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Category Archive: Vintage

Vintage Mermaid jewellery

Vintage Mermaid jewellery. Pendant, French, circa 1860-1870. Gold, enamel, foil set Burmese old cut rubies, pearl, mother of pearl

Vintage Mermaid jewellery. Pendant, French, circa 1860-1870. Gold, enamel, foil set Burmese old cut rubies, pearl, mother of pearl

Vintage Mermaid jewellery. Great storyteller Hans Christian Andersen romanticized mermaid pretty much, because originally it was just a creepy creature. The existence of mermaids has been known since ancient times. In Russia, mermaids were considered the drowned girls. Or the suicide girls who decided to end life because of unhappy love. It is believed that the biggest holiday for them is the night of July 7, when they come out of the water and dance. Mermaids are interested not only in mere mortals, but the powerful men. Russian Emperor Peter I carefully studied the records of Christopher Columbus, who claimed to have seen with his own eyes the three beautiful maidens with fish tails, frolicking off the coast.
Mermaid has long been an inspiration for jewelers.
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Enid Collins Vintage Handbags

Enid Collins Vintage Handbags

Enid Collins Vintage Handbags

American designer from Texas Enid Collins began producing these amazing bags in 1959. She became the proprietress of the same name brand. Non-standard, bright, cheerful, with a good dose of humor and self-irony – with her bags used to fall in love at first sight. Initially Enid Collins made bags with her husband Fred, right at the ranch. Only later, as the popularity of handbags grew, production was moved to a separate studio, and then appeared two factories in different cities.
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Clara Bijoux jewellery

Clara Bijoux jewellery

Clara Bijoux jewellery

Clara Bijoux jewellery has 60 years of successful work in the world of jewelry fashion. Today the famous Spanish brand Clara Bijoux is headed by designer Clara Torres, and now the brand is known throughout the world as the creator of beautiful handmade items. The original company “Industrias Galy” was founded right 60 years ago, in 1953, in Spanish Ciutadella de Menorca by Clara Torres’s father – Diego Torres. Diego got training as a goldsmith and silversmith in Barcelona, and worked as an apprentice in a fashion jewellery manufacturer. Later he started his own business in fashion jewellery made with precious stones. His three children Pedro, Clara and Biel entered their father’s business.
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Gold Dresses Kaleidoscope

Portrait of Maria Serra Pallavicino in gold dress. 1606. Artist Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

Portrait of Maria Serra Pallavicino in gold dress. 1606. Artist Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

Gold Dresses Kaleidoscope. Dresses with threads of precious metals are very heavy, taking into account the mantle plume of any coronation dress. It’s hard even to imagine how difficult it was to wear them. Nevertheless, almost all the coronation gowns include fabric with metallic threads and were decorated with real gold and silver embroidery. In the XX century, there were two periods when the metallic threads and Lurex were very much in fashion. First – in the late 60’s and early 70’s, second – in the late 80-early 90’s. Silver and gold, glitter and lurex were periodically in and out of fashion, and now there is a return of interest in metallic texture in a suit, shoes and accessories.
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Juliana Vintage jewellery

Juliana Vintage jewellery

Beautiful set of brooch and earrings. Crystals sparkle beautifully in the light. Juliana Vintage jewellery

Juliana Vintage jewellery
Presented by the company “Delizza & Elster” (abbreviated in catalogs D & E), Juliana appeared in about 1940s and lasted until 1990. Very quickly, the company has become a major manufacturer of costume jewelry in America, and signed contracts with 800 customers in the US and abroad.
Noteworthy, their customers were such famous brands as: Weiss, Alice Caviness, Ballet, Celebrity, Hobe, Hattie Carnegie, Kenneth J. Lane, Kramer, and Karu. In addition to the decorations, produced for wholesale customers, in 1953 the company released a line of jewelry that has become very popular to this day.
However, the masters didn’t mark this line despite the huge demand. And the explanation is simple – jewelry sold through major central stores of America, who wanted to see on the tags and labels only their names.
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Russian Art Nouveau jewellery

Belle Epoque handcrafted Diamond Brooch Pin. Russian Art Nouveau jewellery

Belle Epoque handcrafted Diamond Brooch Pin. Moscow, 1908 – 1917. The brooch is marked on pin and on pin guard with maker’s initials ‘AM’ for Moscow jeweler Alexander Moskvin

Art Nouveau Jewellery has “geographical” features. French Art Nouveau jewellery, for example, by Lucien Gaillard, Georges Fouquet, is masterly asymmetrical, while “the German mind” (Wilhelm von Cranach Lucas) tends to symmetry. Palette also varies, and in Russia it is different than in Europe. Russian Revival Style of the 1910s, called Neo-Russian Modern was influenced by medieval Russo-Byzantine tradition. Russian Art Nouveau jewellery was produced in Moscow in 1908-1917, the period before and during the World War I. Russian medieval designs and shapes were mixed with typical Belle Epoque forms and elements, resulting in a unique Russian jewelry style not seen anywhere else.
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French jewelry designer Jean Schlumberger

The brooch 'Bird on a Rock'. Tiffany Diamond. image - Wikipedia. French jewelry designer Jean Schlumberger

The brooch ‘Bird on a Rock’. Tiffany Diamond. image – Wikipedia. French jewelry designer Jean Schlumberger

French jewelry designer Jean Schlumberger
Bird on a Rock has been one of Jean Schlumberger’s most iconic pieces since its introduction in 1965. Born in Mulhouse, France, Jean Schlumberger was the son of Paul Albert Edward Schlumberger (1877 – 1952) and Elizabeth Schoen (1884 – 1942), both worked in the textile industry. Already in his youth, Jean showed talent for drawing, but his parents tried to discourage him from the artistic activity, forbidding him to undertake formal training. In 1930, his father sent his son to Berlin to be engaged in banking activities. However, Jean finds a complete lack of interest and talent for numbers, and soon moved to Paris, where he indulges his love of art.
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