Far East (countries of eastern and south-eastern Asia such as China and Japan) was an important influence for Art Deco jewelry designers with the use of their materials (jade, coral, pearls and lacquer) and traditional designs and patterns. Far East … Continue reading →
Art Deco jewelry was namely characterized by noble and precious materials like platinum, white gold, fine gemstones (rock quartz, amethyst, citrine, chalcedony, aquamarine, black onyx…), gemstones (diamond, ruby, emerald and diamond), ivory, lacquer, ebony, shagreen, pearls… Gemstones were often carved. … Continue reading →
The sinuous and curved shapes of Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau jewels were replaced by sharp, simpler, geometric, graphic and stylised designs. The Edwardian flowing and nature inspired designs were substituted by simpler, contrasted, stylised, straight and geometric designs … Continue reading →
The popular patterns were : fan, chevron, seashell, scrolls, stylised face, stylised animals, fountain, lyre, phoenix, Greek key, peacock, bows, flowers, leaves, sunrise, half moon, palmette, fruit baskets… There were also patterns from foreign countries : Japanese and Chinese patterns … Continue reading →
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 →