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
Pictured in “Inside the Jewelry Box” by Ann Mitchell Pittman and Brunialti reference book, Jose Rodriguez jewelry is highly collectible.
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
Bird brooch of lucite
Fabulous bird brooch. Silver tone metal, rhinestones
Firebird gold tone brooch. Red glass cabochon, rhinestones
Flying swallow brooch. Blue enamel, faux pearls
Paradise bird. Red glass crystals, gold tone jewelry alloy
Peacock brooch. Jewelry alloy, rhinestones, glass cabochon
Round shaped enameled brooch with palm trees and bird design
Silver tone royal blue lucite rhinestones bird brooch
Swallow brooch of gold tone, glass cabochon