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The Museum Company vintage costume jewelry

The Museum Company vintage costume jewelry

Japanese Rabbit 24K gold plated brooch pin. Adapted from a 19th century Japanese motif, Rabbit is one of the twelve Zodiac symbols. Also, the symbol of virtue and cunning, according to Oriental folklore. The Museum Company vintage costume jewelry

The Museum Company vintage costume jewelry

The history of jewelry trademark “The Museum Company” began in 1997 in Denver, Colorado. The president of this private company is Jon Fetzer. According to sources, the company has become the world’s largest retailer of fine art reproductions from the world’s greatest museums. Noteworthy, in addition to buying directly from famous museums, the company manufactures its own costume jewelry inspired by museum collections.
These brooches, pins and earrings are truly wearable art. Traditionally sold in a branded box with the name of the company, each museum reproduction jewelry is accompanied by a paper notice with a short history of the original. Also, some decorations have the TMC marking on the back. The company’s craftsmen work by hand using high quality materials, including gold plating, bronze, Austrian crystals and marcasites.
Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the company has an extensive network of stores in many major US cities.
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Ann Taylor vintage costume jewelry

Ann Taylor vintage costume jewelry

Maltese cross brooch. Art glass, crystals, gold tone metal alloy. 1980s. Ann Taylor vintage costume jewelry

Ann Taylor vintage costume jewelry
A well-known manufacturer of fashionable women’s clothing and accessories, Ann Taylor is an example of a successful brand that has won the recognition of millions of people around the world. The first Ann Taylor store was opened in 1954 in New Haven, Connecticut, thanks to the efforts of Richard Libeskind, who was himself a clothing designer from a tailor family. The story goes that Richard received from his father a successful model of a dress called “Ann Taylor”, which became a real bestseller. So, Richard gave this name to the company. The name was not chosen by chance, because “Ann” was associated with a popular name in New England, and “Taylor” personified tailoring or tailoring services. According to belief, if there is an American style of dress, then Ann Taylor personifies it: feminine and at the same time very conservative.
Like many fashion houses, the brand has produced and still produces accessories and jewelry. Most popular was the flashy 1980s runway jewelry, which included Coco Chanel’s style Maltese crosses. Traditionally, the craftsmen used gold tone jewelry alloy, faux pearls, rhinestones, and bright multi-color art glass cabochons imitating natural stones.
All products have marking ‘Ann Taylor’.
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Jackie Collins vintage costume jewelry

Jackie Collins vintage costume jewelry

Panther in circle large dangle pierced earrings of matte gold tone. 1980s. Jackie Collins vintage costume jewelry

Jackie Collins vintage costume jewelry

According to belief, talented people are talented in everything. And that no doubt applies to Jackie. Everything she did was great, whether it was writing a book, cooking dinner, or designing jewelry.
In 1965 she married an artist and art connoisseur Oscar Lerman, and it was he who instilled in her the passion for collecting. In search of antiques, they visited flea markets in Paris and London together, and her passion for collecting began. She loved art and objects that sparked her imagination. A special hobby was big cats – panthers, leopards and tigers. Later, she embodied these images in her author’s designs. Passion jewelry lover, she had an extensive collection of jewelry made by world’s famous designers. In particular, Cartier, Carolee, Nolan Miller, Trifari, Christian Dior, Lori Rodkin, David Yurman, Stephen Webster and many more. As for Collins, she preferred oversized jewelry, and leopard, panther and cheetah jewelry was her signature style.
Jackie until the very last days showed incredible resilience and love of life. Unfortunately, in September 2015, Jacqueline Jill Collins died of breast cancer at the age of 77. After her death, auction houses sold off her vast jewelry collection.
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Sea Gems vintage costume jewelry

Pink and red cloisonne enamel flower design pin brooch. 4.5 cm. 1980s. Sea Gems vintage costume jewelry

Pink and red cloisonne enamel flower design pin brooch. 4.5 cm. 1980s. Sea Gems vintage costume jewelry

Sea Gems vintage costume jewelry

Established in 1972, Sea Gems Ltd is a family business with 50 years of experience and three generations of jewelry designers. Based in Cornwall, UK, the designers get inspiration in Cornwall’s magnificent natural environment (home to the factory) of the ocean, gardens, flora and fauna, and a rich Celtic heritage. All products are of the highest quality, and the variety of collections provide everyone with individual self-expression.
Product markings include the abbreviation SG, or the full name Sea Gems UK with a copyright mark, or Celtic Sea Gems, depending on collection. Thus, Sea Gema features flowers, birds and wildlife, and Celtic collection includes ancient Celtic motifs with traditional Claddagh and knot designs.
Noteworthy, the products of this brand are similar to the jewelry of another English brand Fish & Crown, and if the product is not labeled, then it is almost impossible to distinguish these products. Indeed, both brands used hand-applied cloisonne enamel, rich and vibrant colors with a particular glossy sheen. Also, they use 14K, 16K, 22K gold or sterling silver plating. However, the labeling of these brands is different. In particular, Fish & Crown marking includes the image of a fish inside a crown, in accordance with the name of the company, Fish Enterprises UK and Crown Jewelry USA.
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Czechoslovakian vintage costume jewelry

