This is absolutely lovely! This beautiful yellow swirled glass brooch holds history, rarity and elegance. It is getting harder and harder to find these lovely pieces in such beautiful condition. She is made with amazing swirled yellow glass with a delicate heart filigree with milgraining in brass on the top holding black glass stones.

   The bezel is a brass twisted rope design. She is set very securely even though her bezel has a few bumps. It is signed on the pin tube as I tried to take photos for you to see. Just overall a very lovely piece. Photos don't show the pretty swirls in the yellow or actually how pretty she really is! A definite must see in person! The history behind this is quite amazing in itself! Read below for the history! $89.00.

   HISTORY: In 1918 the Czechs and Slovaks became united. They were freed from the rule of Austria and Hungary and the land in which they lived is now called Czechoslovakia. Prior to World War I, the jewelry from this area was called Bohemian and often not marked. After WW I, the jewelry was marked with Czecho-slovakia, Czechoslovakia or Made in Czechoslovakia.

   During the 1920s and 1930s, Czech jewelry was highly sought after in the United States. It was exported in large quantities.

Vintage Jewelry History:

   Lesser known is that exquisite glass beads and glass stones were also exported to America in large quantities. They were used in the costume pieces of the famous design houses of the day like Haskell and Trifari. This was because the glass makers of Bohemia, especially those from the town of Gablonz (now Jablonec), had been perfecting their craft for over 300 years prior.

   Gablonz glass beads and glass gemstones were made from long rods of glass. The rods were heated until malleable. Then, molds were pressed into the glass canes to form each bead and gemstone. The individual pieces were then faceted and polished by hand as necessary.

   In the late 1800's, machinery was introduced to aid in the manufacture of faceted stones. Daniel Swarovski helped the Gablonz glass makers embrace the new technology. Soon machine-made strass (faux diamonds) were also a burgeoning industry for the glass makers. However, many glass beads and stones were still hand cut.

   The advent of World War II devastated the Gablonz glass making and jewelry industries. Families fled the area upon the 1938 occupation. Those left were forced to make trinkets for the Nazis. Tragically, many others, like the famous Neiger Brothers were killed at Auschwitz.


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