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.
This lovely Juliana brooch, circa 1950's, consists of a combination of types and colors of sets. The outside edge has five faux MOP cabochons and five marquise amethyst rhinestones, the central blossom has five additional marquise amethyst and five round dark ruby rhinestones with a large amethyst aurora borealis rhinestone center. All stones are prong-set with solid backs. The brooch measures 1 3/4" across with safety clasp mechanism. Near mint condition with fabulous color.
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