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Banana Bob jewellery

Banana Bob vintage brooch Angels

Banana Bob jewellery – beautiful Victorian style vintage brooch Two Angels holding Heart, made of brass, enameled, 1970-1980s, USA

Banana Bob jewelry brand was launched by Annie Venditti in the 80s of the 20th century. Jewellery of the brand was made by hand from metal alloy based on brass, with the use of high quality Swarovski crystals, rhinestones from Austria, and enamels. Banana Bob jewellery incorporated various styles – from Victorian, Art Deco/Art Nouveau to motifs of the time – inspired by Disco music and Discotheques of the 1970s. Banana Bob costume jewellery was sold in such department stores as Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. Currently, the decorations of this brand are not produced, as the company ceased to exist. Banana Bob jewellery of exceptional quality is rare and collectible.
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Beaucraft jewellery unsigned beauty

Beaucraft jewellery unsigned beauty

Yellow roses Vintage brooch. Beaucraft jewellery unsigned beauty

Beaucraft jewellery unsigned beauty
Although Beaucraft did not label their brooches in the set, only clips, but still it remained recognizable by their special style called “unsigned beauty” (not marked beauty). However, vintage costume jewellery lovers often confuse the name of Beaucraft with another, no less popular Beau Jewels. Founded in 1947 by Luigi Russo and Ray Sacciccio, Beaucraft jewellery classic elegant design is equal in rating of popularity and quality to the products of, for example, the brand Coro. And, of course, values as highly collectible. Known for high-quality products of perfect polished sterling silver, and gold-plated, they have a completely original look. Besides, combining classic style with modern fashion. Undoubtedly, the markings “Beau Sterling” of this brand destined for high-end fashionistas. And due to the fact that the company did not only make costume jewelry, but jewelry made of precious metals.
The company Beaucraft Inc. began producing jewelry “Beau” and “Beaucraft” in Providence, Rhode Island in 1947. Noteworthy, they had been a leading manufacturer of unique sterling silver jewelry for half a century. Beaucraft jewellery design features originality, versatility and impeccable craftsmanship.
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Butler and Wilson jewellery

Butler and Wilson jewellery. Brooch Harlequin made of an alloy of silver, encrusted with clear rhinestones, eyes of crystal, Lips and a mask covered with colored enamel. Marked B & B

Harlequin brooch made of an alloy of silver, encrusted with clear rhinestones, eyes of crystal. Lips and a mask covered with colored enamel. Marked B & B – Butler and Wilson jewellery

Butler and Wilson jewellery
After a successful business in trading, two London antique dealers, Nikki Butler and Simon Wilson opened a shop in the early 1970s in London. They started selling their own jewelry, they began to sell it in the 1980s in many cities of their country, as well as abroad.
Traditionally, jewelery designers of Butler and Wilson company made their decorations of fake diamonds, or rhinestones, Swarovski crystals and rare stones of unusual forms. Besides, their decorations were similar to the works of the Art Deco. Sparkling rock crystals are characteristic for many jewelry decorations by Butler and Wilson, created in 1980-1990s. And their brooches in the form of lizards and spiders have become classics. However, the most popular among the collectors are their early works of the 1970s.
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Russian Trompe l’oeil silver jewellery

A fine silver parcel-gilt trompe l’oeil salt cellar designed as a cake (kulich) mounted in trompe l’oeil napkin and plate. Marked ‘VS’ (Viktor Savinkov, 1855-1888)

Russian Trompe l’oeil silver jewellery. A fine silver parcel-gilt trompe l’oeil salt cellar designed as a cake (kulich) mounted in trompe l’oeil napkin and plate. Marked ‘VS’ (Viktor Savinkov), 1855-1888

Trompe l’oeil or “an optical illusion” is a technique in the art, the purpose of which was the creation of realistic objects, was used earlier mainly to feature paintings and interior design in highly realistic manner. Over time the term has come to have a broader meaning and was applied in decorative art. One of the peculiarities of Russian Trompe l’oeil silver jewellery was a perfect imitation of linen napkins and towels.
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Exquisite Coco Chanel jewellery decorations

Fashion fades, only style remains the same. Coco Chanel

Fashion fades, only style remains the same. Coco Chanel jewellery

Coco Chanel jewellery
According to Chanel, the role of jewelry was to decorate an ensemble rather than to flaunt wealth. For that reason she challenged convention by wearing heaps of jewelry, and often precious. Besides, during the day – even for sailing, while for evening she sometimes wore no jewelry at all. But wealthy clients who did not wish to display their costly jewellery in public could wear Chanel creations to impress others. “It’s disgusting to walk around with millions around the neck because one happens to be rich. I only like fake jewellery … because it’s provocative”, Chanel stated.
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Lent symbolic Jewellery

A chick breaking free from the eggshell.Rare collectible brooch of 1960s, England

Lent symbolic Jewellery. A chick breaking free from the eggshell. Rare collectible brooch of 1960s, England

Lent symbolic Jewellery. For thousands of years, the egg has been a symbol of new life. At one time, it was a custom in Europe to do without eggs during Lent. Eggs then became a special treat on Easter day and were sometimes given as gifts. The new life is also a symbol of God’s power. A chick breaking free from the eggshell is one of the wonders of God’s power. A chick breaking free from the eggshell is one of the wonders of God’s creation! The shell was also thought as the rock tomb from which Jesus emerged. Pretty decorated eggs at Easter have been popular for a long time. The Dutch color eggs are thought to be the symbols of better times to come.
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Russian pearl jewellery

Russian pearl jewellery

Russian women pearl jewellery. “Woman in Toropetsky pearl headdress and scarf”. Unknown artist

Russian women pearl jewellery. In the seventeenth century, Russia has not yet mined gold or silver. But every Russian woman wore pearls: pearls on the dress, pearls on hats, on footwear, on handkerchiefs. Russia was a country of pearl. In the seventeenth century it was like a fishing – pearl could be found in 150 rivers. “There are provinces, such as Nizhny Novgorod, in which each woman had on her neck, on the headdress from 200 to 300 and sometimes up to thousands of real pearls.”
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