Known for it's exquisite bead / crystal work, Coro's higher end Vendome, under the direction of head designer Helen Marion created exceptional, intricate designs -- notably from the '50s-60s. An example of the brooch presented can be seen in Julia C. Carroll's "Collecting Costume Jewelry 101".
The oval shaped ruffle brooch's dome is wired with faceted and mirror backed blue crystal disks interspersed and famed with faux pearls. Edges are layered with larger, offset stacked crystal disks bound with a ruffle of faux pearls. On reverse, pierced components are camouflaged with a silver tone filigree cover plate. Truly, one of the finest examples of Vendome's bead and crystal work from it's glory days of the 1950s-'60s.
The brooch is a generous approximate 2 1/2 inches x 2 1/8 inches with a maximum 3/4 inch profile or height. Largest disk crystals are about 10 millimeters; simulated pearls, 2 millimeters. Weight of the brooch is 28 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components intact. All crystals intact with no chips, nicks, cracks or breaks. Wonderful array of shades of blue. Imitation pearls retain nacre and luster. All wiring secure. No dents or improper bends to metal components. Wiring retains shape and loft -- no crush. Silver tone finish intact, front and back. Pin mechanism secure. Extremely clean. No damage / no repairs. Minimal wear. Excellent vintage.
Reverse of the brooch is signed within an oval cartouche: "Vendome". Circa 1950s-1960s.
Ruffle a few feathers and rule the roost with Vendome. Exceptions to all the rules. At Cody's.
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Vendome Coro Large Crystal Faux Pearl Ruffle Brooch Pin