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This fine collection of Coro jewelry from the 1930s-1950s features brooches, necklaces, bracelets, double-clip brooches, and sets. Many are by Adolph Katz, the company’s renowned design director. Coro was the largest costume jewelry manufacturer in the U.S. They produced three product lines, each aimed at a different target market. The majority of the pieces seen here are Coro Craft, the best-known, higher-end brand that used more expensive materials – sterling silver, vermeil, and European crystals. These big and bold 1940s brooches here fine examples. Coro was the first costume jewelry maker to produce double clip brooches – their Duette.

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  • Brooch dress clips with amethysts in rose gold
    Center of Duette
    USD$295.00

    Amethyst, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling Duette

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    This brooch/dress clips looks like folded fabric crowned with jewels. It is made of rose-gold-plated sterling silver edged with diamanté accents. At the center of each side is a row of amethyst-glass navettes topped with a row of diamanté. This Duette, which was created for Coro’s high-end line, can be worn as a brooch or as separate dress clips. Their double-prong fasteners work well with heavier fabrics, such as wool blazers and dresses. My camera picked up two stones that appear to be a different shade of purple, but this difference cannot be seen by the naked eye. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Coro's name.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • 1940s Corocraft brooch with amethyst & diamante
    1943 Adolph Katz-designed Corocraft brooch
    USD$395.00

    Amethyst, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling Bouquet 1940s Brooch by Coro

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    This Corocraft brooch is just stunning! This Adolph Katz-designed piece has four pavé stems topped with faceted, oval amethyst-glass stones that are gathered through the center of a flower with diamanté-rimmed gold-plated sterling silver petals. The gold-plating on the flower is perfect – the difference in tone you see is from the camera’s reflection. What an outstanding example of the Retro Modern style! I have photographed the brooch in the horizontal position, as it appears in the patent drawing, but you could also wear it vertically (as shown in the second photo). This jewel, which closes with a roll-over safety clasp, is rich in contrasting colors and was in my personal collection. Wear it on the lapel of a blazer, and I guarantee you’ll be noticed!
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Coro leaf pin with aquamarine & diamante flowers
    Close-up view of one flower
    USD$395.00

    Aquamarine, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling Coro Leaf Pin

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    This stunning Coro leaf pin in rose-gold-washed sterling silver has pavé along one curved edge. Layered on top are three stems topped with flowers formed by diamanté leaves and aquamarine-glass-stone centers. This spectacular 1940s piece was designed by Adolph Katz for Coro Craft, the company's high-end line. This three-dimensional Retro Modern brooch is in amazing condition, has a roll-over safety clasp, and is perfect for women who look best in warm colors. This piece was part of my personal collection – I am reluctantly offering it to a new home. Note that any color variations in metal are only camera reflections.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Coro bracelet with aquamarine & diamante set in gold-plated sterling
    1940s Coro bracelet with aquamarine & diamante in gold
    USD$295.00

    Aquamarine, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling 1940s Coro Bracelet

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    This Coro bracelet was an engagement gift from the former owner’s fiancé in 1945. It had remained in the family until the couple’s son sold it to me. A well-crafted Retro Modern design by Adolph Katz for Coro’s high-end line, it features aquamarine-glass-stone centers and diamanté set in gold-plated sterling silver with a fold-over clasp. The safety chain is a replacement. This piece is another wonderful example of period design and manufacture from one of the best! If you prefer white metal, scroll down to see the same bracelet in all diamanté set in sterling silver.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Calla lily brooch with citrine by Coro
    Close-up view of citrine navettes
    USD$295.00

    Citrine Calla Lily Brooch by Coro

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    This calla lily brooch is a rose-gold-plated sterling silver ribbon tied in a three-looped bow. Three stems of flowers with citrine-glass navette centers sit on top, and three tiny navettes tie the stems together. This 1940s Retro Modern creation has a roll-over safety catch. Until I saw the drawing on the design patent (in the last photo), I thought the brooch should be worn the other way around, so the flowers are reaching for the sky! The photos show the brooch both ways, so you can decide. This lovely Adolph Katz design for Coro’s high-end line, Corocraft, was also made with multi-colored stones – scroll down to see it.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Coro necklace with gold & diamanté centerpiece
    Corocraft gold necklace by Adolph Katz
    USD$275.00

