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 was an artistic, decorative and architectural movement born in the 1910s, which knew its height in the 1920s and slumped in the 1930s. Generally speaking, it is the inter-war period (1918-1939). Besides, “Les années folles” was a part … Continue reading →
Antique jewelry : Egyptian (3200 before J.-C to 1100 before J.-C), 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 … 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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” Franz Kafka Art Deco inspired fan Ilgiz Fazulzyanov’s earrings, Corrado Giuspino’s ring, Art Deco print, Eduardo Garcia Benito’s … 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 →
Painting of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna (wife of Emperor Nicholas II) and Fabergé Eggs and frame. The Russian jewelry House Fabergé was founded by Gustav Fabergé (1814-1893). His son, Peter Carl Fabergé (1846-1920) is the famous Russian jeweler who created the … 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.
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 →
Polki jewelry : Introduced by the Moghuls, Polki uses natural unfinished diamonds. The diamonds are flat or uncut in its natural shape and set on 24 carat gold. The technique used to make polki jewels is called “Jadau”. Lac and fine … 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 →
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 →
Inspired by his Venetian roots, the Italian jewelry designer Marco Bicego creates wonderful 18 karat gold jewels decorated with colored gemstones. Each piece of jewelry is unique since the manufacture is handcrafted. The Italian craftmanship is highlighted through Marco Bicego’s … 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.
Opal is an hydrated silicum dioxide which reveals rainbow colours which change according to the angle of view. Opals exist in many colours : colorless, white, yellow, orange, red, yellowish brown, greenish, blue, gray, black and violet.
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 →
Fascinated with the Antique jewelry of the Etruscans, Greeks and Romans, Elizabeth Locke creates neo-classical hand-made 19k gold jewelry. Each stone and design are made by herself. Her gold jewels are decorated with gemstones or Venetian glass intaglios. The centuries … Continue reading →
Jamie Wolf is an American fine jewelry designer based in New York City. Her jewels in 18kt gold are decorated with precious and semi precious stones (white topaze, tourmaline, amethyst, quartz…). Her jewelry’s shapes are feminine, elegant and inspired. I love particulary the “Aladdin” and “Scallop Pavé” collections. All the pieces are made in New York. She realizes also engagement rings by request. The website : http://jamiewolf.com/
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 →
The Turkish jewelry designer Gurhan Orhan studied the craft of the ancient goldsmiths and namely the use of pure gold. In refining these techniques, he creates marvellous pure 24 karat gold jewels. His touch comes from the fingerprints in the … Continue reading →
Emerald is a precious stone belonging to the beryl group of minerals. Emeralds are green with different shades (medium green, darker green, blue-green or yellowish-green). “Emerald” comes from the old French word “esmeralde” deriving from the Greek word “smaragdos” meaning … Continue reading →
Amethyst belongs to the macrocrystalline branch of the quartz group of minerals. The amethyst’s colour varries from purple and violet to pale red-violet. Its colour comes from the iron and aluminium impurities. Furthermore, this fine gemstone is found mainly in Brazil … Continue reading →
The Moroccan designer Hassan Bounkit launched his eponym’s jewelry collection in 2006. The jewels are designed and manufactured in New York City. Inspired by his Mediterranean background and the traditional Moroccan design, Bounkit creates luminous, colorful and unique jewels. I love the mix of colours, the use of big gemstones and the oriental touch.
Amrapali is an Indian jewelry brand between tradition and modernity. The founders Rajiv Arora and Rajesh Ajmera use the finest jewellery traditions and workmanship. The name of the brand “Amrapali” evokes a renowned royal courtesan living around 500BC in ancient India. Amrapali is the timeless symbol of a Muse. “The timelessness of the legend, and its immediate association to feminine beauty, delight and India’s heritage make it the ideal association for the brand”.