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1950s Jewelry

This authentic 1950s jewelry features amazing art glass, decorative beads, imaginative color combinations, and textured metals. Single- and multi-strand necklaces, cluster earrings, pendant earrings, brooches, bracelets, and sets are included. You will find fabulous fakes – imitations of large-scale fine jewelry – as well as graceful and classic tailored pieces. Gold-tone was more popular than silver-tone in this decade, when clothes that emphasized the female figure were in vogue. Another significant characteristic of the 1950s, other than the ubiquitous simple strand of pearls, was the preference for all accessories – jewels, gloves, handbags, shoes, and hats – to be color coordinated. Read more about 1950s jewelry and fashion.

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  • Silver leaf brooch with amethyst & diamante
    Miriam Haskell amethyst & diamante silver leaf brooch
    USD$225.00
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    Amethyst & Diamanté 1950s Silver Leaf Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This silver leaf brooch is an unusual and elegant 1950s creation by Miriam Haskell. It has pale-amethyst-glass nuggets set on a bed of layered, etched silver-tone leaves. Diamanté and beads of pale lavender and clear glass also adorn this luscious piece. I love the way the leaves curl around the large stones. This amazing brooch was in my personal collection, and I am now reluctantly offering it to you.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Alice Caviness brooch with amethyst & peridot flower petals
    Close-up view of brooch center
    USD$165.00
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    Amethyst & Peridot Flower 1950s Alice Caviness Brooch

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    This Alice Caviness brooch from the 1950s has navettes and round glass stones in shades of amethyst and peridot. They are layered like the petals of a flower, with a lovely art-glass stone in both colors at the center. The setting is gold-tone with a roll-over safety clasp. This color combination is unusual and serene. The darkening of the metal in some spots does not diminish the beauty of this piece. I think this designer’s work is often overlooked.
    USD$165.00
    USD$165.00
  • 1950s Bogoff necklace with aquamarine & diamante
    Aquamarine & diamante 1950s Bogoff necklace
    USD$175.00
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    Aquamarine & Diamanté 1950s Bogoff Necklace

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    This 1950s Bogoff necklace with faceted marquis-shaped and round aquamarine glass stones adds this beautiful color and a touch of class to any outfit. Diamanté accent the center of this well-made piece, and the diamanté-embellished chain speaks the maker’s name. The white metal is rhodium-plated, and the clasp is the fold-over type. Aquamarine is a lovely color for every season and occasion.
    USD$175.00
    USD$175.00
  • Baroque pearl earrings in Louis Rousselet-style
    Cream-colored faux pearl 1950s ear clips
    USD$195.00
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    Baroque Pearl French 1950s Earrings

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    These baroque pearl earrings have a large, cream-colored glass pearl center encircled by a ring of small, matching round pearls. Though these 1950s earrings are unsigned, the construction (especially the ear-clip mechanism) and materials are consistent with those used by Louis Rousselet. (His pieces were usually only signed with paper hang tags.) These earrings would make a lovely accessory for daytime, evening, or bridal/wedding/prom wear.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
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    Black Enamel & Diamanté ‘Rose of Seville’ 1950s Brooch & Earrings Set by Marcel Boucher

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    In this 1950s set, Boucher crafted a lovely three-dimensional rose in rhodium-plated metal with black enamel and round diamanté. The stem of the flower is adorned with baguettes. The brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. The ear clips are just as well designed. This incredibly-detailed set deserves its elegant name: Rose of Seville. Wear the pieces together or separately to make your outfit memorable.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Enamel brooch with diamanté by DeRosa
    Double-clip enamel & diamante brooch by DeRosa
    USD$395.00
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    Black Enamel, Diamanté & Sterling Double-Clip Brooch by DeRosa

