Kaleidoscope effect

Jewellery kaleidoscope

Memento Mori Christmas decoration

Christmas and New Year’s Gothic Christmas style

Christmas and New Year’s Gothic Christmas style

It would seem that our favorite holidays – Christmas and New Year’s day are very traditional, homemade, and even conservative. Their symbols are well-known and loved: fluffy green herringbone, flashing garlands, tinsel, glass balls, toys, snowmen, Santa Claus or Santa with reindeer, snowflakes … Some very old decorations are taken out of boxes were stored by generations of parents, grandparents, decorations from their childhood. People buy luxury sets of balls to celebrate this important holiday. The Goths and other fans of dark romance are not the exception. Gothic subculture followers thoroughly decorate Christmas interior filling it with Victorian style, post-punk, neo-Gothic decorations reminiscent of the style of Tim Burton – Memento Mori Christmas.
Read more »

Russian Jeweler Irina Velikanova

Silver pendant Hedgehog in the Fog, on the eponymous cartoon

Silver pendant Hedgehog in the Fog, on the eponymous Soviet cartoon

Talented Russian silversmith and jeweler, Irina Velikanova lives and creates her artful jewellery in the city of Penza. Irina is truly an artist, some of her pendants, brooches and earrings are inspired by two great masters – Salvador Dali and Gustav Klimt. Delicate, detailed elephant on long movable legs (brooch, earrings, pendant and figurine) is probably the most commented item. Some people even believe that the elephant made by Jeweler Irina Velikanova is much more interesting than the elephant made by jeweler Salvador Dali. That awkward moment when the copy is better than the original. The sphere of interests and hobbies of Irina Velikanova includes wire work, batik, felting, embroidery, knitting, quilting and patchwork, dolls and toys, molding, casting, macrame, papier-mache, painting, scrap-booking, photography, sewing.
Read more »

Elephant jewellery kaleidoscope

Elephant jewellery kaleidoscope

Brooch toy Elephant with baby elephant by Carolee coated gold color, and crystal

“Seven elephants of happiness” – popular during the XX century in Europe (in the narrow-minded and petty-bourgeois environment) set of decreases from the first to the seventh sculptures of elephants. But as time passed, the era has changed, and Elephant jewellery kaleidoscope again have appeared at flea markets and antique shops. They once again put in a prominent place, often without thinking, just out of habit. Seven elephants symbolize comfort, reliability and a homey atmosphere. From the Indians began the custom of giving Seven elephants of happiness – figurines made of bone, wood or other material. Legend says that childless women come to the elephants, asking them for help to have a heir.
Read more »

Chinese hair style through centuries

Chinese hair style through centuries

Chinese hair style through centuries

People decorated, decorate and will always adorn themselves. Even historical (archaeological) excavations show that in the most distant times people lacked of the desire and effort to create and wear jewelry. And in the vast majority of cultures, jewelry worn by people were not just something nice. The desire of people to create a system of symbols, signs was very high. It’s all helped to distinguish between tribal affiliation, religious customs, marital status, cultural practices of each other.
Chinese culture – one of the oldest cultures, which managed to preserve its history. At all times, these people considered hair care, their symbolic value to be very important. The way they trimmed and combed hair demonstrated the civil or social status, religion or profession. Negligence, untidy hair was considered a sign of illness or depression.
Read more »

French jeweler Marcel Boucher

Playing cats. Vintage brooch by French jeweler Marcel Boucher. Made of jewelry alloy and pearls. The United States, late 1950s

Playing cats. Vintage brooch by French jeweler Marcel Boucher. Made of jewelry alloy and pearls. The United States, late 1950s

French jeweler Marcel Boucher (1898–1965) was one of the most talented designers and manufacturers of the American jewelry of the last century.
Born in Paris, Marcel Boucher produced unique, the highest quality of workmanship jewelry, superior to all known brands. Traditionally, Boucher jewellery reflects the classical and new creative trends. Made until 1971, all the jewelry was top-class performance, and it has become the hallmark of Boucher. Talent of Boucher distinguishes his jewelry pieces from all the other decorations. Prized by collectors and fans of vintage accessories, most jewelry labeled with the name of Boucher, and serial number. However, earlier works were labeled Marboux or MB.
Noteworthy, Marcel Boucher was one of the first to apply the so-called three-dimensional design of jewelry. In addition, he actively used the colorful enamel products.
Read more »

Feng Shui trees by Oksana Solovieva

Sakura in the wind. Materials used beads, copper wire, plaster, acrylic paint and varnish

Sakura in the wind. Feng Shui trees by Oksana Solovieva

Sakura in the wind. Made of beads, copper wire, plaster, acrylic paint and varnish. Sakura, or Japanese Cherry tree is a symbol of youth and beauty. It symbolizes good luck and prosperity, longevity of joy and peace. According to Feng Shui, sakura is translated as luck, love, beauty. Siberian bead artist and craftswoman Oksana Solovieva creates Miniature trees of minerals and semi-precious stones for interior decoration and Feng Shui. Creating her unique precious trees the master uses various minerals, including amethyst, quartz, garnet, glass beads, and also copper wire, plaster, acrylic paint and varnish.
Read more »

Sarah Coventry costume jewelry

Sarah Coventry costume jewelry

Golden apple. Sarah Coventry costume jewelry

The company produced decorations during two main periods 1949 – 1984, and 2000 – present. The company’s founder, Lyman K. Stuart named it in honor of his granddaughter Sarah. Noteworthy, established in 1949 jewellery company, it is the recognized oldest direct selling jewelry company in the world. In addition, the second jewelry company “Emmons”, no less famous than the brand Sarah Coventry, also belonged to Lyman K. Stuart. In fact, he named it in honor of his wife Caroline Emmons. However, instead of being engaged in design and manufacture, both companies appealed to other companies. Personal representatives sold decorations exclusively through so-called home sales.
Sarah Coventry also offered ​​jewelry for men: tie pins and cufflinks. Already in 1960 -1970s Coventry jewelry prices were comparable to Trifari and Coro. Unfortunately, in 1981, Stewart filed for bankruptcy. And in the mid-1980s, a Canadian company bought Coventry.
Read more »