Delizza & Elster's extensive '60s vintage menagerie of figural pins includes animals, amphibians and all things aerial. The collection features sparkling similarities of the donkey, cat, lizard, lobster, crab, butterfly, owl, roadrunner, parrot, dragonfly, peacock, crow and...drum roll...our entry at the finish line -- the turtle. Wonderful photos can be seen of these fabulous figurals in Katerina Musetti's "The Art of Juliana Jewelry".
D & E 's gold tone turtle brooch dazzles us with a huge oval shaped watermelon tourmaline colored rhinestone "shell", bracketed by pink chaton rhinestones with a clear chaton rhinestone near head and tail portion. Smaller aurora borealis chaton rhinestones surround entire body. Tail is comprised of fuchsia chatons. Signature wired legs are set with a center clear chaton and tripod of ab chaton rhinestones. The tortoise's head is an unfoiled and open backed clear pear shaped glass stone. Wired over eyes (one of DeLizza & Elster's characteristics) blaze with cranberry aurora borealis chatons.
The brooch measures a generous approximate 2 5/8 inches x 1 3/4 inches with an impressive 1 inch profile or height. Oval watermelon stone is about 25 millimeters x 18 millimeters; pink chaton bracket or parentheses stones are 8 millimeters. Weight of the brooch is approximately 28 grams.
Condition is excellent / near pristine vintage. All components intact and secure. All rhinestones retain color, treatments, clearness and brilliance / sparkle. No chips, nicks, cracks or breaks to stones. All gold tone finish intact, front and back. All wired legs and both eyes original and correct with secure soldering. Pin mechanism strong and secure. Extremely clean. No damage / no repairs. Negligible wear. Near pristine vintage.
As expected the brooch is not signed. It is a verified D & E piece. Circa 1960s.
The tenacious turtle. Slow, steady and always ready to race. Pick your winner at Cody's.
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