Saturday, August 15, 2009
*Rhinestones* Those fabulous sparkling stones we all love.
Rhinestones get their name from River Rhine Germany, the origin of the rhinestones came from here, this is where the first pebbles of rock crystal were found, they are faceted stones made of glass, and most have the foil backing to enhance the brilliance of the stone, and once the foil backing becomes scratched or exposed to water they lose their brilliance, and nothing I know can save them they would have to be replaced. The rhinestones have also been known as paste, which paste stones are also glass and have been used in jewelry since the ancient times..
A lot of the famous designers used brilliant rhinestones in their costume jewelry as this unsigned Weiss pin from the 1950s, it has marquis, round, and baguette stones and is fabulous, it does have a small flaw, two of the marquis or navette stones have a tiny bit of dark at the very tip of the stones which is hardly noticeable, and is very difficult to find these old pins without some small flaw since they were worn and loved, but other than that it is in wonderful condition, and is a very large size 3 inches by 2 inches. These are very popular now with collectors, and most know by looking at the piece whether signed or not that it is indeed a Weiss. He made a lot of jewelry for Sears Penney's and other department stores, which did not have his stamp or signature on the back. He is my favorite designer other than Eisenberg and Trifari, they used the most brilliant rhinestone crystal stones for their creations.
By the way, I have this brooch available in my store......