Monthly Archives: December 2010

Collier Comète Hair Pin

On November 1, 1932, Coco Chanel exhibited her first collection of fine jewelry in her Paris apartment. Two offer her most enduring innovations were putting diamonds in invisible settings you could seem their brilliance without distraction, and the Collier Comète. … Continue reading

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Sold!

Sold at Sothebys for 6,250 GBP, or $9,632.89. The Creative Museum has a similar Regency cameo tiara comb, but with one layer and two tines missing. Even so, given this sale, it has to be worth thousands.

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Merry Christmas

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The African Aesthetic

Catherine Olliveaud and Alain Touzinaud, whose inspiring collection is featured in The Creative Museum have acquired some notable pieces of African art, which has a rich tradition of anthropomorphism, or carving emotions into animals, which display a profound understanding of … Continue reading

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African Crowns of Ancestors

There is a book called, “Powerful Headdresses: Africa and Asia,” which documents the collection of Mrs. Myrna Brind, the wife of Philadelphia philanthropist, Ira Brind. On the cover is a chief’s crown of the Dogon People, who live in the … Continue reading

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The Portland Tiara

This tiara was made by E. Wolff & Co. for Garrard, the crown jewelers since 1843. It was made c. 1889, shortly after the marriage of the 6th Duke of Portland. Ivy, formerly the Marchioness of Titchfield, became the Duchess … Continue reading

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Amie Louise Plante

From her home in Cranston, RI, Ms. Plante creates stunning, unique pieces from silver, amethyst, pearl, brass, and enamel. One of her hair pins includes Capiz shell, which is the outer shell of Placuna placenta, a marine mollusk found in … Continue reading

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Art Nouveau and Art Deco in One Face

Art Nouveau’s dedication to the natural world ignited European artists from 1890 – 1905. However, brilliant design has many faces, among them fashion still worn today. In the book, Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration from Africa, author Hans Sylvester reveals a … Continue reading

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Chanel: Bijoux de diamants

On November 1, 1932, Coco Chanel exhibited her first fine jewelry collection in her “private rooms” at 29 Rue du Faubourg-St.-Honoré, Paris. She wrote… “I want jewelry to be like a ribbon around women’s fingers. I started creating costume jewelry … Continue reading

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Malcom Morris Tiaras

Malcom Morris makes replicas of Regency-style tiaras for the film industry and private clients. His studio is in central London. Shopping is by private appointment, only. This 18-carat gold design was made in 2002. As the stem of gold leaves … Continue reading

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