1950s Rhinestone and Baroque Pearl Vintage Couture Brooch

A beautifully designed and quality constructed 1950s brooch. This piece is highly likely to have been created by Mitchel Maer for Christian Dior.  

Condition Report:

Very Good - A very tiny scuff to the surface of the pearl drop. This is consistent with age and use and is only visible upon very close inspection. 


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The Details...

This rhodium plated brooch features a circular design detailed with navette cut, faceted, claw set, clear rhinestones and round, claw set, baroque faux pearls. Suspended from the brooch is a large baroque faux pearl drop. The brooch fastens with a traditional safety catch and the fastening pin is fitted to the brooch with a round hinge. The brooch measures 5cm x 5.5cm, with the drop pearl measuring 2.5cm x 1cm. 

A Short History...

Featuring high quality stones, well manufactured settings and elegant design details, this brooch has the hallmarks of a piece created for French couturiers during the post-war era. It particularly has features consistent with the work of Mitchel Maer, who made jewellery for Christian Dior in Britain between 1952 and 1956. The pronged settings for the pearls are in a style heavily utilised by Maer and the crimped edge open back settings for the pearls were used by him also. Clear rhinestones paired with baroque pearls were additionally a combination much favoured by Maer. When Mitchel Maer fell bankrupt in 1956, the House of Dior insisted that all 'Christian Dior by Mitchel Maer' signature plates were removed from any jewellery awaiting sale. It's highly likely that there is no name on this brooch for this reason and that it is a piece made by Maer for Dior. 

Wear it With...

Such a romantic and high quality piece, deserves a special occasion. Why not pair this brooch at the waist of a satin wedding gown with a bateau neckline?