    Diamanté & Gold Snake Chain 1950s Coro Necklace

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    This Coro necklace features gold-plated fretwork embellished with rows of gold-ended baguettes as its centerpiece, which reminds me of a cornucopia. A pear-shaped diamanté adorns the tail of the hook-and-tail closure of the snake chain. This piece is another great example of the work Adolph Katz produced for Coro’s high-end line. What’s interesting is that this piece appears in an October 1, 1953 Vogue ad with the following copy:  “excitingly beautiful as Paris by night … Vendome by Coro“.  (Vendome later became another one of the company’s high-end lines.) Also of interest is the difference of the clasp on the necklace versus that shown on the design patent.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Coro sterling brooch or pair of clips in ‘Platina’ design
    Another view of Coro 'Platina' Duette
    USD$195.00

    Diamanté & Sterling ‘Platina’ 1940s Duette by Coro

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    This Coro sterling brooch is a pair of flowers with diamanté centers and oval petals, crowned with baguettes, and set in pavé-embellished sterling silver. It was designed as part of the Platina line by Adolph Katz for the company’s high-end pieces. You can wear this one as a brooch or as separate dress clips. The double-prong fastener works well with weightier fabrics, such as wool blazers and dresses. This piece was advertised along with the complete Platina line in a fashion magazine with the copy: “Glittering glamour set in sterling silver with that ‘platinum look'”. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Coro’s name.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Coro vintage bracelet in sterling with diamante
    Sterling silver & diamante 1940s bracelet
    USD$295.00

    Diamanté & Sterling 1940s Bracelet by Coro

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    This Coro vintage bracelet is a well-crafted 1940s Retro Modern jewel designed by Adolph Katz for the company’s high-end line. This piece has large diamanté centers decorated with small diamanté set in curled, sterling silver plaques. This bracelet closes with a fold-over clasp; the safety chain is a replacement. This jewel is another wonderful example of period design and manufacture from one of the best! It and a pair of Art Deco earrings – an unexpected but splendid combination – were worn by a beautiful model on the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019! Scroll down to see these beautiful earrings as well as the same bracelet design in vermeil sterling with aquamarine-glass centers.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Coro Duette vintage jewelry with diamanté leaves
    Separate Coro leaf dress clips
    USD$195.00

    Diamanté Leaf 1940s Coro Duette

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    This Coro Duette is a vintage jewelry piece composed of a pair of leaves with emerald-cut and round diamanté set in rhodium-plated metal. Designed by Adolph Katz, this piece can be worn as a brooch or as separate dress clips. This substantial double-clip brooch was advertised in the December 1, 1947 issue of Vogue and the April 1948 issue of Mayfair. The ad in the last photo shows an example of how to wear the clips. Their double-prong fasteners work well with heavier fabrics, such as wool blazers and dresses. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, beneath Coro's name.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Coro Duette to be worn as dress clips or a brooch, with round diamante and baguettes
    Canadian-made Coro Art Deco Duette
    USD$295.00

    Diamanté Winged 1930s Coro Duette

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    This Coro Duette can be worn as separate dress clips or a brooch. Embellished with round diamanté and baguettes, this piece looks like a pair of wings. The rhodium-plated brooch mechanism closes with a roll-over safety clasp. This jewel was made in Canada, where Coro had manufacturing operations and sales rooms from 1934 until about 1970. I’m surprised that the maker’s name is absent, but I am confident that this double-clip brooch is by Coro. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Coro’s name. Scroll down to see several coordinating bracelets.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Gold ribbon brooch w/emerald & diamanté flower
    Close-up view of jeweled flower
    USD$195.00

    Emerald & Diamanté Gold Ribbon Brooch

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    This gold ribbon brooch is a triple-loop horizontal bow adorned with a row of diamanté at each end. A flower cupped in the same vermeil sterling sits on top. It has a diamanté center and petals of baguettes alternating with teardrop-shaped emerald-glass stones. This Retro Modern piece was designed by Adolph Katz for CoroCraft, Coro’s high-end line of costume jewelry. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Note that any bright color variations in metal are only camera reflections.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Corocraft bracelet in rose-gold with emeralds & diamanté
    Front of 1940s Adolph Katz bracelet
    USD$345.00

    Emerald, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling Corocraft Bracelet

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    This Corocraft bracelet has faceted, oval emerald-glass stones set in rose-gold-plated sterling silver and accented with pavé scroll links. The color combination is rich and timeless. Designed in the Retro Modern style by Adolph Katz for Coro’s high-end line, this graceful piece has a fold-over clasp with safety chain. A lovely addition to the jewelry wardrobe of those who wear warm colors.
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • Coro bouquet brooch w/emeralds & diamanté in vermeil sterling
    Brooch as positioned in 'Vogue' ad
    USD$195.00

    Emerald, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling Coro Bouquet Brooch

