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Jose Rodriguez vintage costume jewelry

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Jose Rodriguez vintage costume jewelry

Parrot on a branch brooch. 1940s. Gold tone jewelry alloy, rhinestones, red yellow and green enamel. 8 cm. Jose Rodriguez vintage costume jewelry. Marked at back with letter ‘S’ in a Star and ‘Made in USA’

Jose Rodriguez vintage costume jewelry
According to “American Costume Jewelry 1935-50” by Carla Ginelli Brunialti, Rodriguez was a Cuban citizen and resident of New York. Patented by him several designs in 1940s included parrot on a branch, toucan, swallow and fish brooches.
Traditionally, Rodriguez used gold and silver tone metal, multicolor enamel, glass cabochons, lucite, faux pearls and rhinestones. Noteworthy, his Bird series with parrots, toucans, firebirds, swallows and peacocks are highly collectible.
Nature inspired decorations created by the designer in 1940s are wearable art, desirable for collectors of vintage costume jewelry.

Fish brooch. 1940. Rhodium plated metal, rhinestones, blue and green enamel. 7.5 cm

Fish brooch. 1940. Rhodium plated metal, rhinestones, blue and green enamel. 7.5 cm

Pictured in “Inside the Jewelry Box” by Ann Mitchell Pittman and Brunialti reference book, Jose Rodriguez jewelry is highly collectible.

Jose Rodriguez designs, 1940

1940s designs

Toucan brooch. 1940. Rhodium plated metal, pink, yellow and green enamel, rhinestones. 7.5 cm

Toucan brooch. 1940. Rhodium plated metal, pink, yellow and green enamel, rhinestones. 7.5 cm

Beautiful peacock brooch. Silver tone metal, rhinestone, large baroque pearl

Beautiful peacock brooch. Silver tone metal, rhinestone, large baroque pearl

Bird brooch of lucite

Bird brooch of lucite

Fabulous bird brooch. Silver tone metal, rhinestones

Fabulous bird brooch. Silver tone metal, rhinestones

Firebird gold tone brooch. Red glass cabochon, rhinestones

Firebird gold tone brooch. Red glass cabochon, rhinestones

Flying swallow brooch. Blue enamel, faux pearls

Flying swallow brooch. Blue enamel, faux pearls

Paradise bird. Red glass crystals, gold tone jewelry alloy

Paradise bird. Red glass crystals, gold tone jewelry alloy

Peacock brooch. Jewelry alloy, rhinestones, glass cabochon

Peacock brooch. Jewelry alloy, rhinestones, glass cabochon

Round shaped enameled brooch with palm trees and bird design

Round shaped enameled brooch with palm trees and bird design

Silver tone royal blue lucite rhinestones bird brooch

Silver tone royal blue lucite rhinestones bird brooch

Swallow brooch of gold tone, glass cabochon

Swallow brooch of gold tone, glass cabochon

Signature

Maker’s mark