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Rare Sherman Brooch, missing earrings. Jelly Belly Cabochons and Rivoli Stones. Circa 1950

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    Posted 3 years ago

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    Rare Sherman Brooch, Missing Earrings. Large Jelly Belly Cabochons and Smaller Rivoli Rhinestones. Circa 1950
    Received July 16. 2018.

    There are no AB stones used in this brooch as it took me a minute to see the smaller stones with the many prongs were actually Rivoli Stones. This is a heavy pin and with the new Rivoli stones at the time when made, this was a time laboured piece which would have been a more expensive set for Sherman to produce. Each of the larger Jelly Bellies is a different colour. The main drawback for me are the missing earrings, otherwise I think of no other pieces made with these stones, so they are rare and seldom seen in Sherman Jewellery. The Rivoli Stones are each set with many prongs so it was labour intensive. Will try for a pic of the back later with a signature in the oval style which is the earliest time period for Sherman . Love to All !!

    Another thing that I have noticed about this pin, and this is something that I have never experienced with any other apart from the bracelet, necklace as pictured : if you shine a lighted magnifying glass on the jelly belly cabochon stones you see lights in a centered oblong that actually look like they are lights emanating from the stones. I have tried to show this in the second photo. The effect is simply outstanding as it gives the illusion the lights are coming form inside the cabochons !!~

    BTW, since there has been no write up at all previously on this pin - I garnered all the information from my careful attention when examining this pin. Also shown in the last picture is a bracelet which has some of the Jelly Belly in it, although the stones look like they have been AB'd, they are actually the many pronged time consuming Rivoli stones that were also used !!~

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    1. MALKEY MALKEY, 3 years ago
      oh the colours simply fantastic & the piccys first class
      thank you for sharing phild
      all the very best malkey
    2. Caperkid, 3 years ago
      Great post Phil!
    3. Newfld Newfld, 3 years ago
      Beautiful brooch, the jelly belly stones are lovely & so colorful, bracelet gorgeous too, and I always appreciate the fascinating history on Sherman stones such as the rivoli - this is eye candy Phil!
    4. Gillian, 3 years ago
      sorry, might 'not' be......
      If I messed anybodies post up, your the last person I'd want it to be..........
    5. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Hi Gillian, I thought Air Force One was still in Denmark or are you still using Trump's private plane ?? Anyway I am having pains in my stomach just thinking of you swooping down. As for reproductions they say it would be astronomical to reproduce Sherman. Hope that is true. I hope Mani comes early so she can let out the flying old doll catapult, beware : ~))
    6. freiheit freiheit, 3 years ago
      Simply wonderful!
    7. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 3 years ago
      Lovely pieces the both of them!
    8. Windwalker, 3 years ago
      Love he colors and bling,... Phil..
    9. jbingham95 jbingham95, 3 years ago
      What a interesting and beautiful kaleidoscope of colors.Very nice.
    10. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
      Another magnificent piece Phil and superb write up . I am on my way but please tell me it is cooler there than here . Much love !
    11. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 3 years ago
      Magnificent piece Phil!
      The colors are incredible as is your photography!
      But alas...Rivoli stones are highly faceted as are your stones, but they are pointed at the top!
      The colors often refract many colors of the rainbow...
      I know a little about Rivoli/ Margarita stones because D & E used them on many of their designs, and I'm lucky enough to have samples of each :)
      Your cabochons are incredible, but I wouldn't call them Jelly-Belly...
      I'm afraid that term belongs to Trifari & Coro. They are made of clear Lucite, ( Trifari used WWII discarded windshields).
      Wow..I just looked at Gillians link on Jelly- Belly's- says it all...
    12. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Hi Eileen, not all Rivoli stones are reverse mounted. For instance later on when they were used for cufflinks they were not set reverse at all. I would have liked to see these reverse mounted but they are not. This one bracelet has such dark examples I have to look a long time to see if they are dark blue or black, and still cannot tell at times.
    13. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Thanks Caperkid for the heads up !~
    14. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 3 years ago
      Wow, so the back of the brooch, the setting is pointed?
      Wow, let's see!
    15. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 3 years ago
      So I'm digging ( a bad term) through my jewelry looking at Rivoli & Margarita stones when I come across an old brooch I have had for decades. The reason I picked this up, probably at a Yard Sale, was the middle stone had so many facets it looks like you could fall right in it.
      Then I turn the brooch over and there is a small opening for the stone because IT IS POINTED. Even though it's foil- backed you can easily see it's an early Rivoli.
      PHIL...I BOW DOWN. This is what is so great about this site. No matter how long a person has been collecting, you can always learn something new.
      Phil, my are absolutely right!!
    16. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      Gorgeous thanks for your research too.
    17. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Thanks again Eileen, I often learn many things from you, so I appreciate your friendship all the time !~
    18. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Eileen I am not familiar with margarita stones, will have to look them up, The stones I said were Rivoli is because I cannot say they are AB stones, they just look other than those so still sticking with Rivoli. Cannot see why they needed so many prongs but then Rivoli may need extra prongs, who knows ??
    19. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Thank you Jenni, I appreciate !~
    20. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 3 years ago
      Hi Phil, Definition of MARGARITA Stone..."a specialty rhinestone that has a raised center with a scalloped edge that runs all the way around the stone. The center is usually mounted and secured with a center rhinestone". My D & E pink set is an example :)
      I was looking at them because they are similiar to a Rivoli but these could never be reversed for the rs that is on top...
    21. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Thanks for the kind comments freiheit and Mrstyndall, love to both of you.
    22. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Thanks Windwalker for the comment !~
    23. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Thanks MALKEY for the comment !~
    24. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Thank you jbingham95 and freiheit for the comments !~
    25. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Thank you Eileen !~
    26. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 2 years ago
      Thanks Radegunder for the visit !~
    27. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 2 years ago
      Wowwwwww Phil! It is fantastic! You want to eat it :)
    28. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 2 years ago
      Thanks so much for the compliment Elisabethan, much love to you !~
    29. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 years ago
      So I am lying in bed in the dark and I come across this magnificent brooch!
      The colors, blue, green, purple, lavender, yellow and red against your black background is truly mesmerizing! This piece is a treasure to behold! I will say it again... thank you so much for sharing your museum quality collection with all of us. And with that said...good night :)

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