Have you noticed how hard it is to find a jewel with both Modernist lines *and* sparkle? Those highly stylized, asymmetrical pieces that look so sophisticated are normally all about the metal, or perhaps have one rather dull stone. Here at last as the exception: a piece of Modernist jewelry dazzling enough for a night on the town! Even better, it gives you the versatility to wear it either as a brooch on your favorite dinner suit or as a pendant to enhance a low-cut gown.
Featuring high-quality layered constuction for a very rich effect, the jewel can be interpreted as an abstract floral spray or a fireworks display. From the central element at the base - the flower or swirling skyrocket - three long tendrils emanate, finishing in little leaves or comet tails. I counted 30 stones, all prong-set and open at the back for extra brilliance. They're in excellent undimmed condition, full of fire and likely Austrian. The metalwork is apparently plated with rhodium, a cousin of platinum, which can take a lot of wear and still keep shining. Thus, it takes extremely high magnification to notice any loss of finish (mostly on the brooch clasp, pinstem and pendant bale). The bale, BTW, has the pretty beaded decoration characteristic of earlier jewelry.
This treasure extends 1 3/4 inches in each dimension, so is of can't-miss-it size. Probable dating would be 1940s, although it could be a tad earlier or later. Provenance is a Texas estate.
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