This vintage pin is a real dazzler, paved with beautifully cut crystals of excellent quality and substantial size - almost 2" x 1 1/4" (5 cm x 3 cm). Although acquired from the estate of a very elderly Englishwoman, this jewel looks French to me. The mix of geometric forms is extremely sophisticated. Note the oval outline and triangular ends, inset with stones of both rectangular and round shape surrounding that wonderful square-cut central crystal. There's exciting variety and yet stylistically the design holds together with perfect integrity. (In case you didn't notice, I find this jewel particularly yummy.)
Also of special interest is the gold-colored setting of what seems an essentially Deco design. White metals were of course a great deal more commonplace in Deco days, which inspired me to do some research and discover that aurora borealist crystals debuted in 1955. Thus, the jewel dates from the 1950s, rather than the 1930s, but who cares?
Condition is so immaculate that you'd actually think it's new, if you didn't know its provenance. Except on the pinstem assembly, under very high magnification, I can't find even slight signs of wear. And the yellow gold surface is not only unworn but extra-bright in hue, suggesting very high-carat plating. The reverse is interestingly pebbled.
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