Cartier´s Tutti frutti brooch (1925), African inspired Jean Dunand’s necklace, Art Deco Greek key brooch, Art Deco Chinese inspired bracelet, Japanese pagoda aquamarine and diamond brooch (1935), French Art Deco chinoiserie diamond malachite bracelet, Art Deco pendant watch with an arabesque design and Art Deco papyrus brooch. The background is my design.
Suzanne Belperron’s scroll diamond earrings, Cartier’s aquamarine clip brooch (1930s) and diamond and enamel plaque brooch. The background is a design I did with photoshop based on my photo of the Galeries Lafayette in Berlin.
Portrait of Jean Arthur in the 1920s, Iljiz Fazulzyanov’s earrings and photo made with photoshop based on my photo of the Galeries Lafayette in Berlin. Jean Arthur is my favourite actress with Natalie Wood. My favourite movies of her are … Continue reading →
William Morris wallpaper, Victorian 18 carat gold brooch in the form of a kitten, Victorian crown heart Turquoise Bar Brooch, butterfly brooch, micro mosaics brooch, Egyptian revival brooch, Art nouveau inspired floral pendant, Arts & Crafts brooch, Crescent moon broochs … Continue reading →
Victoria was born in 1819 ; she was the daughter of Edward August of Kent and Victoria of Saxe-Cobourg-Saalfeld. Stemed from the Hanoverian dynasty (six Monarchs ruled England from 1714 to 1937), Alexandrina Victoria accessed to the throne of Great … Continue reading →
Winged heart opal brooch, Pre Raphaelite (Arts & Crafts) tiara (1900s) and William Morris’ illustration. Opalescence is the optical property of a transparent or translucide material which gives it an aspect or a milky color with iridescent reflects like the … Continue reading →
Art Deco emerged in 1925, at the World’s Fair in Paris, France. This art movement is called Art Deco in reference to the name of the “Exposition Internationale des Arts décoratifs et industriels modernes”. Art Deco jewelry is characterized by … Continue reading →
Ilgiz Fazulzyanov earrings and pendant, Boucheron’s earrings (eyes), mother of peace texture and illustration by Wladyslaw Theodore Benda. Art Deco emerged in 1925, at the World’s Fair in Paris, France. This art movement is called Art Deco in reference to … Continue reading →
“A woman can be over dressed but never over elegant”. Coco Chanel Artys’ necklace and earrings, drawing of an Art Deco woman by Sveta Dorosheva (Eduardo Garcìa Benito’s inspired), eyes and mouth from a Reynaldo Luza’s illustration (1927), mother of … Continue reading →
“I think there was a freedom in the 1920s and 1930s: a certain liberty and evolution of women.” Francois Nars Eduardo Garcia Benito’s Vogue cover (1928), 1920s Art Deco diamond and pearl brooch, Art Deco print and Fairfax & Roberts … Continue reading →
“Orangers, arbres que j’adore, Que vos parfums me semblent doux ! Est-il dans l’empire de Flore Rien d’agréable comme vous ?” Éloge de l’oranger – Jean de la Fontaine Émile Vernon painting “Beauty under the orange tree” and Des petits … Continue reading →
Fabergé Egg created by the Russian jewelery House Fabergé named “The pearl Egg”, gold frame of a portrait of the Tsar Nicholas II and the Empress Alexandra by the House Fabergé and photo of Saint Petersbourg during winter. “The Pearl … Continue reading →
Bunny porcelain lamp, Reine Rosalie’s crystal earrings and photo of Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter’s movies. Luna Lovegood is a schoolgirl at Hogwarts and belongs to the Ravenclaw house. Her patronus is a rabbit. She is … Continue reading →
Cora Sheibani pudding ring, jade and coral holly brooch and holly and berry gold bread and butter plate. This set illustrates the Agatha Christie’s short story “The adventure of the Christmas pudding”, published in 1960. The US version is entitled … Continue reading →
Byzantine cross by Chanel (vintage). If you like Byzantine jewelry, you should like Chanel jewels, Diego Percossi Papi, Ben Amun, Sylvia Toledano, Gripoix, Ilias Lalaounis and Julie Vos. The background is a detail of a 6th century Byzantine mosaic in … Continue reading →
Antique jewelry : Greek (-1700 to -30), Roman (From 753 before J.-C to 476 after J.-C) and Etruscan ( From VIII century to 1st century before J.-C) jewelry are sources of inspiration for current jewelers.
In the early 1960s, jewelry was a continuation of the Fifties with the use of gilded metal, pearls, sparkling paste and rhinestones. Then, designers began to use low cost materials : plastic, resin, vinyl and perspex. Influenced by the artistic movement Op art, large geometric shapes (diamonds, hexagons, circles…) and black and white (monochromatic) jewels became very popular. Pop art had also an influence on Sixties jewelry with bold colors (hot pink, orange, turquoise and yellow) and color blends. Floral jewelry was also very popular in the Sixties with the hippy movement (flower power). The big earrings was also a major trend in the 60s. Produced on a massive scale, with low cost materials, jewels were affordable for everybody.
