This wonderful vintage brooch is signed Staret. It is a brooch made of silver tone metal in the shape of a woman's hand holding 2 flowers. The enameling is in great condition (Staret has a hard enamel that is very good and lasts) The brooch was probably made in 1940 and is in great condition. The rhinestones in the flowers are a little dark but over all in wonderful condition. The brooch measures 3" x 1-1/2".
STAR NOVELTY COMPANY, Chicago IL, USA ~ Most Likely 1935 - 1947. In 1941 the name Staret was registered in the Jewelry Board of Trade Directory and used until 1947 according to Brunialti A Tribute to America page 41 (I do not believe this is the same company that produced jewelry using the mark STAR). The Star Novelty Company, using the mark Staret, produced some of the finest costume jewelry during the 1940s. Notice that the company was based in Chicago just as Eisenberg, so I suppose there was bound to be a comparison between the two. It just so happens that this time the comparison is justified. This company produced high- end costume jewelry in premium settings such as rhodium with the highest quality rhinestones. Some of their patriotic designs include the famous Liberty Torch from 1942 and the Remember Pearl Harbor pin from the same year. This company was also well known for figural jewelry. Not all of their pieces were signed and it is believed that some of the pieces might have been produced for Staret by another manufacturer. Their jewelry is considered rare. Signature Designs/Techniques: Figurals, patriotic jewelry, quality, colorful rhinestones and floral brooches.
Staret Woman Holding Flowers Brooch