Named after his wife, Florence, founder Dan Kasoff began using the name Florenza on jewelry from about 1948 until the firm's closure in 1981. Florenza also manufactured jewelry for Capri, Estee Lauder, Weiss, Coro, Carnegie, and Kramer of New York, among others. The company's signature characteristics included antiqued gold gone or silver tone, expert metalwork, interesting colorful stones, including saphiret glass and classic designs that have stood the test of time. Florenza also created attractive and collectible dresser accessories.
The star brooch presented, circa 1950s-1960s features a large center imitation onyx cabochon with bursts of clear chaton rhinestones and trios of faux seed pearls. Star points are pitched with heavily ribbed texturing often seen in Florenza's work. The metal has a warm, antiqued gold tone finish, another oft used Florenza treatment.
The brooch measures about 2 1/4 inches across with a generous 13/16 inch profile or height. Round black cab is approximately 15 millimeters; clear chaton rhinestones, about 4 millimeters and faux seed pearls range from 2 to 3 millimeters. Weight of the brooch is approximately 30 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components intact. Center simulated onyx retains black luster. Rhinestones remain bright and shiny. Faux pearls retain nacre and luster. All gold tone finish intact, front and back. All sections retain shape and loft with no dents, improper bends or collapse. All soldering secure. Pin mechanism strong and secure. Extremely clean. No damage / no repairs. Excellent vintage.
Reverse of brooch is signed within a rectangular cartouche: "FLORENZA" followed by copyright symbol. It dates circa 1950s-1960s.
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