Dating corocraft jewelry
In business from around the turn of the 20th century until the late 1970's, Coro was one of the most, if not the most, prolific costume jewelry companies of all time.The name Coro came from a contraction of the first two letters of the last names of the original owners, Cohn and Rosenberger.During the height of the Great Depression, this company was so successful that they built a new manufacturing facility in Providence, RI, and almost all of the work was done "in-house".While quality, complexity of design and calibre of components was reflected in the price point where it was marketed, I have not ever seen a piece that was poorly constructed.
Pink florals have yellow centers accented with a single clear rhinestone, with light pink petals edged with a darker pink, which is echoed in the pink "ribbon" around the two-tone green floral leaves.
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The higher end lines were sold at high end department stores, while the less expensive lines were sold in smaller department stores and "dimestores" such as Woolworths.
While many other companies produced pairs of dress or fur clips connected on a metal frame to form a larger brooch, Coro seems to have been by far the most prolific and imaginative in this regard.
2 1/2" x 1 1/2" at widest point, assembled, this uses the better spring type dress clip mechanisms.