This brooch is signed Staret! It is bold, beautiful, and very rare. It is a true Trembler / Tremblant meaning part of it has a spring that bounces slightly when the wearer moves.Not much is known about the Staret Company. It manufactured jewelry in the 1940s, probably near Chicago. World War II may have been the the company’s demise, as it worked almost exclusively with pot metal. Many factories went out of business when the government called on the nation to donate all metal to be converted to bullets, helmets, canteens, and other war supplies. Can you imagine the uproar if that happened in our modern society? This piece should be of particular interest to collectors because the patina on the pot metal is still quite bright, and the pin stem, clasp, and tremble spring are all in good working order. Moreover, tremblers of this size and condition are very rare because pot metal is naturally heavy. Consequentially, the spring is usually stretched or missing, which renders the brooch useless. The pin measures about 2 ½” wide and 2” high. This beautiful flower has a nice bouncy center piece (the part with the amethyst marquis). It looks to be rhodium plated, which accounts for its above average condition. There is no rust or vertigis (green yucky stuff). The flower is pave chaton (sometimes called paste) rhinestones with amethyst accents that give the piece depth. I think it is supposed to depict an orchid. I do not see any dead or missing stones. I have examined it as closely and slowly as possible several times. This brooch never looks the same twice depending on the light. There are a couple of stones that might be a little off color, or it could simple be the way the light is hitting them or dirt. Bidding starts at a median price based on recent Ebay Sales of similar items and online research. Please note: This item is coming from Alaska, and may take 14 days to arrive. Priority Shipping and Insurance is offered at an additional fee. This item may need cleaning. I do not like to clean vintage jewelry unless it is absolutely necessary to improve appeal and function of item. I think it is important to preserve as many of these beautiful old pieces as possible, but cleaning risks damage. I leave that decision for the new owner. Free shipping in USA! If you really want the item, I will ship to certain countries that have a good reputation for delivery like Canada, Mexico, Japan, UK, Australia, etc, as long as it is legal to import jewelry to your country. However, I will send it registered so it will be expensive. Please don't give me bad ratings because of cost and ship time.
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