Every much-loved jewelry collection is unified by one lady's curatorial eye. Even pieces that may at first seem very different reveal similarities on closer study. In this case, no probing inspection is needed. These two brooches from the same midwestern estate speak clearly of a very feminine woman: a devotee of graceful, airy forms, deft craftsmanship, dainty scale and vivid, but not aggressive, colors. Together they represent their original owner's taste so well that it would be a shame to separate them -- and no doubt they'll both appeal to another woman who shares that sensibility.
The brooch at left is most remarkable for its ruby-red enamelwork forming a circlet of six stylized hearts around the central cabochon of shimmering faux-moonstone. Six rays of goldtone metal finish in stylized fleurs de lys for a bit of heraldic flair. The abundance of detail and somewhat domed shape combine to make a statement much bigger than the brooch's inch-round size.
The brooch at right is a little larger (about 1.25 inches round), also domed and subtly incorporating heart shapes in the petals that radiate from the center set with faux coral cabochons and pearls. Most notable here is that yummy peach color, elegantly complemented by slightly gray pearls. The mix of hues couldn't be more sophisticated -- not something we often see in costume jewelry.
The stones in both pins are great pretenders which, especially given their resrained size, can easily be taken for real. Adding to the luxurious look, the metalwork is classy, not brassy. Fasteners are fairly early, typically 1920s-1930s types -- so, by American 75-year standards, these little jewels are already antique, not merely vintage. Having been worn and stored with care, they're in fabulous condition. Love them as their first owner did and they'll be around for another century.
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