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    Posted 3 years ago

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    This brooch is marked Jay Flex Sterling in a small circle on the back. It's thanks to CW that I know that Jay Flex was where Gustave Sherman worked before starting his own business, and as I have never seen any Sherman in real life I was happy to find this pretty.

    It is beautifully made and a relatively simple design. A layer of burgundy crystals have been set in lines, and over that two lines of pale pink crystals have been set. The brooch has some height to it, and the crystals are pretty, but somehow it comes across a bit lifeless.
    I think the top layer of stones stop light reaching the deeper tone bottom stones,

    I guess this dates to sometime before 1950 but looks almost new. It measures 4.4cm by 2.0cm

    I had so much trouble getting any good pictures of this brooch. In real life, the layers are more obvious, the colours cleaner, and it is a bit sparklier. Sorry Phil, I don't have your skills!

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    1. Newfld Newfld, 3 years ago
      Gorgeous brooch, the pink and burgundy rhinestone colors are a lovely combination in the silver setting, such a pretty design
    2. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Lovely, lovely brooch Karen:-)
    3. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 3 years ago
      I know what you mean when trying to capture the brilliance of the stones. I use a dumb ipad camera and it never "gets" the beauty. I read about Jay Flex too! You are very fortunate to have this lovely piece. Great find!!
    4. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
      What nice find and nice write up on history and it's relationship to Sherman :-) love
    5. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      Thanks Jenni, always so quick to respond, and you are the most lovely, positive friend! There must not be one mean bone in your body! :))))
    6. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      Thanks Judy. The closest to Sherman I will get I guess.
    7. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      Eileen I have a reasonable camera, it's probs me :(
      I would rather photograph glass. Kudos to you jewellery collectors, I find all of your photos beautiful.
    8. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      Thanks Mani! I only know about Jay Flex because of our wonderful Phil, he's a treasure. I will treasure this brooch too!
    9. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 3 years ago
      Very nice find, Racer!
    10. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      My mind can still see the perfect pretty in this and the claws are done with the best of skill !~
    11. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Reminds me that I got one of Jay Flex's bigger show boxes a short time ago. J Flex luckily are still easy to find on the net. Sterling seems to be one of their selling points in that decade. Probably mid forties or so, beautiful brooch to have.
    12. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 3 years ago
      When costume jewelry still had class.
    13. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      Thanks Phil for teaching me and helping my appreciation :)
    14. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      Yeah, good stuff back then Bonnie.

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