Utility patent # 2,145,716 (for clip/brooch mechanism) issued to John Fielding in 1939 (application filed in 1937)
Fabric-like folds of gold-plated base metal with faceted square-cut ruby glass stone and diamanté embellishments form this 1940s Retro Modern brooch. Although this piece was made as a double-clip brooch, my expert jeweler has determined that the mechanism on one of the dress clips is too loose for it to function as planned. Nevertheless, as a brooch this piece is a stunning example of Retro Modern style. Minor wear to some of the gold plating does not affect the wearability of this brooch. I have priced it to reflect my purchase cost plus postage to you. You can see the utility patent here, under Fielding’s name.
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!
Multiple layers of jade green glass beads, faux pearls and diamanté cascade in this stunning dangling 1950s brooch by Hattie Carnegie. The setting is rhodium-plated metal with a roll-over safety clasp. Wear this statement piece on a lapel, sash, or purse, or as a pendant. The last photo shows the brooch as the centerpiece on a white gold and diamond chain. (This necklace is not included.) This large brooch is not for the faint-hearted!
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.