This is a chance to own a piece of jewelry that came out of one of the master companies who decorated the legends of the silver screen. Eugene Joseff's designs were seen in "Gone with the Wind", " Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", and "Cleopatra", thus spanning decades. Joseff passed away in 1948, with his wife carrying on his legacy. His thinking produced articles which were often described as being larger than life.
Here is a brooch which echos the larger than life image. It is in the shape of a straight across bow, being 5 and 1/2 in at its longest point. It is 2 and 1/2 in at its widest point. The "bow" makes a fan of three elongated teardrops, with the "ends" rolling under, at its longer side. The other end of the "bow" has a fan spread of five of the above described teardrops. These are joined in the middle by a huge, round, white rhinestone, which is 1/2 in diameter.
Next comes one of the pin's outstanding attributes; as with all the Joseff gold tone metal pieces, they were created with a special, secret (to this day) Russian gold plating formula. All the metal in the pin is so made, with some patina and a little silvering around some edges.
The reverse of the pin has a soldered rectangular plaque in place. From the plaque up comes a style of much older jewelry, with is a straight pin, which fits into a curled C, to secure it to clothing.
There are currently pieces of jewelry coming out of the Joseff warehouse, which are older original pieces. Additionally, newer pieces have been created out of genuine vintage Joseff components. This brooch has the Joseff mark in script, dating it to the 1960's-1980's.
While there were many master craftsmen of costume jewelry, Joseff of Hollywood is one for the top of the heap. This brooch is in wonderful vintage condition and is the kind to passed on to another generation.
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