Kaleidoscope effect

Jewellery kaleidoscope

Art Nouveau style jeweler Lucien Gaillard

Art Nouveau style jeweler Lucien Gaillard

Stunning Dragonflies Comb for hair – diamonds, emeralds, citrine, enamel. 1904. Art Nouveau style jeweler Lucien Gaillard

Art Nouveau style jeweler Lucien Gaillard

One of the most distinguished jewelers of his time, Lucien Gaillard (1861 – 1942) was a jeweler in the third generation, working in Art Nouveau style. The skill of the jeweler with the use of a minimum of funds and a subtle sense of material are worthy of admiration. Besides, he became known for his work with exotic materials, such as horn, and unsurpassed art with the use of enamels. In particular, refined brooches, hairpins, combs, rings, and perfume bottles strike with their beauty and sophisticated work. His original products were laconic and modest.
Meanwhile, in the late 60-ies of the 19th century, a general fascination with Japanese art began in Paris. Thus, invited Japanese masters gave lectures on the art of the East and conducted master classes. Accordingly, on the wave of this interest in the art of jewelry began to appear “Japanese motifs.”
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Meaning and significance of wearing earrings

Meaning and significance of wearing earrings

Glamorous Ivanka Trump in Metropolis collection. 18k brushed yellow gold and diamonds. Meaning and significance of wearing earrings

Meaning and significance of wearing earrings
Interestingly, the earrings in the east are called Karn Phul, which means “flower in the ear.” Traditionally, they served not only as decoration, but also as a talisman. Indeed, it is important to combine these two qualities in your earrings. As an ornament, earrings are most effective, after all they most accent attention on our face. In addition, large earrings are very favorable for a married woman, as they state her status. Noteworthy, by adding more and more decorations, a woman attracts well-being to the house.
Meanwhile, earrings in the form of flowers from ancient times to the present day enjoy the greatest popularity. They reflect tenderness, youth, spiritual perfection, simple-mindedness, and innocence – the main attributes of a woman’s character. In addition, the earrings protect the woman from the influence of any negative energy. In particular, bright shiny things take on a negative, so when a woman has many ornaments – they protect her beauty from evil eyes.
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French Art Nouveau jeweler Gabriel Argy-Rousseau

Belt buckle. Brass, three stone blue cameos with crabs. 1905. Gabriel Argy-Rousseau jewellery

Belt buckle. Brass, three stone blue cameos with crabs. 1905. Gabriel Argy-Rousseau jewellery

French Art Nouveau jeweler Gabriel Argy-Rousseau

Born in 1885 in Meslay-le-Vidame, France, Joseph Gabriel Rousseau (1885-1953) became known to the world as a sculptor, ceramist and master of glass. In 1913 he married the Greek Marianne Argyriadis and began to sign his works Gabriel Argy-Rousseau, in honor of his wife. Already the next year, in 1914, Argy-Rousseau first exhibited his projects in the Pate de Verre and won immediate success in the Salon du Des Artistes Français. Critics reacted with enthusiasm, “Such successful forms, such amazing patterns of gold, copper, cobalt, uranium and oxides, such a beautiful mixture of colors!”. Meanwhile, the focus of Argy-Rousseau’s experiments were various methods for achieving the Pate de Verre effects.
However, the main passion was jewelry. Gabriel Argy-Rousseau created magnificent pendants and brooches with stylized forms of fruits, flowers, butterflies and figurines of mythological plots.
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Buryat woman traditional jewellery decorations

Buryat woman traditional jewellery decorations

Buryat woman traditional jewellery decorations

Buryat woman traditional jewellery decorations

First of all, Buryat women paid great attention to jewelry. Female ornaments of eastern Buryats were distinguished by complexity and multicomponent. Made mainly of silver with inserts from coral (the most valuable was considered pink coral), turquoise and amber. Traditionally, the headdress of the Eastern Buryats is as follows: the upper part of the headdress denotes the sky – tengeri, red tassels – the rays of the sun – the naran, the lower part – the ground – the gasar. Hanging on the chest from a headdress, temple ornaments and earrings symbolize the stars, the sun, the moon, rain, snow, etc. Neck and breast decorations (guu) have fertile symbolism and correspond to the sign – Earth.
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Auguste Bonaz Vintage Bakelite jewellery

