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This is a large and unusual 1950s vintage brooch featuring two leaf shapes with the look and texture of elongated artichokes. The texture of the ‘artichokes’ is created by deep layers of overlapping navette-cut rhinestones, in cognac and olive green. They are trimmed with small amber-cloloured rounds which continue down the stems to a dainty pair of leaves, set with matching navettes.
The rhinestones are very securely prong-set and the setting is goldtone, fitted with a secure rollover safety clasp. From the position of the pin stem, the brooch would usually be worn horizontally (as above) but it sits well worn vertically too. Surprisingly for a brooch of this quality, it is not marked or signed at all.
Dimensions: 8.5 cm wide x 5 cm high (3.3″ x 2″)
Condition: Excellent vintage condition. A few amber rounds have darkened somewhat but otherwise, the rhinestones are bright and undamaged, with no chips to the ends of the navettes. The goldtone is in virtually mint condition.
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