Brooch: 1 3/4" x 1 3/4"; necklace: 14 3/8"; earrings: 3/4" x 3/4"
1950 (based on inventory number, per Brunialti)
"BOUCHER" and "3131" on brooch; "320?" on earring
The brooch in this 1950s set by Marcel Boucher features a trio of gold-plated fretwork heart-shaped blossoms with champagne-colored faux pearls and diamanté. The brooch can be worn as a pendant by inserting the pin stem through the loops attached to the snake chain. Pretty clever, eh! The brooch has a roll-over safety clasp, and the matching earrings are clip-backs. While the pendant appears slightly off-center on the chain, its position was fixed at manufacture, as the loops are attached to the chain. Please note that this necklace (which measures 14 3/8″) was made for a slim neck, but you could easily add a chain extender.
These two 1940s rose gold-plated sterling silver flowers edged in diamanté with ruby glass stone centers can be worn together as a brooch or as separate fur clips. This Coro Retro Modern Duette— their name for their double clip/brooch — has matching earrings. This versatile set showcases one of Adolph Katz's brilliant designs from both an aesthetic and engineering point of view. For Duettes that were asymmetrical like this one, the clip/brooch frame had to be customized to work with the particular pair of clips. Truly gorgeous! You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Coro's name. This design was advertised by Coro as Sparkling Peonies.
Jade art glass; amethyst, sapphire and citrine glass stones; and faux pearls set in gold-plated metal with an overlay of filigree flowers and leaves form this 1950s brooch and earrings set by Hobé. Notice the striations in the jade stones and the delicate flower and leaves in gold wire. The brooch has a roll-over safety clasp, and the earrings are clip-backs. This set is a great example of Hobé's'50s Glam look.
Marcel Boucher designed a number of circle pins and earrings in the 1950s, and this 1950s set is a lovely example of this work. The gold-plated open-circle brooch is embellished with an arrow of pavé topped with ruby glass baguettes. The closed-circle earrings are embellished with the same stones in a leaf-like setting. Perhaps these pieces were not originally a set. (The brooch is unmarked; the earrings have no design number.) Even so, they look great together!
Three trios of textured leaves are layered on this 1950s brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli. The matching ear clips each have a single leaf. The finish has a warmth which suggests to me that it might have been gold-tone originally, as I have seen this design in gold. Although I have a bracelet with the same design, that piece is not the same color as this set. Scroll down to see the bracelet.