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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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Brooches as hair ornaments. La Chatelaine antique fine jewelry

Used as hair ornament 18K yellow gold and platinum brooch clip. Double clip that forms a flower with 3 scrolled leave petals in diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emerald. 1950-1960s. La Chatelaine antique fine jewelry

Used as hair ornament 18K yellow gold and platinum brooch clip. Double clip that forms a flower with 3 scrolled leave petals in diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emerald. 1950-1960s. La Chatelaine antique fine jewelry

La Chatelaine antique fine jewelry
Passionate about Art Deco and Retro jewelry art, Lara van Schaik is a professional gemologist and the owner of an online boutique “La Chatelaine Jewelry”. The boutique sells exquisite high-quality French and Dutch jewels of 1900-1960s. Her web boutique got such an appropriate name thanks to French locals, who called her La Chatelaine. In fact, La chatelaine means “Lady of the Manor” or “Key holder”, and she is both. Thus, she runs a 18th century chateau located in Burgundy and rents it out for weddings and parties.
Born into the family of antique jewelry dealer (her mum), Lara grew up with some knowledge and love for jewelry. And later she decided to turn her life passion into a jewelry company. Traditionally, she finds her treasures in Paris and in the French countryside, auctions, and exhibitions. Noteworthy, she blogs about her “trouvailles”, jewelry stories, notable events and all activities. Her blog is truly informative and interesting to read. La Chatelaine aims to help woman to become confident, independent and smart in wearing retro jewelry that underlines her personality.
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Vogue vintage costume jewelry

Vogue vintage costume jewelry

Mermaids silver and gold tone brooch. Collectible rarity, before 1947. Vogue vintage costume jewelry

Vogue vintage costume jewelry
Located in New York City, Park Importing Company began producing costume jewelry under the “Vogue” label in 1936. The company owners, founders and the main designers were Harold Shapiro and his partners Jack Gilbert and George Grant. Originally, the company specialized in manufacturing faux pearl jewelry and beads. Traditionally, Vogue costume jewelry demonstrated originality, innovation of design and very high quality. This explains the popularity and demand for Vogue decorations among costume jewelry lovers.
Having worked as the main designer of Vogue jewelry, Harold Shapiro left the company. And already in 1963, he and his son Bernard founded Les Bernard, Inc.
Noteworthy, the earliest pieces have marks “VOGUE JLRY”, or “VOGUE” and they are scarce on the market. Vogue company ceased operations in 1973.
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Jonne Schrager vintage costume jewelry

Jonne Schrager vintage costume jewelry

Adorable cat brooch. Beige enamel, Green crystal eyes, rhinestones, jewelry alloy. 3.5 cm. 1950s. Jonne Schrager vintage costume jewelry

Schrager vintage costume jewelry
Marked Jonne, or Schrager, such jewelry is quite rare and in high demand among lovers and collectors of vintage costume jewelry. Noteworthy, decorations marked “Jonne” appeared in the early 50s, and Schrager-labeled ornaments – in 1959. However, according to some pieces, the company also stamped their pieces as “House of Schrager 5th Ave.”. Traditionally, Schrager jewelers created decorations of classic designs with exceptional detailing, and always of high quality. They used gold and silver plated base metals, faux pearls, clear and colored rhinestones. Undoubtedly, this jewelry has a signature look, something between Miriam Haskell and Stanley Hagler. The company ceased operations in 1962.
Founded in 1925, H. M. Schrager & Co. had the main office at the 5th Avenue in New York. Due to many reasons, created from 1925 to 1940s costume jewelry is rarity. First of all, smaller production than the larger jewelry makers of the time. Also, their earlier pieces were not marked at all. According to sources, Schrager also created jewelry for other jewelry brands, in particular, for Staret. And this explains the similarity of some Schrager and Staret designs (for example, butterfly brooch in the below picture).
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Oscar de la Renta vintage costume jewelry

Dragonfly brooch. Pewter, faux pearls, crystals. 6.3 cm. Oscar de la Renta vintage costume jewelry

Dragonfly brooch. Silver tone metal, faux pearls, clear crystals. 6.3 cm. Oscar de la Renta vintage costume jewelry

Oscar de la Renta vintage costume jewelry
The American fashion designer of Dominican origin, Oscar de la Renta is the founder of the eponymous brand that appeared in 1967. Featured in this post vintage costume jewelry – a new classic, multi-layered, light, bold, rich colors, greatness and luxury. Traditionally, jewelers of the brand used Austrian crystals, gold tone jewelry alloy, multicolor crystals and enamels. Aged 82, the world famous designer died in 2014. The jewelry line of the famous house – collectible vintage jewelry, the price of which only increases with time.
According to his biography, starting with Jacqueline Kennedy, he dressed all the first US ladies – Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton. Twice he was president of the American Council of Fashion Designers, and in 1993–2002 he created collections for the Pierre Balmen house. In addition, he became the first American to lead the Paris fashion house.
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Italian designer Carlo Zini costume jewelry

Italian designer Carlo Zini costume jewelry

Absolutely stunning seashell and coral plant brooch. Silver tone jewelry alloy, crystals, mother of pearl, rhinestones. Italian designer Carlo Zini costume jewelry

Italian designer Carlo Zini costume jewelry
Born in 1950 in Milan, Carlo Zini began producing jewelry in 1976. According to the designer himself, he finds inspiration in old movies, musicals and books on architecture. The world’s famous designer uses in his work absolutely everything – rhinestones, onyx, coral, jade, pearls, enamel, resin, fabric, fur, straw, silk, velvet … Noteworthy, Zini never repeats his collections, although you can immediately recognize the designer’s style. And this style is first of all love and respect for a woman, as well as her soul, grace and irony. Indeed, Carlo Zini jewelery satisfies the taste of the most demanding customers.
Creating jewelry (and watches) all his life, Carlo Zini has a small showroom, and sells his jewelry in boutiques all over the world. In particular, in Monte Carlo, Sardinia, Capri, Saint Tropez, Lugano, New York and Zurich. His production is not massive, but he always participates in exhibitions in Paris. Twice a year, regularly, he updates the collections.
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Roberto Cavalli costume jewelry

Roberto Cavalli costume jewelry

Night hawk butterfly with wings adjustable ring. Jewelery alloy, blue enamel, hand painted. Roberto Cavalli costume jewelry

Roberto Cavalli costume jewelry
Jewelry by Roberto Cavalli – a sparkling scattering of jewelry that has conquered the whole world with its quality and magnificence of performance. Both housewives and Hollywood stars wear jewelry by a famous Italian designer.
Born in Florence, Italy, Roberto Cavalli grew up in an artistic family. In particular, Robert’s grandfather Giuseppe Rossi was a world famous artist. And Cavalli himself studied at the Florentine Academy of Arts. Cavalli opened his first fashion boutique in Saint-Tropez in 1972.
Noteworthy, in 1998, Roberto Cavalli began producing costume jewelry called “Just Cavalli”. The brand surprises us with a variety of designs including ethnic style, plant and animal motifs. Traditionally, jewelry makers use silver and gold tone jewelry alloys, Swarovski crystals, precious and semi-precious stones and beads. Also, they confidently use jewelry enamel of various colors.
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