This antique Cluster brooch is an example of the "Atomic" jewelry made around 1945. Jewelry made in star or sunburst shapes and patterns were so named after their resemblance to the atom and its circling particles. This particular fashion trend continued on into the 50's and is commonly seen in brooch and earring sets with rays or spokes of metal or rhinestones.
All the rhinestones in this piece are prong-set with the large, center stone being a Brilliant cut and the two outer circles being Chaton cut. Many of the smaller stones are beginning to darken a tad as is usual with pieces this old, but still have a sparkly shine as may seen in the photos. Each stone is foiled and open backed and the flip side is in terrific condition!
Rhinestones that are foiled and prong set are indicative of superior craftmanship. In addition to being a pin of quality construction, this piece also has historical value as a result of its design motivation. Sure to be a conversation piece!
*Typical age-wear. It is VERY RARE for vintage/antique jewelry to entirely escape the tolls of time. :(
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