Kramer of New York (circa 1942-1980) was one of the giants in the costume jewelry industry. Noted for it's vast array of rhinestone jewels, Kramer aggressively marketed it's "Diamond Look". Collaborations with Christian Dior in the '50s-'60s as well as Frank Hess of Amourelle fame in the '60s yielded beautiful results.
The large, high domed brooch presented, in rich rhodium plate, begins with a base of square cut rhinestones followed by a slanted tier of baguette rhinestones. Next, a ring of pear shaped rhinestones encircles the pinnacle -- a spectacular dentelle faceted chaton rhinestone.
The brooch measures a generous approximate 2 1/2 inches across with an astounding 1 inch profile or dome. Square cut rhinestones are about 8 millimeters; baguettes, 11 millimeters x 6 millimeters and dentelle chaton, 14 millimeters. Weight of the brooch is 36 grams.
Condition is pristine vintage. All components original and intact. All rhinestone intact and uniformly clear and brilliant. No dark, yellow, gray, cloudy or dead stones. No chips, nicks, cracks or breaks to stones. Metal components free from dents, improper bends, crush or collapse. Rhodium plate intact, front and back. Pin mechanism secure. Extremely clean. No damage / no repairs. Pristine vintage.
Reverse of brooch is signed within an oval cartouche: "KRAMER OF NEW YORK". Circa 1950s-1960s.
Gift yourself one of the greats from the golden age of rhinestones. Kramer of New York. At Cody's.
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