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1940s Walter Lampl brooch
Close-up view of mesh & overlay of of leaves & stones
Brooch back
Maker's mark

Aquamarine, Pink Topaz & Gold Circle Walter Lampl Brooch


MAKER: Walter Lampl

SIZE: 2 1/8" x 2"

CONDITION: Excellent

DATE: 1940s (based on mark, per van Hoover)

MARKS: "WL" (in script) within shield and "1-20-12k" (signed under the bale)

REFERENCE: van Hoover, p.17

This gold-filled Walter Lampl brooch is formed by a series of rings in different designs. The widest is convex and made of gold-mesh, with an overlay of gold leaves and vines along with tiny pink-topaz-glass stones. A narrow ring of aquamarine-glass baguettes provides further embellishment. At the top is an elaborate horizontal bow with three loops on each side and in the center. This 1940s jewel has a roll-over safety clasp and a loop at the top and bottom to allow the piece to be worn as a pendant.

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Aquamarine, Pink Topaz & Gold Circle Walter Lampl Brooch

$195.00 USD
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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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