A textured Russian-gold wreath embellished with blue, green, red and yellow glass beads forms the top of this whimsical 1930s brooch by Frank Hess for Miriam Haskell. Dangling tubes and beads in the same colors finish the piece. It closes with a simple C-clasp on a pierced metal back. Primary colors never looked so good!
This 1930s large, black Bakelite brooch with ornate carving is adorned with square-cut and round diamanté replaced by the previous owner. (The plastic was molded to simulate carving.) This brooch, which has a roll-over safety clasp, is not for the faint-hearted. A real statement piece. If you like this design but prefer something smaller, scroll down to see the matching dress clip.
The design and construction of this late 1940s sapphire-and-diamanté-layered bow brooch by Pennino is so fine that I bought it for myself, but now I'm reluctantly offering it to a new home. The quality rivals that of precious jewelry, but this one is available for a fraction of the cost! The top layer features a pavé ribbon with sapphire rhinestones and diamanté, cinched with gold metal. The bottom layer has tiny sapphire rhinestones set in white metal. Pennino pieces are always exceptional, and this one is superb.
Five sterling silver flowers are tied in a bouquet to form this lovely 1940s brooch from Coro's high-end line. This piece has a roll-over safety clasp. This brooch is the same design as my MassaRaimond-designed bracelet and earrings -- scroll down to see them.
This gold-tone late-1940s brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli is "designed as [a] dancing openwork leaf" (Becker) and set with emerald, ruby, sapphire and amber art glass cabochons in dog-tooth prongs. The outline of the leaf and stem are textured. This versatile and elegant brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. I think the brooch was meant to be worn with the leaf pointing down, as shown in the first photo, but the third photo shows the leaf pointing up -- you decide which you prefer!