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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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American vintage – Curtis costume jewelry

American vintage - Curtis costume jewelry

Tree of life sterling silver brooch decorated with multicolor rhinestones. 5.5 cm. American vintage – Curtis costume jewelry

Curtis costume jewelry
American company Curtis jewelry manufacturing co., known since 1936, produced high quality jewelry. These were silver and gilded ornaments with semiprecious stones and ivory – brooches, clips, and necklaces. However, the history of Curtis is inextricably linked with another American company, Uncas Manufacturing Co., part of which it became in 1936. As for Uncas Manufacturing Co., its owner was Vincent Sorrentino (1892-1976), an Italian immigrant who came to America in the early 20th century. He first registered the Sorrento company in 1911 in Providence, Rhode Island. Of course, the earliest Sorrento jewelry is difficult to find now and they are a collectible rarity. Then, in the early 1920s, Vincent Sorrentino renamed Sorrento into Uncas Manufacturing Co. Uncas jewelry was popular for its variety, exquisite design and high quality.
Along with the above-mentioned Curtis jewelry manufacturing co, the Curtman Company also joined the Uncas Manufacturing Co. In addition, Uncas Manufacturing Co. acquired the company Vargas MFG together with its building in 1996. Interestingly, the Sorrentino family still continues the jewelry business.
Noteworthy, the letters DCE that appeared in 1950 refer to Curtis jewelry manufacturing co.
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Flying lady brooches – Karen Rossi jewelry art

Hand painted enameled pin from the series Fancy Flight. Pewter, Enamel. Flying lady brooches - Karen Rossi jewelry art

Hand painted enameled pin from the series Fancy Flight. Pewter, Enamel. Flying lady brooches – Karen Rossi jewelry art

Flying lady brooches – Karen Rossi jewelry art
According to American jewelry designer, sculptor and artist Karen Rossi, she began her professional career in 1987 as a family welding business. And for jewelry lovers, the designer became known for her very cute and funny pins. In particular, striking in their originality decorations depicting flying ladies. Besides, these flying figures personify various professions, and hobbies, from a shopaholic to a teacher. Traditionally, American designer Karen Rossi uses pewter (tin-based alloy), bright enamel, rhinestones and faux pearl. All decoratins have designer’s stamp. Of course, such unusual themed pin will be a perfect gift for your colleague, sister, grandmother, best friend, gardener, or a teacher.
Noteworthy,
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Laguna vintage costume jewelry

Laguna vintage costume jewelry

Gorgeous heart pendant and clip on earrings. Crystals, jewelry alloy. Laguna vintage costume jewelry

Laguna vintage costume jewelry
New York City based company Royal Craftsmen Inc. founded Laguna jewelry brand in 1944. The highlight of Laguna, which distinguishes it from any other brand, is jewelry made of high quality artificial pearls. Large pearls framed in gold-colored alloys give the impression of real jewels. And the multi-colored necklace beads, which Laguna was also famous for, were not inferior to jewelry in terms of the quality of design and execution. In addition to artificial pearls, Laguna traditionally used Austrian crystals and faceted beads.
Laguna ceased to exist in 1980, so any product labeled Laguna is definitely vintage, and often – a rarity.
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Eggert vintage botanical jewelry – Flora Danica

Eggert vintage botanical jewelry - Flora Danica

Beautiful leaf brooch of gold tone, sterling silver. Eggert vintage botanical jewelry – Flora Danica

Eggert vintage botanical jewelry – Flora Danica
Founded in Copenhagen in 1953 by Orla Eggert and his wife Grethe Eggert, Flora Danica is the most unique Danish jewelery company. The uniqueness of this jewelry is in particular, in the casting technique, real botanical materials used as the base. As a result, each piece is truly realistic, one-of-a-kind botanical jewelry of the highest quality. Indeed, all jewelry is unique and no two can ever be the same. A living flower or a leaf taken as a basis, then coated with silver or another 24-carat gold by electroplating. Even the destroyed base leaves an exact silver or gold copy of a living plant. Noteworthy, gorgeous vintage jewelry line is among the most collectible of botanical style European jewelry.
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Maison Les Nereides costume jewelry

Maison Les Nereides costume jewelry

Parisian lovers gold plated rhinestones hand painted enameled earrings. Maison Les Nereides costume jewelry

Maison Les Nereides costume jewelry
The history of the French brand “Les Nereides” began with the love story of Pascal and Enzo Amaddeo. She, from a hereditary family of artists (her grandfather was a friend of the famous Belgian artist Rene Magritte). He, from a family of non-conformist Italians. Young people met in Belgium at the Academy of Fine Arts and fell in love at first sight.
A wedding took place very soon, and on April 14, 1980, the world saw their first joint creation – a jewelry boutique in Nice. Their union is a combination of two worlds with common interests, a love for photography, life and a great desire to fulfill their dreams. By the way, the name “Les Nereides” means “sea nymphs”.
Meanwhile, visiting their website I’ve stumbled upon a quote about jewelry by outstanding Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky. “The jewels are like music, there are so many notes, you have to play with them and create your own melody to put the strings of the soul in motion”.
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