Costume jewelry manufacturers began producing Christmas pin jewelry in the 1940s. Before that a Christmas corsage was the popular way to adorn a coat lapel for the holiday season. But after World War II, when supplies of metal were abundant American jewelry companies started introducing a wide selection of Christmas tree pins every year. Mostly crafted of metal, they were embellished with shiny enamel, colorful rhinestones, and sparkling colored glass. And unlike corsages Christmas tree pins lasted year after year.
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