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Jewellery lover Shining Anita Ekberg

Shining Anita Ekberg

Jewellery lover Shining Anita Ekberg

Jewellery lover Shining Anita Ekberg

This post features one of the most iconic faces of the 20th century Anita Ekberg, who passed away 11 January 2015. Undoubtedly, Anita Ekberg loved jewelry decorations, wore tiaras, necklaces, earrings and bracelets until old age. However, in fairness it should be noted that her beauty outshone any jewelry… Meanwhile, better known as iconic Swedish-Italian and Hollywood actress, and a cult sex symbol of 1950-1960s, Anita Ekberg was Miss Sweden 1951.
Born Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg on 29 September 1931 in Malmo, Skane, Sweden, Anita Ekberg grew up in a large family, where she was the eldest of eight children. Anita started her career as a fashion model after she had won the beauty pageant in Sweden. Soon after, the crowned beauty left Sweden for the United States to compete for the Miss Universe crown. Although she didn’t speak English, Anita Ekberg entered six most beautiful finalists. In the United States, Anita met Hollywood producer Howard Hughes, who advised her to change her nose, teeth and name (he said “Ekberg” was too difficult to pronounce). Future symbol of lush beauty Anita Ekberg wisely refused – “when I become famous people will learn to pronounce my name, and if I don’t, then name will not make any sense”.
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Lawrence Vrba jewellery

Lawrence Vrba jewellery. Volume vintage brooch in the form of a beetle Larry Vrba

Volume vintage brooch in the form of a beetle. Lawrence Vrba jewellery

Lawrence Vrba jewellery
Traditionally, vintage jewelry created by Larry Vrba is highly prized among collectors and lovers of fine jewelry. The concept of «costume jewelry» introduced at the time Coco Chanel – the queen of European fashion. But overseas it was Miriam Haskell, who marked the beginning of a whole movement of costume jewelry. Habits of top class ladies to give preference only to expensive jewellery has remained the past, modern jewellery and fashion skills come to a new stage, especially during the Great Depression, costume jewellery becomes more valuable than the materials from which it was created. Plastic replaces glass, silver – gold and precious metals, wood, coral and shells are gaining popularity. A new round of life started in the company of Miriam Haskell, after in 1970s a leading designer has become an ardent admirer of Haskell – Lawrence Vrba.
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1928 vintage Jewelry

1928 vintage Jewelry

Filigree Flower Brooch. 1928 vintage Jewelry

1928 vintage Jewelry
Initially, the company 128 founded by Melvyn Bernie began its production in 1968. Noteworthy, he signed an exclusive licensing agreement with the Vatican Library in Rome. Thus, he received the right to recreate the artifacts found in the unrivaled collections, kept in the Vatican library. Using all their skills and experience, the company 1928 fully justified the expectations of the Vatican, showed the ability to make a tasteful decoration, keeping all the value of the originals. In particular, rosaries, jewelry boxes, key rings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches and earrings.
1928 Jewelry Company produces jewellery exclusively for premium department stores – class Macy’s. More than 40 years the brand 1928 used the wealth of vintage European and American storage. While the basis for the production of the company consists of vintage items, line 1928 is focused on the incredible combination of antiquities and the most modern trends.
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Albert Weiss jewellery

Extra large and impressive butterfly pin. Albert Weiss jewellery

Extra large and impressive butterfly pin brooch Albert Weiss jewellery

Albert Weiss jewellery
Founded in New York in 1942 by Albert Weiss, the company got his name. Prior to that, Weiss had worked for a long time in the company of Coro and therefore knew a lot about jewelry. He imported rhinestone from Austria, created ornaments by hand. The design and quality were on top, and because of it, many ladies began to change such loud brands as Dior, Chanel, Haskell to jewelry from Weiss.
So, the company started to grow and in just a few years has become very popular. To keep up to carry out orders, the company opened its production in Germany, France, and Rhode Island. Later, Albert Weiss handed his Jewelry Company to his son Michael. However, he closed the company in 1971 for financial reasons and the company ceased to exist. Today jewelry by Albert Weiss enjoys unprecedented popularity among the fashionistas and lovers of vintage.
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Rene Lalique Art Nouveau jewellery

Rene Lalique Art Nouveau jewellery

A gold sylph spreads her plique-ajour enamel and diamond wings to fill the dog collar plaque. The gold veins of the wings and the crustaceous tail are lightly colored with a thin layer of transparent green enamel. The ethereal being seems made out of air and light, characteristic of her sphere. Rene Lalique Art Nouveau jewellery

Rene Lalique Art Nouveau jewellery
French jeweler and glass-maker, Rene Jules Lalique (1860 – 1945) is one of the outstanding representatives of Art Nouveau. Rene Lalique was a revolutionary in jeweler’s art in every sense of the word. Pushing aside gold and diamonds, he experimented with amber, enamel, metal alloys, glass, favorite semi-precious stones, horn and tortoiseshell. And – the most interesting – the public madly in love with his ornaments. The images and figures appeared out of the very thick fog of Nouveau: dragonflies and scarabs, peacocks and ears of wheat, thin silhouettes of women: in some of them is possible to recognize the features of Rene Lalique muse Augustine-Alice Ledru, whose father and brother used to assist Roden. Rene Lalique always followed the rule of three French “F” – Femme, Fauna, Flora, which still remains the motto of the house.
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Trifari costume jewellery

Trifari costume jewellery brooch Camel

Camel vintage brooch. Trifari costume jewellery

Jewellery lovers know Trifari costume jewellery under different names, and in particular, TKF, Trifari&Trifari, Krussman and Fishel. Noteworthy, the company, founded in 1910 by Gustav Trifari, exists for more than 100 years.
Luigi Trifari, a jeweler from Italy taught jewellery craft his grandson Gustav, who emigrated to the United States and worked for several years in New York as a designer. In 1917, Leo Krussman joined him. Then, in the 1920s with them began to work Carl Fishel, and the company changed its name to TKF (Trifari, Krussman and Fishel). From 1930 until 1968 for Trifari jewellery design engaged Alfred Philippe. Prior to that, he worked as a designer for Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels. Under his influence was created a line of jewelry that brought the company to a new level. Meanwhile, famous are brooches of excellent quality, which Philip created in the form of crowns and Jelly Belly. About the success and quality of Trifari jewelry can be judged from the fact that the company still exists today, having gone through several economic crises. Until now changed owners, changed leading designers, but eventually Trifari became part of Monet Group, bought by Liz Claiborne in 2000.
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Raymond Yard jewellery

Art Deco Rabbit brooch by Raymond Yard

Art Deco Rabbit brooch. Gold, diamonds. Raymond Yard jewellery

From Raymond Yard decorations can be learned not only the history of jewelry art of the twentieth century, but also the evolution of American tastes. From Art Deco to the “space” design of the 60s, from strict classical forms and large rings with moonstones to funny rabbits waiters … To survive during the “dry law” in America, sense of humor, perhaps, was very helpful. Thanks to these relevant and certainly very expensive brooches, talented jeweler Raymond Yard has won eternal fame. In 1929, at the peak of the ban on the sale of alcohol, the jeweler has released a brooch in the form of rabbits waiters, these ornaments have become a kind of artist’s protest against the law. Rabbits waiters have become the hallmark of the brand, they are hunt for by the collectors all over the world.
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