Playful spring green and blossom pink bow brooch by Lawrence Vrba. The bow is composed of frosted green oval marquise cabochons, with a bright pink, round cat-eye cabochon center. The center of the bow is ornamented with two springs of round pink cabochons, reminiscent of cherry blossom stems. Gorgeous.
Lawrence Vrba began his career in 1969, working as a counter at Miriam Haskell; his talents did not go unnoticed, and he soon found himself designing jewelry. In 1970, when Miriam Haskell’s Head Designer, Bob Clark, left to work at Castlecliff, Vrba followed. Vrba spread his wings at Castlecliff, spearheading the famous Mayan collection, inspired by jewelry and adornments he saw on display at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. In 1973, after a two year stint at Castlecliff, Vrba returned to Miriam Haskell as head designer. Vrba continued to explore and expand the possibilities of costume jewelry, fashioning fine, unique pieces using materials he collected from across the globe. The Egyptian collection - perhaps his most famous Miriam Haskell collection- was inspired by materials he found while in Europe, and was featured in an edition of Vogue. In 1981s, Vrba left Miriam Haskell to work for Les Bernard, where his designs were displayed at Dillard’s for three years. In 1983 Vrba left Les Bernard to create his own eponymous business.
Vrba pieces are noted for their unusual materials, scale, and opulence! Vrba has created pieces for theatre (including Broadway hits “Wicked”, “Exit the King”, “Blythe Spirit”, “Lend Me a Tenor”, and “Hairspray”, and the Metropolitan Opera), cinema, and private customers. His pieces have been featured at Bergdorf Goodman, Vogue, and Vogue Nippon. Clients include Beyonce, Angela Lansbury, Susan Sarandon, and Katy Perry.
Absolutely amazing Pre-WWII Eisenberg Original aquamarine rhinestone fur clip. Vintage jewelry collectors agree that there weren't many Jewelers in United States history quite like Eisenberg. Attention to detail, use of fabulous materials, and creativity allowed Eisenberg jewelry to withstand the test of time. Their pieces show the progression of the US and the aspirations of a growing middle class. American woman, while not royalty, could dress and feel like royalty in an Eisenberg Original. The brooch is versatile: use it as a purse clasp, a lapel brooch, a pendant, even a hat pin if you like! The piece is beautiful enough on its own, and would not look amiss on a vanity. Makes a wonderful gift for a loved one or for yourself.
Beautiful rhinestone and faux pearl fur clip by Eisenberg. The four blooming flowers and two buds sprout from an antique brass stem. The flowers have emerald cut orange rhinestone centers, each sporting five grey pearl petals. Small round multifaceted white rhinestones decorate the receptacle of the flowers. The "bouquet" features gracefully placed pale yellow rectangular rhinestones, and orange pear and round cut rhinestones. Signed "Eisenberg Original" on reverse.
Eisenberg was founded in 1918 by Jonas Eisenberg, an Austrian Immigrant who had moved to Chicago in 1885. The Eisenberg company initially sold ready-to-wear Womens clothing, but the company had such success with the jewelry they created to go on the garments, that they began designing and manufacturing jewelry as well. In 1958, Eisenberg ceased manufacturing garments, and from then on focused solely on jewelry. During the 1960s and 1970s, Eisenberg partnered with artists, including Picasso, Miro, and Calder. Eisenberg created the creme de la creme of mid century rhinestone jewelry, their pieces often cost more than the average woman’s weekly salary, causing Eisenberg jewelry to be rather rare.