Bow brooch, 7.5 cm, gold tone, black enamel, rhinestones. Catherine Popesco jewellery
Catherine Popesco jewellery
The history of French brand Catherine Popesco began in the 1980s. Wandering around Paris, Popesco found a warehouse with a lot of antique molds from the period of 1900-1930s. Thus, she used the priceless heritage of France to create a unique collection. According to Popesco, she used a unique technology, old silver or 14 karat gold on a copper thinnest base. Her fine jewelry work carries the spirit of the heyday of modernism of the French jewelry art.
The heyday of Catherine Popesco came in the 1980s. Then she founded the company La Vie Parisienne and production from France moved to the USA. Incorporated in 1983 in Santa Monica California, La Vie Parisienne Corporation is still active. However, the concept of the brand slightly changed giving preference to Swarovski stones and expanding the range.
In fact, her jewelry belongs to the category of collectibles. Noteworthy, the first works didn’t have marks on them, and the stamp Catherine Popesco France appeared later.
Dragonfly, large brooch. 10 cm. Enamel, Swarovski crystals
In addition to jewelry design, Catherine paints pictures and successfully exhibits her works. Also, she makes translations and scripts for musicals. She was nominated for the Tony Awards for the musical Jane Eyre in 2001. In 2002, she translated it into English, adapted it and presented to the American audience as a musical La Vie on Bleu at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia.
Catherine Popesco jewellery
Oval brooch. 1980’s. Swarovski crystals, 14 k gold, silver, enamel
Arabesque Brooch, plique a jour, stained glass designs. Colored enamels, silvering, crystals. 5.6 cm
Bow in a frame brooch. Enamels, silver, crystals. 6.5 cm
Butterfly brooch. Pewter, enamel, Silvering
Enameled brooch. Copper plate, silvering, Swarovski crystals. 5.9 cm
Enameled butterfly brooch
Floral design metal bracelet, vintage
Butterfly brooch, rhinestones, silver
Grape Brooch. 1980’s. Copper, silvering, Swarovski crystals, enamels
1980s brooch, France
Mirage. Enameled brooch. Plique a jour, 925 silver plated, crystal, rhinestones. 5.6 cm
Olive vintage brooch. 1980’s. Copper, silvering, Swarovski crystals, colored enamels. 4.2 cm
Orange and green retro style brooch. 1980s
Oval framed brooch with a bow. Enamel, crystals
Plique a jour enameled brooch, 925 silver plated, crystal, rhinestones. 5.6 cm. 1980s
Rectangle Brooch, enamels, silvering, crystals. 5.3 cm
Sun brooch, 1980s. Swarovski crystals, enamel
Swallow vintage brooch. Silvering, Swarovski crystals, enamels. 8 cm
Victorian style brooch, enamels, silvering, crystals. 3.5 cm
Yellow brooch. Copper, silvering, Swarovski crystals, enamels. 4,2 cm
Young maiden with grapes, Art Nouveau style. Enamels, silver, crystals. 5.3 cm
Floral ornament brooch. Metal, enamel, rhinestones. 4 cm. 1990s
Flower brooch. Blackened metal, rhinestones. 3.5 cm. 1990s
Heart brooch. Metal alloy, enamel, rhinestones. 3 cm. 1980s