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Paulding Farnham floral brooches

Paulding Farnham floral brooches

Orchids. Paulding Farnham floral brooches exhibited at 1889 Paris Exposition

Paulding Farnham floral brooches
At the beginning of the 20th century, Tiffany and Co. produced a number of fabulous, realistic floral brooches. Among them were realistically beautiful exotic orchids – notable designs by a talented jeweler G. Paulding Farnham.
Born in 1859 in New York to a wealthy family, he first started working for Tiffany’s around 1885, until 1908. Farnham became the artistic director of Tiffany’s display of gems in Paris in 1889. These extravagant orchid brooches by G. Paulding Farnham were in the firm’s display at the Universal Exposition of 1900. The brooches were among the twenty-four orchids designed by Paulding Farnham for Tiffany & Co.
Noteworthy, Tiffany & Co. received the Gold Medal at the Paris Exposition in 1889, largely due to the success of the enameled orchids designed by Paulding Farnham.
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Turning tears into diamonds Giovanna Antonelli

Turning tears into diamonds Giovanna Antonelli

Brazilian actress, Turning tears into diamonds Giovanna Antonelli

Turning tears into diamonds Giovanna Antonelli
Those of you who watched TV series “O Clone” (2001) might remember Giovanna Antonelli as Jade – hot brunette with Arab motifs. Indeed, her face has become known to almost everyone in every country. Her character Jade stated that she “turns tears into diamonds”. For every betrayal of Lucas she bought jewellery – diamond necklaces, earrings and bracelets. But when took off, she was still crying …

I just love her thoughts about love and jewellery. According to her, there is some connection between them: “Love can not be trusted. Love – is a snake pretending to be a necklace. You put it around your neck, for some time it adorns you, pleases you, and when you least expect it, it bites you and releases poison”.
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Caterpillar luxurious jewellery

Caterpillar luxurious jewellery. Unique 19th Century Golden Caterpillar Robot

Unique 19th Century Ethiopian Golden Caterpillar Robot. Unique work of Swiss jeweler and watch maker Henri Maillardet Caterpillar luxurious jewellery

Caterpillar luxurious jewellery
Created for some wealthy Chinese aristocrat, 200-year-old masterpiece of high jewellery is still in excellent working condition. Sold at auction in 2010, it fetched a price of more than $415,000. It joins five other such caterpillars known to exist, all of which reside in prestigious art collections.
At one time, robots amused wealthy collectors and art enthusiasts. This stunning caterpillar automaton from approximately 1820 is a wonder of both artistry and workmanship. The materials for Ethiopian Caterpillar include rubies, diamonds, emeralds, pearls, and turquoise all set in gold. The eleven jointed ring segments combine to form a “body” make crawling realistic. Noteworthy, its body moves up and down by means of a set of gilt-metal knurled wheels.
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Brilliant Helena Bonham Carter

Brilliant Helena Bonham Carter in 1985 movie Lady Jane

1985 movie Lady Jane. Brilliant Helena Bonham Carter

This post – a tribute to a beautiful English actress, a lady who has impeccable taste in jewelry. The actress loves wearing jewelry – in all the photographs here she is wearing magnificent necklaces, massive earrings and statement bracelets.
Thirteen-year-old union of American director Tim Burton and British actress Helena Bonham Carter has ended in “friendly parting.” They remain friends and will work together to fulfill their parental responsibilities towards their two children” – a statement made by the press agent of the actress on the eve of Christmas. The incident was called Christmas nightmare by pretty stunned Hollywood crowd. Fans of the eccentric pair in the world grieve for the brilliant creative alliance of Tim and Helena. Burton shot his civil wife in his seven films, and she was rightly called his muse. Last time Helena starred in Burton’s “Dark Shadows” in 2012. Then the actress with her characteristic humor and confidence stated: “Tim seems to be sick of me on the set.” And the director himself admitted that he no longer wants to shoot Helena and needed “new blood.” For inspiration.
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French beauty Isabelle Adjani

French beauty Isabelle Adjani by photographer Jean Daniel Lorieux. Margarita - 2008 (photo session in Moscow on the novel by Bulgakov)

Margarita – 2008 (photo session in Moscow on the novel by Bulgakov). Photographer Jean Daniel Lorieux. French beauty Isabelle Adjani

French beauty Isabelle Adjani
She leads a solitary life, deliberately concealed from the public and rarely gives interviews, the “Queen Margot”, a mysterious and silent recluse, nervous and vulnerable. To talk to her – like walking through a minefield: too many taboo subjects … For many years, she attended professionals to sort out her personal dramas, and to find, if not scientific, but at least more or less intelligible explanation. And she succeeded.
Psychoanalysis plunged her into childhood and adolescence. And now she knows all the reasons for her inner pain. All answers were hidden in the past. And especially in her relationship with her parents. Their amazing mutual love they have shown her that love is great, love is unreal, beautiful, indeed possible. But as soon as she herself faced with the reality, she began receiving blows.
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Reja costume jewellery

Reja costume jewellery. Rare Collectable ornaments - silver brooch, book piece. marked Sterling, 1945

Female goose with umbrella, one of the matched Goose brooches. 1945. 6.5×3.5 cm. Reja costume jewellery

Reja costume jewellery
The company founded by the jewelry designer Solomon Finkelstein in 1932 began its work in New York City. Initially, a small but promising brand manufactured rhinestone jewelry for wholesale distribution, and therefore did not advertise it. However, seven years later, in 1939 Finkelstein decided to manufacture jewelry for the retail trade. Accordingly, they changed the name of the company to Deja Costume Jewelry, Inc. Also, they used such trademarks as Deja, Deja Reg., Deja Original, and Deja Fleurs.
Meanwhile, in January 1941, due to the decision of Supreme Court of New York the creators of the jewelry brand had to change the name to Reja. And on the 17th January 1941 Finkelstein announced that he was the only the owner of Reja, and its main designer.
Handcrafted in small quantities, jewelry of the brand is rare. Traditionally, company’s craftsmen used high quality rhinestones, moonstones and crystals to imitate precious stones. One of the most popular considered series of enamel berries and birds made both in silver, and on the basis of jewelry alloys.
The company began to advertise its production in February 1946 in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, with full page color advertisements. They featured in particular, the “Africana” series of brooches with earrings, made of sterling and black enamel.
Unfortunately, a short, but colorful history of Reja brand ended 4th December 1953 (bankruptcy).
Although Solomon Finkelstein made an an attempt to save the company in June 1953, having signed a commercial agreement with Heller-Deltah Co., Inc., this attempt failed.
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English jewellery company Sphinx

Vintage brooch Pharaoh English jewellery company Sphinx

Pharaoh Egyptian motif brooch. Gold tone, enamel. English jewellery company Sphinx

English jewellery company Sphinx
Founded in 1948 in the UK, Sphinx became known as a manufacturer of high quality costume jewellery. According to sources, in 1950-60 s Sphinx produced jewelry for such brands as Ciner, Jomaz, and Boucher. Noteworthy, the company borrowed the most interesting designs of these brands and surpassed the artistic beauty of the original. For example, copies made on Boucher bird collection, such as peacock and birds of paradise.
Beautifully designed ornaments looked like real jewels, and the company began to produce jewellery exclusively for best brands and stores. Among them, in particular, Kenneth Jay Lane, Butler & Wilson, Saks 5th Ave., Neiman Marcus, and Bloomingdale’s.
Marked and numbered, Sphinx products appeared only in the 1960s. The company ceased operations in the late 1990s. Today, Sphinx pieces are highly collectible.
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