Design patent D136,506 issued to Adolph Katz in 1943
This stunning amethyst, diamanté and vermeil sterling silver bouquet brooch by Adolph Katz for CoroCraft, Coro’s high-end line, is a wonderful example of the Retro Modern style. This piece has four pavé stems topped with amethyst glass stones and gathered through the center of a flower with diamanté-rimmed gold-plated sterling silver petals. I have photographed the piece in the horizontal position, as it appears in the patent drawing, but you could also wear it vertically (as shown in the second photo). This brooch, which closes with a roll-over safety clasp, is rich in contrasting colors. This piece was in my personal collection. Wear it on the lapel of a blazer, and I guarantee you’ll be noticed!
Gold, black and clear seed beads along with gold-tone rope and a diamanté-studded handle form this whimsical Italian 1950s brooch by Ornella. The solid back supports the hand-beading and the trombone clasp. This company's pieces are well made, hard to date, and hard to find.
Ruby glass beads wired in a spiral are adorned with channels of diamanté and topped with a large ruby bead. Frank Hess designed a nearly identical dress clip for Miriam Haskell circa 1940, but with diamanté only on the front. This brooch has them on both sides and closes with a trombone clasp on a filigree back.
This 1930s variation on an Art Deco bar brooch features faceted emerald glass stones and diamanté set in rhodium-plated sterling silver. The center circle, in a starburst pattern, is flanked by cut-out circles. Wear this lovely piece with a matching line bracelet by the same maker – scroll down to see it.
This gemstone-colored dangling 1950s brooch by Hattie Carnegie features ruby, sapphire, emerald, and amethyst glass beads and rhinestone rondelles that dangle from a circular top adorned with the same beads. This imaginative and elegant piece has gold-tone findings and a roll-over safety clasp.