Jewels are a demonstration of your safe, and bijouterie is a demonstration of your taste
The history of Traditional Czech jewelry begins from afar, when in the 14-15 centuries on the territory of the Czech Republic the production of glass began to gain strength. In smaller settlements of Central and Northern Bohemia – Bohemia – more and more small glassware opened, in which the masters copied vessels of Venetian production – Venice at that time was the most recognized and most famous glass region in Europe.
Gradually, Czech masters learned not just to imitate, but developed their own handwriting, and acquired their own secrets in working with glass. Now “Bohemian glass” has become synonymous with irreproachable quality.
An important step in the development of the glass business, which “moved” Bohemia to the number of the first producers of the highest quality glass, can be called the opening in the 17th century of “Czech crystal”. Cutting this kind of glass allows you to create incredibly beautiful and shiny things. And these wonderful properties of crystal made it look more closely to it, as to a unique material for creating ornaments.
The creation of jewelry from crystal soon developed into a separate industry, in which already advanced their glorious masters with a sharp “flair” of a miniature shape – a crystal. The names of some people, such as Henry Brdiska, are known only to specialists, the names of others like Daniel Swarovski know the whole world.
The real “breakthrough” in the history of jewelry is associated with the name of Daniel Swarovski, who invented his own crystal processing machine, and learned how to make crystals, the radiance of which was not equal. These, with the greatest precision, cut crystals, were so inimitably glittering that they were immediately called “substitutes for precious stones.”
The immigrants from the Czech regions made the costume of glass beautiful, and the designers and designers of the luxury industry, fully appreciating the brilliance of Czech crystals and sparkling beads, made it fashionable. Today costume jewelry is no longer a “jewel substitute”, it is a completely independent and self-valuable design art.
Light, sophisticated, imaginative costume jewelery perfectly emphasizes youth, openness to the world, adventurous nature and craving for the adventures of the one who wears it. You can choose jewelry for your evening dress, for jeans and every blouse, and amaze the people around with variety and taste.
In addition to costume jewelry, the Czech Republic is also known for the production of jewelry made of precious stones – Czech pomegranate and vltavina.
Czech garnet – transparent, up to translucent, a precious stone of small sizes (from 0.2 to 0.8 cm) red with a shade from fiery to purple. The degree of its hardness is from 6.5 to 7.5. It has an exceptionally stable color that does not lend itself to heat or acids. The Czech garnet is a very strict, very aristocratic stone, known in Europe for a very long time. “Czech garnet” is unique and is extracted only in the Czech Republic, and to other countries it is exported.
As a unique and beautiful stone, the Czech garnet is surrounded by many beautiful romantic legends. Today jewelry with Czech pomegranate is in the collections of the richest and most famous people of the world – from the patriarchs, monarchs and heads of state. The owner of the pomegranate gives courage, passion, helps not to doubt the adoption of complex decisions. Therefore, the pomegranate is valued by powerful and very ordinary people. The pomegranate is called the “stone of kings”.
Alexander the Great wore a ring with a pomegranate as a symbol of power. The Russian Empress Maria Feodorovna wore necklaces with grenades.
The Czech pomegranate has gained modern popularity among the European aristocracy, as it was preferred by the most beautiful, the most elegant and the most discussed secular and royal couple in Europe – the Emperor of Austria-Hungary Franz Joseph I and his wife.
The emperor ruled in a colossally complex and defining period for the whole of Europe and the Russian Empire. Today, the imperial figure and its deeds excite the minds. And his magnificent royal brooch with pomegranates, located in the National Museum of Prague, is amazing with the elegance and taste of the true-royal.
When in 1854, being the King of Bohemia, Franz Joseph I married with the first beauty of Europe – the Bavarian princess Elizabeth (princess Sisi), then as a wedding gift he presented the bride with a cross with Czech garnets. Soon all Europe learned about this, and noble ladies rushed to buy jewelry with Czech grenades. The Czech pomegranate shone in the best European palaces in Europe. So the king conquered the princess, and the stone of kings – the Czech garnet – conquered Europe.