Is it a bee, a fly, or a dragonfly?
It's been labelled all three, but what it depicts matters less perhaps than what it is — a fantastic "tremblar" brooch from one of the costume jewelry world's best, Henry Schreiner.
Our trembler insect pin boasts of a luminescent multi-hue faux opal "jelly belly", and an array of pastel rhinestones quivering on its wings. Not signed, but a confirmed Schreiner creation in online galleries of the designer's best-known pieces.
Schreiner's tremblers are mostly from the 1960s, and these included insects like bugs and butterflies, and flowers, too. We've seen our insect tremblar in different colors, and some have bumpy teardrop beads for bodies. I think ours is one of the prettiest version — you can "see" the rainbow!
Its most unusual feature is its faux opal glass cabochon body. Shaped like a pear, it is the color of moonstone, with a certain luminescence. It shimmers with pale pink, lavender and green hues. It has a pair of pink crystal eyes, on a gilt head with gilt scroll antennae, and its two legs are also gilded.
Our insect's pair of wings echoes the shape of the body and features navette and round rhinestones of different colors within open metalwork frames. The biggest crystals are the navettes, and these are mint green in color. The round rhinestones are in colors of pink, blue, purple and topaz.
It is the insect wings are quiver, as these are held aloft in a separate layer over the body by two coiled springs.
The brooch measures 1 7/8" long and is 1 1/2"; it has a depth of 3/4". It has a locking c-clasp. Unmarked, but it is a confirmed Schreiner.
In very good condition, with all original crystals that are still glittery. The goldtone has perhaps paled with time, but is still mostly intact. The springs are still, well, springy!
Rainbow-hued Trembler Insect Pin with Opalescent 'Jelly Belly': Unsigned Schreiner
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