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A LEA STEIN Great Beak Bird Brooch - in shades of Blue and White

A hard to find example of the wonderful work of celebrated Parisian jewelry designer Lea Stein!  This Great Beak Bird pin in shades of blue with white is so stylish.  Made from layers of rhodoid and cellulose acetate with some acrylic lucite this bird is a collectable item for anyone who loves bakelite and other plastic jewellery.  The Great Beak Bird is a generous size.  He is 10.5 cms from the tip of his tail to the tip of his beak, 6.5 cms from the top of his head to the end of his legs and the body section has a diameter of 4.2cms.  The blue and white layers have a crackled effect and the white area appears a bit like mother of pearl shell.  The wings are see-through light blue acrylic and here I need to mention a little scuff mark on each wing. This brooch is second hand​​​​​ but as it’s a rarer design I decided to ignore the scuffs as they are hardly noticeable when the brooch is worn. So whilst mentioning detail it’s time to say the eye is a little striped ball - most beady. This collectable retro style brooch has the wishbone shaped white metal pin with roll over 'c' clasp bearing the 'Lea Stein Paris' mark.    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 style brooch is a contemporary 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.
Each brooch has the trademark ‘V’ shaped pin on the back and is signed: ‘LEA STEIN PARIS’. 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 today.

JEWELLERY DETAILS

Designer or Brand: Lea Stein, Paris

Condition: As described a secondhand brooch beautiful to wear but with a scuff mark on each wing

Decade: Current

Era: Contemporary Retro

Type: Brooch

Material: Plastic Laminate Rhodoid

Colour: Blue, White

£78.00
A LEA STEIN Great Beak Bird Brooch - in shades of Blue and White
A LEA STEIN Great Beak Bird Brooch - in shades of Blue and White A LEA STEIN Great Beak Bird Brooch - in shades of Blue and White A LEA STEIN Great Beak Bird Brooch - in shades of Blue and White A LEA STEIN Great Beak Bird Brooch - in shades of Blue and White

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