Here we have a gorgeous Coro early mid-20th century vermeil dimensional
Austrian crystal brooch in gunmetal color metal with blue stones and another in
gold tone with amber and green stones. These coveted dimensional vermeil
brooches feature exceptional craftsmanship with large and small fancy prong set
brilliant round Austrian crystal stones. They are stunning. They are signed on
the underside in curved script, Coro. The one with blue stones has an
inscription that is difficult to see but it IS there, it is just worn down.
These are 1.75 inches round and are from the 1930s and in excellent condition.
Coro was popular in the 1930s, standing out with its unique collection of
brooches, necklaces and bracelets. Established as a small accessory boutique,
the brand was founded by Emanuel Cohn and Carl Rosenberger in New York City. In
1943, it was named Coro, as a contraction of the co-founders last names – COhn
and ROsenberger. Eventually, it became known under the names Coro, Coro Craft
and Vendome, which was the company’s most expensive jewelry line.
Eventually, the company became the America’s largest costume jewelry
manufacturer. During World War II, the brand designed a few patriotic jewelry,
particularly the Emblem of the Americas brooch. By the 1950s, Coro sold
countless parure, which is a set of various items of matching jewelry, from
earrings to necklace, brooches and bracelet.
By 1957, the assets of the company were bought by Richton International
Corporation of New York, and continued manufacturing jewelry. Unfortunately, it
lost its dominance to jewelry trends of the 1970s—bead fashion and tailored
jewelry—and to other competition. By 1979, Coro left the jewelry industry after
78 years in the business.
If only these brooches could talk! They were my grandmother’s.
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