Robert Levey, Davis Jaffe and Irving Landsman founded the Fashioncraft Jewelry Company in New York City in 1942. The company changed its name to Robert Originals, Inc about 1960. Their designs have natural and floral motifs with the use of faux pearls, colored glass, crystal beads and high quality imported rhinestones. The company closed in 1979. The "Original by Robert" mark was used from 1942 - 1979, with a copyright symbol added after 1955.
This beautiful Gold-tone and pastel colored rhinestone brooch, circa 1942-1955, has the classic 'Old World" charm. The heavy, gold-tone, filigree and twisted wire body is adorned with a huge, square diamond rhinestone which is surrounded by pastel pink, blue and amethyst sets in round, pear and marquise shapes. The sets are prong or bezel mounted, foiled and unfoiled, in open-back mounts. Because the large clear center stone is unfoiled and open-back, it has a yellowish cast from the gold-tone mounting, depending upon the lighting conditions. Suspended from the base of the body is a delicate gold-tone chain drop consisting of ten individual chains. The brooch measures 3 5/8" in length, 1 1/2" in width with a safety clasp mechanism and flip-up bale to create a pendant. The piece is marked "Original by Robert" within an artist pallet-shaped cartouche. Great piece in wonderful vintage condition.