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    This enamel brooch with diamanté embellishments in a sterling silver setting was made by Ralph DeRosa in the 1950s. The detailed design is a fine example of this exceptional maker's work. This piece can be worn as a single brooch or as separate fur clips. (The latter work well with heavier fabrics, such as wool dresses or blazers.) The photos show a third option: one clip worn as a pendant on a black rubber cord; you may prefer to use a gold chain. A 17-inch, 2mm black rubber cord with a stainless-steel twist lock (which is shown in the photo) is included with this purchase. I’ve also shown a single clip placed on my own white-gold-and-diamond chain, to show you how beautiful they look together. This necklace, obviously, is not included. I would wear faux or real diamond studs with this gorgeous piece.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
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    Black, White & Cream Bead 1950s Necklace by Hattie Carnegie

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    Smooth and faceted round black-glass beads are highlighted by marbled-white and cream beads shaped like pebbles in this elegant 1950s necklace by Hattie Carnegie. A large, round, faceted black-glass-bead-topped hidden clasp holds together the three strands. The color combination is versatile and timeless. Carnegie's glass beads were among the best! This necklace adds a beautiful and elegant collar to a round-neck garment.
    USD$185.00
    USD$185.00
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    Blue & Green Bead 4-Strand 1950s Necklace by Hattie Carnegie

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    This 1950s necklace is another example of Hattie Carnegie's extraordinary flare with glass beads. Here, most are bi-color. The shapes and sizes vary, and the predominant colors are interspersed with white and clear beads along with crystal spacers. Blue and green was a very popular color combination in the 1950s, and it still works well today. This necklace has substantial weight and an adjustable hook-and-tail clasp.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Hobe earrings with dangling blue beads & pearls
    Close-up view of 1950s dangling earring
    USD$150.00
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    Blue Bead & Pearl Dangling Hobé Earrings

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    These Hobé earrings from the 1950s feature a cascade of tubular, opalescent, blue-glass beads, glass pearls and textured, gold-tone lantern beads. Set in gold-plated metal, these ear clips by the second generation of Hobé designers have lots of movement. Wear this pair with jeans or for a night on the town all year round.
    USD$150.00
    USD$150.00
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    Blue Bead 1950s Earrings by Hattie Carnegie

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    Clusters of blue glass beads in varying shapes, tones, sizes and finishes add dimension to these classic 1950s ear clips by Hattie Carnegie. A few of the beads are iridescent because of their aurora borealis coating. Scroll down to see the Blue Glass Bead 2-strand Choker by the same designer. Both pieces are perfect for women who look best in cool colors.
    USD$150.00
    USD$150.00
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    Blue Bead 2-Strand 1950s Choker by Hattie Carnegie

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    The glass beads in this 1950s 2-strand choker by Hattie Carnegie look like blue from a distance, but they are actually pale blue, white, and clear all in the same bead! In between the beads are twisted gold-tone spacers. The necklace has an adjustable hook-and-tail clasp. Scroll down to see a pair of Carnegie earrings that coordinates well with this piece.
    USD$150.00
    USD$150.00
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    Brown & Golden Topaz & Gold Scroll 1950s Bracelet by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This 1950s bracelet by Elsa Schiaparelli features nine links of gold-plated metal scrolls. The larger links are each set with an open-back, faceted, emerald-cut brown-topaz glass stone, with pairs of diamanté accents on each side. The smaller connecting links are each set with a faceted, round golden-topaz-glass stone. As usual with this maker's pieces, the design is finely detailed. Here, the scrolls are at the top and bottom of the large stones and at the sides of the smaller ones. This classic piece has a fold-over clasp with safety chain. The matching pendant earrings are available – scroll down to see them.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
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    Brown & Golden Topaz & Gold Scroll 1950s Pendant Earrings by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    These 1950s ear clips by Elsa Schiaparelli feature multiple stones in a gold-tone setting. At the top, a large, faceted, round golden-topaz glass stone is positioned to adorn your earlobe. This stone is linked to a smaller, faceted, round brown-topaz-glass stone, which is connected to the setting of the pendant. This focal point – the pendant – is a large, faceted, open-back, brown-topaz-glass stone in an ornate setting. Its top is crowned with diamanté; the bottom rests on a scroll accented with another brown topaz. Please note that the dark striations in the large stones shown by my camera are not visible when the earrings are worn. Though not signed with the maker's name, the ear clips are marked with the utility patent for one type of finding Schiaparelli used. The design of these pendants is undoubtedly hers – scroll down to see the matching bracelet.
    USD$185.00
    USD$185.00
  • Schreiner Brooch & Earrings Set in Brown Topaz with Citrine
    Brown topaz & citrine brooch in layered gold-tone setting
    USD$450.00
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    Brown Topaz & Citrine 1950s Schreiner Brooch & Earrings Set

