Excellent (slight darkening of rhinestones at earlobes)
Nine faceted crystal briolettes dangle from a silver-tone chain in this elegant 1920s Art Deco necklace. The matching earrings feature a pair of the same briolettes that dangle from unequal lengths of chain. The all-original screw-back earrings, which can be modified for pierced ears, each have a crystal stone at the earlobe. This elegant set goes with everything and really sparkles as the crystals dance when you move!
Layered, textured gold-tone petals form flowers with diamanté centers in this 1950s set by Pennino. The bracelet links are joined by textured gold-tone disks. The brooch has a roll-over clasp; the bracelet has a fold-over clasp. The maker's high-quality design and construction are evident here. Textured metal was a popular motif in 1950s jewelry.
This faceted rock crystal bead necklace with matching earrings and sterling findings comes in its original box. Made in the 1950s, this set is reminiscent of similar pieces made in the Art Deco era. The original screw-backs on the earrings were converted to sterling silver lever-backs for pierced ears by my expert jeweler. The trademark Elcomay refer to Miglo Jewelry Co.
I couldn't decide if this 1940s Retro Modern rose-gold-washed sterling silver brooch with large faceted sapphire glass stones and diamanté accents by Reinad should be worn horizontally or vertically until I saw Anne Baxter wearing a set like this in the 1946 movie Angel on my Shoulder. Her brooch was perfectly placed in the vertical position on her dress at the base of its V-neckline. She even wore the matching earrings. The brooch has a roll-over safety clasp, and the earrings are screw-backs. I've included a photo of the brooch in the horizontal position, so you can decide if you prefer it that way. You can see a similar piece that was shown in the 1945 catalog of Bennett Brothers (a jewelry wholesaler). The page was entitled "New Pink Gold Finish on Sterling Silver — Styled by Master Craftsmen" (who were not named). The brooch shown in the last photo was $28.50 retail, and the earrings were $13.50, or $42.00 for the set. (While I don't have income statistics for the mid-1940s, to put these prices in perspective, the U.S. government reported that by 1950, the average American household's weekly income was about $81.)
This 1950s brooch and earrings set by Alice Caviness is bold and dazzling. The aurora borealis rhinestones in the gold-tone setting take on the color of the metal, catch the light and seem to dance. The starfish-shaped brooch has a roll-over safety clasp; the earrings are clip-backs. This set is perfect for an outfit in a warm color palette.