A sparkling, gorgeous, famous and rare Butler & Wilson diamante hand brooch that measures 6 x 3 inches! The hand is in clear crystal rhinestones in varying round sized rhinestones with red tear drop rhinestone fingernails and black tear drop cuff. The rhodium plated back has two pins to make it easier to lay correctly and a cartouche with the Butler & Wilson mark. Butler & Wilson jewelry continues to be adored by celebrities and collectors the world over. In 1982, Butler and Wilson had a series of Billboards that were outside their Fulham Road shop in London. They featured their famous celebrity clientele including Catherine Deneuve, Lauren Hutton and Faye Dunaway who was featured with this brooch. Princess Diana, Michael Jackson and others were also huge fans. Although they could afford the real thing they enjoyed the excitement of ingenious costume jewelry.
A book piece, seen on page 142 of Vivienne Becker's book entitled "Rough Diamonds: The Butler and Wilson Collection" published in 1990.
In the early 1970’s, two British Antique jewelers and designers, Nicky Butler and Simon Wilson started their own company, Butler & Wilson. Their jewelry was well made and utilized Austrian rhinestones and crystals all prong set and set into base gun metal, rhodium, polished gold plated or silver plated metals. The jewelry was very popular and was sought after because of its global flair. Princess Diana wore brooches by Butler & Wilson. The jewelry is marked “B & W” or Butler & Wilson. The partnership broke up in the 1990’s with Simon Wilson retaining the Butler and Wilson name. Since that time, Nicky Butler, under his own name, has designed and manufactured costume jewelry.
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