This incredible and glorious butterfly is dazzling in its beauty and charm. Superb stone quality and craftsmanship mark this piece as designer, but I can find nothing like this enchantingly winged creature. She is very special indeed, and glows with mystery and allure. Crystal clear pave' set rhinestones cover most of her wings, while jewel-like rhinestones in glowing colors provide accents. On the upper wings we have two large ruby red chatons, with smaller chatons in emerald green, rose, sapphire and light sapphire. Two small marquis stones in topaz and peridot are placed closer to the body, while two more in bright rose and aquamarine grace the lower wings. Anchoring the lower wings are two large topaz oval cut stones, which are open backed, and small chatons of peridot, bright red, rose and amethyst. I love how only the largest stones on the wings match each other, while the other stones appear to be random. The body of our butterfly is comprised of oval and round rhinestones that are clear and glittering. The top oval stone is open backed for extra sparkle and shimmer. Two bright and heavily pronged inquisitive red eyes add personality, and the little silver tone metal antennae hold two tiny clear stones. The antennae and stones show the only wear on this large brooch, with some visible metal wear and slightly dull stones. She is so lovely, though, that we can forgive her for showing her age just a teeny bit. Each and every stone has been carefully prong set by hand on the silver tone setting. The metal on the back appears to be a blend of silver and gold tones, or it may be a wonderful patina. The amazing quality of this piece cannot be overstated. I've never seen a brooch quite like this one, with stones having the sparkle and depth that these do. The design is spectacular as well, and she is quite heavy at 1.4 ounces. She remains a mystery, and unsigned.
TIME PERIOD: circa 1940's - 1960's
CONDITION: Overall condition is excellent, with the exception of the antennae and the two tiny rhinestones. All other stones are present and exceptionally clear and bright. The pin bar and clasp are in good working order.
SIZE: Measures a large 3 1/4" in width by 3" in height
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Item ID: PB-675
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