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Frank Tortolani vintage jewellery

Frank Tortolani vintage jewellery

Shoulder Brooches “Angel” and “Demon”. Tortolani vintage jewellery

Tortolani vintage jewellery
Jewellery brand “Tortolani” existed in the United States from 1934 until World War II, and then from 1950 until 1976. Tortolani costume jewelry was extremely popular due to its exciting design. And today, most of Tortolani pieces have a high collection value. Frank Tortolani, founder of the dynasty of jewelers, came to America from Italy in 1923. He created decorations of silver or silver-plated jewelry, with his trademark signature. However, his decorations became recognized and appreciated only in the 50s, after he had got a lot of awards for original design and unique method. He signed a contract with Max Factor in the manufacture of boxes for cosmetics. Now these items are a real rarity. At the same time, he created a nominal jewelry for stars of the time. Among his clients were Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis and many others.

Charming elf leprechaun - from Irish folklore, traditionally portrayed as a small, stocky man. Brings good luck in money

Charming elf leprechaun – from Irish folklore, traditionally portrayed as a small, stocky man. Brings good luck in money

With Frank Tortolani worked his children, and when he closed his factory, his eldest son, Donald, has created his own line of jewelry, which was called «Corina», noteworthy that Frank and grandchildren have become jewelers. Jewelry by Frank, always have marked Tortolani.

Cactus brooch. Tortolani vintage jewellery

Cactus brooch

The first thing that attracts attention – an unusual design. For Francesco Tortolani was typical flair for material: metal with gold, silver or bronze coating. In most cases, the soloist is the metal, the additional insertion in jewelry may not be used at all. Only a complex and voluminous drawing of metal: animating roses, birds flapping their wings, curious animals … When it comes to inserts, it will be cabochons of unusual shapes and textures: polished drop of “Beijing” glass, pearl, cabochons of unusual forms and rare colors, textured cabochons “lava”, reminiscent of the drop has not yet cooled volcanic magma.

Tomatoes, Tortolani brooch

Tomatoes, Tortolani brooch

As for the sense of humor, only this brand has so extraordinary jewelry that no citations or repeats by other brands did not occur – they simply do not correspond to any other style other than “Tortolani”. For example, a brooch in the form of a tomato bush, or a well-known shoulder brooches “Angel” and “Demon”, each one pinned to the shoulder and whispering something into the ears of the owner …

‘Streetcar’ by Francis Tortolani. Made of jewelry alloy, antique gold color with a slight blackening. 1960

‘Streetcar’ Tortolani brooch. Made of jewelry alloy, antique gold color with a slight blackening. 1960

Tortolani vintage jewellery

‘Tram’ brooch by Francis Tortolani. Made of jewelry alloy, antique gold color with a slight blackening. 1960

‘Tram’ brooch. Jewelry alloy, antique gold color with a slight blackening. 1960

Angel, shoulder brooch by Tortolani, 1960s

Angel, shoulder brooch, 1960s

Golden Flower. Collectible vintage brooch and clips by Tortolani, 1950s

Galina Karputina collection. Golden Flower, 1950s

Set of brooch and clips, artificial pearls. Tortolani vintage

Set of brooch and clips, artificial pearls

Collection of Tortolani costume brooches

Tortolani costume brooches. Galina Karputina collection

Beautiful pendant by Tortolani

Beautiful pendant

1950s Tortolani collectible Vintage brooch

1950s brooch

Tennis player. 1960s Tortolani vintage brooch

Tennis player. 1960s

Donkey 1964 vintage brooch

Donkey 1964 vintage brooch

Flower brooch 1964 Tortolani

Flower brooch 1964. Galina Karputina collection

A wild goose, Tortolani brooch, cabochons, ‘Beijing’ glass

A wild goose brooch, cabochons, ‘Beijing’ glass. Galina Karputina collection

A wild swan, Tortolani, cabochons of ‘Beijing’ glass

A wild swan brooch. Galina Karputina collection

Grapevine

Grapevine

Two wings vintage brooch by Tortolani. Jewelry alloy of gold tone. 6.5 cm

Two wings vintage brooch. Jewelry alloy of gold tone. 6.5 cm

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