This fully dimensional brooch is beyond beautiful. It consists of a flower having a gentle very natural (close to what Mother Nature produced) form. Flower petals fold one upon the other. The turned over petals are delicately etched with a brushed matte finish with some shimmering gold highlights gently exploding with every turn. Encasing the golden petals are glorious vibrant pave set chaton stones set within a defined gold border. All rhinestones sparkle and shimmer just so wonderfully. This is one very desirable and quite hard to come across beauty in absolutely perfect condition. It looks as if it was never worn or handled. Just a fabulous find.
Measures 3-1/2” x 1-7/8”. Back is signed ©Francois in script.
Coro produced jewelry under several names. Most were moderately priced. The finer high end lines were Francois and Vendome. Francois was known for high quality and beautifully designed and executed faceted rhinestone jewelry. Coro later marketed jewelry under the name Francois, a fictitious designer, in 1938. Francois jewelry was sold only in the finer stores such as Bloomingdales.
I have another Francois brooch, slightly larger in size that is almost a twin of this one, minus rhinestones, with a more pronounced band of glimmering gold framing each petal.
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