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Niels Erik From vintage silver jewelry

Niels Erik From vintage silver jewelry

Fish sterling silver green gem brooch. 5.3 cm. Niels Erik From vintage silver jewelry

Niels Erik From vintage silver jewelry
Born in 1908, Niels Erik From was one of the most prominent representatives of Danish silver business. His name is among the great Scandinavian jewelry designers, such as Georg Jensen and David Anderson. Niels began working as an apprentice for local silversmiths, as was the custom at the time. Having successfully passed the exam and received a license, he organized his own workshop.
The 23-year-old master began to create unique pieces, and continued to hone his craft. Even the early works of the talented master, including floral and leafy motifs, brought him popularity. However, Nielsen was only able to establish his own company at the end of World War II.
Registered in the southern Danish town of Nakskov, on the west coast of the island of Lolland, the company began operations in 1944. By this time, the master had developed his own unique style following the new modernist tendencies. In particular, clean lines, minimalist and abstract forms. Noteworthy, the greatest heyday and worldwide fame of the company was in the 1960s and 70s, when the company sold its products both in Europe and in the USA.
In the early 1980s, Niels retired, entrusting the business to his son-in-law, Hilmer Jensen, who had worked for the company since the 1960s. Heading the family business after Niels’ death in 1986, Jensen had worked for no more than five years. Unfortunately, the company ceased to exist in 1990.
High quality handcrafted silverware by Niels Erik From is highly collectible and will undoubtedly rise in price.
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Maresco vintage costume jewelry

Maresco vintage costume jewelry

Snail brooch. Gold tone metal, enamel, crystals, glass cabochon. 1970s. 5 cm. Maresco vintage costume jewelry

Maresco vintage costume jewelry
The history of American jewelry brand Maresco spans a little more than a decade. Founded in 1974 by Moresco brothers, the company Maresco Ltd. ceased to exist in 1986. The Maresco shop and boutique were located in an old two-storey building in the Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY.
Noteworthy, Maresco relates to a renowned dynasty of Italian jewelers Maresca (spelling variation). The Maresco jewelry dates back to the middle of the 19th century in Ariano Irpino, an ancient city in the Campania region. In the 19th and 20th centuries, many talented Italian silversmiths, gemologists and jewelers moved to the United States. Some of them even succeeded to turn their small family business into successful world famous brands.
Inspired by Italy and ancient Rome, Maresco designs also include Etruscan motifs, and popular in the 1980s haute couture design. Traditionally, the company’s craftsmen used metal alloys, matte gold, bright enamels and multicolor art glass imitating natural stones. The maker’s mark includes Maresco in script, and a copyright symbol.
High quality workmanship handcrafted Maresco pieces are rare and very collectible.

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Buckley Moss vintage costume jewelry

Buckley Moss vintage costume jewelry

‘Winter Travellers’. Porcelain, enamel. 8.5cm. 1989. Buckley Moss vintage costume jewelry

Buckley Moss vintage costume jewelry
The history of Buckley Moss trademark began in 1978, when American artist Patricia Buckley Moss (b. 1933) founded her company Buckley Moss, Inc. Patricia’s paintings and jewelry are inspired by country landscapes, people, animals and children. The artist’s special passion is geese, embodied in her paintings and jewelry designs.
A philanthropist and charitable person, Patricia began to produce limited quantities of brooches for her foundation, P. Buckley Moss Society For the Love of Children. Faced with learning challenges in school, she dedicates her life to helping children with learning disabilities. Every year she created one or two designs of brooches, pendants and lapel pins, each of which has a serial number.
Traditionally, the jewelers use porcelain, hand-painting her unique subjects, as well as gold, silver and enamels.
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Signed W Lewis vintage costume jewelry

Signed W Lewis vintage costume jewelry

Weird Face brooch. Sterling silver, art glass. 1940s. Signed W Lewis vintage costume jewelry

Signed W Lewis vintage costume jewelry
The history of a famous British manufacturer of medals and badges W. Lewis, which began more than one hundred and eighty years ago. In fact, the history of Lewis badges is intertwined with the history of the country itself. Patriotic badges handcrafted during the First and Second World War, badges created for certain organizations, movements, significant events and anniversaries.
Registered as family business of W.O. Lewis, the company’s address was Howard Street West Midlands, Birmingham. Noteworthy, the family business is still active, run by the fifth generations of jewelers and silversmiths since 1832.
Over such a long period, the company has produced thousands of unique, high quality handmade lapel pins, commemorative medals, key chains, shields, plaques and jewelry pieces.
Traditionally, craftsmen use a variety of metals, including gold and silver, and enamel.
The Lewis badges are subjects of Phaleristics, and vintage jewelry is rare and highly collectible.
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Symbolic Snowman vintage costume jewelry

