A super handmade atomic-shaped Sterling silver brooch with semi-precious stone dating from around the 1960s. It's stamped on the back with the maker's initials 'WWL' and 'Sterling'. WWL were a South African jewellery design house. They made very fine quality Sterling Silver jewellery that was Modernist in design and set with high quality semi precious stones. These mid century pieces are collectable and hard to come by. The polished stone looks to me to be an agate, maybe a Botswana Agate. Please correct me if you know otherwise! It's in swathes of neutral browns, beiges, whites (tones of coffee and cream). See photos. The quality silver disc base (35 x 28mm) is asymmetric with the sizeable cabochon stone floating on top, held in place with four simple sturdy prongs/claws. The stone is 26mm x 20mm. Weighs 16g. The silver is shiny but there are natural dark spots where I've struggled to clean it. The claws/prongs don't quite meet the sides of the stone, so it's loose and does move around - but it won't come out. The pin on the back works well. It's hard to photograph due to the reflection and shine, it's much better in real life! A good wearable sized piece of collectable art. Free P&P to the UK with presentation box.
Sterling silver WWL Modernist brooch. Vintage 1960s atomic pin badge
- handmade, 1970s, jewellery, retro, gem, 925, mid century, fine, 1950s, pendant, asymmetric, coffee and cream, polished
- Stone, Silver