This stunning set signed Bellini is by FormArt. A “sleeper” company based in New York that will one day be every bit as sought after as other well known names in the business in my opinion.
Information on this company is sketchy, and confusing to boot. I had puzzled over the maker's history for some time before going to a Google community to ask if anyone there knew about them. Another Ruby Lane shop owner Pam from WhimsicalVintage (also the owner of the Community Vintage & Antiques) found out this information from the source. Here's what she shared with us.
“I called FormArt/Bellini today at their NYC office and spoke to a very nice and helpful woman who told me that all Bellini and FormArt marks have only been in existence since 1988, when the company was founded. These marks would be: FormArt Bellini, Bellini, Bellini Collection.
Bellini (when it comes to jewelry) did not exist prior to FormArt in 1988.
She (the woman at FormArt) was shocked to find out that many people are listing their items as 1960's and 1970's ( a google search will have you shocked at how many there are). She also told me that they did always use clips on their heavier earrings and that their designs in the late 80's/ early 90's had the appearance of much older pieces.”
I myself know this set was at least from around 1991 as I had borrowed them that year to wear to a special occasion, so I can safely say they are at least 25 years old now.
The Brooch is an exquisite study of a Giant Clam measuring 1 1/2” across at its widest point and 1 1/2” high. Completely encrusted with nearly two hundred sparkling white Rhinestones of graduated sizes set in precious Rhodium plating which reflects and illuminates a stunning 10mm simulated Champagne colored pearl lying at the center of the shell.
The sets matching clip earrings are perfect smaller replicates of the broach, measuring 6/8” wide and 6/8” high, each boasting its own beautiful 05mm simulated Champagne colored Pearls.
All pieces are in excellent vintage condition. There is a slight loss of surface on two of the faux pearls. The brooch pearl is hard to notice, one earring pearl is slightly easier to see, but honestly does not detract from the stunning overall beauty of the set. The Rhodium Plating is completely intact on all surfaces, all stones are in place and clear. The pin action on the broach is perfect with the thumb clasp closing nicely as it should. Earring clips hold securely but never pinch. The dark coloration around the faux pearls is actually reflection of the color of the pearl in the very reflective center, any black that you see is actually my camera reflecting its color, yes it is just that bright and reflective. All photo's are high resolution and extreme closeup shots. All of the tiny scratches you see in the photo on the back can not be seen with the unaided eye, the white spots are reflected light. (it is so hard to get good pictures of highly reflective surfaces such as these)
You should expect to pay $95.00 or more for this set if in perfect condition. It is just that well made and just that stunning. However because of the slight imperfection on two of the pearls I have adjusted the price accordingly.
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