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Joseph Warner vintage costume jewellery

Joseph Warner vintage costume jewellery

Mechanical brooch. The flower closes and opens the petals when you move by the leaf. Made of metal of gold tone, transparent rhinestones. Joseph Warner vintage costume jewellery

Joseph Warner vintage costume jewellery
Founded by Joseph Warner in 1953, the Warner company produced jewelry till 1971. Known for its high quality workmanship, Warner costume jewellery is made of metal of gold tone, lacquered metal, and enamel, often decorated with rock crystal, and superior rhinestones. Traditionally, Warner costume jewellery includes flower designs, insects, animal and figural motifs. Noteworthy, in addition to traditional costume jewellery design, Warner produced a series of floral brooches with innovative motifs. In particular, mechanical brooches from the “day-night” series equipped with a cunning “opening and closing” mechanism. Among them – umbrella and flower brooches.
The company ceased operations in 1971. Today, all costume jewellery signed Warner, or Joseph Warner is collectible and vintage by default, and accordingly, constantly increasing in price.
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Zandra Rhodes costume jewellery

Stylized figure Mick Milligan brooch. Stamped, corrugated and coiled metal of gold tone, crystal of rhinestone. 1970s length 15 cm. Zandra Rhodes costume jewellery

Stylized figure Mick Milligan brooch. Stamped, corrugated and coiled metal of gold tone, crystal of rhinestone. 1970s length 15 cm. Zandra Rhodes costume jewellery

Zandra Rhodes costume jewellery

Protege of Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent founded his fashion house in 1961 and released the first ISL collection the next year. The style of his jewelry ranges from elegant classic to exotically refined. The jewelry of the 1970s, theatrical and bright, demonstrates the same purity of forms and lines as clothing.
Born 19 September 1940 in Chatham, Kent, English fashion designer Zandra Rhodes produced not only fashion collections, but also bright costume jewelery for them. Her first eccentric collection of clothes, as well as handcrafted jewelry for it, appeared in 1969. Noteworthy, such talented designers as Andrew Logan and Mick Milligan made jewelry for her clothing line. All Zandra Rhodes jewelry decorations demonstrate a bright personality, and her own handwriting that collectors really appreciate. Trendy, stylish and unique works of Zandra Rhodez are very popular now.
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Vintage sterling silver Jezlaine costume jewellery

Vintage sterling silver Jezlaine costume jewellery

Cat catching a mouse brooch. 1970s. Vintage sterling silver Jezlaine costume jewellery

Vintage sterling silver Jezlaine costume jewellery
Lovers and collectors of vintage costume jewellery know Jezlaine, or Jez, an American jewelery firm, quite well. However, the company began in 1975 as a family business in a garage of Albuquerque, New Mexico, on the personal savings of its founder. As Robin McVey, Jezlaine Limited owner confirms, “No bank would lend me money … Now, everyone is banging down my door. I could afford to.”
The main direction of the brand was the manufacture of silver jewelry by the method of artistic forging. Traditionally, Jezlaine produced brooches, charms, pendants, earrings and bracelets of exquisite and unusual designs, but always of high quality. Very often, Jezlaine produced series of decorations. For example, “The Cats”, “Christmas”, or “St. Valentine’s” collection, made of 925 sterling silver. All filigree adornments of this brand have marks on them, labeled 925 Jez, or Jezlaine Sterling.
In 1999, Sunstone Imports, located in Morton Grove, Illinois, acquired Jezlaine Limited.
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Dulber Qirim jewellery house

Dulber Qirim jewellery house

Autumn ring. Gold, enamel, diamond and silver. Dulber Qirim jewellery house

Dulber Qirim jewellery house
Crimean Tatar word “dülber” means “beautiful”, or “charming.” That is how artist Mehdi Islamov named his jewelry house in 1999. According to him, he inherited the family traditions of his ancestors engaged in the trade in jewelry, and transformed them into high jewelry art. Noteworthy, Mehdi himself creates sketches of all the jewelry, and connoisseurs have long recognized his author’s handwriting, classic and at the same time spicy and oriental.
Mehdi and his masters tried to find information about the ancient Crimean jewelry craft and restore some of the lost skills, for example, a complex technique of granulation. Also, they perfectly mastered the ancient art of hot enamel – magical and unpredictable fusion of glass and metal, once flourished in Crimea.
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Robert De Mario vintage costume jewellery

