Costume-jewelry expert Kathy Flood devotes a full two pages to Fiona's brooches in her tome "The Jewelry Face Book of Pins & Pendants: Vintage Visages." She describes Fiona's artistry thusly: "Her work is hand-sculpted, hand-painted, and each face is one of a kind. Her first 1989 commissioned series of faces titled 'Ladies Who Lunch' sold out, with each pin $85 to $100."
I particularly like this quirky piece which does not have the sort of old-world, old-fashioned charm many of Fiona's little "portraits" possess. Rather, this lady, with her sunglasses and shag haircut, seems to be a gal who does not suffer fools gladly.
Fiona's portrait pieces feature 22k gold luster-accents, in this case that touch being applied to the woman's shades. This is one of Fiona's older pieces as it is signed on the back with the artist's name in gold. Ms. Flood notes, "Later she switched to a needle-tip tool for signing when [the] clay is half dry."
Measurements are 2 3/4" long x 2 1/8" at widest point. Please be advised my camera made the lady seem a bit darker than she really is; in point of fact, her skin is more, well, porcelain! There is a tiny bit of cracking at the bottom of the clay on THE BACK of the brooch (see last photo), which is of course of no import when it is worn.