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.
This Art Deco brooch is fashioned from a half-dome of green plastic (which may be Galalith, the French equivalent of Bakelite) embellished with diamanté. This versatile brooch is a fun piece to wear and is probably European in origin. I love the mix of materials!
This 1950s sapphire, diamanté and gold-plated bouquet brooch by Marcel Boucher exemplifies the flowing motifs and textured metals of the period. The pave ribbon that ties the stems speaks to the maker's attention to detail and design genius. This piece has a roll-over safety clasp.
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.
Glass pearls and emerald-green-blown-glass beads are hand-wired onto gilt metal in this 1950s French brooch with a trombone clasp. This beautiful three-dimensional piece is in the style of Louis Rousselet. Note that his work was usually signed only with a paper hang tag, so most of his surviving pieces remain unsigned. This spectacular brooch is right for day or evening wear. For a unique look, how about wearing this piece on a wedding gown? Scroll down to see French earrings from the same period and probably the same maker.