Joseff of Hollywood

    Joseff of Hollywood 1940s Vintage Statement Lioness Brooch


    This brooch was created in the 1940s. It is an excellent example of Joseff of Hollywood's whimsical and statement jewellery.

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    The Details...

    This brooch is made from the famous Russian Gold Plate, which Joseff used to construct his jewellery. It features a roaring lioness motif set onto a decorative panel. Suspended from the panel are two medallions - one oval and one round, each detailed with east Asian lettering. The piece is set with domed glass cabochons in shades of purple and topaz. Some examples of this brooch have been found with rhinestones set into the eyes. However, this piece has never had any decorations positioned in the eyes of the lioness. Suspended from the main panel are three looped rope chains. The brooch is signed - on the reverse of the panel there is a small round plaque stamped with 'Joseff' in script form. The brooch measures 17cm x 7cm. 

    A Short History...

    The Joseff of Hollwood company carries a great deal of prestige for both collectors of vintage costume jewellery and movie buffs alike. This is due to the fact that Joseff produced the vast majority of jewellery worn by the stars in films produced during Hollywood's 'Golden Era'. In fact, Joseff specially developed the brushed Russian Gold Plate metal, which we see used in this brooch, as a suitable alternative to polished gold jewellery, which couldn't be used in the films as it reflected the studio lighting. To find out more about Joseff of Hollywood, visit our 'Designers' section.

    Wear it With...

    Let Joseff's Russian Gold Plate do the talking and pair this brooch with a plain black jersey maxi dress and Roman style sandals.

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    Cocktail and Evening
    Powerful and Statement

    The jewellery within the Gemma Redmond Vintage collection has survived to this day because it has been well cared for throughout its lifetime. It is important to continue to care for the jewellery that you buy from us to ensure its continued preservation. Here are some suggestions:

    - Be sure to store your jewellery within the boxes that we provide to ensure that it is protected. This is especially important when travelling with your pieces.

    - Try not to get perfume or hairspray on your items. These liquids can damage the materials that our jewellery is made from.

    - Try not to drop your jewellery or catch your jewellery against hard surfaces. If this happens over time, the findings and fixings can loosen and wear.

    - Try not to get your jewellery wet. Some costume jewellery manufacturers utilised water soluble glue in the making of their pieces. Getting your jewellery wet could cause rhinestones and other details to fall away over time.

    - If you wish to clean your jewellery, use a soft polishing cloth or a soft brush.