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American jewelry designer Donald Friedlich

American jewelry designer Donald Friedlich

Clothes Pins. Brass, gold and silver plated; etched and assembled. 1983. Work by American jewelry designer Donald Friedlich

American jewelry designer Donald Friedlich
Born in 1954, Donald Friedlich is a talented professional artist, designer and many awarded innovative jeweler. First, he studied jewelry at the University of Vermont and later at the Rhode Island School of Design, from which he graduated in 1982. Totally committed to the form, Friedlich sees his jewelry as an expression of ideas, and he rejects conventional approaches, themes, and materials. Committed to alternative materials, one of his lines became a series of earrings made from a laminate. Traditionally, he creates pieces that in every aspect reveal the sculptor at work. Featured here series of vintage abstract brooches created in 1980s is of high collectible value.
Devoted to the abstract, Friedlich works in series, for example, “Erosion,” “Balance,” “Interference”, etc.
Noteworthy, the Japanese esthetic underlies his work most clearly, the work of the sculptor Noguchi, or
Japanese gardens, or even traditional Japanese packaging.
According to the artist, his goal in these small pieces is to create a powerful impression, something dynamic, interesting and also beautiful.
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Reed & Barton vintage silver jewelry

Reed & Barton vintage silver jewelry

Night Owl pendant. Sterling silver, gold plated. Damascene collection. 1970s. Reed & Barton vintage silver jewelry

Reed & Barton vintage silver jewelry
Taunton, Massachusetts-based company Reed & Barton is one of the oldest American silverware companies, which history spans nearly two hundred years. According to some sources, the company was founded in 1824. In fact, the first mention of Reed & Barton dates back to 1840. The reason for this is that founded in 1824 silverware company belonged to Isaac Babbitt, and it had a different name – Babbitt & Crossma. In 1840, Henry G. Reed and his partner Charles E. Barton bought the company out and registered it under their own name, Reed & Barton.
Undoubtedly, for two hundred years of its existence, the company experienced recessions and booms, changes of owners and production interruptions. However, high craftsmanship and a variety of designs remained constant. Traditionally, the company’s craftsmen used sterling silver, copper, 24 K gold, bronze, and cloisonne enamels. Some limited collections have become iconic and today are collectible rarities. In particular, Damascene, Egyptian Revival, Christmas crosses, month flower pendants, fork and spoon bracelets.
Noteworthy, the company owned other trademarks for the production of silver ware and jewelry. One of them, for example, was Eureka Mfg. Co. Inc., registered in Norton, Massachusetts in 1926.
During the Civil War and World Wars, the company carried out orders from the state. Also, the company manufactured medals for 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and its products are on display at the White House.
The company ceased to exist in 2015, having become the property of The Lenox Company.
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Loris Azzaro vintage costume jewelry

Loris Azzaro vintage costume jewelry

Oh la la perfume bottle brooch. Brass, amber color lucite, plastic. 6.8 cm. 1993. Loris Azzaro vintage costume jewelry

Loris Azzaro vintage costume jewelry
The history of the Azzaro brand began in 1962, when its founder, Loris Azzaro, came to Paris. Born into an Italian family in Tunisia, Azzaro spent his childhood and youth there. He studied in Toulouse, France, and after graduation taught French and Italian in Tunisia. However, the turning point in his biography became his arrival in Paris in 1962.
An innovator with impeccable taste, a writer, and a talented designer, Loris immediately began creating original accessories. At first, he gave them to his wife Michelle Carsy, and close friends, but very quickly his fame spread throughout all the fashionistas of Paris. Among the fans of his talent were the brightest stars of that time. In particular, Brigitte Bordeaux, Claudia Cardinale, Sophia Loren, Liza Minnelli, Barbara Streisand, Romy Schneider, Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet, Isabelle Adjani and many more. Also, among his clients were such high society figures as the Princess of Monaco, the Empress of Iran, and the Duchess of Orleans.
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Estabell Sterling vintage costume jewelry

Estabell Sterling vintage costume jewelry

Medieval Woman playing the lute brooch. Silver, gold plated, faux baroque pearl. 7 cm. 1940s. Signed Estabell Sterling vintage costume jewelry

