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Courtney G vintage costume jewelry

Courtney G vintage costume jewelry

Lady in hat enameled gold tone brooch pin. Courtney G vintage costume jewelry

Courtney G vintage costume jewelry
The history of American costume jewelry trademark Courtney G began in 1983. Well known and loved around the world, the brand offers costume jewelry in ethnic, byzantine, vintage, haute couture and modern styles. Made from a variety of materials – metal alloys, plastic, glass, faux and natural stones, mother-of-pearl and crystals, the new collections appear monthly.
Noteworthy, the company’s catalog contains a large selection of jewelry for men and women. In particular, more than 300 designs of bracelets, hundreds of necklaces, brooches, earrings, pendants, clips, rings, sets, as well as belts, jewelry boxes and other accessories. Traditionally sold on branded cards, and most of them have a postscript that the metal is hypoallergenic.
The key to the success of Courtney G popularity is in a huge range of products, variety of styles and materials, and a low retail price.
A winner of many beauty industry exhibitions, the company is developing steadily and confidently, promoting jewelry in general.
The Courtney G retail network exists in many countries with thousands of boutiques in different cities.
Noteworthy, there are two eponymous jewelry trademarks in Austin, TX USA owned by Courtney G.Studio and Courtney Gray.
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Gerard Pasquier vintage costume jewelry

Gerard Pasquier vintage costume jewelry

Textured gold plated metal pendant of abstract design. 1980s. Gerard Pasquier vintage costume jewelry

Gerard Pasquier vintage costume jewelry
Born in 1925, French designer Gérard Pasquier launched his namesake brand in 1953. The women’s clothing business was located at 21 Rue Saint Fiacre, Paris. Initially, the company produced collections of skirts, blouses and dresses with simple and elegant lines, which immediately became popular. The success of the first collections brought the company international fame, and in 1956 Pasquier founded Gérard Pasquier International.
In addition to clothes, the company launched the production of shoes, eyeglasses, bags, gloves, wristwatches and other accessories.
Noteworthy, in 1977, Pasquier became one of the first to use television to advertise his brand and a network of Parisian boutiques. At the same time, the company began manufacturing costume jewelry, which did not last long, mainly in the 1980s. Handcrafted in limited quantities, podium brooches and pendants marked Gérard Pasquier are extremely rare and highly collectible.
Monsieur Gérard Pasquier died at the age of 79 in July 2004. Luckily, the Pasquier name remains in the fashion business thanks to the designer’s son, Philippe Pasquier.
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Signed Majorica vintage costume jewelry

Signed Majorica vintage costume jewelry

Black and white pearl silver tone branch brooch. Signed Majorica vintage costume jewelry

Majorica vintage costume jewelry
The history of the world famous jewelry company Majorica began in 1890 in Spain. Thanks to painstaking scientific research, the company patented the technology for creating pearls which were identical to the natural processes that take place in an oyster. Traditionally, jewelers used 925 sterling silver and 14 or 18 carat gold.
It is important to note that the subsidiaries of the international corporation Majorica, S.A., existed in different years in other countries, including the UK and the USA.
According to the ads published in the 1950s, the most precious simulated pearls in the world was Majorica. “Once upon a pearl time there was a time when only an oyster could produce the rare incandescent lustre of a beautiful pearl necklace. However, thanks to patience and skill, Majoricas are inexpensively made available to you from the lovely Isle of Majorca, Spain”.
These pearls became known as Majoricas, the most valuable cultured pearls in the world. Remarkably, the company kept the technique of pearl production a secret, as they reported in advertising.
For more than a century, the company has gone through changes of owners, ups and downs. Today, its owner is corporation Industria Espanola De Perlas Imitacion,s.a., based in Barcelona, Spain.
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Vicki Eisenfeld Vintage Fine Art Jewelry

Vicki Eisenfeld Vintage Fine Art Jewelry

Brooch. 14k and 22k golds, sterling silver, fine silver; Mixed metals and wire work. 1988. Vicki Eisenfeld Vintage Fine Art Jewelry

Vicki Eisenfeld Vintage Fine Art Jewelry
For nearly 50 years, Vicki Eisenfeld has run a studio at the Farmington Valley Art Center in West Hartford, Connecticut, which she founded in the 1980s. She studied Fine Art in Carnegie Mellon University and for some years continued to study jewelry and improve her skills in working with metal and stones.
The combination of metals in one product, which created an unusual texture and play of color, became most popular in the late 1970s. Vicki Eisenfeld was one of several American designers who embodied their artistic vision in the intricate technique of integrating metals using high-carat gold.
Created in the 1980s-1990s, Eisenfeld’s jewelry resembles weaving, where instead of a thread, the designer uses precious wire made of pink, yellow and white gold of 14, 18 and 22 carats.
In addition to gold, Eisenfeld uses sterling and pure silver, expanding the range of white shades in contrast with gold. The combination of different techniques makes these products extremely complex in design and execution.
According to the designer, what inspires her most is art and design, the beauty and complexity of ancient cultures. In addition to gold and silver of different colors and samples, she uses precious stones, agates, pearls and beads from all over the world. Her pieces are patterned, complex, intense and multi-layered beauty puzzles.
Today, wearable artworks created by many-awarded artist jeweler Vicki Eisenfeld has been featured in many art museums and galleries in the USA.
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King of Diamonds Harry Winston

