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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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DeNicola costume jewellery

DeNicola costume jewellery - brooch from the series of Chinese zodiac, the year of goat

From the series of Chinese zodiac, the year of goat, or Capricorn. DeNicola costume jewellery

Established in New York (USA) in 1957, DeNicola costume jewellery became known for producing exquisite jewellery of high quality. Besides, Jerry DeNicola quite successfully competed with real expensive jewellery, because in the manufacture used gilt ornaments and semiprecious stones. Noteworthy, the first collection DeNicola “The Real Look”, released in 1962, represented the marine flora and fauna. And these unique decorations were really difficult to distinguish from precious gold and diamond jewelry. Shine of metal, fine stones and extremely complex design made many connoisseurs prefer jewelry brand DeNicola. Meanwhile, the second collection “Young America” appeared in 1964. However, in 1970, the company DeNicola became part of the jewelry company CAPRI and since then, the mark DeNicola was no longer used. Jewellery brand DeNicola is rare and not easy to find. According to a number of books and albums on costume collectible ornaments, these products have a collector’s value and relevance.
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Erwin Pearl jewellery

Vintage brooch-pendant - Pharaoh. Erwin Pearl jewellery. Marked © E.Pearl

Vintage brooch-pendant – Pharaoh. Erwin Pearl jewellery. Marked © E.Pearl

Erwin Pearl jewellery
Founder of the eponymous jewelry brand, a native of Austria, in his early years, Erwin Pearl moved to the United States and made there a wonderful career. Five consecutive years, his jewellery products participated in international exhibitions, and won prestigious awards. For over 60 years Erwin Pearl has been one of the largest manufacturers of collectible jewelry, connecting advanced technology and old techniques of hand finishing.
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BSK vintage jewellery

BSK vintage jewellery - Brooch Boatman

Boatman brooch pin. BSK vintage jewellery

BSK vintage jewellery
Although very little is known about the company, yet, we know that it existed from 1948 until the early 1980s in New York. The company received name from the initials of the founders: Benny Steinberg, Slovitt and Kaslo. Traditionally, BSK jewelers used colored enamel, Aurora Borealis rhinestone, and imitation of pearls. They made most of the products in the technique of brushing (causing small cuts on the metal surface). Due to low prices, decorations of BSK enjoyed incredible popularity in postwar America. Currently BSK ornaments are collectible.
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Avon vintage costume jewelry

Flower polka dot set Avon vintage costume jewelry. Vintage, 1980

Flower polka dot set, 1980. Avon vintage costume jewelry

Avon vintage costume jewelry
The internationally renowned company, Avon began its history in 1886. At first, it represented the perfume, and for the first time in history gave women the opportunity to earn money by doing what they like. Consultants offered cosmetics and perfumes, and in 1963 there was a jewelry as a free gift to purchase. And in 1970, after numerous requests of clients, Avon has launched a line of its own products – Avon jewellery. The very first collection of the company was called The Precious Pretenders. Large advertising campaign in America has made these ornaments very popular with women. Jewellery pieces were characterized by brilliant cut stone, fancy filigree appearance, covered with gold leaf, and looked very expensive and exquisite. And a few years later Avon jewellery had a strong position among the most popular manufacturers of jewelry.
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