This was the first video I made to show some of my favorite Christmas pins I photographed through the years. I have thousands of photos and love to pick out some of the unusual and fun pieces to set to music.
Jewelry with a Scottish theme became very popular when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert acquired the Balmoral Castle in Scotland (1852).
The Victorian pins were set with agates, amethysts and citrines and often portrayed the thistle which is Scotland's national emblem.
You will also find the Scottish theme in Victorian Revival pieces from the 1930's ,1950's etc.
The above brooches and pins are Victorian Revival pieces from the company Miracle which started in 1946.
In 1943, Louis Kramer opened his business Kramer Jewelry Creation in New York City. He produced elaborate and elegant jewelry out of golden metal, transparent quartz, glass and enamel. Later Louis was joined by his siblings Harry and Morris in the jewelry business. All facets of the business took place in NYC. “Kramer NY,” was the mark used by Louis in the 40’s and early 50’s and collectors believe this is some of Kramer’s best vintage jewelry.
I uploaded a video on my Juliana DeLizza & Elster photography. I have many, many photos of Juliana pieces and I tried to pick out some of my favorites as well as some unusual ones. They are all verified. It was a Juliana bracelet and earrings set that got me started in vintage jewelry. I received them as a gift and had never seen anything like it. They were bold and very glitzy. The crystals were root beer and aurora borealis. I was mesmerized by them. I hope you enjoy the video, I really enjoyed making it:
In 1862 Daniel Swarovski was born in Northern Bohemia, which was the center of a thriving crystal and costume jewelry business. In such a setting it was not a surprise that Daniel was captivated by the colored sparkle of faceted stones from an early age. As a young man he showed a talent for invention and entrepreneurship that shaped the basis that is a family company today employing more than 20,000 with a residence in 120 countries.
During the 18th century, brilliant pieces of colorful rock crystal, or glass, were discovered along the Rhine River in Austria. While working with these pebble-like formations, an Alsatian jeweler by the name of Georg Friedrich Strass discovered that using a mixture of thallium and bismuth improved the refractive qualities of the rock, and once cut and finished, they resembled a diamond. Through further experimentation he found that the use of metal salts could alter their colors. He didn’t stop there, however.
The Trifari jewelry was started by Gustavo Trifari, who came from a family of fine jewelers, and Leo Kraussman in 1918. The partnership was profitable but the business became well-known when they were joined by Carl Fishel in 1925. The company was incorporated after Carl Fishel joined the company and produced many fine jewelry pieces.
Polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride is one of those words that can stop a person in his or her tracks. It’s also the formal name for one of the world’s most beloved forms of vintage jewelry, Bakelite. For those that may have never heard of Bakelite before, it’s a thermosetting plastic. It initially burst onto the scene in the early 1900s, thanks to one Leo Baekeland. At the time, he was rumored to have been trying to create a binder.