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Coro Jewelry, CoroCraft Jewelry

Early Coro jewelry, (as early as 1901), is marked "CR", (stands for Emanuel Cohn and Gerald Rosenberg.) Coro production ceased in 1979, except for Coro, Inc, in Canada, which was still operational in 1990. The "Coro" mark, which is most common, was in use since 1919. "Coro Craft" mark was used since 1937 and was originally used on higher quality pieces. "Corocraft (one word) was used after WWII. The Pegasus mark was used after the war. Coro used many additional marks. Matching sets were generally more popular in the late 40s and 50s and the WWII vermeil era was generally more about pins and brooches. Often they came in pin/brooch/duette + earring sets but rarely as full parures. Coro's most collectible items are: early jewelry, duettes, jelly belly figurals, Mexican sterling, some CoroCrafts, most Vendome jewelry and sets from 1930 to 1950.

  • Script Coro - in use since 1919.
  • Coro Craft - used since 1937.
  • Sterling Craft Coro - used in 1942, a less expensive line, usually vermeil over light weight sterling.
  • CoroCraft Sterling - used from 1942 to the spring of 1944, highest priced line.
  • Coro Sterling - used after WWII, silver with no gilding, a lighter weight and quality.
  • CoroCraft - registered in 1945 but used from 1944 until 1947.
  • Pegasus mark - used after WWII.

Below are some wonderful examples of Coro and CoroCraft jewelry.

[Click on the thumbnails for larger, more detailed images.]

Rare CoroCraft Sterling Lizard Pin. This highly collectible, rare piece was designed by Adolph Katz and patented in 1942. It has a rhodium plated sterling body set with clear round rhinestones, enameling in shades of green and yellow, with a red rhinestone left eye and a green rhinestone right eye. It represents a lizard holding a pearl [missing at the moment, otherwise in pristine, unused condition!]. Signed CoroCraft Sterling on an applied plaque on piece [See "A Tribute to America" by Brunialti and Brunialti, pp. 79-80.]

CoroCraft lizard pin

right side
left side

This CoroCraft Sterling Jelly Belly Angel Fish Pin was designed by Adolph Katz and patented in 1942. It has a rhodium plated sterling body set with clear round rhinestones, enameling in shades of blue, and a lucite belly. Signed CoroCraft Sterling with the pegasus mark on an applied plaque on reverse. book piece[See "20th Century Costume Jewellery" by Brunialti and Brunialti, pp. 165-166.]

CoroCraft angel fish pin

This CoroCraft Sterling Crown Brooch was designed by Adolph Katz and patented in 1944. The gold-plated sterling crown features two large simulated moonstone cabochons flanking a central deep ruby red glass cabochon. A band of clear baguettes frames the brow and is accented with a row of sapphire round rhinestones. Clear pavé rhinestones highlight the remainder of the crown. Signed CoroCraft Sterling with the pegasus mark on an applied plaque on reverse. book piece[See "American Costume Jewelry" by Angie Gordon, pp. 168.]

CoroCraft Sterling Crown Brooch

Beautiful 1944 pin from the "Sparkling Peonies" series by Coro with five opened outer petals (four with rhinestones on tips), and five upright petals all rimmed with pave clear round rhinestones closed around a stamen of pronged-in emerald green marquis rhinestones and center pave clear round rhinestone. Signed Coro with the Pegasus mark DES.PAT PEND. length: 1-1/2", width: 1-1/4", depth: 1/2"

Coro Sparkling Peonies Pin

c. 1930's Coro Dress/Fur Clip. Stylized silver-tone floral dress/fur clip with pink and green enameling and pavé clear, pink and watermelon colored round rhinestones on a pot metal base. Signed Coro on reverse.

Coro Fur Clip

c. 1930's Coro Duette. Featuring open-back faux moonstone flower buds on enameled stems with green enameled leaves. Bow on each clip of pavé clear rhinestones. Duette mechanism marked PAT No 1798867 (1931), flat-back hinged clips marked PAT 1852188 (1932). Signed Coro on reverse. length: 2-1/2", width: 1-1/4".

Coro Dress Clips

c. 1940's Coro Pin and Clipback Earrings. Beautiful oval aqua rhinestones are the stamens in this gorgeous late 1940's gold-tone floral pin and earrings set by Coro. The openwork petals are rimmed with pave clear rhinestones as are the leaves on the pin. Signed Coro with the Pegasus on an applied rectangular plaque on reverse of pin. Earrings signed Coro on clipback mechanism. pin: width: 2-5/8", length: 1-7/8"; earrings: width: 2-3/4", length: 1-3/16".

c. 1940's Coro Pin and Clipback Earrings

1940 to 1950 CoroCraft Simulated Pearl Pendant Necklace. Such an elegant look to this great signed Corocraft faux pearl pendant necklace. The soft lustre of the creamy faux pearls is enhanced by the florentine finished gold-tone machine-stamped fronds in this cascading floral spray. A double link chain is attached with a spring ring closure at the top of the spray. chain length: 24"; spray: length: 3", width: 1-1/2".

CoroCraft Necklace

c. 1950's Coro Magnolia Flower Pin. Soft peach enameled petals and green enameld leaves surround a center simulated mabe pearl with etched gold-tone stamen tips alternating with orangey round paste set rhinestones.Petal backs are ribbed with florentine gold-tone finish, curled tips are enhanced with gold-tone nubbing.

Coro Magnolia Flower Brooch

1950 to 1960 CoroCraft Chrysanthemum Flower Brooch. Gorgeous colors in this 1950 to 1960 CoroCraft chrysanthemum pin with three layers of bright yellow enameled petals tipped with orange and lined with black with a domed black enameled center pavéd with peridot rhinestones. diameter: 2".

Coro Chrysanthemum Flower Brooch

CoroCraft Rock Fish Pin Reproduction. Fabulous vintage copy of CoroCraft's 1944 rock fish pin designed by Adolph Katz. This beauty is gold-tone base metal with a script CoroCraft signature impressed on the reverse. width: 3-1/8", height: 2-1/2" book piece[See "American Costume Jewelry" by Brunialti and Brunialti, pp. 79-80.]

CoroCraft Rock Fish Reproduction Pin

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