Circus Horse

Dan Kasoff began making jewellery in New York just after WWII ended.  In the beginning Dan Kasoff Inc manufactured pieces which were supplied to the wholesale trade.  It was not until 1950 that the company began marking its pieces with…

Circle with Holes

This brooch is made of 14ct gold by the Finnish designer Liisa Vitali. Liisa Vitali was born on 9th November 1918 in Helsinki.  The family moved to a farm in the small village of Viluksela in southern Finland when Liisa…

Stone with Two Leaves

This brooch is by Kramer.  It is made of gilt metal, caste as two finely defined leaves with a large piece of moss agate at its centre.  The company was started in 1943 by Louis Kramer in New York.  Once…

Star Burst

This is very much a ‘statement’ piece, measuring  8cm by 10cm.  As well as being a brooch it also has a hook on the back so it can be worn as a pendent. This brooch is by Panetta, an American…

Flower

The main body of this brooch is made from opaque glass. In its centre is a small cluster of seven garnets forming the stamens of the flower.  The glass has been carved to give texture to the petals.  I bought…

Cortina

This brooch is by one of the preeminent British jewellery designers of the 1960s.  It is known as a ‘Cortina’ and my version is made of 9ct gold.  The brooch was designed in 1965 by Ernest Blyth for the Leicester…