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    This Coro bouquet brooch is another beautiful Retro Modern design by Adolf Katz for Coro’s high-end line. This jewel features a gold-washed-sterling silver wide furled ribbon. It has one edge trimmed in diamanté and emerald-glass baguettes at the center of the curl. A cut in the ribbon holds four baguette-lined stems with faceted, oval, foil-backed emerald-glass flowers with diamanté accents. This piece has a complex construction, as illustrated by the rivets that bind the elements. The pin fastens with a roll-over safety clasp. This brooch was included in an ad in the August 1, 1944 issue of Vogue that featured Coro-Craft “Masterpieces of Fashion Jewelry”. The first image shows the brooch as it is positioned in the technical drawing for the design patent; the second shows it as positioned in the ad. You decide how to wear it!
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Coro brooch from the 1940s, Stars in the Sky set in rose vermeil sterling
    Close-up of Coro bouquet brooch
    USD$395.00

    Gemstone & Rose Vermeil Sterling ‘Stars in the Sky’ 1940s Brooch by Coro

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    This 1940s Coro brooch is named Stars in the Sky. At 4 1/2" in length, this bouquet brooch designed by Adolph Katz is a triumph of the Retro Modern style and the largest piece in this collection. Nine rose-gold-plated sterling silver stems are held together with furls of ribbon and topped with faceted-glass flowers in shades of emerald, sapphire, ruby and citrine. Diamanté accents complete the piece. This brooch, priced at $15, was advertised in the September 1, 1943 issue of Vogue.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Calla lily pin with 3 gemstones by Coro
    Close-up view of amethyst, ruby & peridot glass stones
    USD$295.00

    Gemstone & Rose Vermeil Sterling Calla Lily Pin by Coro

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    This calla lily pin from the 1940s has a rose-gold-plated sterling silver ribbon tied in a three-looped bow. Three stems of calla lilies with a navette centers of amethyst, ruby, and peridot glass sit on top. Tiny pink tourmaline, sapphire, and diamanté navettes tie the stems together. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Although the drawing in the design patent shows this brooch with the flowers facing down, I prefer them facing up, reaching for the sky! The photos show both positions, so you can decide. This gorgeous Retro Modern design by Adolph Katz for Coro’s high-end line was also made with all citrine flowers – scroll down to see that version.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Adolph Katz brooch in gold w/gemstones
    Close-up view of jeweled flower center
    USD$295.00

    Gemstone & Vermeil Sterling Flower Adolph Katz Brooch

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    This Adolph Katz brooch is a substantial gold-plated sterling silver flower adorned with aquamarine- and ruby-glass stones and a diamanté center. The petals have decorative piercings and are tilted and slightly curled, giving them lots of life. Stylized and graceful, this jewel is a fine example of the Retro Modern style so popular in the 1940s. This three-dimensional jewel is a larger version of two brooch/pendants and a corsage bracelet in this design – scroll down to see them. Note that any bright color variations in metal are only camera reflections.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Vintage brooch pendant in vermeil sterling w/jewels
    Close-up view of jeweled center
    USD$295.00

    Gemstone & Vermeil Sterling Flower Brooch/Pendant

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    This vintage brooch pendant is a substantial 1940s ‘2-for-1’ jewel. The gold-plated sterling silver flower is embellished with aquamarine- and ruby-glass stones and diamanté accents. The petals of the flower have decorative piercing and are tilted and slightly curled, giving it lots of life. Designed by the remarkable Adolph Katz, this three-dimensional piece is a fine example of the Retro Modern style. One photo shows the pendant on a black cord, but you may prefer a gold chain. A 17-inch, 2mm black rubber cord with a stainless steel twist lock (just like the one in the photo) is included with this purchase. Scroll down to see similar brooches with a diamanté center (one has the pendant loop) as well as a bracelet with that design, all by the same maker. Note that any bright color variations in metal are only camera reflections.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Vintage flower brooch by Coro with diamanté, aqua and ruby set in gold-plated sterling
    Close-up of Coro brooch
    USD$295.00

    Gemstone & Vermeil Sterling Flower Brooch/Pendant by Coro

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    This substantial vintage flower brooch made from gold-plated sterling silver is adorned with aquamarine- and ruby-glass stones and a diamanté center – a fine example of the Retro Modern style. The petals of the flower are decorated with piercings and are tilted and slightly curled, giving them lots of life. Designed by the remarkable Adolph Katz, this piece can be worn as a brooch or pendant. One photo shows the pendant on a black cord, but you may prefer a gold chain. A 17-inch, 2mm black rubber cord with a stainless steel twist lock (just like the one in the photo) is included with this purchase. Scroll down to see the matching bracelet, a larger version of this brooch, and another brooch/pendant in the same design with a color variation. Note that any bright color variations in metal are only camera reflections.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Jewel flower corsage bracelet w/gold double snake chain
    Bracelet front
    USD$345.00

