About Cartier Brand:
Timeless Excellence is Cartier’s second name. The quality standards of the Cartier jewelry were set in 1902 by King George VII. After making 27 tiaras for the coronation, Cartier was announced as the crown’s official jewels seller. Since then, Cartier was proclaimed as “king of jewelry the jeweler of kings.” And this statement is still up to date.
Comparing to other famous luxury jewelry brands, such as Van Cleef & Arpels or Tiffany & Co. who are working with gemstones a lot, Cartier is strictly focusing on diamonds and different color gold.
Over the time Cartier created a great number of the truly iconic pieces. From a classic Cartier Love bracelet to famous Cartier Panther collection and Cartier Trinity, without mentioning a wide variety of Cartier watches — you name it! But our hearts belong to vintage Cartier jewelry . We appreciate the uniqueness and craftsmanship of our estate pieces. Each of them has a timeless character and tells the most fascinating stories.
Cufflinks were introduced in the 17th century in England. Prior to that, shirt cuffs were held together by ties, ribbons and strings. Fashion changed, and stitched buttonholes were developed. To fasten the cuffs, tailors used ornamental buttons with an attached chain. These buttons became popular with the upper classes. Jewelers started to make gold and silver buttons with gemstones and other adornments. This is how cufflinks were invented.
A mass production of cufflinks began in the 19th century. Following the Victorian era fashion standards, their design was opulent, with such embellishments as gemstones and extravagant details.
Cufflinks popularity diminished a century after, due to a new design of the shirt cuffs. They came with attached buttons, and there was no need to use cufflinks. But later the French cuff made its way to the market, and cufflinks came back to fashion. Today, comparing to their predecessor they are rather practical and easy to wear.
Gold cufflinks and gemstone cufflinks have been a symbol of wealth and reputation. It’s a popular gift for a groom or a graduated student. Women’s cufflinks are broadly worn as stylish accessories as well. The most popular jewelry designers keep making them today for different occasions and styles.
Check on our selection of ladies’ cufflinks for sale online, or stop by our store in Beverly Hills to see them in person.
About Vintage Jewelry:
Vintage jewelry is something we can talk about for days. Since the subject is that big and has multiple aspects to discuss, we’d like to focus on the most important parts of it. So, what is vintage jewelry? Why it’s so appealing? And how to buy your vintage jewelry online?
In the industry, different sellers and makers have different opinions on the time period when vintage jewels were made. Here at Nadine Krakov, we consider vintage as anything being made between 50 and 100 years ago. Therefore, all jewelry produced from 1930 to 1980 called vintage. This time frame is comprised of Art Deco, Retro and Mid-Century.
Why do we love vintage jewelry so much? It’s all about the quality of making and – of course – the look.
Vintage pieces were mostly made by hand or at least hand-finished while modern jewels are mainly cast. As the lifestyle back in the days was much slower, jewelry makers literally had more time in their hands. Skilled craftsmen honed their craft and reputation. They couldn’t allow a flimsy, poorly done piece to ruin that. Mass market jewelry didn’t exist at that time. Each little detail of a piece was executed thoughtfully and with the high quality in mind.
How to shop your vintage jewelry online? Ask questions about maker’s marks and hallmarks, request a video of the piece, and show it to your jeweler. The easiest way to be confident with your purchase is to find a trustworthy, reputable seller. And if you are happened to be in Beverly Hills area, just google “vintage jewelry near me”, find Nadine Krakov Collection store and stop by for a good chat with a sip of champagne.