During the later part of the 1940's streamlined jewelry designs became popular. These designs featured clean, curvilinear lines and generally had just a few rhinestones for embellishment. They were often sterling vermeil. The style, called Retro, was a precursor to the modernist style popular in the 1950's.
Coro was one of the most well-known designers of Retro jewelry. This piece is very typical of Retro style. A simple, plain bow is wrapped around the stems of three "flower buds". Each of the flower buds is a single, oval, amber rhinestone. The material is gold plate over sterling silver. The brooch is in nice condition.
There is evidence of scuffing and wear on the metal, and a slight touch of corrosion on the reverse, but it is not worn through and shows no tarnish. The open-back amber rhinestones are in perfect condition. The clasp is a simple modified C clasp. The pin stem for the clasp is a bit longer than is normal.
It is signed on the back "Coro" in cursive and along with the printed words Sterling Craft By (the By is misstamped on this piece). All the words form a circle.
The brooch measures 3" high by 2-1/2" wide.
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