Kaleidoscope effect

Jewellery kaleidoscope

Powder and lipstick

Powder and lipstick

Powder case of the XIX century, Russia, Hermitage

Up to 20-ies of XX century to use cosmetics – Powder and lipstick was considered bad taste, worthy only ladies of the demimonde. In the 20s the situation changed radically. Cosmetics has become a fashionable attribute. The first compact powder was imported into Europe from the United States. The novelty was quickly appreciated and the production began in France, where the powder often wore the name of major perfume houses such as Coty Houbigant. In the 30-40s of the XX century, designer Line Vautrin used bronze, creating packaging for powder which looked like jewelry. Powder boxes took an infinite variety of forms, bearing the reflection of the talent of the master. Sometimes the body depicted puzzles or poetic quotations, not devoid of humor.

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Button jewellery art

Button jewellery art

Button jewellery art

You can become an archangel, a fool or a criminal, and no one will notice it. But if you have no buttons – everyone pay attention to it, “- wrote Erich Maria Remarque. Indeed, for several millennia button faithfully serves man.
Prehistoric people fastened their clothes out of animal skins with the help of pieces of wood or bone. Later came to light pins, buckles, buttons and hooks. Already in IV-III millennium BC. e. our ancestors who lived in what is now the Moscow region, wore amber buttons in the form of a disc with two holes. The golden buttons were among the treasures unearthed in Asia by Heinrich Schliemann, as is well known, his finds are much older than Homeric Troy. Reform of the suit in the XIII century, the invention of a cut, allowed to wear tight clothes, like a second skin – has led to a massive use of buttons.
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Damascene jewellery art

Damascene jewellery art. Brooch ‘Sailboat with two in love’ in the art damascene art technique (Spain)

‘Sailboat with two in love’ brooch in the Damascene technique (Spain). Damascene jewellery art

Damascene jewellery art
Originated in Damascus, Syria more than 2 000 years ago, borrowed by the Arabs and brought to Spain, Damascene technique has reached our days. This technique, in particular, was the art of incrustation of various metals into each other, and most often gold or silver into a copper, steel or alloy basis.
Meanwhile, to Japan, the art of damascene got through the Silk Road in the period between 710 AD -794. It achieved a great popularity in Kyoto during the Edo period (1603 – 1868), when masters decorated handles of weapons. However, due to the fact of banning of swords in Japan, the masters used their skills in the manufacture of accessories and jewelry. Their art reflected traditional motifs – flowers, birds, sakura, landscapes, and Mount Fuji. By 1936, more than half of the manufactured Damascene products had been exported mainly to the United States and England.
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Sun and Moon sacred power

Sun and Moon sacred power

Sun and Moon sacred power. Azza Fahmy Diamond Crescent Star ring, 18-carat gold, sterling silver, diamonds

Among the most ancient cults in the history of mankind is the worship of the Sun and Moon. Although the cult of the stars, endowing nature and human with fertility, cleansing force is international, it received powerful development in ancient Egypt, Assyria, Urartu in all forms and kinds of variations of solar and lunar characters. The broadest dissemination of amulets in a realistic image of the Sun and Moon were widespread in Egypt, in particular, crescent – a sign of Isis – served as an amulet for women and children.
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Magic Plants in Jewellery

Magic Plants in Jewellery. Vintage brooch Gold Acorn

Gold Acorn Vintage brooch. Magic Plants in Jewellery

Magic Plants in Jewellery
Any modern or vintage brooch with floral motif performs both functions – a decorative and an amulet. Considered the most ancient jewelry, amulets included onion, garlic, pepper, seeds and fragrant herbs. A huge number of plants endowed with magical properties, especially spicy, with characteristic odor. Traditionally, tufts of grass hang on the walls of the house, barns and stables.
Acorn, in particular, was a symbol of fertility and immortality, because from it grows a mighty oak tree, which can live for centuries. Anciently prized for potential power, acorn became a symbol of rebirth, perseverance and courage. In ancient cultures people perceived acorn as a talisman and amulet against evil spirits – from lightning strikes, natural and human disasters.
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Behind the mask

Behind the mask

Behind the mask

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. Oscar Wilde. Mask – a strange, unnatural for an animal, but a natural for human thing, a product of his contradictory inner world and the ability to be creative. Like a chameleon changes color, so are the people, very often in life it remained a mystery – who they really were. “He wears a mask” – we say about a dishonest, insincere person. Known since ancient times, mask was the main attribute of various magical rituals, rites of burial, the sacraments. Mask appears in a different guise of spirits and demons, hides specific human traits, remains unrecognized and misleading – such goals pursued a man wearing a mask.
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Jewellery designer Maria Brik

A grotesque brooch 'Girl with the Moon'

A grotesque brooch ‘Girl with the Moon’. Art work by jewellery designer Maria Brik

A mysterious, unusual, grotesque brooch ‘Girl with the Moon’, made in the author’s technique of cold porcelain, hand-painted with acrylic, natural mother of pearl inlay, art glass with gold leaf and natural pearls. The author of this brooch – Maria Brik – jewellery designer, living in Israel – Judea and Samaria, Netanya. For almost ten years she has worked in the cinema. Three years ago, she set up her own design studio “Murrmelad” (marmalade) where she creates all this beauty. Maria tries to create bright, positive, pleasant to the touch decorations, and as she says, “as delicious as marmalade,” and only natural things. Their mission, according to the artist, to cheer up, turning life into marmalade. All decorations are made by hand from natural materials, natural stones and pearls.
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