Sometimes I think a brooch should come with an instruction sheet on the proper position to wear the piece, and this is one of those times. So I’m showing this exquisite 1950s Elsa Schiaparelli creation three different ways, hoping that at least one of them will appeal to you. Or you may think of a better one! This incredible brooch has two large sapphire blue glass lava rocks in dog-tooth prongs embellished with sapphire and pale amethyst round and navette glass stones. The lava rocks have an incredible iridescence, and the color combination is delicious. The setting is silver-tone metal with a roll-over safety clasp. This gorgeous piece is Schiaparelli at her best!
Ruby glass beads wired in a spiral are adorned with channels of diamanté and topped with a large ruby bead. Frank Hess designed a nearly identical dress clip for Miriam Haskell circa 1940, but with diamanté only on the front. This brooch has them on both sides and closes with a trombone clasp on a filigree back.
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.
Glass pearls and emerald-green-blown-glass beads are hand-wired onto gilt metal in this 1950s French brooch with a trombone clasp. This beautiful three-dimensional piece is in the style of Louis Rousselet. Note that his work was usually signed only with a paper hang tag, so most of his surviving pieces remain unsigned. This spectacular brooch is right for day or evening wear. For a unique look, how about wearing this piece on a wedding gown? Scroll down to see French earrings from the same period and probably the same maker.
This 1940s sterling silver heart brooch by Hobé is deliciously detailed with flowers, leaves, and a large bow with trailing curled ribbons. The back shows the incredible craftsmanship of Hobé's work. This substantial piece has a roll-over safety clasp. While I usually avoid heart-shaped pieces, I couldn't resist this one! Scroll down to see lovely flower bracelets by the same maker that pair beautifully with this brooch.