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.
This 1930s large, black Bakelite brooch with ornate carving is adorned with square-cut and round diamanté replaced by the previous owner. 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.
In my opinion, Hobé made the best sterling silver flowers in the 1930s-1940s, and the large flower at the center of this 1940s brooch illustrates his extraordinary talent. The center is embellished with surrounding sterling buds. Pieces by this maker were all hand-made at this time. This one has an unusual design. Scroll down to see a selection of his sterling silver bracelets.
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!
Turquoise glass beads decorate the flower layer on this 1950s pave-embellished openwork gold-tone furled leaf by Hattie Carnegie. The detail is superb, as one would expect from this maker. This piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp.