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Jill Elizabeth Liztech vintage costume jewelry

Jill Elizabeth Liztech vintage costume jewelry

1992 Artisan Native Indian Tribal Dancer Bead Pin Brooch. Jill Elizabeth Liztech vintage costume jewelry

Liztech vintage costume jewelry

Jill Elizabeth, designer and creator of Liztech, has been in the jewelry business since childhood. As an adult, she traveled around the country, working with various artists and studying jewelry manufacturing technology. In search of new materials, she came across a chrome-plated architectural laminate used to make mirror panels. Combining interest in world mythology and new material, she first carved Egyptian hieroglyphs from it. Then, wrapped them in colored magnetic wire and the beads. As a result, she received unusual jewelry that enthralled jewelry lovers. Jill showed her jewelry at numerous craft exhibitions and fairs in New York, and received public acclaim. As a result of increased demand for her jewelry, Liz and her husband Scott McLaren created their own brand – Liztech Jewelry in 1998. In addition, they opened their own art gallery, where they exhibited not only their works, but also the works of other artists. To date, the works of Jill Elizabeth adorn museum shops and galleries throughout the country.
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Jacky de G vintage costume jewelry

Jacky de G vintage costume jewelry

Etruscan Couture Design dangling earrings. Jacky de G vintage costume jewelry

Jacky de G vintage costume jewelry

Distinguished by its “excessiveness”, French jewelry of the 1980s was influenced by the high fashion of famous couturiers. Bright and bold, traditionally large, these decorations were created for the same brave and bright women who wanted to be noticed. Jean-Paul Gaultier, Laroche, Givenchy, Dior, Lagerfeld, Lacroix – fashion shows of these brands are impossible without the main emphasis – accessories and jewelry. The most talented jewelry designers worked for these fashion houses. Among such designers was the jeweler who marked her products Jacky de G. made in France. According to sources, de G may mean belonging to Guy Laroche, Gaultier, or Givenchy. However, the style of these decorations reminiscent of Lacroix or Chanel. Noteworthy, the jewelry marked Jacky de G was produced for a rather short period – mainly in the 1980s. Thus, all products of this brand with its forty-year history, are vintage and highly collectible.
Traditionally, the Jacky de G jewelers used metal of gold, or, less commonly, silver tones coated with yellow matte gold, or enamel. Also, lucite, bakelite, rhinestones, glass beads, sequins and crystals.
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GAP vintage costume jewelry

Doris and Donald Fisher GAP vintage costume jewelry

Tree of life pin brooch. Yellow and Brown Enamel, silver tone metal. Doris and Donald Fisher GAP vintage costume jewelry

Doris and Donald Fisher GAP vintage costume jewelry
The history of Gap Inc. started in 1969 when Americans Doris Fisher (b. 1931) and Donald Fisher (1928-2009) opened their own store on Ocean Avenue in San Francisco, California. Initially, they sold music discs and Levi’s products in stores. And they had a simple idea: to facilitate the search for a pair of jeans. However, in 1969, they revolutionized retail with no retail experience. Over time, the company expanded to a large network. In particular, they turned their company into a major global brand with over 3,200 stores.
Noteworthy, in 1974 they launched clothing and accessories line under their own brand – Gap. In 1976, Gap became public and, accordingly, added “Inc.” (incorporated) to its name. In 1977, they created the Gap Foundation.
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Precious vintage – Erte Art Deco jewelry

Erte Art Deco jewelry

Opera Lady Fedora with a Butterfly brooch pin. Gold tone metal, enamel, crystals. Erte Art Deco jewelry

Erte Art Deco jewelry
The works of Russian-born French artist and designer Romain de Tirtoff (November 23, 1892 – April 21, 1990) were admired by George Balanchine and Andy Warhol. In the early 1970s, when interest in Art Deco flared up with renewed vigor, Erte achieved worldwide fame. In 1976 he was awarded the French Order of Arts and Literature. Around this period, he manages to fulfill his long-held dream of creating his own line of jewelry.

“The father of art deco” launches a series of jewelry made from his drawings of 1920-30s. Traditionally, Erte jewelers used 14 carat gold, sterling silver, rubies, diamonds, topazes, amethysts, mother of pearl, lapis lazuli and black onyx. Jewelry of this brand is rarity sold at special auctions.
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Gontie Paris vintage costume jewelry

Gontie Paris vintage costume jewelry

‘Remembrance’ brooch. Gold tone metal, gold plated, Swarovski crystals, enamel. 6.5 cm. 1960s. Gontie Paris vintage costume jewelry

Gontie Paris vintage costume jewelry
Belonged to the group, founded in 1890, GONTIÉ Paris maintains a handicraft spirit using the most advanced technology. Gontié has both a creative workshop and a production workshop for various jewelry. Traditionally, brand jewelers use gold, silver, jewelry alloy, recycled glass, enamel, high-quality crystals and rhinestones. All Gontié jewelry is exclusive, including the entire process of creating jewelry – from design, selection of materials and decoration. In addition, all products have official markings, which indicates the level of quality of their creations. As a result, the jewelry of this brand is represented at 200 points of sale in France. Noteworthy, Gontie switched to direct online sales in 2009 by launching its online store (gontie-bijoux.fr) selling collections on the site at producer prices. However, in 2015 the online store ceased to exist.
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Xavier Loubens haute couture jewelry

Xavier Loubens haute couture jewelry

Heart abstract design brooch pendant. Silver tone, crystal. Xavier Loubens haute couture jewelry

Xavier Loubens haute couture jewelry

Jeweler and designer Xavier Loubens together with d’Eduardo Braza created the Lumen Fashion House in Paris in 1990. At the very beginning of his career, Loubens had an internship at Givenchy Fashion House. Now he collaborates with several leading young French stylists and the largest European fashion houses. In particular, Guy Laroche, Patou, Balenciaga, Rochas, Givenchy, Vionnet, Christian Lacroix, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Dior. All of them consider the style of Xavier Loubens jewelry, accessories and fittings, its designs, the processing methods of metals, crystals and decorative modules – unique. As a result, all these famous fashion houses order from Xavier Loubens prêt-à-porter and haute couture jewelry, buttons, and decorative modules for embroidering fabrics and shoes for their collections.
According to Xavier Loubens, he doesn’t like clear things. He likes to mix precious metals and stones and so called “bad taste” materials: plates of thin brass, rhinestones, plastic and resin. “It is fair, fresh and always unique”.
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Olit Jewelry Inc vintage costume jewelry

Olit Jewelry Inc vintage costume jewelry

Christmas Bell Brooch. Gold tone metal, jewelry enamel, faux pearl. 1995. Olit Jewelry Inc vintage costume jewelry

Olit Jewelry Inc vintage costume jewelry
According to available records, the work of privately held company Olit Jewelry Inc began in 1987. Its address was 38 Lockhart Ave, Warwick, Rhode Island, the US. Categorized under Novelty and Costume Jewelry Manufacturers, the company’s headed by its president Richard Litterio, and employed a staff of approximately 15.
Traditionally, creating their jewelry pieces, the designers used pewter-silver or gold tone metal, lucite, enamel, Swarovski crystals and rhinestones. Also, they marked their jewelry pieces “Olit Inc., ©”, US and the year of production. Noteworthy, most pieces have the markings with the year of production – 1995. Unfortunately, there is not enough information about the company. The last mention of the company dates back to 2002. In addition, the link to the website does not work, and no activity on social networks. Following these observations, I came to the conclusion that the company named Olit Jewelry Inc stopped manufacturing jewelry before 2000 and ceased to exist in the early 2000s.
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