The Fred A Block jewelry was made in the 1940's with enamels, gold metals, clear plastics and rhinestones. The company is also known to have produced a limited amount of jelly belly type pins. A showroom was opened in the early 1940's on the second floor of the Chicago Merchandise Mart. The company ceased operations in 1949.
This fantastic Fred Block brooch is set in gold vermeil over pot metal in an open 3-dimensional design which creates the illusion of a large flower. The center is a huge emerald cut, open back, aquamarine crystal measuring over 3/4" square. Four surrounding open circles flare up and out representing pedals, each containing a center diamond rhinestone surrounded by eight smaller sets, which is encircled by seven large yellow topaz rhinestones. The color combination and design is lovely. Fred Block jewelry is rare and highly collectible. The brooch measures 2 1/4" in width and height. Excellent vintage condition with only slight metal wear on the back. Stamped "Fred A Block" in a cartouche. This brooch will turn heads.
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