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Valentine’s Day Kaleidoscope

Valentine’s Day Kaleidoscope

Valentine’s Day Kaleidoscope

Valentine’s Day has always been the day dedicated to lovers. Here are inspired by Valentine’s Day jewellery “Valentine’s Day Kaleidoscope” and a brief history of this festival.

Lupercalia

Valentine’s Day has its origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, observed on Feb. 15. Lupercalia celebrated the coming of Spring in the Roman calendar (February was observed later in the year than it is today). Lupercalia was associated with the Roman gods Lupercus and Faunus. Lupercus watched over shepherds and their flocks and the festival of Lupercalia became a celebration intended to ensure the fertility of flocks, fields and people.
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Ralph DeRosa costume jewelry

Flower enameled thistle brooch with clear and purple tiny rhinestones, light enamel wear

Enameled thistle brooch with clear and purple tiny rhinestones, light enamel wear. Ralph DeRosa costume jewelry

History of Ralph DeRosa costume jewelry, exceptional in quality and design, began in sunny Naples, Italy in 1884. Inherited the family business, Ralph de Rosa, a hereditary jeweler successfully conducted his business until 1905. As a man who wanted to significantly expand his own horizons, in the beginning of the last century, he left for America – “the land of opportunities”. Despite all the difficulties awaiting immigrant started from scratch. He founded the company under his own name already in 1934 – the Ralph DeRosa Company. The next year, already in 1935, the first collection of the master – “Meeting in Venice” saw the light. The collection was dedicated to one of the most subtle, complex, romantic Crafts – Venetian lace.
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Yakutia Diamond Treasury

Treasury of the Republic of Sakha, EPL Diamond exhibition

Yakutia Diamond Treasury, EPL Diamond exhibition

The Sakha Republic (Yakutia) is a federal subject of Russia. Yakutia is 95% of Russian diamond production and 15% of gold production. Enormous, almost unimaginable wealth. Permanent exhibition “Treasury of the Republic of Sakha” – a successful attempt to provide at least a small part of this wealth. 2015 Diamond week has presented the exclusive exhibition of “EPL Diamond”. EPL Diamond is a Russian company specializing in the production of diamonds, diamond jewelry and sales. The company is headquartered in the capital of the Sakha Republic – Yakutsk. EPL company is the largest producer of diamonds in Yakutia and the third largest exporter of diamonds in the Russian Federation.
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Eye miniature jewellery

Eye miniature jewellery

Eye miniature jewellery

Eye miniature jewellery was made in order to preserve the anonymity of a lover or a loved one, just as memorable item, later – decoration. Often with a miniature was kept a lock of hair of beloved one. Such commemorative miniatures were in vogue and became very popular in the 1790 – 1820’s in England, then in France, and Russia. The eyes of lovers were portrayed in jewelry: brooches, rings, bracelets and pendants, on the boxes, and wallets. Most often, these miniatures were made on on ivory.
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Turquoise stone connecting hearts forever

Turquoise stone connecting hearts forever

Turquoise stone connecting hearts forever. Jewelry made of Turquoise

Turquoise – stone connecting hearts forever. No woman can remain indifferent if her loved one gives her a ring with turquoise. And not only because it has long been considered a symbol of love. Turquoise stone – one of the most beautiful among the gems. Its name is tied to the Persian word “Firuz” or “Pirouz”, meaning “stone of happiness” and “victory.” The second name of the stone – Turkus is less poetic, it only signifies that in ancient times it was brought to Europe from Turkey. In Persia believed that this stone formed from the bones of those who died of unrequited love. If a loved one gave you the stone, and after a while the stone became pale, it means that the feelings began to fade.
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Catalan jeweler Lluis Masriera

Brooch Pendant with nymph designed by Masriera, made in the workshop of Lluis Masriera. (Courtesy Balcli's)

Brooch Pendant with nymph, made in the workshop of Catalan jeweler Lluis Masriera. (Courtesy Balcli’s)

Lluis Masriera i Roses (Barcelona, 17 January 1872 to 21 October 1958) – goldsmith, painter, set designer, playwright and theater director. He was the most important member of the Masrieras family because he continued the family tradition in the third generation, as a painter and goldsmith, and gave an international fame to it. The artist jeweler made his contribution as enameller in the technique of plique-A- jour, and the creator of Barcelona enamel of extreme fragility and beauty. His personal style was based on Art Nouveau influences of Rene Lalique. He made exhibitions in Barcelona, Zaragoza, Madrid, Paris, Buenos Aires and San Francisco, both as a goldsmith and artist.
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Most famous hatter Mr John

Most famous hatter Mr John hats

Most famous hatter Mr John hats

The most famous hatter in 1950s was German born American fashion designer John P. John (1902-1993), who worked under the name Mr John. As stated by “New York Times” in the 1940s and 1950s, Mr. John hats were no less popular than Christian Dior dress. This name is associated with elegance and style. Hollywood studios ordered him hats for stars such as Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford. Among his clients were the Duchess of Windsor, Lauren Bacall, Gloria Swanson. The most famous work of John for the movie were hats for “Gone With the Wind”, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”, and “The Painted Veil”. Ladies of high society, wives of millionaires, actresses, opera singers – all dreamed about his hats. At the peak of his career, John P. John produced annually 16,000 hats under different brand names.
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