This is the beautiful, iconic and highly collectible Weiss 6 candle Christmas tree brooch; it is the largest in the Weiss collection. The sparkling multi colored rhinestones are set in gold tone metal; this one has a great patina. All of the stones are present and in near mint condition. All the original stones are beautiful and bright, all prong set. There are no darkened stones. It shows just a hint of age-appropriate patina upon close (magnified) inspection, just enough to show it is indeed a vintage piece and not a modern reproduction. The emerald evergreen stones are set among five white baguette candles with citrine orange flames, five large garnet red round faceted chaton rhinestone ornaments, a clear pear stone for the topper, and a clear and fuchsia pink round chaton drip from the bottom of the tree. The base is a horizontal row of amber brown stones, running parallel to the three tiers of branches above. The back of the brooch is marked Weiss in an oval cartouche. This style pin was made in three sizes, with three, five, or six baguette-rhinestone candles. This biggest one is 2 and 3/4 inches tall and 1 and ¾ inches wide. Albert Weiss began his company in 1942; his son continued it until 1971. This genuine signed Weiss tree was produced in the 1960’s, first sold at Saks Fifth Avenue. Featured on page 157 of Nancy Trowbridge's Christmas Tree Pins book ($165-$225), and it is also in Mary Morrison's Christmas Jewelry guide book. Also featured in the book Collecting Costume Jewelry 101, Second Edition by Julia Carroll. In lovely vintage condition, this is a true vintage signed piece for the collector, absolutely beautiful!
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