About the Artist:
Joseph Warner founded the Warner Company in 1953. The Warner jewelry produced is known for its high quality workmanship and superior and brilliant rhinestones and other materials using a Japanned-blacken metal base, which is a finishing process on metal using a black coal-tar derivative. The Warner jewelry is not very common. Because of its better quality of workmanship, superior rhinestones and materials and Japanned metal settings, the jewelry found commands above-average pricing in the collector’s market today. Other manufacturers of jewelry, using Japanned metal backings, rhinestones and other materials, do not demonstrate the workmanship or include pieces that do not contain the brilliant stones and materials that distinguishes them from the Warner pieces. The company ceased operations in the early 1970s.
This gorgeous ruby red rhinestone brooch shaped like a strawberry is of vintage design by jeweler Joseph Warner. While the body of the strawberry brooch is composed of dark red stones, the small leaves of the brooch are emerald green marquise-cut rhinestones. The brooch’s plating is a Japanned metal.
This pleasing brooch is in excellent vintage condition: all the stones still shimmer, the Japanned plating shows little wear, and the clasp and pin mechanism is in good working condition. The designer name “JOSEPH WARNER” appears on the back side of the brooch, along the stem of leaves.
This exquisite strawberry brooch would be a wonderful gift for a dear friend or family member, or for a collector of costume jewelry shaped from designs of the natural world. If that’s you, then don’t let this brooch pass you by!