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American vintage – Regency costume jewelery

American vintage - Regency costume jewelery

Blue rhinestones butterfly brooch. 1950s. American vintage – Regency costume jewelery

American vintage – Regency costume jewelery
The history of the Regency jewelery brand began in New York City by the Polowitz family who owned Regina Novelty Company. In the short twenty-year period of its existence (1950s – 1970s), the company managed to create not so many jewelery. However, all Regency creations, especially labeled, is a good find for collectors of vintage costume jewelery, and their value grows every year.
The favorite motif of Regency jewelery is a butterfly, made in bright unexpected shades and spectacular forms. Also, many decorations have leafy and floral motifs with the rich use of high-quality rock crystal in contrasting or complementary color combinations.
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British jewelry designer Vivienne Westwood

British jewelry designer Vivienne Westwood

Royal crown. Velvet, faux fur, gold-tone metal, artificial pearls, transparent crystals and transparent rhinestone. 1980s. 16 cm £ 500-550 REL. British jewelry designer Vivienne Westwood

British jewelry designer Vivienne Westwood
Renowned fashion designer Vivienne Westwood opened a shop at Kings Road, London, where she exhibited collections of clothing and jewelry. She was fond of creating original interpretations of traditional British characters. For most of her works she used silver or gilded tin, Swarovski crystals and large artificial pearls. Bows, hearts and royal regalia are the constant motives of the original design of Westwood ornaments.
Called one of the queens of Great Britain, along with Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher, Vivienne Westwood can not leave anyone indifferent, always remaining at the peak of popularity. According to Vivienne Westwood herself, she is a synonym for freedom, attention, violation of prohibitions and rules.
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Antique Scottish pebble agate jewelery

Antique Scottish pebble agate jewelery

Leaf brooch. Silver, red, black, purple and marsh agate. 1880s 6 cm. £ 400-700 LYNH. Antique Scottish pebble agate jewelery

Antique Scottish pebble agate jewelery
Now very rare, Scottish silver products with the inserts of agate, granite and other local stones. Such jewellery became especially popular when Queen Victoria, always feeling proud of her Scottish ancestors, bought Bolmoral Castle in 1848. In the design of the Celtic hand-made jewelry, they were often more refined and often made according to individual orders.
Craftsmen used agate, a variegated veined variety of chalcedony, in costume jewelry from the time of the Roman Empire, usually carved in the form of oval cabochon or figurines. The muted colors of agate — swampy green, rusty red and ocher — combined with the gray tones of granite matched the palette of the Scottish landscape. Agate biotechnology sometimes inherited the forms of Celtic embellishments. For example, a dagger brooch or a round brooch with a long hanging pin, a black topoloch motif, a harp, a Celtic cross and heraldic attributes for a weapon. All – made of polished agate, trimmed in silver with engraving.
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Joseph Warner vintage costume jewellery

Joseph Warner vintage costume jewellery

Mechanical brooch. The flower closes and opens the petals when you move by the leaf. Made of metal of gold tone, transparent rhinestones. Joseph Warner vintage costume jewellery

Joseph Warner vintage costume jewellery
Founded by Joseph Warner in 1953, the Warner company produced jewelry till 1971. Known for its high quality workmanship, Warner costume jewellery is made of metal of gold tone, lacquered metal, and enamel, often decorated with rock crystal, and superior rhinestones. Traditionally, Warner costume jewellery includes flower designs, insects, animal and figural motifs. Noteworthy, in addition to traditional costume jewellery design, Warner produced a series of floral brooches with innovative motifs. In particular, mechanical brooches from the “day-night” series equipped with a cunning “opening and closing” mechanism. Among them – umbrella and flower brooches.
The company ceased operations in 1971. Today, all costume jewellery signed Warner, or Joseph Warner is collectible and vintage by default, and accordingly, constantly increasing in price.
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Zandra Rhodes costume jewellery

Stylized figure Mick Milligan brooch. Stamped, corrugated and coiled metal of gold tone, crystal of rhinestone. 1970s length 15 cm. Zandra Rhodes costume jewellery

Stylized figure Mick Milligan brooch. Stamped, corrugated and coiled metal of gold tone, crystal of rhinestone. 1970s length 15 cm. Zandra Rhodes costume jewellery

Zandra Rhodes costume jewellery

Protege of Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent founded his fashion house in 1961 and released the first ISL collection the next year. The style of his jewelry ranges from elegant classic to exotically refined. The jewelry of the 1970s, theatrical and bright, demonstrates the same purity of forms and lines as clothing.
Born 19 September 1940 in Chatham, Kent, English fashion designer Zandra Rhodes produced not only fashion collections, but also bright costume jewelery for them. Her first eccentric collection of clothes, as well as handcrafted jewelry for it, appeared in 1969. Noteworthy, such talented designers as Andrew Logan and Mick Milligan made jewelry for her clothing line. All Zandra Rhodes jewelry decorations demonstrate a bright personality, and her own handwriting that collectors really appreciate. Trendy, stylish and unique works of Zandra Rhodez are very popular now.
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Vintage sterling silver Jezlaine costume jewellery

Vintage sterling silver Jezlaine costume jewellery

Cat catching a mouse brooch. 1970s. Vintage sterling silver Jezlaine costume jewellery

Vintage sterling silver Jezlaine costume jewellery
Lovers and collectors of vintage costume jewellery know Jezlaine, or Jez, an American jewelery firm, quite well. However, the company began in 1975 as a family business in a garage of Albuquerque, New Mexico, on the personal savings of its founder. As Robin McVey, Jezlaine Limited owner confirms, “No bank would lend me money … Now, everyone is banging down my door. I could afford to.”
The main direction of the brand was the manufacture of silver jewelry by the method of artistic forging. Traditionally, Jezlaine produced brooches, charms, pendants, earrings and bracelets of exquisite and unusual designs, but always of high quality. Very often, Jezlaine produced series of decorations. For example, “The Cats”, “Christmas”, or “St. Valentine’s” collection, made of 925 sterling silver. All filigree adornments of this brand have marks on them, labeled 925 Jez, or Jezlaine Sterling.
In 1999, Sunstone Imports, located in Morton Grove, Illinois, acquired Jezlaine Limited.
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Dulber Qirim jewellery house

Dulber Qirim jewellery house

Autumn ring. Gold, enamel, diamond and silver. Dulber Qirim jewellery house

Dulber Qirim jewellery house
Crimean Tatar word “dülber” means “beautiful”, or “charming.” That is how artist Mehdi Islamov named his jewelry house in 1999. According to him, he inherited the family traditions of his ancestors engaged in the trade in jewelry, and transformed them into high jewelry art. Noteworthy, Mehdi himself creates sketches of all the jewelry, and connoisseurs have long recognized his author’s handwriting, classic and at the same time spicy and oriental.
Mehdi and his masters tried to find information about the ancient Crimean jewelry craft and restore some of the lost skills, for example, a complex technique of granulation. Also, they perfectly mastered the ancient art of hot enamel – magical and unpredictable fusion of glass and metal, once flourished in Crimea.
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