Fabulous HOBE signed Sparkly Rhinestone Hematite Navettes Flower in Pot Figural Vintage Statement Brooch Pin.
Sparkly & Wonderful! This Unique Figural Flower Pin has a Flower made of Hematite Navettes in a wonderful Smokey Grey surrounding a raised center of clear set rhinestones. The 2 Leaves and Flower Pot are set with individually pronged original clear rhinestones set in a rhodium finish. Two of the flower pot stones are slightly darkened (mentioned for accuracy). This Hobe pin is Statement size measuring 3" x 1 3/8" and is Truly Stunning!
Hobé Cie was founded in 1887 by goldsmith Jacques Hobé. Jacques’ son, William, established an American offshoot of the company in 1927. That put Hobé at the beginning of the American costume-jewelry boom between the two world wars.
In fact, some scholars believe that Hobé actually had a hand in the phrase “costume jewelry” itself. After the younger Hobé landed in New York, but before he started his company, one of the his first assignments was to make costumes and jewelry for the "Ziegfeld Follies." According to some historians, Florenz Ziegfeld described the jewelry that accompanied Hobé’s costumes as costume jewelry.
Hobé’s showbiz origins served the company well. By the 1940s and ’50s, Hollywood stars such as Bette Davis and Ava Gardner were wearing Hobé. Especially prized today are the floral pins of that era.
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