About the Artist:
Albert Weiss was a jewelry designer in the 1940s and 1950s, and Weiss jewelry designs are valued today for their astonishing style. Weiss jewelry may be marked "Weiss," "Albert Weiss," or "A.W. Co." Many of his pieces are considered collectibles, and each one embodies an unmistakable style. Like most other costume jewelry designed in this era, Weiss jewelry is intended to stand out and augment a women's beauty with shine and design. Weiss costume jewelry is not limited to women who are attempting to create a sensation. A Weiss brooch can be worn today with scarves and sweaters, or to liven up a dark winter coat. As hats are becoming more popular in style, brooches can also be placed on the brim or crown. Also note that a piece of Weiss jewelry can turn bland into sophisticated.
This faceted-rhinestone flower brooch has a lovely yet unique design. The black rhinestones are prong set in black Japanned metal, which has a great filigree-type quality found in many of its leaves. The brooch was manufactured by Weiss (as marked on the backside of the pin) in the 1950s, and is in good vintage condition, with only minor wear and a few scratches to the black glass. The clasp and pin are in great working order.
Originally considered a “mourning” brooch, one worn during the period of grieving for the loss of a close family member, today, with vintage costume jewelry experiencing great popularity, the brooch no longer bears its stigma of the previous era. As a black piece of jewelry, the brooch would work well with any light-colored outfit. In addition, this is a wonderful find for the collector of costume jewelry.