In my humble opinion, there is only one other major costume jewelry designer who can compete with Kenneth Jay Lane's jewelry in terms of design and most important... quality. And that designer is Nolan Miller. I am, in a word, discriminating about the pieces that I select for my store, and have found that Nolan Miller jewelry fulfills my picky criteria, so I have added special pieces of his to broaden the horizon of my offerings. This pin/brooch is from the first Floral Fantasy Series ( Floral Fantasy Series I ) that was formerly carried on QVC. It was a collector edition of four luscious pins. This piece is entitled " The Violet Boutonniere ", aptly named, and was pin #2 in the series issue. The brooches from this edition were premium priced, and more densely set with stones and detail than those from the standard "Glamour Collection" line.
This pin, for its size, has a lovely weight to it. Not heavy, per se, it's just that you can feel that it is loaded with stones when you hold it. Set in a base metal the color of 14k yellow gold electroplate, the violet petals are open backed, faceted, simulated amethyst pear shaped crystals, all prong set in white metal just as fine jewelry would be. The centers of the flowers are clear faceted Swarovski crystal rounds in my favorite Tiffany setting (LOVE that), and there are more amethyst and diamond crystal stones scattered throughout as accents. The flower petals are a sheer wash of green enamel, with brilliant detailing so fabulous that you can see the veins in the leaves, and barely detectable scalloping along the edges. And finally, the golden stems contain channel set clear diamond crystals to add the perfect finishing touch of brilliance. This Edwardian nosegay pin is set into a dizzying multilevel framework that is open and lacy, so that no matter from which direction you gaze upon it, there is texture and dimension. The flower portion of the pin measures 1-5/ 8" long, and the stems add another 1/2", so the total length measures a little over 2", and it is 1-5/ 8" at its widest. It is signed on the reverse, copyright sign Nolan Miller, and has never been worn. This is SO exquisite, it makes my knees weak, and I get to see a LOT of incredible jewelry for comparison. My husband loves to see all my new acquisitions, and his first comment when he saw this was, "You're not really going to sell that one, are you?". Note: This pin is from the original issue, and was made in the USA. Later it was re-issued and the newer pieces were made in Thailand.
The last photo above shows all the pins in this Floral Fantasy I series... thought you might enjoy seeing them all.
Note: also available in my eBay store is the "Tiger Lily" pin which is also from this Floral Fantasy Series I Collection.
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