From Coro's early days and throughout their long careers, Adolph Katz and with Gene Verrecchio (Verri) were responsible for many, if not most, of the company's designs. It's higher end, Corocraft division was created circa 1935. From Duettes and quivering camellias to brightly enameled figural and later Vendome lines, Coro positioned itself as the number one maker of costume jewelry in the world. If you had the occasion, Coro had the accessory. The company, founded in 1901 closed it's Providence factory in 1979 -- the result of radical changes in fashion trends. It had been a long and lustrous run.
The large bisected leaf brooch presented, circa 1938-1947, in sterling silver vermeil, is laden on one side with rhinestones in round brilliant, oval, baguette, marquise, cushion and emerald cuts. Colors include amethyst, topaz, aqua marine, pink, and ruby. Tiny clear chaton rhinestones dot both sections of leaf. A classic shape with a moderne arrangement of stones. Wonderful balance with an asymmetrical twist.
The brooch is a generous approximate 3 1/2 inches x 1 3/8 inches at it's widest with a 3/8 inch maximum profile. Largest amethyst colored oval rhinestone is approximately 17 millimeters x 10 millimeters; largest ruby colored marquise, about 15 millimeters x 7 millimeters. Weight of the brooch is a substantial 32 grams.
Condition is very good to excellent vintage. All components intact. All rhinestones intact and brilliance. Colored stones retain shades -- white stones uniformly clear and brilliant. A few of the colored stones have mellowed with age, imparting a mellow glow. No chips, nicks, cracks, or breaks to stones. Sterling vermeil has some patina, as no polishing or abrasive cleaning has been done. Age consistent wear only. Original finish / patina have been left intact and undisturbed. Brooch retains shape with no dents or improper bends. Pin shaft has slight bend not affecting function. Locking wheel secure. No damage / no repairs. Very good to excellent vintage.
The brooch is marked on reverse within a rectangular cartouche: Pegasus is at left of a square sign reading "Coro" in script underscored with "CRAFT" in block caps further underscored with "STERLING" in block caps. Although different sources have conflicting dates, the brooch was made sometime between 1938-1947.
Coro CRAFT. Costume with class. At Cody's.
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