Monday, June 26, 2017

Turquoise brooch.

Turquoise is perhaps the oldest stone in man’s history, the talisman of kings, shamans, and warriors. It is a stone of protection, strong and opaque, yet soothing to the touch, healing to the eye, as if carved from an azure heaven and slipped to earth. Its unique shade of blue, often blue-green, lends it name, Turquoise, to all things of this tranquil hue. The delicate veining or mottled webbing in cream or brown is inherent to the stone and serves to enhance its character.
The name Turquoise is derived from the French, pierre turquoise, meaning “Turkish stone,” because the trade routes that brought Turquoise to Europe from the mines in central Asia went through Turkey, and Venetian merchants often purchased the stone in Turkish bazaars. [Simmons, 419]
(From Crystal Vaults).
The brooch is faux turquoise to my knowledge. It is a signed and numbered piece.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

70's jewellery.

If you don't have any 70's jewellery bet your mother will, if not I can help.


quote about elegance.



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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The word quilt comes from the Latin culcita meaning a stuffed sack, but it came into the English language from the French word cuilte. The origins of quilting remain unknown, but historians do know that quilting, piecing, and applique were used for clothing and furnishings in diverse parts of the world in early times.
https://www.emporia.edu/cgps/tales/quilte~1.html

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Eisenberg Ice jewellery.

Eisenberg Ice, originally a dress manufacturer with jeweled accrues pinned or clipped to their fashions. The jewelry became as popular as the fashions and by the 1930’s the company began producing high quality jewelry using the best Austrian stones to be sold separately from the clothing. The piece below is from my collection, although probably not an Eisenberg it has a similar look and feel. A classic and perfect for a special for an evening out.
www.etsy.com/au/shop/esanivintage

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Everything old is new again.

The Monocraft business is said to have commenced in approximately 1927 by brothers Michael and Joseph Chernow, first based in Brooklyn, New York USA.

They  launched “Initials by Monocraft” and targeted car owners looking to personalise their vehicles with decals which quickly developed into metal initials.

After the depression this was a luxuary which most people could not afford so they changed direction and produced personalised handbags. The handbags were was a huge success. 

In 1937 Monet jewellery was launched and Monocraft continued as the parent company. They produced finely crafted pieces with top quality materials that were affordable for all woman.

In November 1985 Monet became part of the Crystal Brands Apparel Group along with two apparel lines that were not profitable. In order to increase profits the head of the company purchased two costume jewellery lines from Hallmark, they were Trifari and Marvella and the three companies went on to become one of the largest costume jewellery makers in the world.

https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/510321321/gold-necklace-statement-necklace-1980s?ref=shop_home_active_47

http://www.vintagecuff.com.au





Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Costume jewellery

Following the Great Depression in the United States in the late 20s and early 30s, most of the highly talented designers and craftsmen who had been working in the precious jewellery industry were made redundant, and moved across into the costume equivalent, taking their considerable skills with them. Significantly, this was at a time when trend-setting clothes designers such as Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli and Hattie Carnegie were promoting the idea, for the first time, that it was “cool” to wear jewellery made from non-precious materials.

The best-known example of a designer moving across is that of Frenchman Alfred Philippe, who c.1930 left the hugely prestigious precious jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels and joined Trifari – a New York-based company who rapidly became the United States’ largest and most eminent costume jewellery maker. 


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/2173/trifari-costume-jewellery-by-designer-alfred-philippe-is-a-good-investment.html






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