Vintage figural jewelry can take many forms. Each piece depicts a human form, an animal, a flower, etc. Figurals have been popular for a long time and many different styles were created during the 20th century. Here are two examples of wire art figurals from my Etsy store at http://www.dianakirkpatrickart.etsy.com. This type was popular in the 1950s and 1960s.
Who can resist a goldtone cat with prong set rhinestone eyes and nose! This elegant little kitty is in very good condition. There are a few traces of oxidation on the wire that are visible in the photos, but the brooch is shiny and lovely when you see it in your hand.
In the photo on the right is a lovely flower brooch with five prong set rhinestones in the center.