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Lea Stein - Rare Toucan Head Brooch by Lea Stein of Paris

This cheeky cheerful bird is the work of Parisian designer Lea Stein. It is made of layered celluloid acetate or rhodoid. This is a super design from Lea Stein who is famed for her jewellery, particularly her animals which have featured cats, foxes, dogs, birds and many other things over her history.          Now for that history -  

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.
The Toucan's head pin is made up of pearlised grey, red, black and ivory cream colours and it measures 5.5cms by 3cms.

JEWELLERY DETAILS

Designer or Brand: Lea Stein, Paris

Condition: Excellent - New

Decade: Current

Era: Contemporary Retro

Type: Brooch

Material: Plastic Laminate Rhodoid

£68.00
Lea Stein - Rare Toucan Head Brooch by Lea Stein of Paris

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