Posted 2 years ago
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 !!~