In mid-century America, a new type of jewelry design came into vogue using copper. Lending itself beautifully to sculptural forms, copper was eagerly adopted by many mid-century jewelry designers like Gret Barkin. She was a jeweler from New Hope, Pennsylvania who was active from the 1940s to the 1990s. All her modernist pieces are made from hand-wrought copper and many of them have her signature fused double layer design. She passed away in 2007.
This textured brooch is a perfect example of her work. Two layers are fused in a simple design. Yet, the texture and curved edges reflect the light in ever changing patterns, making this a complex piece. It is in very good condition, with some slight tarnish and bit of wear on the edges. The pin stem is slightly bent. The brooch is marked "Hand Wrought," "Gret Barkin - New Hope, PA."
The pin measures 1-7/8" by 1".
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