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Blue Belle - Vintage Rhodium Plated Enamel & Crystal Rhinestone Flower Brooch.  This elegant brooch is crafted from rhodium plate over metal. Featuring enamel-work, vintage styling, and quality craftsmanship. This brooch is made in the form of a blue belle flower. The flower is adorned with exquisite blue enamel, and sparkling clear crystal rhinestones. The stem is silver in color, which is enhanced by green enamel. The back of the brooch features a pin and secure lock mechanism. The vintage brooch would make a perfect gift for that special someone who loves flowers or vintage jewelry.

History: Enameling dates as far back as 13th-century BC. Often made from precious metals with inlays of enamel, its history is traceable through jewelry, accessories, and numerous other works. There is no set destination of the practice's creation as it is documented over thousands of years from all over the world.

Centuries ago, quartz pebbles with a high lead content were found sparkling on the banks of Europe's Rhine River. These beautiful, natural stones were highly coveted and were eventually depleted, inspiring jewelers to create an imitation, aptly named the "rhinestone."

Rhodium has been used as a coating for jewelry and silverware since the 1930s. It was also used as a plating for cigarette lighters and writing instruments during that time. One of the many companies that used rhodium plating was the Ronson Lighter Company, which produced many art-deco style items in the 30s.

Traditionally, Bellflowers have carried the symbolic meaning of gratitude, constancy, support, and romance.


Measurements: Brooch 64.50 mm x 26.50 mm 

Weight: Brooch 17.20 grams 

Condition: Very good. Note: Minor wear to the enamel. The wear is difficult to see without magnification. 

Origin: America 

Date: Circa 1970

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