This gorgeous rhinestone and pot metal bow brooch is antique or almost, not merely vintage by American 75-year standards. It's exactly the sort of jewel that ladies began to favor in the mid-1930s, when the flat look of Art Deco gave way to dimensionality and film stars dripping with diamonds set the taste. The Depression was still on, so lesser mortals made do with loads of rhinestones.
Of truly important scale, more than 3 inches wide and 2 inches tall, this brooch is big enough to command attention even on a coat or cape. It would also look fabulous pinned to a ribbon choker or in your hair. It's paved with faceted round rhinestones, of which there must be close to a hundred. Age-appropriate surface wear is apparent on reverse, but the front is pretty close to perfect. Here the metalwork is quite bright, apparently surfaced with rhodium or chromium, the hard-wearing cousins of platinum. All stones are well-matched for color, although a few stones may be later replacements; it's impossible to tell. Provenance is a Dallas area estate.
Rhinestone brooches of similar age and scale are offered elsewhere for as much as $500, so ours is a steal -- and would make an extremely impressive gift. For further savings, there's no charge for insured U.S. shipping and gift-wrap is always free when desired.
There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!