Robert De Mario vintage costume jewellery

Fabulous butterfly vintage brooch, color rhinestones, gold tone metal, cabochons, signed. Robert De Mario vintage costume jewellery

Robert De Mario vintage costume jewellery

Founded in 1945 in New York, Robert De Mario company produced costume jewellery of a very high quality, with a careful study of details. Produced in smal quantities, De Mario decorations are rare and highly appreciated by collectors of vintage jewelry. However, in 1965, the company ceased to exist. The short production period (1945-1965) and the uniqueness of hand-made jewelry brought DeMario to the catalog of rare and collectible vintage brands.
Noteworthy, the partners decided to create the line of jewellery similar to De Mario brand. Thus, in 1967 appeared Juliana. This jewellery line lasted about 2 years, but the name (Juliana) itself became very popular among collectors of vintage jewelry. This line of jewelry didn’t have mark, instead, the name Juliana was written on a separate paper label.
De Mario jewelry was a complex multilayered work, combinations of diverse components and materials – wood, gilding, natural and artificial pearls, mother-of-pearl, faux emerald and garnet. The combination of natural wood, complex incrustation with mother of pearl, techniques of gold foil, the use of rock crystal and beads makes this multi-faceted product truly fascinating.
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Ilya Palkin jewelry design studio

Sunny chariot. Ilya Palkin jewelry design studio

Sunny chariot. Material – silver 925, gilding, inserts – hot enamel, pearls. size 12×2.5×7 cm. Author Vera Palkina. Awarded with the 1st degree diploma in the “Interior decoration” nomination at the “Jewelry Olympus” competition in St. Petersburg. December 2010. Ilya Palkin jewelry design studio

Ilya Palkin jewelry design studio
An old Russian city of Kostroma is famous for its jewelry masters, who brought the city the title of a jewellery capital of Russia. One of such masters, Ilya Palkin, alongside with his wife Vera work in their own art studio creating unique decorations based on the folk and Slavic motifs. In their creative duo, Vera is responsible for the design and Ilya, in particular, embodies her ideas into life. The gallery of their jewellery works include Russian fairy tale with flowering fern, a rupture-grass, Yaril-sun, owls and birds, smiling snakes, fish, cats and hares, etc. Meanwhile, each piece, whether it’s a bird or just a nameless character, is anthropomorphic in some ways and certainly animate.
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Chicago based ORA vintage costume jewellery

Chicago based ORA vintage costume jewellery

Rare 1940s Flower Basket brooch. Rhinestone, Rhodium. Signed ORA, a mark used by the Chicago based company Ralph Singer Jewelry Co. Chicago based ORA vintage costume jewellery

ORA vintage costume jewellery
First, it was a creative duo of designers Oreste Agnini and Ralph Singer (Italian Raffaele Cantaluppi) who used the name ORA for their jewellery. Originally, they made the jeweled buttons and brooches for the Eisenberg line of clothing. But later, when they ended with Eisenberg, in 1920-1930s, they began producing jewellery known as ORA. The name of their Chicago based company which employed 200 people, was “Agnini & Singer”. Noteworthy, their earlier products didn’t have any mark on them. However, already in late 1930s they began marking their jewellery pieces with the brand name “ORA”.
According to some jewellery guides, the name ORA is a combination of the names Oreste and Ralph. But according to other sources, Ora in Italian means “hour”, and they advertised their jewellery as “Jewels of the Hour.”
Most often ORA vintage costume jewellery features various motifs, from music to Masonic, Art Deco design, with an abundance of crystals. And always ORA jewelers demonstrate high quality and creative design in their jewellery lines.
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