Amazing figural turtle tortoise brooch by DeLizza & Elster aka Juliana. Designed with a large faceted heliotrope watermelon stone surrounded by shades of prongsest green chaton rhinestones. Its head is a pear shaped emerald green rhinestone with sparkly red aurora borealis chaton rhinestones for eyes. Brilliant goldtone metal. Measures 2 1/2" x 1 1/2". Pristine condition.
This book piece is featured on the back cover of Ann Pitman's Juliana Jewelry Referencer DeLizza & Elster Identification & Value Guide. There were a few color variations of this brooch. The heliotrope stone in this piece is most sought after.
All D&E jewelry is unsigned and is identified and verified by construction. However, their Juliana line that was produced from 1967-1968 came with foil hangs although many hang tags are no longer intact.
This quality deisgner was established in the late 1940's. It is important to note that DeLizza & Elster also made for: Accessocraft, Albert Weiss, Alexis Kirk, Ballet Jewels, Alice Caviness, Ciro, Celebrity, Carpri, Carol Dauplaise, House of Ivana, Hobe, House of Shrager, HSC, Hattie Carnegie, Jacobson's Department Stores, Kenneth Lane, Kramer, Karu Mimi Di N, 1928, Park Lane, Pakula, Talbot's, Ann Taylor Victoria's Secret, Lillian Vernon, Walt Disney World, YSL.
A must have for the serious D&E aka Juliana collector!