Kaleidoscope effect

Jewellery kaleidoscope

Elephant jewellery kaleidoscope

Elephant jewellery kaleidoscope

Brooch toy by Carolee. Gold plated, crystal. Elephant jewellery kaleidoscope

Elephant jewellery kaleidoscope
“Seven elephants of happiness” – popular during the XX century in Europe (in the narrow-minded and petty-bourgeois environment) set of decreases from the first to the seventh sculptures of elephants. But as time passed, the era has changed, and elephant ornaments again have appeared at flea markets and antique shops.
They once again put in a prominent place, often without thinking, just out of habit. Seven elephants symbolize comfort, reliability and a homey atmosphere. From the Indians began the custom of giving Seven elephants of happiness – figurines made of bone, wood or other material. Legend says that childless women come to the elephants, asking them for help to have a heir.
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Chinese hair style through centuries

Chinese hair style through centuries

Chinese hair style through centuries

People decorated, decorate and will always adorn themselves. Even historical (archaeological) excavations show that in the most distant times people lacked of the desire and effort to create and wear jewelry. And in the vast majority of cultures, jewelry worn by people were not just something nice. The desire of people to create a system of symbols, signs was very high. It’s all helped to distinguish between tribal affiliation, religious customs, marital status, cultural practices of each other.
Chinese culture – one of the oldest cultures, which managed to preserve its history. At all times, these people considered hair care, their symbolic value to be very important. The way they trimmed and combed hair demonstrated the civil or social status, religion or profession. Negligence, untidy hair was considered a sign of illness or depression.
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French jeweler Marcel Boucher

Playing cats. Vintage brooch by French jeweler Marcel Boucher. Made of jewelry alloy and pearls. The United States, late 1950s

Playing cats brooch by French jeweler Marcel Boucher. Gold tone, pearls. Late 1950s

French jeweler Marcel Boucher
Born in Paris, Marcel Boucher (1898–1965) was one of the most talented designers and manufacturers of the jewelry of the last century. He produced unique, the highest quality of workmanship jewelry, superior to all known brands.
Traditionally, Boucher jewellery reflects the classical and new creative trends. Made until 1971, all the jewelry was top-class performance, and it has become the hallmark of Boucher. Talent of Boucher, prized by collectors and fans of vintage accessories, distinguishes his jewelry pieces from others.
The marking included a patent number, MB (1937 – 1949), or Marboux (1938-1960s), “Boucher” (1950-1955), and Boucher © (after 1955).
Noteworthy, Marcel Boucher was one of the first to apply the so-called three-dimensional design of jewelry. In addition, he actively used the colorful enamel products.
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Feng Shui trees by Oksana Solovieva

Sakura in the wind. Materials used beads, copper wire, plaster, acrylic paint and varnish

Sakura in the wind. Feng Shui trees by Oksana Solovieva

Sakura in the wind. Made of beads, copper wire, plaster, acrylic paint and varnish. Sakura, or Japanese Cherry tree is a symbol of youth and beauty. It symbolizes good luck and prosperity, longevity of joy and peace. According to Feng Shui, sakura is translated as luck, love, beauty. Siberian bead artist and craftswoman Oksana Solovieva creates Miniature trees of minerals and semi-precious stones for interior decoration and Feng Shui. Creating her unique precious trees the master uses various minerals, including amethyst, quartz, garnet, glass beads, and also copper wire, plaster, acrylic paint and varnish.
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Sarah Coventry costume jewelry

Sarah Coventry costume jewelry

Golden apple brooch. Sarah Coventry costume jewelry (1949-1984)

Sarah Coventry costume jewelry
The history of Newark New York state based jewelry company Sarah Coventry Inc. began in 1949. The company’s founder, Lyman K. Stuart named it in honor of his granddaughter Sarah. Noteworthy, the company became the oldest direct selling jewelry company in the world.
In addition to Sarah Coventry, Lyman K. Stuart owned no less famous jewelry company “Emmons”. Stuart named it in honor of his wife Caroline Emmons. Both companies created costume jewelry collaborating with other companies.

Alongside with costume jewelry for women, Sarah Coventry made jewelry for men: tie pins and cufflinks. High quality handcrafted in 1960 -1970s Coventry jewelry prices were comparable to Trifari and Coro. Unfortunately, in 1981, Stuart filed for bankruptcy, and in the mid-1980s, a Canadian company bought Coventry.
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Swoboda vintage jewellery

Vintage brooch made as the gentle bouquet of natural jade and coral. Marked Swoboda

Galina Karputina collection. Brooch gentle bouquet of natural jade and coral. Swoboda vintage jewellery

Swoboda vintage jewellery
Edward Swoboda (1917–2013) created his company in 1956 in Los Angeles and called it by his name. He sold his jewelry at Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods of London, Neiman Marcus, and featured in showrooms in Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas. Once, Nancy Reagan commissioned Edward Swoboda to make his fabulous gemstone trees as gifts to governors. Besides, he was a favorite jewelry designer of many Hollywood stars.
Meanwhile, Edward and his wife often traveled to South America. From there he organized a continuous supply of semi-precious stones for his jewelry lines. Edward was a talented designer, and his education gave him the opportunity to understand perfectly the stones, that’s why the company was gaining momentum. In his collections Swoboda used freshwater pearls, gold leaf, a variety of semi-precious stones and unique design. This has always distinguished decorations by Swoboda, despite the fact that jewelry was not marked on the metal stigma until 1966. The product generally contained the company’s name on the cardboard tag of jewelry.
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Chinese Phoenix Crown

Chinese Phoenix Crown

Chinese Phoenix Crown

Mysterious blue material, which decorated the jewellery worn by Chinese beauties – kingfisher feathers. The dazzling heavenly color has not lost its kind to this day, even through the centuries. This material is present in the incredibly beautiful headdress – Chinese Phoenix Crown, known as Fengguan, a masterpiece of the history of jewelry. In ancient China, the dragon marked the Emperor, and Phoenix – the Empress. Chinese Phoenix Crown – a traditional ceremonial headdress of female nobility. The particular importance the phoenix crown reached in the era of the Ming. In the above picture – the ritual headdress Phoenix Crown for the Empress Dowager Xiaojie (Ming Dynasty, Wanli era: 1573-1620). It is currently exhibited in the National Museum in Beijing. The crown was removed from the tomb of Dinlin near Beijing. The crown depicts 12 of dragons and 9 phoenixes. Empress Phoenix Crown was worn only during important events: obtaining the title, visiting Ancestral Temple, reception of ministers.
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