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Michaela Frey vintage costume jewelry

Michaela Frey vintage costume jewelry

Dove Bird oval shaped enameled brooch. 4.5 cm. 1960s. Michaela Frey vintage costume jewelry

Michaela Frey vintage costume jewelry

Austrian jewelry brand founded by Michaela Frey (1926-1980) began its activity exactly 70 years ago. A talented twenty-five year-old artist, Michaela graduated from the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna. She founded the eponymous company Michaela Frey Emailmanufaktur, and opened a small workshop in 1951.
From the very beginning, Michaela used a unique technology of using multi-stage hot enamel mixed with 24 carat gold powder. As an artist, she drew jewelry sketches, showing deep knowledge of ethnic ornaments of different peoples. Influenced by Monet, Klimt, Mucha and Hundertwasser, her jewelry is a wearable art.
Dr. Friedrich Wille joined the business as an accountant and lawyer in 1969, and took over the company in 1972. In 1980s Michaela Frey passed away (she was 54), and her daughters sold the company to Wille. Thus, he became the company’s sole owner. The new chief designer, Simone Grünberger-Wille (she later became his wife) was a professional artist. Simone brought in her colleagues from the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna, who joined the team. Thanks to them, completely new shapes and high artistic level appeared in design. Most notable was Avantgarde collection with geometric shapes and bright color enamel.


1950s enameled bracelet

1950s enameled silver tone bracelet

Known since 2003 as Frey Wille, the business expanded with the emergence of subsidiaries in other countries. Among them – Frey Wille London Limited (1975), Michaela Frey USA Corp. (1981), Wiener Email Manu Faktur Michaela Frey GMBH (Belgium, 1997), Frey Wille Deutschland GmbH, Michaela Frey Paris (1996), and more.
Based in Vienna, Frey Wille, with over 300 employees, operates numerous boutiques in dozens of countries.

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Michaela Frey vintage costume jewelry

Blue wildflowers enameled brooch

Blue wildflowers enameled brooch

Brown white flowers white enamel bracelet

Brown white flowers white enamel bracelet

Clown boy floral design oval shaped enameled pin

Clown boy floral design oval shaped enameled pin

Flower pendant. 24 K Gold, enamel

Flower pendant. 24 K Gold, enamel

Geometric design brooch. 24 K gold, enamel. 6 cm. 1988

Geometric design brooch. 24 K gold, enamel. 6 cm. 1988

Greek motif ornament pendant. 24 K gold, enamel. 5 cm. 1990s

Greek motif ornament pendant. 24 K gold, enamel. 5 cm. 1990s

Michaela Frey team

Michaela Frey team

Iris flowers fan shaped enameled brooch

Iris flowers fan shaped enameled brooch

Lion pendant. Gold plated, enamel

Lion pendant. Gold plated, enamel

Modern Art Deco blue gold pin

Modern Art Deco blue gold pin

Oval floral design brooch. Handpainted enamel. 4 cm. 1960s

Oval floral design brooch. Handpainted enamel. 4 cm. 1960s

Peacock gold plated enameled square shaped clip earrings

Peacock gold plated enameled square shaped clip earrings

Maker's mark

Maker’s mark

Petunia garden flower oval shaped enameled brooch

Petunia garden flower oval shaped enameled brooch

Pink flowers bracelet. Gold and silver plated, enamel. 1960s

Pink flowers bracelet. Gold and silver plated, enamel. 1960s

Plant motif oval shaped clip on earrings. 24 K gold plated, enamel. 2 cm. 1970s

Plant motif oval shaped clip on earrings. 24 K gold plated, enamel. 2 cm. 1970s

Tree round shaped enameled brooch pin

Tree round shaped enameled brooch pin

Vintage oval shaped flower design enameled pin

Vintage oval shaped flower design enameled pin

White and pink enamel floral design brooch

White and pink enamel floral design brooch

Renewed Trademark Frey Wille

Renewed Trademark Frey Wille