The most recent addition to my collection of vintage brooches is this Vendome pin, circa 1950 or 1970 (dating this piece has been difficult because the company was in business from 1944 to 1979 and they did repeat their designs). After roaming a thrift store in
When I did a little bit of research after I acquired it, I discovered that the Vendome was a division of
Coro, a very well known manufacturer of costume jewelry in the United States, Vendome was Coro's high-end line and used the finest Austrian and Czechoslovakian crystals. Eventually this range of jewelry became renowned for its inventive designs created by Helen Marion, who was the company's lead designer.
— Lori Ettlinger Gross