King of Diamonds Harry Winston

Flower brooch. Cultured Pearl, Ruby and Diamond. King of Diamonds Harry Winston

King of Diamonds Harry Winston (March 1, 1896 – December 28, 1978)
To determine exactly when the history of the Harry Winston brand began is difficult to determine, although the official date of foundation of Harry H. Winston Jewels, Inc. is 1932.
Harry’s father Jacob, Jewish immigrant from Russian Empire, opened his jewelry store in Manhattan in 1890. Noteworthy, Harry has shown an interest in jewelry and gemstones since childhood. Incredibly, at the age of 13 he became a millionaire, and opened his own company Premier Diamond when he was 14 years old!
Five years later, the 19-year-old millionaire began to buy the most expensive collections of jewelry and stones for millions of dollars, receiving the well-deserved title “King of Diamonds”.
Upon his death, Winston bequeathed the company to his two sons, Ronald and Bruce. In 2000, Ronald, along with his partner Fenway Partners, bought out Bruce’s stake for $54.1 million.
Currently, Harry Winston, Inc. operates tens of showrooms and numerous branches in New York, Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Dallas, Chicago, and all over the world.
Winston owned a unique collection of sixty notable diamonds, which are practically unparalleled in the whole world.
The contribution of Harry Winston to the jewelry business is enormous. He developed new types of cutting, applied new methods of fastening and created unusual frames. His idea of a multi-level arrangement of stones showed precious stones in all their glory.
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Paul Brandt vintage jewelry

Paul Brandt vintage jewelry

Virgin Mary Charm Pendant. 18 K gold. Paul Brandt vintage jewelry

Paul Brandt vintage jewelry
The history of the Paul Brandt jewelry brand began in the early 1900s in Paris and spanned four decades. Its founder was Paul-Émile Brandt (1883-1952), born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. At the turn of the century, a young man moved to Paris, where he studied jewelry design, enameling, engraving and silversmithing. After graduation in 1905, he established his own jewelry workshop in Paris.
From the very beginning, Brandt created Art Nouveau floral and geometric motif bracelets, earrings, brooches and necklaces. Traditionally, he used silver, gold, platinum and precious stones – sapphires, diamonds and emeralds. Also, his design included various natural stones – malachite, moonstone, labradorite, lapis lazuli, rock crystal, pearl, as well as eggshell lacquer and enamel.
After his success at the National Art Exhibition in Paris in 1906, the Parisian Museum of Decorative Arts bought some of his earliest jewelry pieces.
In addition to precious jewelry, Brandt created cigarette cases, which were in great demand in the post-war period. Today, antique jewelry and cigarette cases made by Brandt appear at the most prestigious auctions, including Christie’s, in his native Switzerland.
Noteworthy, in 1946 Brandt reduced the jewelry production, switching to tinware. Talented artist, jeweler and designer, Paul-Émile Brandt died in Paris in 1952. The next year his workshop at Rue de Tlemcen ceased to exist.
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Rene Delavan vintage silver jewelry

Rene Delavan vintage silver jewelry

Oak leaf with acorn solid silver brooch. 1930s. Rene Delavan vintage silver jewelry

Rene Delavan vintage silver jewelry

Born in 1896, the Parisian jeweler René Delavan became one of the outstanding French designers of the Art Deco period, along with L. Guilbaud and Jean Després. He began creating uniquely designed silverware in his artisan workshops in Paris in the early 1920s. Exquisite decoration of tableware, tea and coffee sets, sugar bowls, creamers, trays, vases and caskets brought success to the French designer.
The Delavan arts and crafts have been timeless and are still prized by collectors around the world. Thus, the record price of his pewter works reached about 10,000 US dollars at Sotheby’s auction in 2021.
Noteworthy, along with teapots and coffee pots, the designer also created jewelry made in the art deco style. His modernist silver and pewter brooches, pendants and earrings with plant motifs are highly collectible today. Traditionally, the labeling included stylized “R.Delavan” (often signed on the front), or initials R.D.. Also, “R. Delavan Decorateur Paris Etain D’Art”, “travail en marteau” (hammer work), or/and étain (pewter).
René Delavan worked actively until his death in 1958.
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