Adrienne Vittadini vintage costume jewelry
Vittadini is a former quite successful fashion model of Hungarian descent. Her family emigrated to the United States when the girl was 12 years old, in 1956. According to Adrienne, she has always loved painting and fashion. Having graduated from the Moore college of art, this beautiful woman successfully got married. Adriana’s husband, an Italian born pharmaceutical magnate Gianluigi Vittadini, has contributed to his wife’s business. In particular, he helped open the perfume line of the brand of her name Adrienne Vittadini, which she launched in 1979. However, Vittadini soon expanded her business. Thus, in 1980s she began producing not only perfumes, but also clothes, shoes, luggage, accessories and costume jewelry. Noteworthy, Adriana became a woman, who entered the list of the 50 most beautiful people in the world (according to People magazine) in 1992.
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Adrienne Vittadini vintage costume jewelry
Betsey Johnson vintage costume jewelry
New York-based designer Betsy Johnson soared to the top of her fame and became one of the most popular American designers in the 1960s. Moreover, she still holds the honorable place of a leader thanks to the fact that her ideas are always relevant, eccentric and individual. The talented Madame Johnson has received honorary awards many times for her enormous contribution to the fashion industry.
Johnson began her career developing designs for various brands. And in 1978, she founded her own brand, which successfully exists to this day. The same year, she opened the first boutique in the heart of Soho. Also, in the early 80s she was one of the first to open her store on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Today in the world there are about 40 branded boutiques in which you can buy clothes, bags, accessories, as well as beautiful costume jewelry.
According to French jewelry designer Raymond Templier, he saw ideas for jewelry literally everywhere. For example, when walking along the streets. He was ready to respond to everything – wheels, cars and modern mechanisms. The most daring of his contemporaries, he easily turned the propellers of an airplane, gears and connecting rods into brooches and clips made of precious materials.
Noteworthy, Raymond’s father and grandfather were jewelers. It was his grandfather who founded Maison Tamplier in 1849. His sophisticated clientele sought mainly jewelry for family celebrations: engagement, weddings and anniversaries … Could he imagine the modernist creations of his grandson?
R. Templier is best known for his art deco and abstract design in the 1920s and 1930s. He became one of a small group of art deco innovators who created works in a minimalistic geometric style, focused on cubism and images of industrial production.
Cerrito vintage costume jewelry
Founded by Italian designer Giovanni Antonio Cerrito, his company “Giovanni Cerrito Jewelry Co” was based in Rhode Island. According to some sources, the company began producing series of beautiful handmade fashion jewelry in 1948. However, other sources indicate 1977 as the beginning of the company. Traditionally, Cerrito designs included “The Symbol Of Love” – red rose enameled brooches made of gold tone metal, often 14 K gold plated. Also, his famous creation, so called “Christmas Rose” poinsettia brooch gained worldwide fame, winning the hearts of millions of people.
Cerrito was the undisputed leader in his industry, giving traditional jewelry a certain charm of his own. Thanks to special methods of metal processing and many complex elements, so far none of the imitators could copy his masterpieces. The process of giving products a special shine of gold tone is also specific. The designers, in particular, used a two-layer coating of 18 and 22 carat gold. Noteworthy, all decorations are hand-made, which makes it possible to give the products lightness and airiness that is not inherent in metal.
After a short break, the renowned company Cerrito Jewelry Limited incorporation existed from 1977 to 2005. Jewelry of this brand is quite rare, and at an auction it is quite expensive.
Parisian modernist jeweler Louis Aucoc
The leading Parisian art nouveau jeweler Louis Aucoc (1850-1932) worked with his father and brother Andre. The family-owned company Aucoc at 6 Rue de la Paix was founded in Paris in 1821 by silver craftsman Jean-Baptiste Casimir Aucoc. Noteworthy, it was under the patronage of the house of King Louis Philippe, House of Orleans, Napoleon III and Empress Eugenia.
In his youth, Jean-Baptiste dreamed of the sea, traveling and dreamed of becoming a pioneer, however, the famous fiasco of the Napoleonic campaigns made the young Frenchman devote himself to the “art of travel” rather than becoming a traveler himself. Having first become an apprentice at arms manufactories, the young man soon became interested in jewelry and by the 1820s he was qualified as a craftsman in silver. At first, the Aucoc manufactory worked only with silver, but later the commercial savvy of Jean-Baptiste allowed to complement the artel with glass-blowing production. Also, they begin to specialize in the so-called “Nécessaire de Voyage”, i.e. luggage of the traveler.
French jewelry designer Georges Fouquet
Fouquet Jewelry House lasted only 76 years. Three generations of the family have changed. The founder of the company was Alfons Fouquet (1828–1911), who in 1860 opened his first store. A decade will pass and the company will become known not only in France, but also in Europe. In 1895, the management of the company will go to his son – Georges Fouquet (1862–1957).
The son of Alfons Fouquet (1828-1911), Georges Fouquet, following his father developed the ideas of art nouveau. By the end of the 19th century he organized the production of amazing jewelry with stained glass enamel. A hereditary jeweler, Georges Fouquet had two things: excellent taste and commercial flair. And when Georges decided to separate from his father and create his own jewelry brand, he turned to the creations of Alphonse Mucha. He was subdued by the beautiful jewelry that the artist depicted on his canvases and theater posters.
They started working together in 1900, when Fouquet recently opened his own jewelry workshop. Preparing to participate in an exhibition in Paris, he asked Mucha to make sketches for his work. At that time, Mucha had already established himself in Europe as an artist and creator of promotional products. In particular, female images were especially popular – virgins of Slavic and Persian appearance, with mysterious looks, elusively crafty faces and shining hair.
Fish&Crown vintage costume jewelry
The Fish & Crown brand is a duet of the British jewelry brand Fish (Fish Enterprises UK) and the American brand Crown (Crown Jewelry USA).
This brand is the best in the field of production of enamel products of rich and bright colors, that have stood the test of time. Also, the jewelers traditionally used gold coating (14K, 16K, 22K) or sterling silver, and later rhodium-plated. Noteworthy, until now, jewelers produce such products manually. Undoubtedly, not a single paint gives such an amazing, lively effect as enamel! The colors are so juicy as if they glow from the inside.