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Robert and John Rubel jewellery

Robert and John Rubel jewellery

Retro 1940s poster. Robert and John Rubel jewellery

Robert and John Rubel jewellery
Born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the late 1800s, brothers Robert and Jean Rubel created high jewelry pieces in their workshop in Hungary. In 1915, they moved to the fashion capital – Paris and began creating decorations under the name Rubel Freres. The Rubel brothers set up a jewelry workshop near one of the five “royal squares” of Paris, the famous Place Vendome. The place was famous for its jewelry boutiques located in Place Vendome, including Chanel headquarters, Cartier and Chaumet. Also, since 1934, the house number 21 belongs to the fashion house of Elsa Schiaparelli.
Van Cliff & Arpels quickly became their customer and part of their production. Thanks to the extraordinary skills and craftsmanship, the company enjoyed success, having opened branches in Paris and London. When Van Cleef & Arpels opened its first workshop and store in New York City in 1939, the Rubel brothers moved there too. However, in 1943 they stopped their collaboration with Van Cleef, and opened their own business at 777 on Fifth Avenue. They began selling their own designs as John Rubel & Co. The firm became nationally famous after developing a ballerina-shaped brooch. Within 3 years they had become as iconic and fashionable as some other jewelry brands like Cartier and Boucheron.
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Victorian era Mizpah jewelry with sense

Victorian era Mizpah jewelry with sense

The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another. – Genesis 31:49 of the Bible. Traditional heart brooch with engraving. Victorian era Mizpah jewelry with sense

Victorian era Mizpah jewelry with sense

Founded by two brothers in England, Mizpah jewelry company produced jewelry that symbolises an emotional bond and in translation means “I will always be with you.” These are spiritual ornaments with a meaning, intended for beloved and dear people – relatives, friends, and soulmates. The production of the company included chains, necklaces, engraved medallions and brooches with names, memorable dates and oaths. MIZPAH products were very popular among couples in the Victorian era. Traditionally made of silver, this antique jewelry is very much appreciated by collectors.
Mizpah is an amulet, a symbol of the emotional connection between parting people (even if one of them died). According to belief, it ensures the safe return of a loved one. The image of ivy on the decoration symbolized immortality, unfading love, fidelity, friendship and memory.
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Antique C&R Hettel costume jewelry

Antique C&R Hettel costume jewelry. Large antique rare brooch with an insert in the style of Art Nouveau. 1890. C&R marking. 6.3 cm

Moth Large antique rare brooch with a crystal insert. Made in the style of Art Nouveau. 1890. C&R marking. 6.3 cm. C&R Hettel costume jewelry

Antique C&R Hettel costume jewelry

Jewellery by Charles R. Hettel is very extremely rare and desirable for collectors of vintage costume jewelry. Unfortunately, there is very little information about the company, except the date of its creation in 1890 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Initially, the company was engaged in the manufacture of watches, as well as jewelry decorations. Traditionally Victorian or Art Deco style made of gold and silver, it was high quality jewelry with diamonds. However, the era of the Great Depression (late 1920s and early 1930s) forced the company to change the politics in order to stay afloat. In particular, the company launched the production of costume jewelry with the use of cheaper materials. Thus, the designers replaced diamonds with Austrian rock crystal, natural pearls with faux, and gold items became gilded of made of brass. Yet, excellent jewelry work remained unchanged.
According to sources, the company ceased to exist in 1940s, and the latest jewelry catalog of this brand was published in 1931.
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English vintage Coalport costume jewelry

English vintage Coalport costume jewelry

Gold and silver edge white rose bouquet brooch pin. English vintage Coalport costume jewelry

English vintage Coalport costume jewelry

According to sources, Coalport production appeared in Victorian times in 1795, created by John Rose in Coalport village located in Shropshire, England. Very soon, Coalport porcelain became popular worldwide. Particularly popular among the products of this manufactory, were stucco flowers, the so-called “China Coalport”.
The Royal Society of the Arts, already in 1820, awarded Coalport a gold medal. Noteworthy, Queen Victoria presented the collection from the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London to Russian Tsar Nicholas I. Since 1889, regular export of Coalport products to the United States began. Alas, along with the great financial crisis, in the 1920s, porcelain sales declined and production began to have problems.
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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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