This vintage Chanel Novelty enamel, moonstone and rhinestone brooch, a stylized flower with draping, spiked leaves is a most bewitching brooch. Eight lustrous moonstones are nestled in calyx enameled in sunny colors and fan out from a center of pave clear chatons. It's so sweet and so special, it's like wearing Springtime. The open back moonstones are luminous, with a mellow radiance that is so appealing and perfectly complimented by the soft yellow, warm gold and dusty spring green enamel. The leaves and stem photographed brighter, in hand, the colors are more subdued. This substantial pot metal brooch, measuring 4 inches by 3 inches in great condition for a piece that is 75 years old. The moonstones and rhinestone are all present, original and in wonderful condition. There is ever so slight wear to the enamel, the tiny bit of chipping is mostly confined to one leaf and the stem. According to Brunialti's American Costume Jewelry: Volume I, page 78, The Chanel Novelty Company became Reinad in 1941, after Coco Chanel sued and won the sole use of her surname. This brooch, in pink, is featured on page 82 of that Brunialti book. Jewelry signed Chanel in script is very rare, that mark was used in the spring of 1941 then discontinued by court decree. This brooch is an important piece of the past that will please the most discerning collector and a delight that will please anyone that loves cheerful pretties.
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