Measuring 2 1/2" x 2 1/4" this extraordinary brooch by Rima Padova is a fine example of her excellence in design, and the Brutalist forms that helped forge an entirely new range of modernism in jewelry design, starting in the 1950's. Known also as a sculptress, she created sleek modern sculptures and lamps that were iconic in the mid century design movement. Clearly influenced by the masters in fine art of the era, such as Brancusi, Modigliani, her elongagted and abstracted shapes are appealing and timeless. As a jewelry designer, she was sought by major companies, such as Tiffany and Cartier, and taught jewelry design at Parsons and numerous other institutions. Her works were commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she created works for JFK, RFK, MLK and other important figures. The organic and fluid shapes she created in jewelry are stunning and represent the finest of design in this genre. This brooch is signed with her signature "Rima" and tests as 9K gold. The bright and deeply colored surface may be coated with a higher karat gold, as was often done. The form, heavily hammered surface and deep color are striking and dramatic, and represents the highest of Brutalist design. Please note that some of the photos are a bit washed out in color of the gold; it is a very bright and deep gold color.