Symbolic Snowman vintage costume jewelry

Silver tone art glass rhinestone Snowman poinsettia vintage brooch. 5.5 cm. 1980s. Symbolic Snowman vintage costume jewelry

Symbolic Snowman vintage costume jewelry
Traditionally, most jewelry companies produce Christmas design decorations. Santa Clauses, Christmas trees, bells, poinsettia, and of course the Snowman can be a great gift for the holiday.
However, the attribute of the Christmas holidays, everyone’s beloved and charming Snowman, turns out to be not as simple as one might think. Indeed, his figure is very controversial, and even endowed with sinister features. So, in medieval lithographs in Europe, snowmen appear to be terrible creatures. Winter time, both in the Middle Ages and now, has been a real test for people. Then the snowman was a symbol of danger and fear, with its own bad omens. For example, it was impossible to sculpt on a full moon, otherwise nightmares would be dreamed. Also, there is a belief, that it is dangerous to look at snowmen in the evening from behind a curtain. And in general, it is undesirable to meet with him after sunset.
Fortunately, St. Francis of Assisi, aka the knight Giovanni Francisco Bernardoni, declared snowmen to be creatures that protect from demons. The explanation was simple. Snow is a gift from heaven, which means a snowman is akin to an angel, protects people and can even convey their requests to heaven. To do this, they molded little snowmen and whispered wishes to them. After it melts, the desire will certainly come true. Since then, sculpting charming snowmen near houses has been a favorite pastime of both children and adults.
In fact, molding a snowman is a prototype of the creation of man, and man himself is the creator! By the way, instead of a nose, carrots “promised” a generous harvest next year, and a bucket on the head – prosperity in the house. And in Romania there is a custom to decorate a snowman with “beads” of garlic, as this promotes the health of family members and protects them from vampires, ghouls, and werewolves.
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Victoria’s Secret vintage costume jewelry

Victoria's Secret vintage costume jewelry

Star matte gold tone brooch. 1990s. Victoria’s Secret vintage costume jewelry

Victoria’s Secret vintage costume jewelry
Based in Columbus, Ohio, USA, Victoria’s Secret has become the world’s most renowned company selling women’s underwear, swimwear, apparel, cosmetics, perfumery and accessories. Originally a family business founded by Roy Raymond and his wife Gaye Raymond in 1977 in the suburbs of San Francisco, it began with a Victoria’s Secret lingerie store. Within five years they had six stores. However, struggling financially, Roy Raymond had to sell his business to Leslie Wexner for $ 4 million.

Noteworthy, it was Leslie Wexner who subsequently made this brand one of the leading in the market. An important factor in the company’s success was the expansion of the product range in the 1990s. So, having launched its own line of cosmetics and fragrances in 1991, seven years later it was a multi-billion dollar business.

In addition to perfumery, underwear and cosmetics, the company launched lines of accessories and bijouterie in 1990s. Among more than one and a half thousand registered trade marks for the production of lingerie, cosmetics, and accessories, there were eight jewelry trade marks. In particular, The Supermodel (1998-2010), Colin & Colette (2006), Sloane Street (2008), Angel Wings (image), filed in 2012, Adore Me, Adorn Me (2005-2014), Victoria’s Secret (2000), and Our Secret Garden (2011).

In fact, most fashion houses created jewelry for their fashion shows in 1980-1990s. Also, for advertising such products as perfumery, and the brand itself.
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Signed Venue vintage costume jewelry

Signed Venue vintage costume jewelry

Heart brooch pin. Textured gold plated metal alloy, rhinestones. 5 cm. 1980s. Signed Venue vintage costume jewelry

Signed Venue vintage costume jewelry
Beautiful vintage haute couture pieces labeled “Venué USA” have their own unique design. The most characteristic of it is the delicate filigree work, where each piece shows carefully elaborated ornamental and floral patterns. Exquisite and elegant, classic-style jewelry can be a good addition to any vintage jewelry collection. Traditionally, the company’s craftsmen used metal alloy, pewter, as well as gilding and silvering, faux pearls, art glass imitating natural stones, crystals and rhinestones. By the way, French word “Venué” means “Arrival”. Everything about this jewelry is flawless, except for its history, which remains a mystery.
According to scant information, the company operated for a short period of time, no more than a decade, around the 1980s. Unfortunately, there is no information about the registration of this trademark, or patents, or the founder and owner of the company.
The eponymous company VENUE USA, INC. (owner Gordon Scott Warren) incorporated in December 2009 in Florida is still active. However, the company activities have nothing to do with the jewelry business. Besides, it is sometimes possible to revive the dead trademark of another business.
There is also a Venue Jewelry store in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, founded in 1992, but it is not known if it is related to the Venué USA jewelry brand.
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