell.
A contemporary of the 20th century, Gerard Sandoz took inspiration in the modern Machine Age world, architecture, automobiles, and the Jazz Age aesthetic that formed around him. However, Gerard’s career in the jewelry field was unexpectedly short, because in 1928 his father sold his business to Georges L’Enfant, for whom Gerard worked as art director until 1934.
Category Archive: Vintage
Art Deco jewelry designer Gerard Sandoz (1902-1995)
Gubelin Vintage Fine Jewelry
Switzerland is a country known throughout the world for its banks, cheese, watches and chocolate. And yet, it is there that the most complete collection of precious stones in the world is stored. It all started in the Swiss city of Lucerne in 1854, when Jakob Josef Mauritz Breitschmid opened a watchmaking workshop. Jakob’s apprentice, Eduard Jakob Gübelin, married his daughter Bertha Breitschmied and in 1899 took over the management of the business. It was from this time that the history of the Gübelin brand began, although the official date of foundation of Gübelin is 1854.
An important milestone in the history of the brand was the opening of a jewelry store and a mineralogical laboratory in 1928. It was here that Gübelin’s grandson, Doctor of Mineralogy Eduard Josef Gübelin (1913–2005) began to conduct mineral research that marked the beginning of modern gemology.
Today, the sixth generation of the world famous watch and jewelry brand continues the glorious family tradition based on a deep knowledge of precious stones.
Gübelin jewelry with its hundred-year-old history is in high demand among both jewelry lovers and collectors. Handcrafted using precious metals and natural stones, the jewelry comes in a variety of designs. The labeling traditionally includes the brand’s logo and the purity of gold, or “Gübelin”.
Signed Jilbari vintage costume jewelry
The history of the Jilbari jewelry brand began in January 1978 in New York, founded by Barry Roberts. The company for the production of high-end costume jewelry “Jilbari Designs, Ltd.” ceased to exist in November 1993. Accordingly, any jewelry of this brand is vintage.
Jilbari designers handcrafted high quality runway and modernist jewelry, mainly clip-on earrings. Jewelry designs and materials are varied – 24-carat gold, silver, enamels, semi-precious stones, as well as metal alloys and rhinestones. Exquisite haute couture and modern designs, high quality materials and craftsmanship have enabled the company to sell its products to major luxury department stores, retail chains and jewelry boutiques in the US and Europe. Among them, in particular, were Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf Goodman, I Magnum, Bullocks, Harrods and many others.
The maker’s mark on the oval cartouche included “Jilbari” and a copyright mark. Noteworthy that , most pieces were not labeled at all and were sold in branded boxes or with paper tags from boutiques and department stores.
Signed MVH vintage costume jewelry
The granddaughter of the last emperor of Austria-Hungary, Michaela von Habsburg gained a reputation as a world famous jewelry designer in the 1980s. In the early 1970s, she left home and moved to Manhattan, New York, where she worked in the fashion industry. In the 1980s, the young designer launched her own Crown Jewels line costume jewelry.
Inspired by her royal history, she made costume jewelry for about ten years, in the 1980s and 90s. Her beautiful brooches, pendants, bracelets and earrings incorporate traditional royal symbols, according to the designer’s “Made by a Princess – Fit for a Queen!” statement. Among them, in particular, the royal lily (Fleur de lis), which traditionally adorns the coat of arms, along with the double-headed eagle. Also, massive crosses, sword and shield designs made of gold-tone metal, or gold plated, with multi-colored rhinestones and Gripoix glass inserts.
The maker’s mark includes the initials MVH (for Michaela von Habsburg), a crown and a copyright sign. MVH jewelry is rare and highly collectible.
Antique and vintage Limoges porcelain jewelry (1800s-1980s)
Famous all over the world for its impeccable porcelain, Limoges is the name of a city in France, the production of which began in 1770. Classic patterns, ornaments and paintings in the Renaissance style are the hallmark of truly royal luxury.
Brooches, earrings and pendants are one of the types of porcelain products produced in the city of Limoges. Wealthy clients wore such porcelain decorations as medallions, dressed on a jabot or a velvet necklace. Usually people ordered such brooches or pendants with the handpainted miniature portraits depicting people dear to them as talismans or gifts. Brooches with romantic scenes, famous people, or floral motifs were also a great success.
The possession of Limoges porcelain and decorations made from it indicated a certain status and wealth of its owner.
Filigree frame could be made from both gold and diamonds, as well as copper and alloys. Today, Limoges jewelry is highly collectible. Noteworthy, not only local jewelers, but also artists and designers of famous fashion houses created Limoges jewelry. In this case, the maker’s mark alongside with “Limoges” and “Paris” included the designer’s or artist’s mark.
Richard Lindsay vintage silver jewelry
Born in 1946 in Colorado, Richard Paul Lindsay is a talented artist, silversmith and designer whose jewelry pieces have become highly collectible. He began crafting silver jewelry nearly fifty years ago after moving to Tesuque in Santa Fe County, New Mexico in the mid-1970s. Following the artistic traditions of local silversmiths, he combined authentic Native American motifs and classic American design in his design. To create jewelry, Richard used high-quality gold, silver, precious and semi-precious stones. The designers marked his jewelry with the initials “RL” with a triangle logo, or “Richard Lindsay” in script.
Celebrities who have worn Lindsay jewelry include Meryl Streep, Madonna, Sandra Bullock, Paris Hilton, and more. The designer’s work has been featured on television and in the press, including Accessories, Ladies Home Journal and Life magazines.
Noteworthy, during his creative activity he launched several jewelry trademarks. First of them, in particular, was “RL” trademark registered in 1975 and active until 2004. Then, Walking Trout (1976), Happy Critters (1983-1998), Howling Coyote (1985-2005), Richard Lindsay Designs (1986-1993), and Brewski (1989-1995). Also, three trademarks “Lindski”, “Life In The Food Chain”, and “Zeno The Doggy Wonder” registered in 1992 ceased to exist in 1999.
Canadian jewelry designer Robert Larin (1968-1980s)
Mid-century Scandinavian modernist silver jewelry has inspired many designers around the world. Among them was the most notable Canadian modernist jewelers of the 1960s and 70s Robert Larin. Already at the age of 21, he founded his workshop on Rue Papineau in Montreal, where a team of artisans, most of whom were deaf, created quality refined jewelry. Handcrafted from pewter, oxidized metal alloys, silver and gold, these modernist pieces have been highly collectible today.
Noteworthy, after closing his workshop in 1977, Robert Larin founded the eponymous company Bijoux Robert Larin Inc. Registered in 1979 at 315, rue Benjamin Hudon, Ville St – Laurent, Québec, Bijoux Robert Larin Inc. ceased to exist in the early 1980s. Accordingly, the maker’s mark differs and may include “Robert Larin” in script, or R.Larin in block letters.