Have to share some of rarest trees yet – some for sale in my shop, Vintage Under the Sea!  The rarest is the Gorham tree set with diamonds…none of the Christmas tree pin book authors have ever seen this one before – so I will be soon heading to Providence, RI to search the Gorham archives for a drawing of it or any information about this tree – what year it was made, how many were made, etc.  The Gorham archives are located at Brown University in Providence.  Hopefully, I’ll be heading over there next week – can’t wait to see what I can discover!

Gorham Sterling Silver Christmas tree pin, set with genuine diamonds

Alphabet Sampler ABC Sterling Silver Christmas tree pin

EXTREMELY Rare Har signed Christmas tree pin

Sea Coral Branch Christmas tree pin – Wild!

One of DeNicola’s signed rare arbors!

Love this modernist tree – Mint condition in the original box!

BJ half basket weave gold tone Christmas tree pin

The highly sought-after Beatrix (BJ) basket weave Christmas tree pin – snagged it recently from a large lot sale (hidden treasure!), and it sold immediately (within 24 hours) from my online shop – I knew it wouldn’t stick around for long…wish I could’ve kept this one…but hopefully, someday, I can find another one for my private collection!

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Huge Coro snowflake brooch

Bogoff snowflake brooch

As a hearty lover of all things Christmas, I couldn’t help but jump from my passion for Christmas tree pins to those sparkly snowflake brooches…an excuse to extend the holidays all winter long!  In my opinion, the best were made by Weiss, Juliana D&E, Boucher, Trifari, Sherman, Coro, Eisenberg and Eisenberg Ice, Ledo, Castlecliff, Krementz, Kramer of NY, and Schreiner NY.  Lisner also made one sweet, petite snowflake, and Sarah Coventry made a prize one called, “Evening Snowflake”, which came with matching earrings.  Some of the best I’ve seen are also unsigned beauties.

Eisenberg Ice still produces snowflakes brooches for each holiday season, and I have one in my collection that was released in 2009.  They are somewhat pricey, but worth the investment.  It will be interesting to see how much they are worth 20 years from now.  The 2009 snowflake sold for $110 retail, and I was lucky enough to purchase it from a fellow vintage jewelry dealer for $80.  It has huge faceted teardrop stones that sparkle like icicles melting, and it is sectioned off by lines of narrow, clear baguettes, tipped with a single marquis and clusters of round stones.  The largest stones are open back, which juxtaposes nicely with the foil back dividers.  Yowza!  Eisenberg’s still got it!

2009 Eisenberg Ice snowflake brooch

I have found several designers who produced advertisements for their snowflake sparklies, including Ledo, Castlecliff, Weiss, Krementz, and Trifari (See photos below).  I pray for the day I can find those found in the Ledo and Castlecliff  ads…I keep looking!  Only Coro and Trifari, that I know of, have patents for their snowflake designs (Shown below).

Snowflake made by Florenza

Another elusive snowflake brooch for me is one made by Florenza.  I saw it once a couple of years ago on Ebay, and I still kick myself for missing the end of the auction in order to increase my bid.  I saved its photo from the listing so I can remember what it looks like…for someday to find another!  I think it’s one of the prettiest brooches ever made by Florenza.

I have yet to snag a primo Juliana D’Elizza & Elster snowflake, for they often go for a pretty penny…or at least the ones I like!  Again, I dream.  I guess that’s part of the fun of collecting vintage jewelry…the hunt for what’s on your wish list…and the sheer joy experienced upon actually finding one.  I think it’s further enhanced if one finds the prize at a flea market or thrift store for little money or catch it on Ebay when no one else is watching!

Stay Tuned for next post  ~ Image gallery of the best snowflake brooches!

Adolph Katz for Coro 1st snowflake design patent, 1945

Katz patent for Coro 1946 - Snowflake

Katz for Coro 1946 snowflake patent

A. Katz's 1951 snowflake design patent

Adolf Katz for Coro patent for snowflake brooch

Alfred Philippe for Trifari patent for snowflake

Trifari 1950's magazine advertisement; snowflakes in upper left corner

Castlecliff advertisement for snowflake brooches

Ledo advertisement for snowflake brooches

Krementz snowflake necklace ad