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Citrine pin with diamanté on gold-tone textured leaf
Another full view of Elsa Schiaparelli brooch
Close-up view of front detail
Brooch back with maker's mark

Citrine & Diamanté Spray on Gold Leaf Brooch


MAKER: Elsa Schiaparelli

SIZE: 2" x 1 1/4"

CONDITION: Excellent

DATE: Early-1950s

MARKS: "Schiaparelli" (in script) on oval cartouche


This citrine pin by Elsa Schiaparelli is a lovely example of 1950s tailored jewelry. A richly-textured, gold-plated leaf forms the base. The top layer has citrine-glass-stone flowers with pavé silver-tone stems. The level of detail is superb: in addition to the elaborate, layered construction, the leaf has visible veins and a furled bottom on its front as well as texture on the back. I’m not sure which way this jewel was intended to be worn, so I’m showing both orientations in the photos – take a look and decide which you prefer.

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Citrine & Diamanté Spray on Gold Leaf Brooch

$395.00 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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