Retro Gold Tone Paste Choker and Earring Set
A beautiful vintage set that is not only an affordable alternative to diamonds, but a collectible in very good condition. Perfect for a bride or elegant evening out! Vintage paste and fashion jewelry has really become popular with collectors the past 15 -20 years. They are hard to find as most were discarded or broken after years of wear and not considered valuable enough for safe keeping. They became the norm during Queen Victoria's reign and again after the depression and World War II. These high-end fashion piece were a way for ladies of limited means to enjoy good quality jewelry without the high cost of natural gemstones. The choker is accompanied by a pair of screw back matching earrings. They are only sold as a set. The white paste stones have a light grey hue to them as some natural diamonds do and are glued into place to form flowers. The hook and bullet end cap are in perfect condition. The Coro stamp and patent pend mark are visible on the back. All stones are original and match in color and size. Please read below for a quick Coro biography.
- Gold Tone (NOT Solid Gold)
- Paste Stone accents
- Manufacture's Mark "Coro"
- Necklace is 15-1/2" inch in length
- Flower Clusters measure approx. 1/2" inch in diameter (can be made as small as 12" inches)
- Earrings are 1-1/16" inch in length x 5/8" inch at widest section
- 24.98 grams
- c. 1940's
Coro jewelry, Cohn & Rosenberger, was founded in New York by Emanuel Cohn and Carl Rosenberger in 1901/1902 and incorporated in 1913. A factory was established in Providence, Rhode Island in 1911. With offices or plants in New York and Providence, at times they had a presence in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Toronto, England and Mexico as well. Great Britain mechanical patents have been found in the name of Corocraft from 1961 until 1969, which documents actual production in England (courtesy Mary Walden-Till).
Cohn died in 1910, but the name remained Cohn & Rosenberger. The corporate name “Coro” was adopted in 1943. Rosenberger died in 1957, and his son Gerald, who succeeded him, died in 1967.
In 1969, the family sold 51 percent of the Coro stock to Richton, Intl. Corp., who bought the remaining stock in 1970. Richton also owned the Oscar de la Renta brand. By 1979 all the Coro companies, except the Canadian company, were bankrupt. It was sold to a South American company in 1992 and also went bankrupt.
Gene Verri, who died in 2012, was the head designer and personally responsible for many, many of Coro’s famous designs. Adolph Katz signed many of the patents only as a representative of the company, but he was not the designer of those pieces. Information confirmed by Ron Verri, Gene’s son, in September, 2005.
Designers for Coro according to Brunialti:
Gene Verrecchia [Verri] –1933 to the end of the 1963 (He and his son Ron founded Gem-Craft, which is still in business as of 2019).
Charles E. Pauzat–1939-1940’s
Oscar Frank Placco –1934-1945?
Marion Weeber –1940-1941
Victor di Mezza–1950