When I was a little girl I remember getting one of the best gifts I have ever received from a woman who was notorious for being a grouch. For some reason she gave a starry eyed little girl a box of vintage jewelry. Some of them were broken but I recall being in awe of the sparkle and shine of the beads...I had died and gone to heaven. Needless to say I was hooked ever since.
Now that I am grown, I have an even greater appreciation for vintage jewelry. I can fully appreciate the stellar craftsmanship, the fearless color palettes and unrestrained imagination that went into each piece. I just love finding one of a kind pieces that make me gasp...and trust me, I find them pretty often because I collect them. One of the things I do though, is to research and find out about the various designers in the 1930's and beyond. It has been so very informative and inspiring to me as a designer.
Here are two of my favorite vintage jewelry designers that you may want to buy or collect:
Marcel Boucher - He was born in Paris, France where he designed for Cartier and later for his own company. Marcel Boucher is highly respected as the most imaginative designer of quality costume jewelry. His bold, meticulously executed designs is sought out by collectors from all walks of life including movie stars like Sarah Jessica Parker. Each piece is a "work of art".
Trifari - Since the 1920s, Trifari has been one of the most respected and admired producers of costume jewelry in the United States. Trifari was Founded in the1910s by Gustavo Trifari, the Italian-immigrant son of a Napoli goldsmith, the company has designed jewelry that’s been worn by countless high-profile clients, from Mamie Eisenhower to Madonna.
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Who would have thought that one kind act from the town's grouch would bring so much joy and passion into my life for these pieces and for design as a whole... Thanks Miss B, rest in peace.