Coro Jewelry 1940s Vintage Flower Pin Commanding BIG Crystal Brooch
In the 1940s, Coro's jewelry founder Adolph Katz designed some of the most commanding large flower pins the world has ever seen. Finding these rare old gems today is not easy as most have been hoarded by collectors. In addition, finding a brooch like this one in superb condition is like looking for a needle in haystack. In most cases, if you do find an old Coro piece like this one, the condition is typically very poor in the manner which collectors would assess condition.
This very large thick and weighty stacked triple flower brooch dates from about 1942 and is made of silver rhodium pot metal with dark green and dark brown enamels. The brooch is massive in size at 4 1/4" tall x 2 1/4" wide or 108 mm x 57 mm.
Each flower incorporates different crystal shapes. The large flower is composed of Emerald, Sapphire, and Ruby Red marquise crystals topped with a clear baguette crystal flower at the center. One smaller flower is pear cut crystals and the other is oval cut crystals. The flower with the pear cuts has two Amethyst crystals in the mix and the other flower mixes in a few pastel shades. The leaves are paved with tiny clear rhinestones and the design is finished with a clear rhinestone pave bow on the stems.
From a collectors standpoint, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being mint pristine like new condition, I would give this brooch a 9 or a 9.5. All of the silver rhodium and enamels are perfect with no chips or loss of enamel or rhodium.
All of the clear rhinestones and crystals are original, present, and in sparkling clear condition with no cloudiness. The rest of the large crystals are perfect as well with the exception of the light pink and the yellow oval crystals that have a moderate bit of cloudiness when observed under high magnification. Under high magnification I also see some metal roughness on the rims of one emerald and one sapphire oval crystal on the same flower (with the pink and yellow crystals).
Otherwise, the entire brooch is microscopically clean and bright with no signs of wear or imperfections to the metal or crystals like scratches, dings, or chips. The back has the original fine working safety clasp and closure bar and the brooch is signed Coro, all in small cursive letters, with no copyright symbol (assuredly pre-1955). This brooch is priced accordingly with a couple of very minor imperfections and still, the superb condition of this piece is rare to find.