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Edgar Berebi vintage costume jewelry

Edgar Berebi vintage costume jewelry

Peas in a pod vintage brooch pin. 7.2 cm. Gold tone jewelry alloy, faux pearls, colored enamel. Edgar Berebi vintage costume jewelry

Edgar Berebi vintage costume jewelry
Before starting his own Jewelry House, Edgar Bereby graduated from the legendary private art college that has existed in the United States since 1887. In particular, the Pratt Institute of art, design and architecture. After graduating from the institute, Edgar Berebi founded his
jewelry house in 1979 and went through several rounds of development. First, it was jewelry – filigree earrings and brooches, which he produced in limited series. Then, he designed home decor items and accessories of the highest quality and level. According to American designer Berebi, he found inspiration in the works of Faberge.
Noteworthy, all products by Edgar Berebi – copyrighted works of art, performed exclusively by hand, by the master himself, from design to finishing.
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Japanase women seasonal hair decorations

Hair accessories, known as kanzashi have become real works of art. Japanase women seasonal hair decorations

Hair accessories, known as kanzashi have become real works of art. Japanase women seasonal hair decorations

Japanase women seasonal hair decorations

Everything in Japan has a deep meaning, even women’s jewelry. As the seasons change, human life flows, so do amazing kanzashi decorations. And each of them is not only a work of art, but also a part of female beauty, and a moment of her life.
Traditionally, Japanese women’s costume did not allow jewelry on their hands or necklaces around their necks. Accordingly, the main decoration for more than 400 years has become the hairstyle! In fact, hair ornaments – the main way of self-expression and demonstration of wealth and status. Real works of art, hair ornaments “kanzashi” with their variety in purpose and performance is worth a separate dictionary with descriptions. In particular, to figure out which piece of jewelry is for which lady, when and where you can wear it.
A very special kind of jewelry that changes throughout the year is seasonal hana-kanzashi jewelry with garlands of flowers. Noteworthy, each of the 28 seasons of the Japanese calendar has its own flower! Of course, only the master of high-class can make such decorations using special varieties of silk.
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Rafaelian vintage costume jewelry

Rafaelian vintage costume jewelry

Bird of prey vintage brooch, 1980s. Jewelry alloy, enamel, rhinestones. 5.5 cm. Rafaelian vintage costume jewelry

Rafaelian vintage costume jewelry
The history of this brand began in the early twentieth century, when an Armenian immigrant Rafaelian came to America and started a small jewelry business. His grandson, having worked in the jewelry firm of his sister’s husband for several years, opened his own jewelry company “Cinerama”. The great granddaughter of the first Rafaelian – Carolyn Rafaelian, also founded her own brand Alex & Ani. Noteworthy, she entered the Forbes list as the richest woman jeweler.
Undoubtedly, fans of costume jewelery appreciate jewelry made by the Rafaelian family. A popular collectible decoration is the brooch in the form of the American flag, assembled from colored crystals. Rafaelian floral decorations, notable for their quality and interesting design, are equally popular.
Known in the 70s in America, Rafaelian costume jewelry ceased to exist in the mid 80s. During its short activity, the company has released several series: patriotic jewelry, flower line, trees, birds of America, as well as fruits and berries.
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Anne Klein vintage costume jewelry

Anne Klein vintage costume jewelry

Sparrow vintage brooch. Gold tone jewelry alloy, lucite. 4 cm. Anne Klein vintage costume jewelry

