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Vintage Art Deco Style Joseph Wiesner Brooch: Awesome, Amazing, Stellar...these are only a few of the adjectives I could use to describe this fabulous vintage brooch by the incomparable Joseph Weisner. Crafted in heavy rhodium plated pot metal, this art deco style brooch from the late 40's is adorned with individually prong set foil back rhinestones in every color of the rainbow. The smaller pave set rhinestones that decorate the "tail" of the comet are all present and sparkling. Excellent condition. Measures 3 by 1 1/2" and signed Joseph Weisner, NY. This book piece can be found in Julia C. Carroll's book Costume Jewelry 202 on page 477.
Rare Vintage Signed Mr. John Crown Brooch: Mr. John, milliner extraordinare, was the hat maker to the stars in the 1940's and 50's. Most famous for his work as milliner to Viven Leigh in Gone with the Wind, he also designed hats for the likes of the Duchess of Windsor, socialite Goria Vanderbuilt, and actress Lauren Bacall. Mr John had his own line of jewelry, which was marked with a hang tag or came in a presentation box, so signed pieces are few and far between. Crafted in gold wash over silver tone metal, this regal brooch is studded with silver tone balls, adding depth and interest. The center stone is a square cut emerald green foil back rhinestone set on the diagonal and the outside chatons are hot orange foil back rhinestones. The Mr. John signature is boldly written in script across the bottom piece of the crown. Measures 1 3/4 by 1 1/2", signed Mr. John.
Vintage Patriotic Pot Metal, Enamel and Rhinestone Brooch: What a fantastic find! Made of silver tone pot metal, this flag is the perfect way to show off your true colors! Enameled with red and blue and studded with chaton rhinestones, this wonderful flag appears to be waving in the breeze. The flagpole is topped with a cabochon red stone. The clasp is a simple fold over clasp. The enamel does show some wear, but that in no way detracts from this amazing historical brooch.
Stunning Retro Bird Figural Brooch: This awesome 1940's bird brooch is an eye catching piece. The pot metal base has a rose gold wash on his outer wings. The inner wings are yellow, with great detailing and pave'd rhinestones. His body is yellow metal, and holds a large oval open back bright red faceted glass stone. His eye is also a small red chaton rhinestone. It appears that the dark green enamel that covered his head has worn off..there are only small amounts of it left, but it only adds to the vintage look of the brooch. A great figural piece for the lover of retro jewels!
Vintage Gerard Yosca Enamel Rhinestone Dragonfly Brooch: From famed contemporary designer Gerard Yosca, this enormous dragonfly brooch does not disappoint! Bright green enamel wings are studded with chaton Swarovski crystals. The wings are bordered with twisted gold tone metal. The body is set with three citrine colored glass stones, the square center stone is faceted. The tail is set with glowing faux pearls. Measures 4 by 3" and is signed YOSCA.
Signed Avon Enamel and Rhinestone Butterfly Brooch: This butterfly brooch from Avon is a delight. The wings are domed and embellished with squares of burgundy guilloche enamel, faux pearls and light blue chaton rhinestones. The antennae are embellished with darker blue chaton rhinestones. A wonderful addition to any figural collection! Shown in Costume Jewelry 101 by Julia C. Carroll on page 109.
Vintage Swoboda Gemstone Clown with Parasol Brooch: Charming and whimsical, this vintage gold plated Swoboda clown brooch is holding his parasol. He is encrusted with gemstones. His parasol has turquoise chips, his body is a rich deep green jade and his shoes are carnelian. Polished chips of amethyst, peridot and rose quart are used to detail his outfit and hands. The brooch measures 2 by 1 1/4: and is in excellent condition. It is signed Swaboda (c) and measures 2 by 1 1/4".
Vintage Multi Color B David Rhinestone Crown Brooch: This sparkling vintage crown brooch is composed of pear, chaton and baguette rhinestones in every color of the rainbow. Accenting the crown are nine faux pearls. All stones are prong set in silver tone metal. Signed B David on the top rhinestone. This brooch is a book piece, shown on pg 239 of Marcia Brown's book Rhinestone Jewelry. Measures 1 1/2 by 1".
Vintage Panetta White Enamel & Rhinestone Butterfly Brooch: Panetta jewelry was known for their extremely high quality and "real look" jewelry. As the pieces were time consuming and expensive to make, they are not plentiful on the market. This lovely butterfly brooch features snow white enamel combined with pave rhinestones to create a look of exceptional beauty. Raised gold tone metal separates the enamel from the rhinestone sections. The top set of wings folds forward out of the bottom set, giving the piece a dimensional look. Graduated chaton rhinestones form the body. The textured gold tone metal on the back shows no sign of wear. The enamel is in excellent condition, and the rhinestones are bright. The butterfly measures 2 1/4 by 1 1/2" and is signed Panetta.
Vintage Sterling and Green Rhinestone Retro Modern Floral Brooch: This wonderful vintage brooch from the 1940's is crafted in sterling silver with a rose gold wash. The wonderful dimensional larger flowers are done in three layers. The oval deep green rhinestones are prong set and are a bright rich green, not as dark as the picture shows. There is some slight wear to the gold wash, indicative of the age of the piece, which in no way detracts from it's beauty. The large brooch measures 3 by 1 3/4".
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