The molded ruby, emerald and sapphire glass teardrop-shaped gems in this Art Deco brooch by Trifari imitate the Indian-carved precious stones that were known as fruit salads or tuttifrutti.The company first made their fruit salad pieces in the late 1930s. This brooch, which I think is from the next decade, has diamanté accents, a rhodium-plated setting, and a classic bar brooch design. Of note is the fact that Trifari produced a bar brooch with faux jade stones in the same diamanté setting as part of the Ming series in the 1930s. This piece, which closes with a roll-over safety clasp, goes with just about everything!
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.
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.
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.
This stunning three-dimensional 1950s brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli features clusters of onyx crystal beads atop clear aurora borealis (AB) and onyx rhinestones. The AB navettes reflect spectacular colors and give this piece so much life, which is hard to capture in photos. The setting is silver-tone metal with a roll-over safety clasp. If red is your color, scroll down to see the same brooch in fiery red.