The Eclectic Jewelery !!
The fashion of the 1970s
In very eclectic styles, the jewelry of the 70s are quite heavy, voluminous and often very colorful. One could find pieces with ethnic style, others recalling nature with flowers. It is at this time that the use of feathers and furs is democratized. There is also a return to Ancient Egypt with jewels in the pattern of decorative stone beetles.
Some of the jewels created in the 70s are still very fashionable today and very popular. Van Cleef & Arpels’ Alhmambra motif is an example. The necklaces, rings or even earrings of this collection are always the bestsellers of the house.
Piaget’s ultra-flat watches with a decorative stone dial are again in the spotlight today. Other brands like Dior are selling such watches today.
Jean Vendôme, the Frenchman
Jean Vendôme represents the best jewelery of the 70s. Creator of his 18 years, he knows a fast international success and is rewarded many times. In 1969, he was promoted to Officer of the Order of Merit and received the Prix de salon of the French School at the Museum of Modern Art. In the 70s, he represents France in many events around the world for jewelry events. In 1970, he was the first prize of the Jewelery Designers at the New York International Exhibition.
David Webb, the American
Born in North Carolina in 1925, David Webb first served as an apprentice goldsmith to his uncle. At 17, he moved to New York where he seduced American high society.
In addition to his jewelry, he has also designed fashion accessories. At the height of glory in the late 1960s, designer David Webb has had a profound impact on American jewelry. His jewels combines elegance and perfect technical mastery. Using highly skilled craftsmen and experts in gemstone setting and enameling, the jewels are adorned with sparkling colors.
Haroldo Burle Marx, the Brazilian
Haroldo Burle Marx is a Brazilian jeweler based in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro. He comes from a large bourgeois family, of German origin linked to Karl Marx. After studying gemology at Idar Oberstein in Germany, he returned to Brazil and opened a jewelery shop with his brother Roberto, an architect (who, among other things, designed the famous black and white pebble promenade in Copacabana). Their talent and social status allowed the two brothers to meet a huge success from the beginning, attracting a very upscale clientele, including Jean de Luxembourg, Valentino and the Empress of Iran, Farah.
The Haroldo style mixes decorative stone work and architectural forms. Today his jewels are in great demand and are still very popular, especially at auction houses.
Jean Dinh Van, French-Vietnamese
Born to a Breton mother and a Vietnamese father, Jean Dinh Van opened his jewelery workshop in 1965, having spent ten years at Cartier as a jeweler. Wanting to overturn the codes of jewelry, he does not open a shop but sells his creations to Drugstore Publicis. It was not until 1976 that the first Dinh Van shop opened its doors on rue de la Paix in Paris.
Many of his creations still remain mythical today, such as the Chinese Pi in 24-carat gold and the handcuff motif, mounted in a bracelet, pendant, earrings or ring.
Gilbert Albert, Swiss
Gilbert Albert is a Swiss jeweler born in 1930, he died in October 2019.
He attended a training at the School of Industrial Arts in Geneva. He was a watch designer and worked for Patek Philippe and Louis Cottier for whom he created the Cobra watch, characterized by its linear display.
Passionate about natural materials, he turned to jewelery and opened his first boutique in 1962.
Known for using unusual materials such as sea urchin skeleton, shark teeth, peacock feathers, his work is atypical and easily recognizable.
Inspired by the pharaohs, we often find the scarab pattern in the creations of Gilbert Albert.
His flagship jewel is the ring with interchangeable beads.
Gilbert Albert has received ten times the Diamonds International Award, the Oscar for world jewelry.
The various pieces created by Gilbert Albert are scarce in auction rooms and can reach large sums.