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    This Shreiner brooch, the centerpiece of this 1950s set, features huge, multi-faceted, oval brown-topaz glass stones. They are accented with layers of citrine and clear inverted glass stones, all in elaborate gold-tone settings. Even if the pieces weren't signed, the gorgeous glass, inverted stones, ornate settings, and donut-hole ear clips scream SCHREINER! This great color combination is stunning in any season. The earrings face each other, to frame your face. The dome-shaped brooch, which has a roll-over safety clasp, can also be worn as a pendant. The last photo shows that option on a black rubber cord, although you may prefer a gold chain. A 17-inch, 2mm black rubber cord with a stainless steel twist lock (just like the one in the photo) is included with this purchase.
    USD$450.00
    USD$450.00
  • Hattie Carnegie earrings with brown topaz, citrine & gold pendants
    1950s pendant earrings by Hattie Carnegie
    USD$185.00
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    Brown Topaz, Citrine & Gold Hattie Carnegie Earrings

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    These Hattie Carnegie earrings feature a large oval, faceted brown-topaz glass stone as the focal point. Each end of the pendant is completed with a gold-filigree cap set with a single diamanté, along with a dangling citrine glass bead at the bottom. Designed to adorn the earlobe is a cluster of a trio of faceted, brown-topaz glass beads coated with aurora borealis, that sit in textured gold-tone cups. Each bead is topped with a single tiny diamanté. These beautiful and richly-detailed 1950s ear clips would make a wonderful addition to your jewelry wardrobe, even if your birthday isn’t in November. They’re perfect for a woman who looks best in warm colors.
    USD$185.00
    USD$185.00
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    Citrine & Gold Spray 1950s Brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    A richly-textured, gold-plated leaf forms the base of this lovely 1950s brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli. The top layer has citrine-glass-stone flowers with pavé silver-tone stems. The level of detail is superb: in addition to the elaborate, layered construction, the leaf has visible veins and a furled bottom on its front and texture on the back. This lovely example of 1950s tailored jewelry is a winner! I'm not sure which way it was intended to be worn, so I'm showing both orientations in the photos – take a look and decide which you prefer.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
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    Citrine & Silver Flower 1950s Earrings by Miriam Haskell

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    These flower-shaped earrings feature a large, faceted, round citrine-glass bead that sits on a bed of textured, silver-tone metal leaves. They alternate with faceted, round citrine-glass stones in a deeper hue. This elegant, three-dimensional pair was designed by Frank Hess for Miriam Haskell. The French ear clips date them to the late-1940s or 1950s. Vibrant and easy to wear with casual, office, and evening attire, these earrings are timeless and unusual.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
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    Citrine, Golden Topaz & Mother of Pearl 1950s Brooch & Earrings Set by Alice Caviness

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    This 1950s set by Alice Caviness features amazing layers of components wired onto a decorative brass frame. Included are citrine glass stones in multiple shapes and sizes, faceted golden-topaz beads, mother-of-pearl disks, aurora borealis diamanté, and textured brass leaves. The brooch is shaped like an oval wreath, with the jeweled frame mounted on another that holds the pin and roll-over safety clasp. Each earring has a jeweled frame mounted on a round filigree back with the ear clip. The complexity of the design and construction seen here are often present in this maker's work, which I believe is underrated. This set is definitely not for the faint-hearted! I will include the matching bracelet, which has only three of its four strands of beads, but it is definitely wearable. Scroll down to see a similar pair of earrings by the same maker.
    USD$375.00
    USD$375.00
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    Citrine, Golden Topaz & Mother of Pearl 1950s Earrings by Alice Caviness

