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A 1970s Tortoise Brooch - Lea Stein Tortoise Brooch

This is a delightful early Lea Stein small Tortoise brooch.  This wonderful  Vintage Tortoise pin from Lea Stein of Paris is nearly 50 years old. It is also a clever technical piece of work with a layer of silver glitter used within the cellulose acetate to create the tortoise's shell on the brooch.  True Vintage dating to the 1970's this old tortoise pin is perfect and would make a great gift! In excellent condition the Tortoise brooch measures a little over 1 inch by almost 2.5 inches at its tallest and widest  parts.  This tortoise pin has the aforementioned silver glitter shell  with the head and legs being plain shiny red. The reverse has a white and the same red.   Every piece of jewellery created by Lea Stein is unique due to the hand made process.  This collectable brooch has the wishbone shaped white metal pin with roll over 'c' clasp bearing the word "Western Germany". It is certainly a genuine Lea Stein piece and true aficionados will be familiar with the fact that some of the design house's work was simply unsigned or did bear the "Western Germany" words on the fixture.   Lea Stein's brooches always sit beautifully and the lightness of the plastics ensure they are suitable for your lighter fabrics like linen but they are equally at home on the lapel of a heavy winter coat.  This  vintage 1970's tortoise brooch is a remarkable design from Lea Stein who is famed for her jewellery, particularly her animal designs which have featured cats, foxes, dogs, birds and many other things over her history.   Here is a little more information about Lea Stein and her fabulous and whimsical jewellery.....

LEA STEIN  was born in Paris in 1931 and worked as a dress designer. She began making her now famous Jewellery when her  husband, Fernand Steinberger, ( a Plastics Chemist ) discovered a process of laminating cellulose acetate to create a unique range of colours & patterns.
Buttons for her frocks were their first products; followed by brooches, bangles and earrings. The factory was forced to close in the 1980’s but has since re-opened much to the relief of costume jewellery collectors and Lea Stein fans. Lea Stein loves to produce designs based on animals and flowers. Now she is quite an elderly lady but still introduces a couple of new designs each year.
The manufacturing process used means that no two pieces are exactly alike. The fabulous designs, the ease of wearing and their quirky appeal are just some of the reasons why they are so collected around the world


Designer or Brand: Lea Stein, Paris

Condition: Excellent

Decade: 1970s

Era: Vintage

Type: Brooch

Material: Plastic Laminate Rhodoid Metal Inset

Subject: Tortoise 

Colours: Silver and Red

A  1970s Tortoise Brooch - Lea Stein Tortoise Brooch
A  1970s Tortoise Brooch - Lea Stein Tortoise Brooch A  1970s Tortoise Brooch - Lea Stein Tortoise Brooch A  1970s Tortoise Brooch - Lea Stein Tortoise Brooch A  1970s Tortoise Brooch - Lea Stein Tortoise Brooch

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