Little is know about the Charel company of Brooklyn, New York other that it began it's business circa 1945. Although production was limited and pieces are difficult to find, Charel appeared to have used a variety of materials in it's creations, including thermoset, Bakelite, rhinestones and various art glass stones and cabs. It's termination date is unclear.
The brooch presented suggests a higher end line, showcasing a large bullet style foiled glass cabochon at center. The translucent orange cab is infused with foil and blotches of inky black -- lending an almost tiger lily color combination. The cab is surrounded by two riveted graduated layers of matte gold tone petals, the larger or bottom tier's petals dotted with bright hyacinth (orange) chaton rhinestones. The orangey foil and hyacinth rhinestones play off each other beautifully in this well designed and executed brooch by Charel, circa 1960s.
The brooch measures a generous 2 1/4 inches across with a 9/16 profile or height. Bullet cabochon is approximately 16 millimeters across. It's dome is high, rising about 1/2 inch. Weight of the brooch is approximately 38 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components original and intact. Glass cabochon free from chips, nicks, cracks or breaks. Superb foiling / stone treatment. All rhinestones intact, retaining brilliance and bright orange color. No dark, cloud, discolored or dead stones. All gold tone finish intact, front and back. Pin mechanism and earring clips strong and secure. All soldering and riveting secure. Extremely clean. No damage / no repairs. Excellent vintage.
The brooch is signed on reverse within a rectangular cartouche: "CHAREL" preceded by copyright symbol. Circa 1960s.
Charel. Another piece of the costume jewelry's passionate past. From Cody's.
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