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Lea Stein  ~ 

Known for her whimsical and darling designs, Lea Stein began designing her pieces in 1968.  Their construction uses lamination of the cellulose acetate material.  Vintage brooches had a V-shaped brooch back and were typically marked Lea Stein Paris.    Hair ornaments were sometimes unmarked or marked Made in France.  Vintage pieces were produced until 1981 when the business faltered.  Lea Stein returned to designing jewelry around 1990 and adds 1-2 new designs each year.   Please note that references cited for Collecting Art Plastic Jewelry are for the actual piece loaned to the author for the book.

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Pearly White 'Attila' Cat Brooch & Earrings

These adorable felines are a marbled, pearl white with black accents.  The sizeable brooch is one of the cutest cat poses, and matching clip earrings are a rarity.  Ca. 1990s.  Marked: Lea Stein, Paris
Reference: Leshner, Art Plastic Jewelry, p. 250, Just, Lea Stein Jewelry, p. 49-50
Brooch: 4 by 1¾"; earrings: 1 3/8 by 1¼"

SS027

$185


Lea Stein Brown & Pearl Rolls Royce Pin

This charming Rolls Royce auto brooch has realistic coloring with the marbled brown body and pearly white trim - so Art Deco and a classic vintage piece.  Marked: Lea Stein, Paris [clasp], Made in France [sticker]
Reference:  Judith Just, Lea Stein Jewelry, p. 107-108; Leigh Leshner, Collecting Art Plastic Jewelry, p. 58
2¾ by 1"

SS024

$95


Lea Stein 'Carmen' (Joan Crawford) Brooch

This gorgeous lady is known as Carmen officially and as Joan Crawford in the US.  This brooch has especially luscious colors to the celluloid layers that create her deep purple jacket with teal lapels, wavy pink and turquoise hair and patterned black and white earring.  A rare find! Marked: Lea Stein, Paris
Reference: Leshner, Art Plastic Jewelry, p. 249, Just, Lea Stein Jewelry, p. 25
2¼ by 1¾"

SS022

$150


Lea Stein Peach & Ivory Rolls Royce Pin

As with all Lea Stein vintage pieces, no two are exactly alike.  This wonderful Rolls Royce auto brooch is a lacy peach with pearly ivory trim.  Very elegant and ladylike.  Although marked Western Germany, materials, style and the v-shaped clasp identify this as a Lea Stein piece.  [See also item SS006]
Reference:  Judith Just, Lea Stein Jewelry, p. 107-108; Leigh Leshner, Collecting Art Plastic Jewelry, p. 58
2¾ by 1"

SS005

$98


Red & Pearly White Colerette Brooch

This vintage figural piece has Art Deco styling and especially delicious colors: cherry red, pearly white and black.  The red is translucent giving it a nice glow and it's a striking edging to the moiré collar.  Exceptional condition.   Marked: Lea Stein, Paris
Reference: Leshner, Art Plastic Jewelry, p. 249, Just, Lea Stein Jewelry, p. 22
2¼ by 2"

SS028

$140


Lea Stein "Blueberries" Brooch

Perfect in blue and creamy white, this layered brooch depicts blueberries and leaves.  The use of pearly textured celluloid acetate with the striped berries is wonderful and a hallmark of Lea Stein's work.  Marked: Lea Stein, Paris
Reference: Judith Just, Lea Stein Jewelry, p. 92-93; Leigh Leshner, Collecting Art Plastic Jewelry, p. 54
3 by 1¾"

SS018

$98


Lea Stein Golden Hedgehog Brooch

Wonderfully whimsical, the layers of golden, brown and black patterned material create the coat of quills for this cute hedgehog.  Marked: Lea Stein Paris
Reference: Leshner, Art Plastic Jewelry, p. 231, Just, Lea Stein Jewelry, p. 66
3¼ by 2 1/8"

SS021

$98


Lea Stein Ivory & Pink Rolls Royce Pin

This elegant Rolls Royce auto brooch is a lacy ivory with pearly pink fenders and wheels.  Such a classic Art Deco inspired look.  Marked: Lea Stein, Paris
Reference:  Judith Just, Lea Stein Jewelry, p. 107-108; Leigh Leshner, Collecting Art Plastic Jewelry, p. 58
2¾ by 1"

SS006

$98

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