The classic art deco crescent moon/fan designed open work silver pot metal jewel features three phenomenal faceted domed oval vauxhall textured glass cabochons in clear and the perfect shade of rich deep red. Vauxhall glass is quite collectible because it just screams "antique" and because it's mirrored back creates such a beautiful glimmery effect.The edges of the jewel are adorned with pave set round cut brilliantly clear crystal rhinestones. All of the edges of the design have a milgrain pattern creating even more interest and sparkle. The red in this is a true rich deep red and the stones absolutely glow as they catch the light. The brooch measures 3 1/2 inches (8.9 cm) across by 1 1/2 inches (3.7 cm). Pinned to a simple length of ribbon this it would make the most amazing wedding gown sash. If instead you would like to wear the jewel in your hair, i can remove the pin back and mount on a new high quality hair comb base. (no extra charge; specify at check-out). Please note that photos show the brooch just setting on a hair comb base to give you a better idea of how it would look if converted.
The brooch is in excellent antique condition with all stones present and sparkly and no chips to those yummy vauxhall cabochons. The pin back functions perfectly. Though still of so much sparkle, the jewel has mellowed just a tad creating that softer authentic antique look and feel that can only be achieved with time.
I just love the contrast of the red against the clear stones and the vauxhall glass is truly amazing. Photos are not capturing the sparkle of this treasure adequately. Truly a gorgeous piece why settle for a vintage "look" (that always look like a reproduction) cookie cutter produced when you can have an authentic high-end period jewel there is a small hallmark stamped on the back but i can't quite make it out. To see all of my vintage red hair accessories and jewelry, please go here.
This is a very good article on the history of vauxhall glass. Box shown in photos is for display only and not included in the sale. Regarding quality - i have been making altered couture jewelry from vintage jewels for years. I use high quality silver and gold plated comb bases and guarantee that the jewels will not come off. Please see my shop "policies" section for details.
Please see cart for costs. This item is made of antique brooch and vauxhall glass cabochons, crystal rhinestones, pot metal, optional new silver plated comb base. The style is art deco and art nouveau.