Carolina Herrera vintage costume jewelry
Venezuelan-American fashion designer, Carolina Herrera was recognized one of the most stylish women in the world in the 1970s. Aged forty, in 1981 Carolina Herrera, thanks to her own luxurious and impeccable style, as well as friendship with the English Princess Margaret and Vogue Editor-in-Chief Diana Vreeland, she created her own fashion clothing line. Having founded her label Carolina Herrera New York, she dressed Jacqueline Kennedy for the last 12 years of her life. And her jewelry is as elegant and luxurious as her outfits and accessories. This is a new classic, eye-catching, alluring and exquisite, but at the same time without provocations, restrained and adjusted. According to the designer, her eyes see only beautiful things and she successfully implements the beauty in her products.
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Carolina Herrera vintage costume jewelry
Estee Lauder vintage costume jewelry
Founded in 1946, Estee Lauder Corporation is famous for its cutting-edge technology and innovative discoveries, which underpin the creation of exquisite luxury products. The whole world knows the Estee Lauder brand, producing luxurious, unsurpassed in terms of effectiveness skin care products, makeup and perfumes. However, its story about how to make a woman beautiful could not but connected with eponymous jewelry. For example, exquisite jeweled perfume bottles or compacts, as well as costume jewelry. Noteworthy, the design of many of EL jewelry is unique, combining cosmetics and jewelry. In particular, a series of locket pendants, which are multifunctional jeweled pieces. Any woman could wear such a pendant as a jewelry, and also use it as a cosmetic product – perfume or compact powder. Also, the design of many costume brooches included the dominant theme of cosmetics. For example, a brooch with charms in the form of lipstick, nail polish and a bottle of perfume.
Traditionally, EL jewelers used 14 carat gold, alloy of gold and silver tones, glass cabochons, faux pearls, crystals and enamel. All decorations have marking EL, or Estee Lauder.
Produced in the 1980-90s, decorations of this jewelry brand have become desirable for lovers and collectors of vintage costume jewelry.
Antigona Paris vintage costume jewelry
Registered in 1978, French jewelry brand Antigona Paris produced very stylish statement jewelry for about two decades, till mid-nineties of the last century. Their runway couture pieces were highly popular in the 1980-90s. Sold in boutiques and jewelry departments of prestigious department stores not only in France and Europe. In particular, Selfridges in London. Also, according to the New York Magazine (2 Dec 1991), one of the boutiques in Trump Tower NYC sold Antigona Paris decorations and “unusual jeweled buttons”. Noteworthy, each decoration has the full stamp on the back, which includes “Antigona Made in France” or “Antigona Paris”.
Traditionally abstract or modernist design, the jewelers used textured matte gold or silver tone metal, lucite and enamel. Currently, the products of this French brand are a rare vintage, desired for collectors and connoisseurs of vintage costume jewelry.
Sylvia Dahl vintage costume jewelry
Undoubtedly, the design of jewelry marked Dahl cannot be confused with the design of other jewelers. Traditionally, this is a realistic natural design – a butterfly, a frog or a crocodile floating on a large silver-toned leaf. Also, the jeweler and silversmith Dahl usually used silver and copper to create her costume decorations. Thus, it is impossible to talk about the diversity of the plot and the materials used to create these vintage jewelry. However, products marked Silvia Dahl are vintage and have a certain collection value. Unfortunately, there is no detailed information about the designer of these jewelry on the Internet. Perhaps the full name of the designer is Laila Sylvia Dahl (November 7, 1940 – September 2, 2012), born in Brooklyn. After graduating from Brooklyn College, where she studied costume design, she worked as a designer for off-Broadway productions. A gifted artist and designer, she had exceptional talent in various artistic fields, including drawing, painting, quilt, sewing and knitting. According to the memoirs of people who knew her, she had a unique ability to capture ordinary moments and turn them into beautiful works of art.
Nevertheless, I would like to have more accurate information about a talented jeweler. Noteworthy, these naturalistic dress clips or brooches were sold in the 1980s in the jewelry departments of Neiman Marcus department stores.
Louis Stern vintage costume jewelry
The history of the company began in 1867 when three sons of German Jewish immigrants – Isaac, Louis and Benjamin Stern founded корпорацию Stern’s, or Stern Brothers. Initially, they sold dry goods in Buffalo, New York, gradually becoming an important merchandising family in New York City. In 1868 they moved to New York and opened a store on Sixth Avenue, 367. The whole family worked in this elegant shop, known for its fashionable goods. Ladies from all over New York came here in search of clothes and accessories of Parisian fashions brought by brothers from Europe. This company was distinguished from the others by its elegant gatekeepers in top hats and the generous and friendly service by the owners personally. Later, their business developed until the 60s of the last century.
Meanwhile, Louis Stern, one of the Stern’s brands, began operations in 1871. The company produced silver and bijouterie jewelry until the 1950s. Focusing on elegance and quality, particular attention was paid to the quality of the gold plating of jewelry. The jewelry marking included the symbol L-S Co, 1/20 10 K GF (gold filled). Undoubtedly, all Stern jewelry is a rare vintage of collectible value. Although Louis Stern himself, the founder of the jewelry company, died in 1922 (in Paris, while visiting his daughter), the latest jewelry marked with drugs date back to the 1950s.
Harry Iskin vintage costume jewelry
American designer Harry Iskin is considered an undeservedly forgotten jeweler. However, products marked “HI” are highly collectible. The history of the brand begins in 1930, when Harry Iskin founded the jewelry brand of the same name in the United States.
His parents, emigrants from Russia moved to the UK, and Harry was born there on September 30, 1886. At the age of 22, he moved to the United States, and in 1908 received American citizenship.
Iskin began working as an engraver in a jewelry workshop. In addition, he began to make his jewelry decorations – and their sales were very successful. As a result, in the early 1930s he opened his own atelier, and in 1936 moved to a more spacious building in Philadelphia. His jewelry became so popular that in 1938 he opened a second salon-workshop in Manhattan.
Iskin became famous for the release of high-quality jewelry, as well as silver jewelry, often gold filled. The peak of the popularity of Iskin brooches and bracelets falls on the period of the Second World War, when jewelry from Europe was practically not brought.
Lenox vintage porcelain jewelry
The American company Lenox has a long and glorious history spanning over 130 years. It all started in 1889, when Walter Scott Lenox opened a small art studio setting high standards of quality, beauty and artistry. Guided by these ideals, several generations of craftsmen create cutlery, gifts and decorative items for a high-quality home. Noteworthy, a company became the first to start producing porcelain in the USA in the 19th century and, to date, remains the most famous and respected in the industry.
Interestingly, in 1918 Lenox became a supplier of dishes for the White House and still continues the tradition. The first “state” service masters created during the reign of Thomas Wilson, 28 US President. Since then, for each president, a new decor has been created. The company’s products participate in many international exhibitions and received many prestigious awards. The main focus of Lenox is wedding dishes and gifts. A variety of collections and decors, successful cooperation with eminent designers (Donna Karan, Marchesa, etc.) brought the brand to a leading position in the US market.