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Legendary Russian jeweler Peter Carl Faberge

Best known for the famous Fabergé eggs Legendary Russian jeweler Peter Carl Faberge

Best known for the famous Fabergé eggs Legendary Russian jeweler Peter Carl Faberge

Legendary Russian jeweler Peter Carl Faberge

For three decades, Carl Faberge remained on the crest of popularity. Among his regular customers were the Bulgarian king, heir to the Austro-Hungarian kings and queens of England, Italy, Spain, Greece, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, as well as the King of Siam by name Chulalonghorn. The Winter Palace had a special storage room, with ready gifts by Faberge – the royal family traveled a lot and along the way gave away tons of different items of branded company. For example, the Japanese emperor was donated luxury bowl, two candlesticks, a vase of agate, silver set (carafe with 12 Charco on the tray), and a hand mirror matte gold in the style of Louis XV. Chinese emperors – two tiaras, crystal thicket with a chased silver rooster, three silver vases with crystal tabs, two crystal decanter and a stud for a hat with a ruby ​​and diamonds. Every day between 4 and 5 p.m. to the house number 24 on the Big Morskaya street gathered grand dukes – to see what’s new Faberge put up for sale.
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English jewelry designer Charles Ashbee

Charles Ashbee jewelry

Charming enamel marsh-bird decorated with moonstones and pearls, created as a hair ornament, later converted to a brooch. English jewelry designer Charles Ashbee

English jewelry designer Charles Ashbee
Born in Isleworth, on 17 May 1863 Charles Robert Ashbee was a man of immense talents and energy and a defining figure in the Arts and Crafts Movement. Ashbee founded his Guild and School of Handicraft in the East End of London in 1888. The Guild of Handicraft specialized in metalworking, decorative painting, leather work, enameling, jewelry, and furniture. In addition to his talent as a jewelry designer, he was an architect and author of several books. By the way, Charles Ashbee was gay. But it was a time when homosexuality was illegal, so he married Janet Forbes. And they had four children: Mary, Helen, Prue and Felicity. He died in Sevenoaks, Kent, on May 23, 1942.
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Titanium quartz crystals

Titanium quartz crystals

Beautiful Titanium quartz crystals

Titanium quartz crystals. It was William Gregor who discovered Titanium in Cornwall, Great Britain, in 1791. In fact, almost all living things, rocks, water bodies, and soils contain this element. Meanwhile, to receive Titanium quartz crystals is possible with using a combination of titanium and niobium, in the magnetron ionization process of natural quartz crystals. By the way, Titanium treated quartz has different names. In particular, Flame Aura quartz, Flame aura quartz, Rainbow Quartz, rainbow aura quartz, Aura Quartz, Royal Aura, and titanium aura. Natural quartz has been specially treated in a process, like gold plating. It fuses a molecular layer of titanium plus other metals to the surface of the parent material. The result is a permanent coloring of the surface creating a dazzling effect to the specimen or jewelry piece.
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Twin peaks interesting facts

Twin peaks interesting facts

1990 cult serial created by David Lynch and Mark Frost. Twin peaks interesting facts

Twin peaks interesting facts
“A town where everyone knows everyone and nothing is what it seems”. First of all, David Lynch and Mark Frost planned film-biography “Marilyn Monroe”, which was published under the title “Goddess.” However, after failing to get the rights, they gave up, being able to transfer some experience in the subject line of the cult series. Accordingly, Laura Palmer became the screen prototype of Marilyn. By the way, the rough title of the series Twin peaks was «Northwest Passage».
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Natural miracle Nautilus Jewellery Masterpieces

Natural miracle Nautilus Jewellery Masterpieces

1570 Pearly Nautilus with rubies, and turquoise, mounted with gilt silver. Pitti palace, Florence. Natural miracle Nautilus Jewellery Masterpieces

Natural miracle Nautilus Jewellery Masterpieces
In the warm waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans there are representatives of a small ancient group of cephalopods. It’s a small octopus nautilus, which in Russian is called “pearl boats”. Over millions of years, these creatures have not changed. Engraved shell placed in delicate frame, transforming them into unusual jewelry, more often – cups. The works of this kind were very popular among the Nuremberg masters of XVII-XVIII centuries. The decor of the nautilus-cups commonly used images of mythological characters, in one way or another connected with the sea. Nacre of Nautilus especially valued in the Middle Ages, and in the entire West.
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Beautiful Jewelry by John Paul Miller

Beautiful Jewelry by John Paul Miller

Octopus pendant. Pure gold and enamel. Beautiful Jewelry by John Paul Miller (1918-2013)

Jewelry by John Paul Miller
Born on April 23, 1918 in Huntington, Pennsylvania, American jeweler and teacher John Paul Miller (1918-2013) stood on a level with such masters, as Rene Lalique and Louis Comfort Tiffany. Although Miller wanted to be an artist, however, has become famous in a completely different field of art: making jewelry. Besides, since childhood, Miller had a special interest in insects. That’s why his artful jewelry works include spiders, snails, beetles and other fauna representatives. According to the goldsmith, these creatures are ideal for jewelry. Noteworthy, Miller revived the ancient technique of “granulation” — embellishing a gold surface with infinitesimal spheres of gold. And brought it to the highest degree of refinement in his work. Of course, the technique requires a steady hand, which 94 year-old Miller said he still has.
(P.S. Unfortunately, John Paul Miller died in 2013, several months after I published this post in 2012)
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Traditional jewelry in ancient Russia

Traditional jewelry in ancient Russia

Perly – a necklace of freshwater pearls. Traditional jewelry in ancient Russia

Traditional jewelry in ancient Russia
An integral part of the culture of our ancestors, Russian folk costume has preserved to us through the centuries. In fact, the folk costume determined social class of a person, and therefore, had special importance. In Russia, traditional jewellery was pearl, produced in kidney-shaped shells, and mined in northern rivers. Noteworthy, its size ranged from small grains to peas diameter 10-14 mm. From freshwater pearls made earrings and necklaces, it adorned hats and clothing. For example, during great festivals in Zadonsk and Zemlyansky districts of Voronezh region, women used to wear lots of pearl necklaces, and width of rods could be up to ten of these threads. Pearls in large quantities preserved in folk costume until the beginning of XX century.
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