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Welcome back vintage brooches

Welcome back vintage brooches

Welcome back vintage brooches

Ten years ago, we almost did not wear brooches. They were lying in old caskets of our mothers and grandmothers, but largely disappeared from use of our generation. Women born in the last quarter of the 20th century, did not know what we can do with all this wealth. Now it’s time to literally shake the old days. And to reconsider our attitude to the brooches. After all, vintage costume brooch is beautiful, often symbolic decoration that helps us to create interesting and, oddly enough, modern image. The first picture – a well-known advertising of old American jewelry brand Coro, which gave the woman a lot of these masterpieces. Let’s pin Coro Down – they offer.
Let’s see where you can wear a brooch, many brooches.
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Vintage Les Bernard Jewellery

Vintage Les Bernard Jewellery. Collectible rarity vintage brooch from Les Bernard

Antique metal bow brooch, collectible rarity. Les Bernard Jewellery

Vintage Les Bernard Jewellery
First of all, Les Bernard jewellery brand grew out of Vogue, founded in 1936 by Harold Shapiro. The Shapiro family sold their share of Vogue in 1962 and son of Harold, Bernard, and designer Lester Joy opened a new company “Les Bernard inc.” in 1963. A pioneer in the field of costume jewelry of high class design, Les Bernard created innovative decorations of crystal, glass, crystal, enamel, marcasites, silver and precious metal alloys. Those who once acquired decorations by Les Bernard, know that as a rule they are all of high quality. Besides, made in a variety of styles from Art Deco to Egypt.
Noteworthy, Les Bernard created jewelry for the series “Dynasty” for many years. Many ideas for the first time used by Les Bernard, can be seen in the products of Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy and other famous brands. The company Les Bernard ceased to exist in 1996.
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Hobe vintage jewellery

Hobe vintage jewellery

Hobe vintage jewellery

Hobe vintage jewellery
The apparent today, a little theatrical style of the first half of the XX century opens the imagination: unfading Art Deco classic, with its color and figurative solutions to fit a casual shirt, and a simple sweater, and an evening dress with heels. And if, as an experiment, you want to feel the heroine in “Tender Is the Night,” a scatter of crystals will just be the way. Such theatrical allusions come not by chance, because the company’s founder, William Hobe, first revealed to the world his talent, when at the end of the 1920s Broadway impresario, Florenz Ziegfeld, ordered the inexpensive but high quality jewellery to suit for his show. Later, for a special sympathy from the producers, directors and actresses, Hobe was called “choice of Hollywood”.
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Buccellati timeless jewellery

Buccellati timeless jewellery. Carats aquamarine in Buccellati Necklace

Carats aquamarine necklace. Buccellati timeless jewellery

Buccellati timeless jewellery
The story of the legendary in the jewelry world name Buccellati has its roots in the distant middle of the eighteenth century. Contardo Buccellati was the owner of the jewelry store in Milan. In 1919, his son Mario, having worked as an apprentice at the parents’ shop for six years, he opened his own business – and that was the foundation for an outstanding style of Buccellati, such as we know it today. Jewelry and silverware was Favorited by the “rich and famous” in Rome and Florence; then gained popularity throughout Europe. After the Second World War, a jeweler in addition to the already existing Italian boutique opened stores in New York and Palm Beach; and finally, it was time to worldwide fame. Among the clients of Mario Buccellati were not only trendsetters, artists and poets, but the whole royal houses of Italy, Belgium, Spain, Egypt and even the Vatican!
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Christmas vintage jewellery

Second life of vintage costume jewellery

Christmas vintage jewellery. Second life of vintage costume jewellery

I’m sure many women have accumulated a certain amount of broken or simply unwanted jewelry that for a long time is waiting for somebody to bring it to life again. Let’s give vintage costume jewellery, precious buttons and crystal beads a second life and make jeweled Christmas tree, like this in the above photo. Interestingly, brooch in the form of Christmas trees for a long time was sent to soldiers as a remindness of family and home and to feel the spirit of Christmas holidays …
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B. David vintage jewellery

B. David vintage jewellery. Mother's Crown Pin by B. David

Notable Mother’s Crown Pin created in 1960s. B. David vintage jewellery

B. David vintage jewellery
Originally, the company located in Cincinnati (Ohio, USA) was not big, just a family jewelry shop. However, very soon the company became well-known and popular. B. David lasted 47 years, until it ceased to exist in 1993. In fact, B. David decorations compared to other pompous ornaments of 1950s, were elegant. In particular, they were often smaller and made in a balanced color scheme. Also, the distinguishing feature was the use of a full-color “rainbow” stones.
Noteworthy, B. David specialized in famous to the whole world – Parent Crowns, or Mother’s crown brooches. Traditionally, such “parent” crown brooch was a perfect gift to a mother after she gave birth to a child. Of course, you will not find two identical crowns, because each of them was unique. These brooches have full set of rainbow colors of crystals and stones, and with a name of a newborn.
Undoubtedly, B.David was a legend of the American jewelry.
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Damascene jewellery art

Damascene jewellery art. Brooch ‘Sailboat with two in love’ in the art damascene art technique (Spain)

‘Sailboat with two in love’ brooch in the Damascene technique (Spain). Damascene jewellery art

Damascene jewellery art
Originated in Damascus, Syria more than 2 000 years ago, borrowed by the Arabs and brought to Spain, Damascene technique has reached our days. This technique, in particular, was the art of incrustation of various metals into each other, and most often gold or silver into a copper, steel or alloy basis.
Meanwhile, to Japan, the art of damascene got through the Silk Road in the period between 710 AD -794. It achieved a great popularity in Kyoto during the Edo period (1603 – 1868), when masters decorated handles of weapons. However, due to the fact of banning of swords in Japan, the masters used their skills in the manufacture of accessories and jewelry. Their art reflected traditional motifs – flowers, birds, sakura, landscapes, and Mount Fuji. By 1936, more than half of the manufactured Damascene products had been exported mainly to the United States and England.
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