Kramer, aka Kramer of New York, circa 1943-1980 is credited with creating slogans such as the Diamond Look and the Golden Look, as well as enthusiastically promoting so called black diamonds (rhinestones in a smoky quartz shade). The company formed alliances with Christian Dior for a line in the 1950s-1960s and with Frank Hess for Amourelle in the '60s. Perhaps in part due to a prevailing shift in a more spartan approach to fashion jewelry, Kramer closed shop in the early 1980s. What was to come during the Dynasty era may have encouraged them to persevere.
The large spray brooch presented, circa 1950s, is plated in rich platinum tone rhodium and features a sweeping array of layered clear rhinestones in marquise, pear, emerald and chaton cuts. Wonderful stone combinations in tandem with arrangement on a generous scale yields a grand presentation. From one of the costume jewelry greats -- Kramer of New York.
The brooch measures approximately 3 inches x 2 1/4 inches at it's widest point with a maximum 7/16 inch profile or height. Marquises are about 15 millimeters x 7 millimeters; largest emeralds, 10 millimeters x 8 millimeters and largest chatons, 6 millimeters. Weight of the brooch is 26 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components intact. All rhinestones intact and uniformly clear and brilliant. No dark, dead or off stones. No chips, nicks, cracks or breaks to stones. All soldering secure. No dents, improper bends. crush or collapse to metal components. Rhodium plate intact. Pin mechanism secure. Excellent vintage.
Reverse of the brooch is signed within an oval cartouche: "KRAMER" no copyright symbol. Circa 1950s.
Revel in the rhinestones. Take your cue from Kramer. At Cody's.
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