Dating vintage costume jewellery
In a recent Financial Times How to Spend It interview, Clare Waight Keller, creative director of fashion house Chloé, rhapsodised about her latest accessory: an early-1980s Chanel black cuff bracelet.
Vintage couture jewellery is eagerly sought after these days.
A formula for 18 kt white gold was introduced by David Belais as "18k Belais." Both pot metal and sterling were plated with rhodium to create the look of platinum. Theda Bara plays Cleopatra in a silent film version, and many ladies decided the Egyptian slave look was for them.
Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia became the Republic of Czechoslovakia.
Permanently foiled stones (rhinestones) process refined. Society was moving faster and the artisans favored the slower pace to create graceful pieces.
At The Decorative Fair we have several exhibitors specialising in designer and couture vintage jewels: Katheleys comes from Belgium with a spectacular array of bracelets, necklaces, earrings and accessories such as sunglasses and handbags from the 1970s to 1990s by the like of Lacroix, Yves Saint Laurent, Schiaparelli, Hermès and Jean Patou.Liberal use of non-foiled glass stones looked like "the real thing." While necklace lengths ran the gamut, most tended to be right around the hollow of the neck.