Anne Klein vintage costume jewelry
Born Hannah Golofsky 3 August 1923 in Brooklyn, Anna Klein has become synonymous with American style, and a pioneer in the fashion world. In the early 1940s, Hannah marries Ben Klein and takes the name of Anne Klein. In 1948, she and her husband opened the company Junior Sophisticates. And in 1968, Anna Klein together with her second husband Matthew Rubinstein founded the company “Anne Klein and Co” and “Anne Klein Studio design”. Suddenly, at the height of her success at the age of 50, Anna Klein died of breast cancer on March 19, 1974.
For over 30 years, Anne Klein understood what women want very well. So, in the early 1970s, under her brand name, Anne Klein began producing watches and fashion jewelry. For creating high-quality jewelry for women in the classical style, she used matte and glossy metals, glass, rhinestones, cabochons and artificial pearls of the highest quality.
Noteworthy, “Anne Klein” collaborated with such brands as “Erwin Pearl”, “Accessocraft”, and “Swank”. The logo “Anne Klein” is a lion, this particular symbol has become one of the most popular in the jewelry of this brand. Traditionally, Anne Klein jewelry has marks with the copyright sign “Anne Klein ©”, and “AK ©”. Also, used the tag with the company logo – the image of a lion.
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West Germany vintage costume jewelry

Signed West Germany vintage costume jewelry

Ancient gold butterfly brooch. Jewelry alloy, glass. 1950s. 4 cm. Signed West Germany vintage costume jewelry

West Germany vintage costume jewelry
To date, vintage jewelry collectors don’t know for certain the name and exact location of the manufacturer of these decorations. The names of the designers, the composition of the alloys used, and much more remains a mystery. Every year the number of fans of these decorations is growing, while these decorations are becoming more difficult to find.
Initially, for all the jewelry made in Germany before 1949, jewelers simply used “Germany” label. As we know, in 1949, Germany was divided into two parts, West and East Germany. Successful in the jewelry art, West German masters began signing their products “Western Germany” or “West Germany”, and sometimes “W. Germany”, or “Made in West Germany”.
Traditionally, European jewelry makers signed their decorations with the name of the country. Therefore, we can determine jewelry from Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, etc. Unlike American colleagues, European jewelers preferred not to advertise their products in fashion magazines. So, you will not see W.Germany jewelry advertising posters. Noteworthy, in 1990, after the reunification of East and West Germany, W.Germany jewelery ceased to appear on sale. Accordingly, it is instantly becoming a collectible rarity …
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The oldest American jewellery house Black Starr & Frost

Jewellery house Black Starr & Frost

Aquamarine Diamond Platinum Yellow Gold Pendant Brooch. Jewellery house Black Starr & Frost

Jewellery house Black Starr & Frost
Active since 1810, Black, Starr & Frost – the oldest and the most famous jewelry brand in America. Indeed, the most influential families of the time were its clients. In particular, Carnegie, Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, Guggenheims and Windsor. The company opened one of the first stores on Fifth Avenue in New York. It was here that celebrities and royal families bought some of the largest gems in the world. By the way, Marilyn Monroe mentions them in one of his popular songs, “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.”
Meanwhile, Black, Starr & Frost jewelry collections reach prices from $ 1000 to $ 1 million and above.
Noteworthy, in 2006, Molina Group acquired the company to continue the success of the glorious brand. As a result, the company has a reputation of the creator of high-quality jewelery with a modern, yet timeless design. The new owner also seeks to return this legendary company to the place it once occupied on top of Olympus of American luxury.
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Howard Benedikt vintage costume jewelry

Howard Benedikt vintage costume jewelry

Iconic Maltese cross design brooch made of gold tone jewelry alloy, white glass cabochons, rhinestones and large crystal in the middle. Howard Benedikt vintage costume jewelry

Benedikt vintage costume jewelry
New York based jeweler Howard Benedikt made costume jewelry marked Benedikt in the period of 1955 – 1963. Located at 389 5th Avenue, one of the most fashionable streets of New York, Benedikt jewelry company produced high quality decorations. Meanwhile, collectors of vintage costume jewelry find Benedikt designs and quality similar to Hattie Carnegie’s. Indeed, the original design of Benedikt NY works inspired many of Howard Benedikt’s colleagues. In particular, well-known designer Kenneth Jay Lane, who drew ideas for his collections in Benedikt jewelry. And less famous bijou masters didn’t hesitate to copy the works of the brand, for example, the Maltese crosses of incredible beauty. The Maltese cross in various styles and color combinations was the most famous and iconic design by Howard Benedikt.
Noteworthy, the last mention of the brand was in the “Seventeen” magazine, dated 1963.
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