    Gemstone Flower Corsage Bracelet in Vermeil Sterling

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    This jewel flower corsage bracelet is a 1940s Coro creation in gold-plated sterling silver. The corsage is adorned with ruby- and aquamarine-glass stones along with a diamanté center. Two larger diamanté are at each end. The double snake chain attaches to the corsage with pavé links. Scroll down to see two brooch/pendants and a larger brooch in the same design by Adolph Katz. All are perfect jewels for those who love Retro Modern design.
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • Ribbon bow brooch with gemstone bouquets
    Close-up view of gemstone flowers
    USD$195.00

    Gemstone Ribbon Bow Brooch by Coro

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    This ribbon bow brooch was made by Coro in the 1940s, for their high-end Coro Craft line. Created from rose-gold-plated sterling silver, this piece is adorned with a small bouquet of navette flowers of emerald, amethyst, and sapphire glass on each loop. This richly-colored Retro Modern classic has a roll-over safety clasp. Wear it at the throat of a blouse, at the bottom of a V-neckline, or on the collar of a jacket.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Merry Whirl Duette & Gay Swirl earrings
    Horizontal view of Coro's Merry Whirl Duette
    USD$195.00

    Gold & Diamanté ‘Merry Whirl’ Duette & ‘Gay Swirl’ Earrings

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    This 'Merry Whirl' Duette was sold to me as a set with these earrings. Although all pieces are gold-tone with diamanté and made by the same company, my research uncovered a different story. The screw-back earrings are, in fact, from their 'Gay Swirl' design. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t hesitate to wear these pieces together. The Duette, Coro’s double clip brooch, can be worn as a brooch (in the positions shown) or as separate dress clips. These jewels were advertised in the April 1948 issue of Life magazine, which is how I found out the design names. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Coro's name.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Flower brooch pin w/golden topaz & vermeil sterling
    Close-up view of faceted, oval golden-topaz stones oval
    USD$245.00

    Golden Topaz & Vermeil Sterling Flower Brooch by Coro

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    This flower brooch pin is a graceful, large gold-plated sterling silver jewel created by CoroCraft, the company’s high-end line. Oval, faceted golden-topaz-glass stones form the flower that sits atop the stem. The tilt of the blossom and the furled leaves make this piece look as though it is blowing in the wind. This stylized design was very popular in the 1940s. Joan Crawford wore a similar brooch at the throat of her blouse in a scene in Mildred Pierce.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Coro Duette brooch & earrings set
    Coro-Craft Duette brooch
    USD$795.00

    Ruby, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling 1940s ‘Sparkling Peonies’ Duette & Earrings Set by Coro

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    This Coro Duette brooch has two rose-gold-plated sterling silver flowers edged in diamanté with ruby-glass-stone centers. It can be worn as a brooch or as separate dress clips, and has matching earrings. Made for the company's high-end line, this stunning set showcases one of Adolph Katz’s brilliant Retro Modern designs, from both an aesthetic and engineering point of view. For Duettes that were asymmetrical like this one, the brooch frame had to be customized to work with the particular pair of clips. Truly gorgeous pieces in remarkable condition! You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Coro's name. This design was advertised by the company as Sparkling Peonies.
    USD$795.00
    USD$795.00
  • Coro Duette pin in gold with sapphires & diamanté
    Gold spiral seashells Duette with jewels
    USD$275.00

    Sapphire, Diamanté & Gold Spiral Seashell Coro Duette

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    This Coro Duette pin looks like a pair of spiral seashells. The gold-plating is adorned with sapphire-glass baguettes and pavé centers. This Duette, Coro’s name for their double clip brooch, is like a '2-for-1' jewel! Wear it as a brooch or as separate dress clips. The double-prong fastener works well with heavier fabrics, such as wool blazers and dresses. The all-diamanté version of this piece appeared in a 1950 Coro ad in Life with the slogan “the perfect jewel of a gift” and with the price of $10.50! (In 1950, the average U.S. family income was $81.48 a week.) You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Coro's name.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Coro flower brooch – sterling silver bouquet
    Close-up view of flower
    USD$175.00

    Sterling Flower Bouquet 1940s Brooch by Coro

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    This 1940s Coro flower brooch has five sterling silver stems tied in a bouquet. From Coro-Craft, the company's high-end line, this piece bears hints of the Retro Modern style of that decade – the slightly curved, stylized flowers and the 3 ¾” length. This piece has a roll-over safety clasp.
    USD$175.00
    USD$175.00