Vendome was the high-end label of Coro jewelry from 1944 to 1979.
Emmanuel Cohn and Carl Rosenberger founded Coro at the turn of the century in New York. They were very successful and branched out in 1937 using the Corocraft name for their higher end pieces . Later, Coro’s most luxurious pieces were branded Francois (1944 to 1960) or Vendome (1944 to 1979). Other marks included Coro Pegasus and Coro Originals. In 1953, Vendome became an official subsidiary of Coro.
Vendome pieces were unique and high-quality. The name was borrowed from a Parisian center. The Place Vendôme was renowned for its fashionable and deluxe hotels, boutiques, and salons so that name was meant to inspire feelings of luxury and splendor.
Fabulous in all her glory, this is a very rare dragonfly brooch signed Vendome. She is quite lovely with artfully enameled wings which are furthur accented with raised settings that feature prong set rhinestones. Her body has a large, iridescent, steel blue colored glass pearl. More prong set rhinestones are set at the end of her body behind the pearl. Vivid enamel colors of blue and a coppery orange color are spectacular in her wings. Expertly applied with subtle shading and white enamel detailing. Another pear shaped blue rhinestone is set at her head area and tiny, deep blue rhinestones depict her eyes. All in gold plated /gold toned metal. Yes, she is brilliantly colored and large, yet beautifully elegant too. This brooch is in excellent vintage condition indicative of age. All stones are sparkling bright, and enamel is intact. The pearl has several very small areas where the coating has rubbed off but because the glass stone beneath the pearl finish is bluish gray in color it does not affect the beauty of ir at all )in my opinion)
Measures 3" long x 3~1/8" across from wing tip to wing tip