Estabell Sterling vintage costume jewelry
The history of San Francisco, California based jewelry company which signed its products “Sterling Estabell” in the 1940s, remains unknown. At least, there is no officially registered brand or company with this name in the 1930s-50s. Anyway, the mysterious company produced high quality costume jewelry, sold in boutiques and large stores, such as Neiman Marcus. According to some sources, Estabell comes from the name of its designer Esther Campbell or Bell.
Exquisitely handcrafted figurative brooches and earrings made by Estabell confirm the fact that jewelry is a wearable art. The museum worth designs included medieval women playing the lute, or Japanese figures of men and women with lanterns, warriors with shields, or mythological heroes.
Traditionally, the designer used silver and gold plating, as well as rich inserts of stones, mother-of-pearl, colorful rhinestones and baroque pearls. The marking on the back side of each piece includes “Estabell Sterling” without copyright sign.
Hard to find Estabell costume jewelry, the price of which will increase every year, is highly collectible now.
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Kollmar Jourdan vintage costume jewelry

Kollmar Jourdan vintage costume jewelry

Dogwood flower brooch. Gold plated topas glass cabochon brooch. 5.5 cm. 1920s. Kollmar Jourdan vintage costume jewelry

Kollmar Jourdan vintage costume jewelry
The history of the Kollmar & Jourdan jewelry company began in the jewelry capital of Germany, the city of Pforzheim, in 1885. Initially, the founders of the company Emil Kollmar and Wilhelm Jourdan focused on the production of watch cases, straps and jewelry with silver and gold plating. Also, they produced gold plated nickel chains, and later American double gold plated chains. The company expanded its production and became known both in Germany and throughout Europe and America. So, after fifteen years of successful work, in 1900, the company employed almost 400 workers. Traditionally, the craftsmen of the company marked the products with the initials KJ crossed by an arrow.
As a result of World War II, the factory was destroyed. However, a few years later it was restored and returned to its former glory, focusing on the production of jewelry. The company ceased to exist in 1975.
Handcrafted, high-quality gold and silver jewelry marked with KJ are now highly collectible.
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Imperial Pearl vintage costume jewelry

Imperial Pearl vintage costume jewelry

Dew drop on leaf gold filled brooch. 1960s. Imperial Pearl vintage costume jewelry

Imperial Pearl vintage costume jewelry
The history of the Imperial Pearl jewelry company began over 100 years ago, in 1917 in the jewelry capital of the USA, Providence. Its owner Joseph Gladstone later renamed it to “Imperial Pearl Syndicate” in 1941. For jewelry, the designers used Akoya pearls, pearls from the Tahitian islands, South Sea pearls, freshwater pearls and Keshi pearls. The company held a leading position in the pearl jewelry market, and its jewelry was very popular with fashionistas of that time, however, as it is now. High quality, made of silver and gold plated, this costume jewelry is highly collectible. Hollywood stars, such as Elizabeth Taylor, Shirley Temple, and Loretta Young took part in the company’s advertising campaigns.
Noteworthy, in the period from 1928 to 1969, the company registered several trademarks. In particular, Marslieu (1928 – 1948), Imperial (1943 – 1986), and Sculpted Pearls (1952 – 1992).
Gladstone sold the company to Sidney Weiss in 1969.
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Marslieu vintage costume jewelry

Clown with a ball brooch. Gold plated sterling silver, art glass, plastic, rhinestones. 6.9 cm. 1947. Book piece. Designer Frederick J.Pearsall. Marslieu vintage costume jewelry

Marslieu vintage costume jewelry
Traditionally, while expanding their business, many large jewelry companies registered several jewelry trademarks. And the Imperial Pearl Company, later the Imperial Pearl Syndicate, is no exception. For more than a hundred years of operation, Imperial Pearl has founded several trademarks. Specifically, Marslieu (1928 – 1948), followed by Imperial (1943 – 1986). Also, Sculpted Pearls (1952 – 1992), Chicago Syndicate(1976 – 1982), Chandelle(1977 – 1983), Sabre (1976 – 1983), and Attachments (1993 – 2001).
The first products labeled Marslieu appeared in 1928. These were handcrafted figural costume decorations made with the use of sterling silver, gold plating, rhinestones and luminous faux pearls. The marking on the back side of each item included the word “Marslieu” in writing letters and “Sterling Silver Pat Pend” on oval base. Frederick J.Pearsall was the main designer of the company. Located at 7 Beverly St. Providence 3, Rhode Island, Marslieu was active for two decades, from 1928 to 1948.
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