Excellent (some darkening to gold plating in spots)
"STERLING CoroCraft" with Pegasus
Design patent D142,646 issued to Adolph Katz in 1945
Teardrop-shaped emerald rhinestones and diamanté baguettes cupped in gold-plated sterling silver form the center of this 1940s Retro Modern bow brooch designed by the incomparable Adolph Katz. CoroCraft was Coro’s high-end line of costume jewelry. This pretty piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp.
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!
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 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.
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.