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You Can Leave Your Hat On - Vintage Gold Plated Red Enamel & Crystal Rhinestone Hat Brooch/Pendant. This charming brooch is crafted from gold-plate over metal. The brooch features vintage styling, round cut crystals, enamel work, and quality craftsmanship. This gorgeous brooch is made in the form of a ladies hat, which is decorated with textured red enamel, made to look like a weave. There is also a pretty ribbon and bow, which is decorated with amethyst purple colored crystals, and purple enamel. The back of the brooch os gold in color, and features a pin, and secure locking mechanism. The brooch also has a hidden bale on the back so it can be worn as a pendant too. This vintage hat brooch/pendant would make a perfect addition to any vintage jewelry collection. 

History: The earliest known enamelled objects were made in Cyprus in around the 13th century BC during the Mycenæan period. Six gold rings discovered in a Mycenæan tomb at Kouklia were decorated with various vitreous coloured layers fused on to the gold.

Joseph Strasser could be credited with the precursor to our present-day Rhinestone, but it was really when Georg Freidrich Strass in 1760 invented the first ever rhinestone (artificial gemstone) from a special type of crystal found in the Rhine River that the stones we know today were born.

What Is Gold-plated Jewelry? Gold-plated jewelry is a type of metal jewelry covered with a very thin layer of real gold. The process was invented in 1805 by Italian chemist Luigi Brugnatelli who plated a very thin gold layer on top of silver.

Brooches were known as fibula (plural fibulae) prior to the Middle Ages. These decorative items, used as clothes fasteners, were first crafted in the Bronze Age. In Europe, during the Iron Age, metalworking technology had advanced dramatically.


Measurements: Brooch 55.00 mm x 31.50 mm 

Stone Size: Crystal Rhinestones 2.00 mm 

Weight: 31.10 grams 

Condition: Excellent 

Origin: America 

Date: Circa 1980

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