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Christian Dior jewellery

Gina Lollobrigida. Dior is quoted as saying 'I have designed flower women'

Gina Lollobrigida in New Look dress. The public saw first “New Look” collection in Paris in February 1947. Christian Dior jewellery

Christian Dior jewellery
The greatest legislator of world fashion, Dior magnificent decorations dominated on the world market in the late 1940s and 50s.
Born in Normandy, France, Christian Dior (1905-1959) began his career in the mid-1930s, selling sketches of hats and dresses to Parisian couturiers. Meanwhile, it was Jean Ozenne, designer for couture houses, who introduced Dior to the fashion world and to his clientele.
So, at the age of thirty, Dior devoted himself to studying fashion drawing, referring only to what he knew and appreciated of Edward Molyneux, Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Jeanne Lanvin. Luckily, he managed to sell his first sketches of hats and then of dresses to fashionable hat makers and couture houses. In addition, he managed to sell ideas to foreign buyers. Besides, publication of his drawings in Le Figaro contributed to his first public recognition.
Unlike his contemporary designers, who decorated clothes with unobtrusive, modest products, Dior jewellery was a mandatory detail of his collection. His early works had exclusive character. Among his clients were the Duchess of Windsor, Princess Margaret, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe, Gloria Guinness, Eva Peron. Later works were produced under license and in much larger quantities.
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Ilya Palkin Jewellery

Ilya Palkin Jewellery

Cat Silver earrings, hot enamel. Ilya Palkin Jewellery

Ilya Palkin Jewellery Studio is a small family business by artists jewelers Ilya and Vera, a husband and a wife. Their workshop is located in the jewelry capital of Russia – the city of Kostroma.
Their work is distinguished by a unique striking style. It is unlikely you will be able to find something similar elsewhere. Unusual and touching silverware of different warmth, delight and surprise. The range of works of this studio is very wide, both in terms of types of jewelry and in terms of jewelry techniques. They create earrings, rings, bracelets, wedding rings, brooches, necklaces, souvenirs, sculptures and so on. Traditionally, they use hot and stained enamel, niello, gilding, oxidation, etc.
The style in which jewelers work includes ethnic elements of ancient Slavic images, reinterpreted in a witty manner. Also, animalism – pendants with the images of cats, rabbits, and fish. In addition, elements of steampunk, arising out of nostalgia for the first decades of industrialization of the British Empire.
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Russian jeweler Vladimir Ufimtsev

Brooch Jester. 1995 Gold, enamel, diamonds

Jester brooch. 1995 Gold, enamel, diamonds. Work by Russian jeweler Vladimir Ufimtsev

Russian jeweler Vladimir Ufimtsev
Born in 1970 in Yekaterinburg, Vladimir Ufimtsev is a talented Russian jeweler. In 1989 he graduated from Yekaterinburg art school. He mastered the crafting in the jewelry studio of Vladislav Khramtsov. Since 1991 Vladimir has been a permanent participant of city, regional, zonal, national and international exhibitions, among which jewellery exhibition in Basel (Switzerland), San Francisco (the USA), Emirates. In 1992, he became a member of the Union of Artists of Russia. From 1993 to 1998 he worked at the Sverdlovsk jewelry factory. In 1998 he was awarded the gold medal of the Pushkin Fund and the first prize at the International Exhibition in St. Petersburg. The works of Russian jeweler Vladimir Ufimtsev are in private collections in Russia and abroad.
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Russian jeweler Eduard Nikitin

Ring Snail. Jeweler Eduard Nikitin

Snail ring. Gold 750 (24 K), Diamonds. Work by Russian Jeweler Eduard Nikitin

Russian jeweler Eduard Nikitin

Born 2 March 1961, in Chelyabinsk, Nikitin creates jewellery inspired by the mystery of past civilizations and mythical animals. In 1981, he graduated from the Chelyabinsk Art School, Sculpture Department. A member of the Union of Artists of Russia (1989), he has participated in International, Republican, and All-Russian exhibitions of jewellery art since 1980.
Among his awards – Diplomas of Moscow international jewellery and watch exhibition “Jeweler-2002” and “Jeweler-2003”. Also, the jubilee commemorative badge of Carl Faberge Fund (2011), and Gold medal for 1st place in the competition “Jewelry Olympus” (2012), to name the few. His art works are in Museums of Fine Arts in Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Helsinki, Prague, Haifa, and in private collections in Russia and abroad.
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Inventor and actress Hedy Lamarr

Inventor actress Hedy Lamarr

Born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler (9 November 1914 – 19 January 2000) Inventor actress Hedy Lamarr

Inventor actress Hedy Lamarr

Austrian actress of the 1930s and 1940s, Lamarr was frequently called the most beautiful woman in motion pictures. In addition to cinema, Lamarr was engaged in inventive activities. In 1942, together with George Antheil, she patented a system that allowed remote control of torpedoes.
A true jewelry lover, she wore pearl necklaces, earrings, bracelets and brooches. Generally, for movie and advertising the actresses wore her own decorations. The taste of the actress is elegant and flawless. She will forever be remembered not only as one of the most beautiful women ever to grace a motion picture screen, but also as a smart woman.
She first created a sensation when appeared nude in the Czechoslovakian film, Ecstasy in 1933. The daughter of a director of the Bank of Vienna, Hedwig Kiesler had a privileged childhood. Even as a teenager, she was extraordinarily beautiful, and at least one man committed suicide when she didn’t agree to marry him. When she married munitions millionaire Fritz Mandl in 1933, he was so insanely jealous that he tried to buy up every copy of Ecstasy to destroy it.
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Banana Bob jewellery

Banana Bob jewellery vintage brooch Angels

Beautiful Victorian style vintage brooch Two Angels holding Heart, made of brass, enameled, 1970-80s, USA. Banana Bob jewellery

Banana Bob jewellery
Launched by Annie Venditti in 1985, Banana Bob jewelry trademark ceased to exist in 1992. Mark Brown (Seekonk, Massachusetts), the new owner of the trademark has filed for new registration of the brand in 1993. However, since 2000, the trademark ceased to exist.
Initially, all their jewellery pieces were handmade in Providence. The material – metal alloy based on brass, with the use of high quality Swarovski crystals, rhinestones from Austria, and enamels. Traditionally, Banana Bob incorporated various styles – from Victorian, Art Deco/Art Nouveau to motifs of the time – inspired by Disco music and Discotheques of the 1970s. The company sold jewelry in such department stores as Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s.
Currently, the decorations of this brand are collectible rarities, which price is growing up each year.
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Beaucraft jewellery unsigned beauty

Beaucraft jewellery unsigned beauty

Yellow roses Vintage brooch. Beaucraft jewellery unsigned beauty

Beaucraft jewellery unsigned beauty
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.
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.

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