You've seen turtle upon turtle pins -- generally rigid and robotic specimens. Lets travel outside the box to explore his surroundings and state of mind. Our "garden variety" fellow seeks shelter within the lush enveloping floral and foliage cover. His translucent shell is comprised of a wonderful flawed faux emerald art glass cabochon (unfoiled and open backed). Appendages are accented with sapphire blue chaton rhinestones. Tiny imitation turquoise beads line spiked tail. The tortoise's head is buried within a sweep of flowers set with sapphire blue chaton rhinestones and simulated coral cabochons. Is he hungry, hiding or just hanging out? Finely striated golden leaves extend throughout. Highly textured gold tone finish is featured on reverse. Design, detail and dimension definitely suggest a top tier maker. Circa 1950s-1960s.
The brooch is a generous 3 5/8 inches long x 1 inch at it's widest point with a maximum 1/2 inch profile or height. Flawed emerald glass cab is about 18 millimeters x 13 millimeters; glass coral cabs, 5 millimeters and tiny blue chaton rhinestones, 1 millimeter. Weight of the brooch is 28.2 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components intact. All stones intact retaining treatments, colors, sparkle and glow. No chips, nicks, cracks or breaks to stones. No dent of improper bends to metal components. Gold tone finish intact, front and back. All soldering secure. Pin mechanism secure. Clean. No damage / no repairs. Excellent vintage.
We did not find a maker's mark. An exquisite example of mid century costume jewelry at it's best.
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