The 1920's was an extremely important decade when it comes to women's fashion. The previous decade was experimental and acted as a transition into the revolutionary Roaring Twenties. Women challenged societal norms by playing with hemlines, cutting their long hair, and most importantly fighting for their rights. They no longer hid behind layers of cotton and lace. They no longer had to be frail and dainty, and neither did their fashion choices. They could now wear daring colors and bold silhouettes. The emergence of Art Deco had an amazing impact on the jewelry industry. Art Deco was heavily influenced by culture and exploration, including avante-garde and African art and culture, most notably the discovery of King Tutankhamen's lavish tomb in 1922. Bold and contrasting colors took over fashion and images depicting hieroglyphs and other Egyptian imagery were seen often. Geometric shapes and clean lines became the norm in both jewelry and architecture. This new stylistic convention can be seen in this beautiful necklace. The pendant, which was once a dress clip, has now been repurposed into a piece more appropriate and practical for modern wear. It features the crisp lines and symmetry that mark 20's fashion. It is absolutely gorgeous and features three red rhinestones as its central focus. It is subtle enough to wear to work yet still bold enough for the night out. It would be a wonderful and unique piece to add to your collection.
This beautiful floral brooch was manufactured by Sarah Coventry, a prominent company among the vintage fashion jewelry collectors. Sarah Coventry was a line produced by Emmons Jewelry, Inc. from 1949 through 1984, the peak being the 50's and 60's. Emmons Jewelry, then known as Emmons Home Fashions, was founded in 1948 by Lyman K. Stewart in honor of his mother, Caroline. Their jewelry was sold at home parties, similar to Tupperware parties. The Sarah Coventry line, named after Lyman's granddaughter, Sarah Coventry Beale, was also sold in a similar fashion. Coventry jewelry was typically less expensive than their Emmons counterpart, so they are more plentiful in the vintage jewelry collectors market. Their success is astonishing considering they were never sold at retail stores. Because vintage Sarah Coventry jewelry is no longer being manufactured, each piece is rare and unique, which is why getting your hands on an item when you can is important for a collector. Even if you don't collect, the beauty and quality of their jewelry will still enchant you and those around you. Costume jewelry is known for using plated metals and imitation stones. This jewelry is unique in a sense that although they used more accessible materials, they didn't cut corners when it came to the intricacy of their designs. This is the finest quality costume jewelry anyone can get their hands on, so don't miss out on this chance to own a beautiful and sought-after collectors item.
This stunning bag features intricate petit point embroidery in a gorgeous antique floral design. Petit point stitching is similar to the more popular cross-stitching, however it is so complex due to its small scale. This stitching can be easily identified due to its hazy and squared outlines. They look like a series of tiny squares aligned to make a picture from a distance, similar to the modern 8-bit art. This form of art is intensely tedious and takes an expert hand. Petit Point embroidery was used widely in France in the 17th and early 18th century, hence its French name. It has been continued to be used in both home and wearable fashion to create lavish items. Some of these include large tapestries, handbags, pillows, makeup compacts, shoes, jewery, headpieces, and so much more. This small handbag is beautiful and extravagant. The tapestry can be seen on both the front and back of the bag and the inside is lined with nylon material. The bag also features an equally elaborate etched gold frame and chain with a large turquoise gemstone clasp. Its colors make it easy to pair with any outfit and can be used in any event. The size (7" W x 6.5" H) fits even the largest of smartphones easily, so you don't have to worry about fitting your valuables like you would have to with most vintage bags. The design and color palette fit many styles, so no matter what look you're going for today, you will have a trusty handbag to complete your outfit.
If you're familiar with the Italian fashion jewelry scene, then you've probably heard of Panetta. Panetta was a company formed in New York in 1945 by Benedetto Panetta. He arrived in America in 1901 from Naples where he was a platinum jewelry maker and designer. He began designing for Trifari, an already well established jewelry maker mentioned in the previous blog. He ventured off on hihs own with a goal in mind: to blur the line between costume and fine jewelry. He wanted everyone to able to afford precious jewelry, so he created all his designs as if they were made of the finest materials. They are all intricate and made with care. Panetta was sold in some of the largest retail stores in America. After Benedetto's death in 1960, his sons, Amadeo and Armand took over the business. It eventually ceased to exist by the late 1980's, however their legacy still continues today among vintage jewelry collectors. These stamped Panetta clip on earrings are complex and stunning. They feature a never ending gold rope looped together with diamante stones embellished throughout. They are large and lightweight and would catch the light beautifully. They are in amazing condition and look like they were made yesterday. They would make anyone look gorgeous and feel confident.
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