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Vintage Coral Chrysanthemum Brooch



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A work of wearable art courtesy of Mother Nature and an anonymous master sculptor. Measuring a striking 2 1/2 by just shy of 1 1/2 inches, this unique nature-inspired masterpiece, dating back to the 1930s-40s, presents a brilliant hand carving depicting a quartet of intricate Chrysanthemum flowers and sinuous stems and leaves magically blooming in high relief from a single specimen of bright orangy-salmon coral. In addition to the exquisitely carved Japanese floral motif, other elements of this stunning brooch-- particularly the flat back with two crossbars--lead us to believe that this was once used as an obidome. Because there is always room for another touch of adornment, an obidome is a small brooch that is threaded onto an obijime (a string of sorts), which ties around the broad sash--an obi--that is worn with a Japanese kimono. While you might not own a kimono, this vintage beauty will add a dash of sartorial flair at the waist of your favorite frock.


14 Karat Yellow Gold
2 1/2 inches
1 7/16 Inch
1/2 Inch
Gram Weight:
31 Grams
Center Coral details
Carved Cut
Slightly Pinkish Orange
63.50 x 33.00 x 10.00 mm

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