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Coro bracelet with aquamarine & diamante set in gold-plated sterling
1940s Coro bracelet with aquamarine & diamante in gold
Full view of Coro Retro Modern bracelet
Close-up view of Adolph Katz-designed Coro bracelet
View of back of Coro bracelet
Close-up view of Coro bracelet back
Coro Craft maker's mark on bracelet
Design patent for aquamarine & diamante bracelet

Aquamarine, Diamanté & Vermeil Coro Bracelet



SIZE: 7 1/4" x 3/4"

CONDITION: Excellent

DATE: c.1945 (based on design patent and use of sterling, per Brunialti)

MARKS: "Coro" (in script) "CRAFT" with Pegasus and "STERLING" on rectangular cartouche

REFERENCE: Design patent D141,122 issued to Adolph Katz in 1945

This Coro bracelet was an engagement gift from the former owner’s fiancé in 1945. It had remained in the family until the couple’s son sold it to me. A well-crafted Retro Modern design by Adolph Katz for Coro’s high-end line, it features aquamarine-glass-stone centers and diamanté set in gold-plated sterling silver with a fold-over clasp. The safety chain is a replacement. This piece is another wonderful example of period design and manufacture from one of the best!

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Aquamarine, Diamanté & Vermeil Coro Bracelet

$295.00 USD
Why Buy Vintage Costume Jewelry?

One reason is that it’s environmentally friendly. Resale fashion and vintage jewelry has become a preferred sustainable and affordable shopping choice by today’s discerning fashion and eco-conscious consumer.

Another major reason is the quality. Although vintage costume jewelry was made for all levels of the marketplace – from dime stores to high-end fashion boutiques and jewelry stores – you will find only the best pieces here. They were well-designed and carefully made to last. The manufacturers represented here used only the finest materials – glass stones and beads from Bohemia, Austria, and France, and faux pearls from France and Japan. Settings were primarily sterling silver, gold-filled, or base metals heavily plated with gold, silver, or rhodium. Stones were hand-set, and pieces were hand-finished.

The northeastern part of the U.S. was the center of the industry, with the largest companies located in Providence, Rhode Island by the end of World War II. During the Depression, the quality of costume pieces climbed to new levels when many jewelers and craftsmen had to switch to this segment of the industry. In addition, it attracted many skilled workers who fled the political situation in Europe for the U.S. For these reasons, designs and manufacturing techniques rivaled those employed in the making of fine jewelry.

A third reason to buy costume jewelry is its uniqueness. Having survived for so many decades in such wonderful condition and having been selected for their aesthetic quality, the pieces you’ll find here are unlikely to be found elsewhere.

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