An antique American enamel & pearl flower brooch by Henry Blank & Co, Newark, 1920's. In this period Newark, New Jersey, was considered to be the USA capitol of jewellery. The majority of pieces were made in 14k gold, embellished by skillfully applied polychrome enamels with only occasional gemstone accents. This Cattleya orchid brooch is enameled in translucent fondant pastel colours, adorned with a natural pearl. Cattleya Orchids are some of the most beautiful orchids in the world. This is why they are also known as “Jewels of the jungle” and “Queen of the orchids.” The history of the regal Cattleya, also known as the “Corsage Orchid”, dates back to the early 19th century when William Cattley first bloomed this orchid in cultivation. The phrase faire cattleya, meaning “to do a cattleya,” is used as a botanical metaphor for amorous fondling in the novel 'In Search of Lost Time’, by Marcel Proust (1871–1922).