Czechoslovakian vintage costume jewelry

Antique brooch. Gold tone metal, crystals. 6.5 cm. 1930s. Czechoslovakian vintage costume jewelry

Czechoslovakian vintage costume jewelry

One of the most important legends of bijouterie production in the Czech Republic, Brdyčka & Altman jewelry company belonged to the two family houses Brdyčka and Altmann. Brdyčka began to produce metal components for jewelry in 1908, and in 1913 the company started to produce unique jewelry. However, with the start of World War II, the company closed manufacture (1939). Traditionally, the products had markings: “Czecho”, “Czechoslovakia”, “SBK”, and some masters put their own letters.
All jewellery produced by Brdyčka & Altman are original masterpieces, wearable art made in the Czech Republic. Intricate brooches and necklaces, long earrings demonstrate very complex manual work, the complete absence of stamped parts and drilling. Art Deco and Art Nouveau motifs are very characteristic: ladies, floral motifs, pharaohs, buddhas, dragonflies, butterflies, sphinxes, scarabs, beetles, cicadas, dogs, birds, etc. Characteristic bright and saturated colors: blue, various shades of green, milky white, purple, lilac, and sky blue. In 1947 Brdyčka was arrested, the documents were destroyed, and the family left for Austria.
After the closure of the Brdyčka & Altman factory in Jablonec, small private jewelry workshops continued to work. They established Jablonex jewelry company in 1952 from these small businesses. More than 100 jewelers and 40 designers worked at the factory.
In the fall of 2009, Jablonec went bankrupt.
Vintage jewelry lovers and collectors value exquisite design and high quality Czech costume jewelry.
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English jewelry designer John Paul Cooper

English jewelry designer John Paul Cooper

1908 Brooch. Gold, rubies, moonstones, black pearls, amethysts, chrysoprase. Work by English jewelry designer John Paul Cooper (1869-1933)

English jewelry designer John Paul Cooper
This brooch is a major work by Cooper. Inspired by medieval and Celtic designs, the artist relied on stones and ornamentation to create a sense of exquisite wealth. It took Colarossi, Cooper’s main artisan 273 hours to make the brooch.
English architect, designer and metallurgist, John Paul Cooper is a leading figure in the British Arts and Crafts movement. Born into a wealthy Lester family, Cooper prepared himself for a writer career. Instead, he became a student of London architect John D. Sedding, a strong supporter of the ideas of John Ruskin and Henry Wilson, an architect with an interest in craft, especially metalwork and jewelry. Subsequently, Cooper joined the “Birmingham Group” and headed the metalwork department of the Birmingham City School of Art (1901-1906). He regularly appeared in exhibitions of the Arts and Crafts Society.
Cooper’s interest in jewelry design and manufacturing began shortly after his association with Wilson. Like Wilson, he ended up using others to fabricate his jewelry, although he sometimes did the chase and reposesé himself. Traditionally, he used gold, ruby, pearl, moonstone, amethyst and mother of pearl. Unlike many arts and crafts jewelry designers, Cooper often worked on his designs with multiple stones instead of designing and then finding the right gems. He once remarked that the stones should “… play on each other like two notes of music …”
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Sydney Berman vintage costume jewelry

Sydney Berman vintage costume jewelry

Flower brooch. 12K gold filled metal alloy, rhinestones. Sydney Berman vintage costume jewelry

Sydney Berman vintage costume jewelry
The history of Sydney Berman jewelry began in 1928, when 25-year-old Sydney founded his own jewelry company “Sydney Berman & Co Inc”. Located at 102 Canal St. New York, NY the company manufactured fine jewelry in the period of 1928-1950s. Traditionally, the goldsmiths of the company made 12 K, 14 K gold filled rings, brooches and bracelets in Victorian and Art Deco style. Also, they used natural gems, such as diamonds, turquoise, garnet, opal, aventurine and crystals. The marking on the back of each piece included stylized initials “SB” (the letter “B” turned back), and purity of gold – 12 K or 14 K. Now super rare, SB vintage handcrafted jewelry is highly collectible. Noteworthy, Dorothy Rainwater’s reference book “American Jewelry Manufacturers” (1988) mentioned SB jewelry.
American jewelry designer Sydney Berman (April 1903 – January 1, 1980, Palm Beach, Florida) was the son of Binen and Esther Berman.
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