Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Coro Vendome Topaz Necklace w Earrings Rare Parallelogram Crystals Vintage Jewelry $165

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This stunning Topaz crystal necklace and long maxi dangle earrings is a Vendome designer set. Made in the 1950s and obviously designed by Helen Marion, the unique Topaz crystals on the necklace are elongated hexagonal cross cut bicones or trapezoids that shimmer in blazing golden yellow hues.

Artistically expressive designs, such as this set, was the main reason for Vendome's great success. Of all the various colored crystal necklaces made by Vendome, this elegant single strand Topaz necklace is of the hardest to find, especially with such unusual trapezoid crystals. A top designer line of Coro, Vendome was well known for the use of high quality Austrian crystals.
The trapezoid like Topaz crystals range in size from 13 mm to 16 mm long. The crystals are strung together by gold plated wire loops and tube beads. Spaced along the chain are Topaz crystal bicone saucer beads as well.

 If you are a collector, you will be thrilled to know that this necklace has never been worn and retains two original paper hang tags. One tag is the signed Vendome paper tag and the other is the Vendome Fleur de Lis logo tag. The necklace is not signed on the clasp, and the earrings are not signed on the clips.


 The long dangle earrings feature large Topaz bicones with gold metal filigree bell caps at the tops. Separated by long slender gold metal tube beads, the top of the earrings are finished with faceted round Topaz crystals; two round crystals per earring. The earrings are clips and they are the slender lever style that are comfortable to wear.

The necklace is 20 1/4" long or 50.6 cm. If you would like to make the necklace a little bit longer, you can add a gold metal extension chain below.

 A 3" extension would allow you to hook the necklace anywhere between 20 1/4" to 23 1/4" and a 4" extension chain could be hooked between 20 1/4" to 24 1/4". The maxi length dangle earrings are 3" or 7.5 cm long. The impressive Topaz bicones on the earrings are 15 mm.


 As I said before, this set has never been worn and the entire set is in fabulous microscopically clean condition. The gold metal is polished and bright and there is no gold metal wear anywhere. The clips on the earrings are like new as well. I have examined all of the crystals under a 6" lighted magnifying glass and some pin pricks on scattered facets can be seen here and there on the crystals; signs of light handling and something not visible unless examined up close.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Chandelier Rhinestone Earrings Maxi Diamonds Vintage Jewelry $110

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Made in the 1950s, these jaw dropping clear crystal and black glass chandelier maxi earrings are a rare Fleur de Lis design! This dramatic very stupendous design is one that you will rarely find!

 The earrings are made for pierced ears and each earring features three clear rhinestone chains, terminating in three diamond rhinestone frames. The diamond shaped black glass cabs are etched glass with a polished finish that looks like polished Onyx.
The earrings are maxi lengths at 2 1/16" long x 1 1/16" wide , or 5.5 cm x 2.6 cm. 

The crystals and rhinestones have super spectacular clarity and brilliance. All of the rhinestones and crystals are original, present, and sparkling clean. The earrings are made of silver pot metal that is pristine clean as well.

 These earrings are so flattering and so glamorous ... and they are a rare find!

Art Deco Signed Pin Gold Silver Lady Face Brooch Vintage Jewelry $155

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This very impressive large lady face pin or pendant is signed Art Deco with the design number B362. Art Deco is the name of the US jewelry designer that made this piece in the 1980s. Jewelry that was made by this designer is hard to find today as they did not produce a lot of jewelry.

This brooch is big, heavy, and thick. It is a glemaing mixed metal combination made of solid brass with thick and polished gold and silver plating. The lady has an Art Deco look with wind swept hair and a long slender face. The hair is textured gold with black enamel in the recessed areas. The face is a highly polished silver metal and the eyes and mouth are accented in gold.

The brooch is molded in relief in an arched 3D fashion. The brooch is about 3 1/2" tall x 2 1/2" wide or 8.5 cm x 6.5 cm. It weighs 86 grams, or about 3 ounces. You can get a better indication of the size by looking at the photo of the brooch in my hand.

The brooch, both front and back, is in excellent pristine clean condition. There are no scratches, dings, or other imperfections. The back is finished in glistening textured gold and the brooch has the original fine working safety clasp and a large bail.

Reinad Asian Lady Face Pin Red Clear Rhinestone Paves Vintage Jewelry $225

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This Asian Princess brooch is designer signed Reinad and was made sometime during the 1940s or the early 1950s. This exceptional lady face pin is a spectacular rare presentation piece. This is an excellent price on this piece as it is valued close to $500.


The face or mask is made of silver pot metal and is completely paved with diamond like clear rhinestones. The eyes, the eyebrows, and the mouth, are cut out open areas. The headdress is made of fans of clear baguette crystals with a cluster of ruby red crystal chatons at the top. The lady also has dazzling rows of ruby red crystals as earrings.

This brooch is medium large in size at 2 3/8" tall x 2" wide or 6 cm x 5.3 cm. The entire pin is microscopically clean and in superb condition. All of the crystals and rhinestones are original, present, and super sparkling. The pot metal on the back and sides is flawless with no imperfections like dings, scratches, or wear. The back has the original fine working safety clasp. The Reinad signature is slightly worn and the last two letters are faint.


Reinad Novelty Co. of New York City was in business from 1922 til the mid-1950s. They produced only a few of their designs under their own name and were mostly a produced jewelry for the many of the high end designers such as Boucher, Hattie Carnegie and Eisenberg. Ref: A Tribute to America Costume Jewelry 1935-1950/Carla & Roberto Brunialti page 28. Fred Rezazadeh, in his book Costume Jewelry, states If you see a piece of Reinad jewelry you like, try to buy it, for you will not get a second chance.

Chandelier Rhinestone Earrings Chic Cube Midis Vintage Jewelry $85

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You might think these 1950s chandelier earrings are an Art Deco design, but these boxy midi dangles were considered "Chic Ultra Modern" in the 1950s. The box dangle design is very uncommon to find and I don’t think this style was made for more than a couple of years in the mid to late 1950s.

 The earrings are made for pierced ears and are made of silver rhodium metal. The box design is slightly arched, slightly curved on the sides, and completely paved with high quality Swarovski clear crystals, all prong set. The stone settings are very tight and precise as the craftsmanship is exemplary. 


At the bottom are 6 short matching dangles. The dangles are the perfect length at 7/8" long as this length makes the earring swing sharply with just the slightest movement, unlike longer dangles that you have to stand on your head and bounce around around like Nadia Comaneci in order to get the long sections to swing!

 Overall, the earrings are 1 3/4" long x 5/8" wide or 4.4 cm x 1.6 cm. Unsigned, both earrings are in pristine like new condition and have never been worn. The earrings are microscopically clean and sparkling and all of the crystals are original, present, and super brilliant. There is no rhodium wear or any imperfections anywhere.