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Bohemian (Czechoslovakia) Jewellery


Bohemia, which is now a part of the Czech  Republic, played an important role in the history of costume jewellery. It was in glass centre of Gablonz, at the end of the Victorian Era that Austrian jeweller Swarovski introduced the first cut-glass crystals to successfully imitate the look of, Diamonds, Rubies, Sapphires and Emeralds. In 1892, Swarovski patented a mechanical glass cutter so his crystals could be mass-produced to meet the high demand.

Bohemian costume jewellers also pioneered a technique for replicating the look of Pearls which  were enormously popular at the beginning of the  20th Century. Instead of    using glass, jeweller makers would cut mother of pearl into beads, which were  then shaped and polished until they resembled  the real thing. But glass remains the Bohemia region’s most important contribution to costume   jewellery.

Beads rivalling those produced in Venice were strung into gaily coloured necklaces which swung from the  necks of flappers during the 1920’s. Sometimes filigreed  settings held a handful of singular glass stones. Other times, heavier       rectangular brooches were crammed to their   corners with rhinestones in emerald green, sapphire blue, amethyst purple, and ruby red.

(text Collectors Weekly)



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This spectacular large sapphire czech glass brooch, set in a heart shaped gold tone filigree setting, is typical of the vivid colourful style of jewellery made in Gablonz during the Art Deco period. (Available from

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multi strand peacock

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(to be continued….)

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