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Stunning and Unusual Original by Robert Art Glass Brooch: This vintage masterpiece brooch from Original by Robert is absolutely breathtaking. The floral center is anchored by a clear and green striped givre rhinestone surrounded by alternating chaton rhinestones of green opaque and and green AB rhinestones. The outer art glass stones are an incredible green AB crackled glass in a semi-teardrop shape that have been drilled and wired together. White metal petals accented by clear AB rhinestones add the finishing touch. The sweeping curved leaf is an openwork design in silver tone metal. It is accented by rows of twisted clear seed beads in the Miriam Haskell style that Robert so loved. Clear AB rhinestones and large green AB rhinestones finish off the curved leaf as well as a few more green givre rhinestones. All of the rhinestones are individually prong set and all of the stones are in wonderful condition. Now I must sing the praises of the silver tone setting. The flower is nestled in an ornate openwork setting just loaded with fine design details. The secure pin back is curved to follow the curved design of the leaf. A Robert masterpiece sure to dazzle and delight! The brooch measures 2 1/2 by 2 1/2" and is signed Original by Robert (c).
Vintage Marvella Enameled Black Daisy Brooch: If you think a black rose is rare just try to find a black daisy! The gold tone setting is very substantial, with a raised textured center and fancy leaf with raised rib detail. The life like curved petals are enameled in dramatic black which contrasts beautifully with the bright gold tone metal. A classic vintage brooch from Marvella! Measures 2 3/4 by 2 1/2".
vintage Signed Reja Retro Modern Lily Brooch with Pearls: This stunning vintage brooch from Reja was cast in heavy pot metal with a gold wash. Each lily folds over a large baroque faux pearl. These pearls are all in excellent condition. Each area of chaton rhinestone accents is framed with a fine milgrain edge. Although there is some age darkening to some of the rhinestones there is still plenty of sparkle left! The gold wash does show quite a bit of age wear, more on the front than the back. Not enough to be distracting, but there no less. The pin back is tight and secure. Signed Reja. it measures 3 by 2 3/4".
Stunning Vintage Joseph Wiesner Rhinestone Leaf Brooch: Dazzling in every detail, this elegant vintage brooch by Joseph Wiesner is one of my very favorites. Large oval shaped intense green foil back rhinestones are surrounded by swirling ribbons of rhinestones in an elegant open work design. The silver tone metal is rhodium plated. The pin back is tight and secure. Excellent condition, it measures 3 by 1 1/2" and is signed Joseph Wiesner NY.
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 Fuschia Forbidden Fruit Apple Brooch & Earring Set: Made in the 1950's in Austria, these hard to find vintage Forbidden Fruit pieces are a collectors dream. They are made of molded lucite with brilliant rhinestones embedded into the design that sparkle and shimmer! There is a small amount of green enamel left on the gold tone metal leaves and stems, normal wear for their age. In wonderful condition! Shown in Inside the Jewelry Box 3 by Ann Mitchell Pitman on page 8. The brooch measures 1 3/4 by 1 1/2" and the earrings measure 1 by 3/4".
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.
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