This wonderful 1930s vintage stamped silver tone dress clip by Artel is bezel set with large flat backed rauten rose cut rhinestones in sapphire, ruby, citrine and aquamarine colors. Silvery domes complement. The design is big and bold with the angular configuration softened by billowing curves -- Art Deco on the cusp Art Moderne. Artel produced jewelry in Providence, beginning in 1931. Surviving inventory is extremely limited. It's name may have been derived from the term artel -- Russian cooperatives that existed between the 1860s-1950s.
The light weight stamped silver tone metal clip measures about 2 inches x 1 7/9 inch with a 3/8 inch profile. The rauten rose cut rhinestones are approximately 9 millimeters each. Weight of the clip is about 16 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components original and intact. All flat backed rhinestones intact, with great color retention and sparkle. Rauten rose cut rhinestones, (think faceted domes) have a softer brilliance than more modern cut chaton or round brilliant stones. A glimmer / glow rather than a burst of brightness. No chips, cracks or breaks. The silver tone finish has an age appropriate patina. It has not been polished. Reverse of clip and clip back show signs of age and wear, commensurate with age. No damage / no repairs. All original and complete, from the period.
Reverse of the clip is signed within a rectangular cartouche: "ARTEL".
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