Art Deco jewelry : Patterns and types of jewels

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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

Art Deco jewelry : The International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts of 1925 in Paris

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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

The exhibition “Pierres Précieuses” with Van Cleef Arpels in Paris (2020) (1)

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The four gemstones are ruby, diamond, sapphire and emerald. Ruby and sapphire are corundum stones while emerald is a beryl and diamond is a carbon. Source : https://www.futura-sciences.com/sciences/definitions/matiere-diamant-3869/

Favourite Parisian jewelry brands

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My top : Marie Hélène de Taillac, Philippe Ferrandis, Diaperis, Poggi, Sylvia Toledano, Adelline, Ella Subrowska, 5 octobre, Esther Assouline, Rosa Maïtea, Gripoix,, Loulou de la Falaise, Nés Paris, Goossens, Hélène Prime, Les merveilleuses, Julie Sion, Les néreides, Tityaravy, Shourouk, … Continue reading

Une nuit de Décembre

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Henri Fantin-Latour’s painting, Victorian crescent moon brooch, fir tree and diamond star brooch (1870). La lune pareil à un morceau de nacre, éclaire de blanc le bleu saphir du ciel. À la lueur de l’astre blanc, apparaît une passagère de … Continue reading

Luminous swirls

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René Boivin’s sapphire and diamond brooch (1934), Boucheron’s swirl diamond earrings (1930s) and designs i did based on my photo of the galeries Lafayette in Berlin.

Art Deco beauty

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.

The dazzling Norma Shearer

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Photo of Norma Shearer (George Hurrell?), Ilgiz Fazulzyanov earrings and photo made with photoshop based on my photo of the Galeries Lafayette in Berlin. George Hurrell was the most famous Old Hollywood photographer. His photos of the most popular movie … Continue reading

Victorian jewelry : The Aesthetic period (1885-1901)

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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

Victorian jewelry : The Romantic period (1837-1860)

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Regard ring, coral cameo, serpent brooch, heart locket, bow brooch, coral necklace, bird brooch, hand brooch and a photo of the Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (1859). The Romantic period (early Victorian reign, 1837-1860) celebrated and represented the love of … Continue reading

Victorian jewelry (1837-1901)

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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

The Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia

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Photo of the Grand Duchess of Russia, Fabergé frame and my floral patterns. 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 famous Fabergé … Continue reading

The Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia

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Portrait of Olga Nikolaevna of Russia, Fabergé Egg and my flower patterns. 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 famous Fabergé Eggs … Continue reading

The Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia

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Colored photo of the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, my design made based on my photo of fireworks in the Versailles castle, France and Fabergé’s brooch made for the Russian Imperial Romanov family (circa 1905). “The 14k rose and … Continue reading

Elegance in the 1920s

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“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

Look up ! Admire the nature beauty !

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Peraskeva’s animal jewelry and photo (taken by me) of Santa Cruz of Tenerife, Canary island, Spain.

Beauté intemporelle

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Vogue cover by the Art Deco illustrator Georges Lepape (Vogue September 1926) and Janis kerman’s brooch and earrings.

At the time of the Romanov Tsars in Saint-Petersburg

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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

Brushed gold jewelry

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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

Judy Geib jewelry

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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

Marco Bicego jewelry

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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 jewelry

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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

Irene Neuwirth jewelry

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.

Pippa Small jewelry

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.

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Ilias Lalaounis jewelry

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

The jewelry designer Alice Cicolini

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.”

Jamie Wolf jewelry

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/

Temple St. Clair jewelry

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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

Coral jewelry

Gurhan ring

Coral is organic like amber ; it is formed by living organisms (corals). “When the coral polyps die, the hardened skeleton remains, and this material is what is used as a gemstone”. The coral has several colours: white (mostly), orange , red, grey and black. Coral is found in “Red Sea, the Midway Islands, the Canary Islands, the Taiwan and Malaysian Coast, the coast of Australia, Italy and Hawaii”.

Emerald jewelry

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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 jewelry

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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

Pink tourmaline

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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

Lapis Lazuli jewelry

Lazurite is a feldspathoid silicate and belongs to sodalite group of minerals. It is a blue stone which can vary from “greenish blue to violetish, from medium to dark and from low to highly saturated”.

This fine stone is found mainly in Afghanistan but is also found in Angola, Argentina, Canada, Chile (North of Santiago), India, Italy, Myanmar (Burma), Pakistan, Russia and the United States (California and Colorado).

Besides, the name “lapis lazuli” comes from the Latin word “lapis” meaning “stone” and from the Arabic and the Persian word “lazaward” (Persian name for lapis stone and the name of the mining location).

Blue topaz jewelry

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Topaz is an aluminium silicate containing fluorine and hydroxyl. Purely, it is colourless (white) ; it is the impurities which cause the variations of colour. “Topaz ranges from colourless to yellow, orange, red-brown, light to dark-blue, pink to red, violet … Continue reading

Tanzanite jewelry

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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 jewelry

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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

Amazonite jewelry

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.

Jacquie Aiche’s charm

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