These 1950s earrings by Alice Caviness feature layers of citrine and golden topaz glass beads along with aurora borealis rhinestones, mother-of-pearl disks and textured brass leaves. The elements are wired onto a brass mesh back with ear clips. This is the type of creation by this maker that leads me to say that she is under-rated. These earrings are just plain fun! I have a brooch and earrings set by Caviness that is similar – scroll down to see it.
This 1950s brooch and earrings set by Alice Caviness features amazing layers of citrine crystals, golden topaz beads, mother-of-pearl disks and textured brass leaves wired onto a decorative frame, which is mounted on another frame with the pin and roll-over safety clasp. The complexity of the design and construction seen here are often present in this maker's work, which I believe is underrated. This set is definitely not for the faint-hearted! I will include the matching bracelet, which has only three of its four strands of beads, but it is definitely wearable. I have a similar pair of earrings by the same maker – scroll down to see them.
These 1950s diamanté earrings are definitely "top-of-the-line Alice Caviness jewelry!" (Julia Carroll). They feature large octagonal clear rhinestones with clear crystal beads and diamanté-studded beads attached to a filigree disk. The position of the large stones and their faceting maximize the flash the earrings produce. They are so flashy though that they're difficult to photograph — the yellow that appears along the edges of some of the stones is only a reflection. The silver-tone settings have clip-backs, which, unfortunately, are too short to sustain the weight of the large bottom stone in each earring. A clever buyer could remove that stone and attach smaller stones and/or crystal beads to the filigree back, and make these earrings more wearable.
Large golden and brown topaz glass stones are prong set in gold-tone metal with round citrine glass accents in these clip-back earrings by Elsa Schiaparelli. The exotic three-sided shape of the large stones enhances the three-leaf clover design, and the elaborate construction of the earring backs exemplifies the maker's quality. This color combination can be seen in other Schiaparelli pieces. You can see the utility patent for the earring clasp here, shown below the names Frederick A. Ballou, Jr. & Rogers T. Stafford.
Another great pair of long Art Deco ruby pendant earrings! Here a molded ruby-glass bead resembling a flower is suspended from a silver-tone chain dotted with two small, faceted ruby-glass beads. A flatter bead in the same color glass is designed to adorn the earlobe. The original screw-backs on these earrings were converted to sterling silver posts by my expert jeweler. Lots of movement with these vibrant earrings, which are another great jewelry wardrobe staple.
These substantial milk glass, diamanté and gold wire 1950s earrings by Hattie Carnegie look like flowers. Opaque white glass stones are prong set, wired in place and accented with clear rhinestones. The findings are gold plated; the earrings are clip-backs. Carnegie had several designs with the same gold-wire construction. Scroll down to see a bracelet to wear with these earrings.