Brooch: 3 1/2" x 1"; dress clip: 1 5/8" x 1"; earrings: 1 3/8" x 1"
"PAT. PEND" on brooch/clip mechanism; Hobé on earring clips
Marquis-shaped deep sapphire glass stones are accented with round emerald and aquamarine glass stones to form this large late-1950s double-clip brooch and earrings set by the second generation of Hobé designers. An arch of square-cut emerald glass stones at the center of the brooch remains in place when the dress clips are removed from the mechanism. The shape of the dress clips and matching earrings reminds me of Christmas trees. The color combination is late 1950s to 1960s — the early days of Mad Men. This set is definitely unusual!
Gold-plated spirals are adorned with sapphire baguette glass stones and pavé centers on this 1950s Duette, Coro's name for their double-clip brooch. It is like a "two for one"! Wear it as a brooch or as separate fur clips. The all diamanté version of this piece appeared in a 1950 LifeCoro ad with the slogan "the perfect jewel of a gift" and with the price of $10.50! (In 1950, the average U.S. family income was $81.48 a week.) You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Coro's name.
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.
Two rows of amethyst glass stones separated by two rows of diamanté sit at the center of diamanté-studded folds of rose gold-plated sterling silver that form this 1940s Duetteby Coro. This piece, which was created for Corocraft, the company's high-end line, can be worn as a brooch or as separate fur clips. (Duetteis Coro's name for their double-clip brooch.) My camera picked up two stones that are a different shade of purple, but this difference cannot be seen by the naked eye. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Coro's name.
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.