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!
Layers of emerald, sapphire and golden topaz rhinestones are combined with black metal flower petals in this 1950s brooch and earrings set by Hattie Carnegie. Some of the stones appear teal in color, depending on the light. This set is a fine example of her imaginative color combinations, favored floral motifs and complexity of design. What a knock-out! The settings are japanned metal. The brooch has a roll-over safety clasp; the earrings have clip-backs. The last photo shows how fantastic this brooch looks on a dress sash. Although the brooch has a ring to allow the piece to be worn as a pendant, the ring is not sturdy and cannot be replaced without damaging the back of the brooch.
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.
Named Jeweleaf, this 1950s set by Alfred Philippe features sapphire glass baguettes that outline diamanté-embellished maple leaves. The setting is rhodium-plated base metal. The brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp; the earrings are clip-backs. An all diamanté version, described as "platinum-toned … paved with stones" and "one of two charming variations on a Spring theme", was advertised in the February 1, 1952 issue of Vogue. The brooch was $17.50, and the earrings were $15.00, for a total of $32.50. (In 1950, the average U.S. family's income was $81.50 per week.) Note that the photo of the brooch alone shows it in the position indicated in the design patent (last photo), but you can wear the brooch in any position you wish.
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.