Auguste Bonaz Vintage Bakelite jewellery

Kokoshnik inspired hair comb. Auguste Bonaz Vintage Bakelite jewellery

Auguste Bonaz Vintage Bakelite jewellery
Founded as a company for the production of jewelry for hair in 1910, French manufactory Bonaz belonged to the son of the founder Auguste Bonaz (1877-1922). He was very interested in making the company famous for unusual beads and brooches of galalite and chrome. His idea was successfully developed by heirs, and the firm existed until the early 1980s. Crests, brooches, pins for hats, and ornaments, as well as buttons of all directions – uncompromising art deco. Multicolored penguins, owls, carrots and other cheerful subjects along with the Japanese style or exquisite filigree.
According to the fashion historian Alexander Vasiliev, in the “Russian” trend of world fashion between the two World Wars, the most popular element of the national costume was the kokoshnik, which “in 1919-1929 was part of the arsenal of women of fashion all over the world.” During this period, the form of a kokoshnik-crown as a wedding dress is affirmed in the West – even the future British Queen Maria Teckaya married in such a crown. Zhanna Lanven made a collection of “Russian” hats, and the Parisian house “Auguste Bonaz” in the early 1920’s made plastic kokoshniks.
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Attwood and Sawyer vintage costume jewellery

Brooch Snowman. Metal - gilding, enamel, rock crystal. The end of the 1990's. Length 3.5 cm. Attwood and Sawyer vintage costume jewellery

Snowman Brooch. Metal – gilding, enamel, rock crystal. The end of the 1990’s. Length 3.5 cm. Attwood and Sawyer vintage costume jewellery

Attwood and Sawyer vintage costume jewellery

Founded in Wales in 1956 by Horas Atwood (Sauer was a partner), Atwood and Sauer produced copies of precious ornaments from the 18th to 19th centuries. Many decorations were made for the television series “Dallas” and “Dynasty”, as well as exclusive compositions for the beauty contest “Miss World”. In addition, the firm produced high-end imitation jewelry and sold their decorations at prestigious retail outlets across the UK, Europe and some other countries around the world, as well as on cruise ships and on board of Airliners.
A special recognition was given to their historical collection of exact copies of the jewelry of the Duchess of Windsor. Undoubtedly, these specimens are desirable for many collectors of vintage jewelry. The company was sold in 2001.
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Barry Parman costume jewellery

Gatsby girl of 1920s brooch. Black and gray plastic, makeup - enamel, transparent rock crystal, 1975. 9 cm. Barry Parman costume jewellery

Gatsby girl of 1920s brooch. Black and gray plastic, makeup – enamel, transparent rock crystal, 1975. Size 9 cm. Estimated price $ 150-200 LB (Linda Bee, Gray Antique Market Stands). Barry Parman costume jewellery

Barry Parman costume jewellery
The author of this beautiful brooch “The girl of 1920s” is a London-based former theater artist and designer, Barry Parman. According to sources, he began designing jewelry quite late, in 1970s and worked for a short period. Creating his decorations, Barry Parman used traditional materials – alloys, rhinestones, enamel and crystals. However, even using traditional materials, the artist created truly unique and original designs. Unfortunately, the talented jewelry designer Barry Parman stopped producing costume jewellery due to his death 21 February 1990. Parman designed fine works for leading jewelry dealers, such as Linda Bee.
Noteworthy, Barry Parman jewellery pieces are truly very rare and incredibly popular among collectors.

Unfortunately, there is little information about the artist. Works by London based jewelry designer Barry Parman, featured in the catalogs of vintage jewelry, are difficult to find.