An Albert Weiss signed articulated brooch and earring set in a spectacular olive rhinestone and beaded antiqued goldtone setting. The prong set stones are perfect. The sparkle is perfect. The settings are perfect. Breathtaking, really. In the 1950's Weiss was doing so well that the company contracted out to HOLLYCRAFT to help with production. The settings are the rich burnt faux gold with black antiquing that HOLLYCRAFT is known for. The mid 1950's time frame is suggested by the gorgeous aurora borealis stones used in the surrounds. (Dior worked with Swarovski to create aurora borealis stones.)
The brooch is 3" x 2" and the clip earrings are 1 1/4" in diameter. The largest clear olive stones are 11 mm in diameter. They are multifaceted and the central brooch stone is gold foiled. The navettes are open back and sparkling. The hand set stones are in gold tiny beaded hoops antiqued settings. The brooch is articulated - twice. All pieces are signed. 1950's. BOOK PIECE. The sister earrings are on page 132 of COSTUME JEWELRY collector guide by Judith Miller. There seemed to me that under a loupe that the tip of one navette stone in the brooch flower head to have been broken, but it may have been a mistake on the stone setter's part.
ALMOST PERFECT VINTAGE over 50 years old. May have been worn once.