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  • How to wear vintage jewelry (part VI); brooches as hair ornament

    Brooches are on a comeback tour. Especially vintage and retro brooches from the 1930s to the 1960s made in gold, platinum, diamonds and colored stones. They are often beautifully hand crafted, precious and very stylish. But instead of the obvious lapel or corner of a jacket, why not pin them on an unusual place? Brooches are far more versatile than you think. You can pin them in your hair. Use brooches as hair ornaments and fixate them with simple hairpins. You can stick them in a braid, a knot or a chignon. All ages can wear brooches in their hair, for a sweet 16 party, a prom, a wedding, a promotion or a gala. It’s chic, you will stand out from the crowd and you give a brooch a new life.

    Mauboussin clip in white gold and diamonds Mauboussin clip in white gold and diamonds from 1950s

    Boucheron brooch / clip in gold and sapphires Boucheron brooch / clip in gold and sapphires

    Double brooch / clip in gold, diamonds, sapphires and rubies Double brooch / clip in gold, diamonds, sapphires and rubies

    French rose brooch / clip in gold and diamonds from the 1950s French rose brooch / clip in gold and diamonds from the 1950s

      

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  • John Rubel ballerina

    John Rubel ballerina brooch and pair of earrings, 1940s John Rubel ballerina demi-parure from the 1940s

    “John Rubel’s jewels have always danced. My wish today is that they resume their ballet of shapes and colors“, says Sophie Mizrahi-Rubel, granddaughter and president of John Rubel Paris.

    The Franco-American company which was founded by the two Hungarian Rubel brothers had from 1943 to 1947 a New York branch. It was in a famous nightclub that John Rubel scribbled the design for the ballerina brooch on a napkin. He gave the serviette to Maurice Duvallet to work out the design. Duvallet worked also for Van Cleef & Arpels and VCA took one of the ballerina’s in production. It was Van Cleef & Arpels who made the ballerina brooches famous, but the father of the ballerina was unmistakably John Rubel. The brooch is part of a demi-parure with a pair of earrings set in 18K gold and sapphires.

  • How to wear vintage jewelry: brooches, pins and clips (part V)

    Nicole Kidman wearing a vintage brooch on the sleeve of her dress Nicole Kidman at the Critic's Choice Awards in Santa Monica december 2016, wearing a vintage brooch on the sleeve of her dress

    I found a photo of Nicole Kidman attending the Critic's Choice Awards in Santa Monica last year. Do you see where she is wearing her vintage brooch? Pretty fancy place! The geometric pattern of the brooch compliments the triangle forms of her dress. I have in my shop a Mauboussin diamond spray clip from the 1950s. I'm looking for the dress that goes well with this form. Maybe an asymmetric dress from the retro period. Anyone?

  • How to wear vintage jewelry: brooches, pins and clips (part IV)

    Here is a selection of some alternative ways to wear a brooch on cocktail dresses and frog gowns. You can accentuate your body parts, you can hide a zipper or tighten a dress or just stand out from the crowd.

  • Set of 1940s snowflake brooches

    VAC advertentie voor snowflake clips 1946 Van Cleef & Arpels advertisement for snowflake brooches (1946)

    Trifari in Vogue 1950 Nice example of how to wear a set of vintage brooches, one little bigger than the other, like the snowflakes

    set of 18K gold and diamond snowflake brooches set of 18K gold and diamond snowflake brooches

    How to wear vintage jewelry like these snowflake brooches? In the 1940s brooches were worn together as a set. In a Paris auction, I bought this lovely set of 2 small snowflake brooches. One is a little bigger than the other. Snowflakes were extremely popular after the war. Van Cleef & Arpels introduced them in 1946. Here you can see 2 advertisements of how to wear them: The lady with the snowflake brooches on her hat is from VCA and the other lady with a set of diamond clovers are from the House of Trifari.

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  • Showers of Sapphire

    showers of sapphire in a 18K gold brooch showers of sapphires in 18K gold retro brooch

    I found these wonderful showers of sapphires in a Paris auction. It’s a beautiful French 18K gold retro brooch and a good example of 1940s escapism.

    Escapism of the 1940s was an important motif in pre- and mid-war jewelry. Eye-catching jewelry was used to forget the doom and gloom of the war. Jewels were extravagant and extrovert, bold and bossy with voluptuous curves and plumed up into massive 3-dimensial designs. Jewelry was bursting with ribbons of yellow gold and showers of sapphires*. Indulge yourself with a beautiful pin and lift WWII  escapism to modern hedonism. It is more contemporain than ever.

    * quotes from “Antique and Twentieth century jewellery” by Vivienne Becker (chapter 22).

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