Necklace: 15" shortest strand; earrings: 1 1/8" x 7/8"
"MADE IN FRANCE" and "LR" in script
Four strands of glass pearls with ruby, sapphire, emerald and amethyst blown-glass-bead and rhinestone-rondelle accents form this stunning 1950s necklace and earrings set by the incomparable French maker Louis Rousselet. (In case you aren’t familiar with his work, you need to know that he was regarded as the premier faux pearl maker in the first half of the 20th century.) The necklace closes with a tongue-in-groove clasp adorned with pearls and colored beads. The matching earrings are clip-backs. Fnding a Rousselet-signed piece is incredibly rare (most had only signed paper hang tags), which makes this necklace with matching earrings all the more extraordinary!
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.
This richly-detailed and textured sterling silver flower brooch and earrings set by Hobé doesn't need a colored stone to make it sparkle. Notice the multiple layers on the petals. The earrings replicate the ornate center of the brooch. It has a roll-over safety clasp; the earrings are screw-backs. This set is one of the maker's more unusual designs from the 1940s. Scroll down to see flower bracelets by Hobé that coordinate with this set.
This 1950s rhodium-plated brooch and earrings set by Pennino features sapphire glass tulip-shaped stones topped with and surrounded by diamanté. (Except for their color, the diamanté-topped sapphire stones in this set are the same as those shown in a March 15, 1954 Vogue ad, which featured a gold-plated parure with "the exclusive Pennino white tulip stone".) The detail and construction of this set are superb. The brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp, and the earrings are clip-backs.
This 1940s sterling silver set by Hobé features a textured bow brooch adorned with three large aquamarine glass stones, with the center flower as the focal point. The flower earrings with aquamarine glass centers are topped with leaves to add a bit of flare. The brooch has a roll-over safety clasp, and the earrings are clip-backs. This set looks great with my Aquamarine & Sterling Flower Bracelet by the same maker -- scroll down to see it.