Quickview Vintage Brooches & Pins, 1950s Jewelry, Reinad Jewelry
This large 1950s sunburst brooch with round, oval, baguette and trapezoid-shaped diamanté set in rhodium plating is simply stunning! Another hard-to-find Reinad piece that truly sparkles, this brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. This piece is great for special occasions as well as those days when you just want to be glamorous! For even more bling, add one of my 1950s diamanté bracelets – scroll down to see them.
Quickview Vintage Brooches & Pins, 1940s Jewelry, Reinad Jewelry
This 1940s Retro Modern large double-bow brooch by Reinad features oval amethyst, emerald, ruby, sapphire, peridot, citrine, diamanté, and pink tourmaline glass stones surrounded by silver-tone rope trim. Not for the faint-hearted, this statement piece goes with everything! Reinad had a short production period, and their pieces are hard to find.
Quickview Costume Jewelry Sets / Parures, 1940s Jewelry, Reinad Jewelry
I couldn’t decide if this 1940s Retro Modern rose-gold-washed sterling silver brooch with large faceted sapphire glass stones and diamanté accents by Reinad should be worn horizontally or vertically until I saw Anne Baxter wearing a set like this in the 1946 movie Angel on my Shoulder. Her brooch was perfectly placed in the vertical position on her dress at the base of its V-neckline. She even wore the matching earrings. The brooch has a roll-over safety clasp, and the earrings are screw-backs. I’ve included a photo of the brooch in the horizontal position, so you can decide if you prefer it that way. You can see a similar piece that was shown in the 1945 catalog of Bennett Brothers (a jewelry wholesaler). The page was entitled “New Pink Gold Finish on Sterling Silver — Styled by Master Craftsmen” (who were not named). The brooch shown in the last photo was $28.50 retail, and the earrings were $13.50, or $42.00 for the set. (While I don’t have income statistics for the mid-1940s, to put these prices in perspective, the U.S. government reported that by 1950, the average American household’s weekly income was about $81.)