A Triumph

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Timeless Things

Being born in the 1970’s, things from the Mid Century Modern period hold a certain appeal for me.  While decidedly vintage, the jewels from this time often offer a modern flair that is undeniable.  From the late 1940’s through the 1960’s, the look was all about bold earrings paired with a statement brooch.  From classic to whimsical, the accessories spoke for themselves. 

Made entirely from 18 karat yellow gold, this floral spray brooch is quite striking.  The C-shaped stem is smooth as silk with a pair of richly textured leaves curling to the left. 

At the top of the stem is a bright burst of botanical beauty.  Resembling a poinsettia, this emerald green flower is created in two layers with six petals each.

 

Each petal showcases lovely veining accomplished through the complex art of plique-à-jour enameling.  Mimicking stained glass, a framework of yellow gold is completely covered by transparent enamel.  When held to the light, each petal comes to life…  glowing from within. 

Nestled deep within the blossom is a white gold cluster of seven single-cut diamonds that have a combined weight of approximately .30 carat.  The warmth of the 18 karat yellow gold pairs beautifully with the vivid verdant petals; the addition of the shimmering diamonds brings the entire piece together; it’s moderately priced at $1,000.00.

An oval placard on the back of the brooch confirms that this Mid Century Modern gem was part of the “La Triomphe” collection.  This was the name given to a line of high end jewels crafted by Astoria Jewelry in Long Island, New York.  The trademark was first used in 1965 and continued on for another twenty years.  Well recognized for fabulously bold pieces made almost exclusively of yellow gold with brightly colored gems and enamels, the “La Triomphe” name is no longer used but the pieces have become highly collectible.  

The vintage aesthetic appeal of Mid Century Modern jewelry is catching fire…  these unique statement pieces are exceptional.  Why settle for ordinary when you were meant for extraordinary!

“You can go to a museum and look, or come to us and touch”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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