Started in London, England, Butler & Wilson jewelry was founded by Nicky Butler and Simon Wilson. When they opened that shop in 1972, they also featured their own original jewelry creations with The Art Deco Collection. " Noted for their creativity and imagination, Butler & Wilson launched the "Jetgirls Collection, inspired by Victorian jewelry and pieces in the Duchess of Windsor's jewelry collection. In the 1970s, they also established an establishment on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.
The first book on Butler & Wilson was published in 1990. A second book was published in 2010 celebrating Butler & Wilson's 40 years in business. In 2011, the company developed a line with genuine gemstones set in silver plate and gold plate. Then, in 2014, Butler & Wilson began marketing it's "Inspired Collection" featuring many of the companies' most popular designs from the 1980s and 1990s.
Butler & Wilson's glamorous costume jewelry has been worn by the rich and famous, including celebrities such as Faye Dunaway, Elle MacPherson, Catherine Deneuve, Jerry Hall, Rihanna, Madonna, and Rita Ora and members of the Royal Family, including Princess Diana and Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge. The company's collection has expanded over time since it first started showing jewelry and includes clothing, accessories, and fine jewelry made from such precious stones as rubies, opal, and turquoise.In 2019, Butler & Wilson released a jewelry collection commemorating their 50th Anniversary and highlighting some of their most well-known designs. The word "Flamingo", since the 16th Century, is said to come from the Spanish-Portuguese word for flame-colored and the Spanish word "flamenco" which means fire -- a reference to the flamingo's bright pink or orange feathers.
The pink flamingo is thought to represent elegance, serenity, vibrance, romance, pizzazz, effortless grace, and a contended life. Symbolically, the flamingo can represent our social nature and desire to create community ties we can trust. Their pink color represents harmony.
Flamingos are well-known for their S-shaped neck, grace, and effortless balance as they stand on one stilt-like leg at a time. Their ability to balance reminds us to seek balance in our own lives.Biologists have speculated that the reason flamingos stand on one leg is to preserve body heat or to save energy. They are even able to sleep in this position. They are known to be very social birds and they enjoy gathering in huge groups called colonies and are extremely gregarious.
Flamingos are a type of wading bird in the family of. "Phoenicopteridae", which is the only bird in its bird family, Phoenicopteriformes. Four species of the flamingo are distributed throughout North and South America, including the Caribbean.
Two species exists only in Asia and Europe. The baby flamingo, called a chicklet, is born white but turns pink because of its beta-carotene-rich diet of algae, shrimp, and crustaceans. In Ancient Peru, the Moche people worshipped nature and especially animals. Flamingos are often shown in their artwork and were considered sacred.They are the Bahamas' national bird. From ancient cave drawings of flamingos to Alice in Lewis G. Carroll's iconic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" playing croquet with one, flamingos have been the inspiration for artwork and mythology and folklore. The ancient Aztecs believed the flamingo was a sacred bird. In a 15th Century Aztec tomb near Tenochtitlan, archeologists found a flamingo-like bird that had been sacrificed to the gods of the Aztecs.
And the Egyptians associated flamingos with the Egyptian sun God, Ra. Ancient craftsmen often depicted them on vases and other historic objects. Egyptian historians actually believe that the mystical bird, the Phoenix, was inspired by flamingos.In Hindu culture, the flamingo symbolized the Hamsa, a vehicle of the gods. Since the late 1950s, many people in America display plastic flamingos in their front yards. In 1957, the American artist, Donald Featherstone, designed the world's first lawn flamingo, Diego. The ornament's design and popularity earned Featherstone the Ig Nobel Prize for Art in 1996. In the book, "The Original Pink Flamingos: Splendor on the Grass, " Featherstone is famously referred to for making "affordable bad taste" accessible to the American public.
In many areas of the world, flamingos are seen in collectibles from plates, wallpaper, water globes, pictures, posters, coloring books, stationery, magnets, clothing, postcards and travel brochures, especially representing Florida. The plastic flamingos are used also by charitable groups to raise funds or as birthday surprises.Flamingos, being non-harmful to humans, create a positive appearance in culture overall. They are considered unique because of their color, their long legs, and their long necks. People, who are different from others, such as being taller than others, are able to relate to the flamingo's uniqueness.
Like the flamingo, many bars, restaurants, and even a casino in the strip in Las Vegas have chosen the flamingo as a symbol. They want to stand out above others, and they desire to capture the attention of people like the flamingo does. Also, they like to give the impression that all types of people from various backgrounds are welcome to their businesses. Savannah Larson capitalized on the uniqueness of the flamingo with her inspiring advice: Be a Flamingo in a flock of pigeons.Sensational shades of mesmerizing simulated Pink Sapphire make up the "body" and magnificent plumage of this fabulous Pink Flamingo Brooch! The stones, all of which are HAND SET, are created from the finest quality of Austrian Swarovski crystals. Round-cut "pink sapphires" encrust the neck and limbs of this fetching Flamingo. Its tail plumage has been "brought to life" with brilliant, MARQUISE cut stones. The variety of stone shapes add depth and an almost 3 Dimensional effect to this SHOWSTOPPING piece! As a superb finishing touch that completes this flamingo's glorious appearance, there is deep green emerald adorning its eye and beautiful black enamel embellishing its beak.
The entire brooch is set and plated in pink-hued ROSE GOLD, an ideal complement to the sublime pink stones! It is easy to understand why Butler & Wilson's jewelry is so collectible and sought after from seeing the level of outstanding craftsmanship that went into this stunning Flamingo brooch! From the slender, stilt-like, pink jewel-encrusted legs to the fancy pink bejeweled plumage, this bird is one in a zillion! The measurements on this piece are as follows. Approximately 2 3/4 inches in length and approximately 2 inches in width at widest point.
This brooch is a Vintage piece from the Estate of a film and television star. It is SIGNED/stamped "B & W" and it is in Like New/MINT Vintage condition, showing no signs of wear. The majority of the items we offer here at the Visionary Fashionista are unique and rare and many are extremely difficult to find. We are delighted to have procured much of our selection from the estate of film and television stars, fashion models, socialites, and other celebrities. Specific names and further details are omitted out of respect for the celebrities' families and legacies.Keep in mind that we generally only have ONE of each item! This does not include weekends. Our top priority is that our one-of-a-kind items arrive at their destination safely and soundly and that adequate tracking information is available.
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