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Jewel Crest Donald Simpson vintage costume jewelry

Floral design multicolored rhinestone silver tone brooch signed “Jewel Crest”. 6 cm. Donald Simpson vintage costume jewelry

Donald Simpson vintage costume jewelry
One of the major Australian jewelers of the late 1940s – early 1970s, Donald Simpson made a significant contribution to 20th century jewellery design. Noteworthy, he produced costume jewelry under three trademarks, which was reflected in the labeling of his products. Specifically, “Originals from Simpson Jewellery Pty Ltd STG”, “Another Original from Simpson” and “Jewel Crest”.
According to The Sidney Morning Herald, Simpson made a replica of the Waratah brooch which he gave to Queen Elizabeth II on her first visit to Australia in 1952.
The designer traditionally used high-quality materials such as silver, gold, rhodium, as well as Austrian crystals, cultured pearls and Aurora Borealis rhinestones. Created in an Art Deco style with classic floral motifs, his necklaces, brooches and earrings were sold in original silk-lined boxes. Today, every piece created by Sydney jewellery designer Donald Simpson is rare and highly collectible.

Aurora Borealis rhinestones screw back earrings

Aurora Borealis rhinestones screw back earrings

Maker's mark

Maker’s mark

Trademark

Trademark

Donald Simpson vintage costume jewelry

Blue rhinestone silver plated flower bouquet brooch. 8.5 cm. 1960s

Blue rhinestone silver plated flower bouquet brooch. 8.5 cm. 1960s

Edelweiss brooch. Silver tone, pink rhinestones. 5.5 cm

Edelweiss brooch. Silver tone, pink rhinestones. 5.5 cm

Flower brooch. Silver tone, clear rhinestones. 4 cm

Flower brooch. Silver tone, clear rhinestones. 4 cm

Gold plated earrings with pearls

Gold plated earrings with pearls

Lily of the valley silver plated rhinestones brooch

Lily of the valley silver plated rhinestones brooch

Lupine spray Aurora Borealis rhinestones brooch

Lupine spray Aurora Borealis rhinestones brooch

Pink rhinestone silver tone flower brooch

Pink rhinestone silver tone flower brooch

Rhinestone leaf branch brooch

Rhinestone leaf branch brooch

Signed Originals By Simpson Pearl Brooch

Signed Originals By Simpson Pearl Brooch

Snowflake rhinestone brooch. 1970s

Snowflake rhinestone brooch. 1970s

Sunflower Blue rhinestone silver tone brooch. 7 cm

Sunflower Blue rhinestone silver tone brooch. 7 cm

Maker's mark

Maker’s mark

Original by Simpson stamp

Original by Simpson stamp

Trademark

Trademark