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    These 1950s ear clips by Alice Caviness feature layers of citrine and golden-topaz glass beads along with aurora borealis diamanté, mother-of-pearl disks, and textured brass leaves. These elements are wired onto a brass mesh back, which is mounted on a filigree scalloped-edged disk. This is the type of creation by this maker that leads me to say that she is under-rated. These earrings are just plain fun! Scroll down to see a similar pair of earring with matching brooch, also by Caviness.
    USD$175.00
    USD$175.00
  • Citrine brooch with golden topaz flowers
    Close-up view of citrine art glass stone
    USD$195.00
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    Citrine, Golden Topaz & Silver Bead 1950s Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    The focal point of this citrine brooch by Miriam Haskell is a luscious art glass stone that looks like melted caramel. In true Frank Hess style, the rest of this 1950s piece is embellished with textured silver-tone beads and three golden topaz glass flowers. Rose montées complete the elements that are all woven onto a silver-tone filigree back. The size and shape make this brooch perfect for a collar, belt, hat, or purse.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Schiaparelli earrings and brooch set with citrine & pearls in gold
    Schiaparelli brooch with dentelle faceted citrine
    USD$325.00
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    Citrine, Pearl & Gold 1950s Brooch & Earrings Set by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This Schiaparelli earrings and brooch set from the 1950s features a large citrine glass stone surrounded by tiny pearls in an elaborate, antiqued, gold-plated setting. Notice how the faceting of each citrine ― known as a dentelle ― forms an eight-pointed star design. Schiaparelli frequently used this cut of glass stone in her pieces. The pin has a roll-over safety clasp. You can see the utility patent for the ear clip here, below the names Frederick A. Ballou, Jr. & Rogers T. Stafford.
    USD$325.00
    USD$325.00
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    Coral, Pearl & Gold 1950s Brooch & Earrings Set by Hattie Carnegie

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    This 1950s brooch and ear clips set by Hattie Carnegie executes one of her common themes – florals – to perfection. Each piece is made with coral enamel on gold-tone metal with a faux pearl accent. The design and detail are superb: the leaves look as though they're blowing in the breeze, and the backs of the brooch and ear clips show the leaves' veins. The brooch has a roll-over safety clasp. You could wear these pieces together or separately, for different looks. The brooch would also look great with simple pearl stud earrings. A perfect set for a woman who looks best in warm colors.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Sterling silver crystal necklace in Art Deco-style
    Art Deco-style crystal chicklet necklace
    USD$295.00
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    Crystal & Sterling Art Deco-Style Necklace

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    This sterling silver crystal necklace is a 1950s revival of the Art Deco chicklet. These faceted, square-cut crystals are set in angled frames, adding to the sparkle and uniqueness of this piece. This necklace closes with a concealed clasp; its style tells me this piece was produced in Japan in the early 1950s. After the war, Japan produced a lot of high-quality costume jewelry for export. This beautiful necklace sparkled on the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019. Scroll down to see the stunning long chicklet earrings the model wore with this piece as well as other complementary jewels.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Vintage rock crystal necklace & earrings set
    Faceted rock crystal necklace
    USD$185.00
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    Crystal 1950s Necklace & Earrings Set

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    This vintage rock crystal necklace and earrings set comes in its original box. (Rock crystal is a natural mineral.) Made in the 1950s, this set is reminiscent of similar pieces made in the Art Deco era. The necklace closes with a filigree fish-hook clasp. The original screw-backs on the earrings were converted to sterling silver ear wires with lever backs for pierced ears by my expert jeweler. The trademark ELCO may refer to Milglo Jewelry Co.
    USD$185.00
    USD$185.00