This golden topaz (or deep citrine) glass and sterling silver Art Deco bar pin is made in the same way as the imitation gemstone bangle bracelets of the era. The faceted square-cut stones, actually a delicious caramel color, are channel set in sterling with engraved edges. This piece, which closes with a roll-over safety clasp, never goes out of style. Scroll down to see a matching Diamonbar bracelet.
Faceted golden topaz (or deep citrine) colored glass stones channel-set in sterling silver form this Diamonbar flexible bracelet. It closes with a hidden tongue-in-groove clasp and safety chain. At 7 1/2", this bracelet is longer than most made in this era. Though the patent number is unmarked, the construction of this piece is in accordance with patent number 1,344,365, which was granted to Harry Wachenheimer in 1920. You can see the utility patent here, the second one shown below the maker's name. This piece was part of my personal collection. Scroll down to see a matching brooch.
Gold, black and clear seed beads along with gold-tone rope and a diamanté-studded handle form this whimsical Italian 1950s brooch by Ornella. The solid back supports the hand-beading and the trombone clasp. This company's pieces are well made, hard to date, and hard to find.
Turquoise glass beads decorate the flower layer on this 1950s pave-embellished openwork gold-tone furled leaf by Hattie Carnegie. The detail is superb, as one would expect from this maker. This piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp.
This gold-tone late-1940s brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli is "designed as [a] dancing openwork leaf" (Becker) and set with emerald, ruby, sapphire and amber art glass cabochons in dog-tooth prongs. The outline of the leaf and stem are textured. This versatile and elegant brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. I think the brooch was meant to be worn with the leaf pointing down, as shown in the first photo, but the third photo shows the leaf pointing up -- you decide which you prefer!
This gemstone-colored dangling 1950s brooch by Hattie Carnegie features ruby, sapphire, emerald, and amethyst glass beads and rhinestone rondelles that dangle from a circular top adorned with the same beads. This imaginative and elegant piece has gold-tone findings and a roll-over safety clasp.