Designer William DeLizza and Harold Elster founded the D & E Company in 1947 and it closed in the late 1990's. By 1953 the 'Juliana' line of unmarked jewelry was being produced. For only two years, 1967-1969, the pieces were marked with a hang tag. There are some identifying clues to Juliana pieces - figure eight puddling of soldering , attached pin assembly, prong-set stones, odd numbers used in construction and wire reinforcement to list some. They also made jewelry for many of the major costume jewelry companies of the era to their individual specifications.
The color combination of this lovely brooch is fantastic. The large round center ruby rhinestone is surrounded by smaller violet rhinestones. Next are open-back, unfoiled, ruby emerald cut and amethyst pear shaped sets. The outer border is composed of four arches each consisting of one round pink and four violet rhinestones in graduated sizes. The brooch measures 2" across and has a safety clasp mechanism. All sets are prong-set in a gold-tone mounting. Near mint condition.
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