This cylinder brooch of red plastic (Bakelite?) wrapped in chrome reminds me of the work of JakobBengel. Early plastics were often combined with other materials during the Art Deco era. This piece closes with a simple C-clasp.
Sterling silver flowers and leaves are applied to an oval base, with the result of lovely textures and depth in this 1940s brooch by Hobé. Even the back shows the meticulous workmanship that went into the crafting of this piece. This brooch has a roll-over safety clasp. Scroll down to see this maker's bracelets that also have a floral motif.
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.
Rays of emerald rhinestone baguettes emanating from a pavé center are joined by clear rhinestones in this 1950s sunburst brooch by Hattie Carnegie. The setting is rhodium plated with a roll-over safety clasp. The design is classic! In fact, Hattie made a pair of earrings with the same motif a few years later. Scroll down to see them and a bracelet by another maker that looks great with this brooch.
A bouquet of sterling silver flowers, stems, and leaves are tied in a bow and accented with collet-set pink tourmaline, pale sapphire and peridot glass stones. This brooch, with its roll-over safety clasp, is another example of the fine hand-made 1940s sterling silver pieces Hobé is known for. I particularly love the vertical orientation of this piece. Scroll down to see two of this maker's bracelets with a floral motif that coordinate well with this brooch.