Monet Jewelry was launched in 1937 by the brothers Michael and Joseph Chernow in New York. Before, their company Monocraft Products created handbags with gold-plated appliqués and monograms. With Monet, they wanted to create fine jewels using high quality materials … Continue reading →
Paraiba tourmaline is a copper-bearing tourmaline. The name comes from the location where the stone was discovered : in the Brazilian state of Paraiba (city of Sao Jose da Batalha). This fine gemstone had been found in 1989 by the miner Heitor … Continue reading →
Brushed gold refers to a texturing technique used on metal surface. The brushed gold is matt. Tiny parallel lines are scratched onto the surface thanks to a wire brush or a polishing tool. Among jewelry designers using brushed gold, there is Marco Bicego … Continue reading →
Pomellato is an Italian jewelry house. It was founded by Pino Rabolini in 1967, in Milano. The Pomellato jewels are caracterised by the use of gold and colorful gemstones. The jewels are made by hand by 100 artisans in Milano. … Continue reading →
Joseff of Hollywood was founded by Eugene Joseff in 1928. The Joseff of Hollywood jewels were worn by the most famous Golden Age Hollywood stars (Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Gene Tierney, Jane Russel, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, Vivien Leigh…). “It … Continue reading →
Judy Geib is an American jewelry designer who launched her own line in 2002. She creates exquisite handcrafted jewels with the finest precious metals and gemstones. Inspired by calligraphy and geometry, Judy Geib designs unique pieces of jewelry. Besides, through … Continue reading →
Ila Collection was founded by the Indian brother and sister Vikas and Ila Sodhani in 2007. They draw their inspiration from Indian culture, designs, architecture, ornaments and craftmanship. For 8 years, Ila had been designed high-end diamond jewelry with her … Continue reading →
Founded in 2003 by designer Irene Neuwirth and business partner Tracy Stoll, the brand is an independent fine jewelry company based in Los Angeles. Irene Neuwirth creates unique, modern and sophisticated jewels decorated with stunning gemstones. Her style is immediately recognizable : superb colorful gemstones, geometric shapes, mix of different forms and colours, use of gold, large jewels…
Recognized as a leading jewelry label in the United States, her jewels are regularly in fashion magazines like Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. Celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, and Reese Witherspoon are become admirers of the brand. Recognized by her peers, Irene Neuwirth won the Town & Country Couture Design Editors’ Choice Award (2006) and was finalist for the coveted CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund (2008). Besides, she joined in 2009, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) as member.
The London-based jewelry designer Pippa Small creates beautiful “organic, ethnic and ethical” jewels. The shapes are unregular because she works on the original shape of the stones. Respecting the organic nature of the stones characterizes her work. Very careful to the details, each stone is personally chosen by Pippa Small. Each piece of jewelry is unique. Committed jewelry designer, Pippa Small undertakes ethical projects : she works with communities, indigenous, tribal and traditional crafts persons to develop jewelry lines.
The Greek jewelry designer Ilias Lalaounis creates exquisite gold and antique inspired jewels. He is the fourth generation of a family of goldsmiths and watchmakers from Delphi in Greece. The gold is magnificent and luminous. Passionate by art and history, … Continue reading →
Alice Cicolini is a British jewelry designer inspired by Indian designs and using the Meenakari traditions. She had been Director Arts & Culture for the British Council in India. She used the sacred architecture and patterns of the Silk Route as an inpiration for her jewelry. All the jewels are handmade in India ; the studio of Kamal Kumar Meenakar uses the meenakari enameling traditions. The jewels are real pieces of art : patterns are engraved into 23.5 carat gold to the reverse of the jewels and colored with enamel. The jewels are decorated with gemstones.
Alice Cicolini’s work pays a tribute to the Meenakari jewelry. “Enameling or Meenakari is the art of colorings or decorating a metal surface by attaching or fusing pieces of different mineral substances, over it.” “Enamel is a combination of ground, pigmented glass and metal, heat fired into the recesses created by the engraving and then polished with agate stone.” “More commonly, enamel is applied to the reverse of jewels, where the precious stones such as diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds are privileged at the forefront.”
This jewelry house was found in 1986 by Temple St. Clair Carr in Florence, Italy. Collaborating with the finest goldsmiths, she creates gold jewels decorated with colored gemstones (blue moonstones, sapphires, tourmalines, colombian emeralds, rubies…). Her jewelry is also characterised … Continue reading →
Tourmaline is an important group of complex gem-quality boron silicate minerals. This fine stone can be found in a multitude of colours : “from black to bluish-black, dark brown, yellow, medium brown, blue to neon blue, lime to dark forest … Continue reading →
Bakelite is a castable, fire resistant plastic invented by Leo Baekeland in 1909 for industrial purposes. However, jewelry makers used it to create jewels ; it was very popular in the 1930’s and 1940’s.
The jewelry designer Mark Davis uses bakelite for his designs :
Tanzanite is a variety of Zoisite (calcium aluminum silicate ) and has a colour varying from blue to violet. This stone is Heat treatments enhance the Tanzanite’s colours. This gemstone is named “Tanzanite” because a deposit was found in 1967 … Continue reading →
Turquoise is a hydrated copper and aluminium phosphate. The colour varies from blue to blue-green. Turquoise is often mottled with cream or brown veins. Furthermore, the name “turquoise” comes from a confusion : when Venitian merchants brought this stone in … Continue reading →
The Amazonite (also named Microcline) is a variety of potassium feldspar (like moonstone). The name “Amazonite” comes from the Amazon River in Brazil. The colour varies from green to blue-green. This fine gemstone can be confused with Turquoise and Jade. Amazonite is found mainly in Colorado, Brazil, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibie, Russia and Zimbabwe.
The French designer Sylvia Toledano launched her eponym brand in 2007 to sell jewelry and minaudieres. Her jewels are gold and decorated with gemstones (Labradorites, Lapis Lazuli, Carnelian, Tigereye, quartz…). Through her creations, the founder bring us in a bright and colorful universe. I love the Byzantine style, the use of colored gemstones and gold.
Moonstone is a fine gemstone belonging to the silicate group and the feldspar family of minerals. Jean Claude Delamétherie discovered this stone in 1801. The moonstone is characterized by the adularescence : an optical phenomenum constiting in “a milky, bluish … Continue reading →