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Beaded flower brooch in red & white
Close-up view of flowered beads
Brooch back, showing construction

Red & White Beaded Flower Brooch


MAKER: Unsigned

SIZE: 1 7/8" x 1 3/4"

CONDITION: Excellent

DATE: 1920s



This beaded flower brooch was made in the 1920s. It has round red and white glass beads of various sizes set in concentric circles. Molded-glass flowers in the same colors sit at the top. The components are wired together by hand and sewn onto two layers of brass-tone filigree. The trombone clasp tells me this Art Deco jewel was made in Europe. The construction and design make me think it’s from France. What a charming piece!

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Red & White Beaded Flower Brooch

$195.00 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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