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Hobe Jewelry

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Hobe Jewelry

Hobe jewelry is among the most collectible brands of costume jewelry. Hobe, (pronounced HO-BAY) was founded in 1887 as Hobe Cie, fine jewelry line in France, by goldsmith Jacques Hobe. The costume jewelry division was added 40 years later by his son, William Hobe. The company slogan was JEWELS OF LEGENDARY SPLENDOR. The younger Hobe was commissioned by Flo Ziegfeld to design and manufacture jewelry for his Ziegfeld Follies costumes. Folklore has it that this connection was the origin of the phrase COSTUME JEWELRY.  There is a wide range of designs from Hobe. Among the most sought after and recognizable are the...

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Dance and Movement in Costume Jewelry

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Dance and Movement in Costume Jewelry

Today's blog is dedicated to dance and movement. It's an all photo blog of costume jewelry. I hope you enjoy the selections. Daisy Mae Chasing Li'l Abner - She Wants to go to the Sadie Hawkins Dance WALTZ Pendant Dorothy Bauer Dancing Couple Pin and Earrings Set HULA Hobe Pin Sterling Silver Charm FLAMENCO Unsigned Pin Sterling Silver Charm Unsigned Pin GOGO Sterling Silver Charm JAZZ Silver Pendant    Copper Bracelet FOLK Unsigned Pin Wooden Pin Trifari Nanette Pin Czechoslovakian Pin CARIBBEAN: CALYPSO and LIMBO Silver Charm Silver Charm BALLET Artel Silver and Enamel Pins Unsigned Pin Pin from Germany Boucher...

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Georg Jensen Jewelry

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Georg Jensen Jewelry

Georg Jensen is both the name of Denmark's famous silversmith and the company he founded. World-renowned for flatware, hollowware, and jewelry, pieces by Jensen are sought after by collectors and can be priced to reflect that demand. Georg Jensen was born in 1866. After trying his hand at goldsmithing, sculpture, and pottery, he found his niche in silversmithing and opened his Copenhagen shop in 1904. Within a year, his work was featured in an exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Copenhagen and his popularity catapulted. In fact, business was so successful Jensen had to close shop periodically because he was...

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Margot de Taxco Jewelry

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Margot de Taxco Jewelry

Margot von Voorhies Carr, commonly referred to as Margot de Taxco, is a designer known for her high quality sterling silver jewelry, both with and without enamel.   Not a great deal is known about Margot's early life, but in 1937 the American-born divorcee left San Francisco for Mexico City. It was there she met and befriended Antonio Castillo with whom she traveled to Taxco, the Mexican city known for its design, crafting, and production of silver jewelry, flatware, and objects. Castillo would later become her second husband. He opened Los Castillo Taller where Margot worked as the principal designer. Their marriage ended after about...

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A Celebration of Earth Day: Leaves and Trees in Costume Jewelry

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A Celebration of Earth Day: Leaves and Trees in Costume Jewelry

Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement which was first celebrated in 1970. Events are held worldwide to demonstrate support of environment issues such as reforestation, protection of endangered species, and climate change.In honor of our planet, here is a collection of costume jewelry in the shapes of leaves, trees and other plants. Please enjoy. LEAVES Silver Pin and Earrings Set by Alice Caviness Prydz Silver Pin Silver Pin by Meka Napier Pin Lisner Pin Lisner Pin Lisner Pin Fur ClipKramer Pin Kanda Pin Sterling Silver Pin N.E. From Pin Finn Jensen Silver Pin...

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Smoking and Costume Jewelry

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Smoking and Costume Jewelry

4/20 (pronounced four twenty) is a code phrase referring to the consumption of marijuana. Four-twenty in the afternoon, they say, is a great time to get high. And April 20th has informally become known as "Weed Day." Whether it's cannabis, opium or tobacco, smoking has a long history in the world. Cannabis use in the Middle East dates back 5,000 years and opium use in the Far East dates back 4,000 years. In the U.S., tobacco grew in the wild and was smoked or chewed during religious ceremonies over 2,000 years ago. Tobacco as an industry dates to the 1700s.The 20th century has seen...

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Easter Bunny, March Hare, and Other Rabbits in Costume Jewelry

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Easter Bunny, March Hare, and Other Rabbits in Costume Jewelry

Easter was yesterday, so I thought today would be a good day to go down the rabbit-hole and showcase rabbits in costume jewelry. And, I've posted some rabbit trivia among the photos. Enjoy. L-S Scatter Pins Mylu RABBIT TRIVIA: A male rabbit is a buck, female rabbit is a doe and baby rabbit is a kit. A group of rabbits is called a herd. Boucher Pin March Hare Pin RABBIT TRIVIA: A rabbit has 28 teeth which never stop growing. Cellini Pin Rabbit in a Magician's Hat Brooch Coro Pin RABBIT TRIVIA: Rabbits can purr. The sound is very similar to a...

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Costume Jewelry Bows

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Costume Jewelry Bows

Bows are simply ribbons tied into decorative knots. They are a popular design motif and have made their way into popular culture from tattoos to use as recognition of support of charitable causes. The bow symbolizes femininity, remembrance, strength, love, beauty, and union. And of course, it represents a gift! Bows are a popular motif in costume jewelry and I have a lot of examples to show; so let's get on with it. DESIGNER BOWS Weiss Pin Hobe Pin Hobe Pin Coro Earrings    Silver Pins with Russian Hallmarks GRD Coro Pin Miriam Haskell Pin Emmons Earrings Florenza Pin Grosse Pin,...

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Transportation Motifs in Costume Jewelry

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Transportation Motifs in Costume Jewelry

Thematic or figural jewelry in the shape of animals, people and objects is among the most challenging and fun to collect. Here I've put together a collection of figural jewelry representing modes of transportation. Hope you enjoy the photos. AUTOMOBILES and CARS Dorothy Bauer Pin Silver Charm Mercedes Benz Stick Pin AIRPLANES, JETS and ROCKETS Unsigned Pin Unsigned Pin Cuff Links Earrings TRAINS and TROLLEYS Tortolani Pin Silver Earrings Unsigned Pin SHIPS and BOATS Hjortdahl Pin Hobe Pin    Cruise Ship Silver Charms    Meldahl Pins Hand-Painted Cuff Links Silver Pin Silver Puffy Heart Charm Unsigned Pin Unsigned Pin Cuff Links...

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St. Patrick's Day, Ireland, and Costume Jewelry

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St. Patrick's Day, Ireland, and Costume Jewelry

The Feast of St. Patrick is a cultural and religious holiday during which it is said the whole world turns Irish. In honor of the day and all things Irish, I've put together a blog of costume jewelry. IRELAND St. Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland. Hand-Painted Silver Charm Silver Medallion HARP The harp is the national symbol of Ireland. Goldette Harp PinSilver Harp Charm Gold Harp Charm with Connemara Marble LEPRECHAUNS and RAINBOWS A leprechaun is a fairy-like creature in traditional Irish folklore. Dressed in green, a leprechaun is usually seen as a bearded old man of dwarfish proportions. He loves...

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