Featured here is a fun and playful slipper shoe brooch that was beautifully made in the 1940's. It is marked with a hand engraved 18k and features bright blue sapphires and rubies. It is 2" long and 1" tall, weighing 11.5 grams. The original clasp is secure with little safety catch.
This clever design was made popular in the mid 20th century by the famous and infamous Paul Flato, jeweler to many Hollywood stars and socialites. Not all of his works were signed, so it is not impossible that this brooch was created by him.
On the other hand, it also closely resembles a traditional Greek shoe known as a tsarouhi. Whether that design was Flato's inspiration is a mystery.
If you like the unusual, are a soccer parent, or just have an independent sense of style, this brooch brings a smile to the wearer.