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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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    Amethyst & Diamanté 1950s Silver Leaf Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This unusual and elegant 1950s brooch by Miriam Haskell 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.

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    Amethyst & Peridot Flower 1950s Brooch by Alice Caviness

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    This 1950s brooch 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. I think this designer’s work is often overlooked.

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    Aquamarine & Diamanté 1950s Necklace by Bogoff

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    With faceted marquis-shaped and round aquamarine glass stones, this well-made 1950s necklace by Bogoff adds this beautiful color and a touch of class to any outfit. Diamanté accent the center of the 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.

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    Baroque Pearl French 1950s Earrings

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    Small round, cream-colored glass pearls surrounding a large glass baroque pearl in the same hue form these 1950s French ear clips. Though these 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.

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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.

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  • Enamel brooch with diamanté by DeRosa
    Double-clip enamel & diamante brooch by DeRosa
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    Black Enamel, Diamanté & Sterling 1950s Brooch or Pair of Fur Clips 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. It 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 white gold and diamond chain, to show you how beautiful they look together. This chain, obviously, is not included. I would wear faux or real diamond studs with this gorgeous piece.

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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.

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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.

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    Blue Bead & Pearl Dangling 1950s Earrings by Hobé

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    A cascade of opalescent blue-glass beads, glass pearls and gold-tone beads form these charming 1950s ear clips. Set in gold-plated metal, this pair by the second generation of Hobé designers has lots of movement. Wear these earrings with jeans or for a night on the town all year round.

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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.

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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.

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  • Schreiner Brooch & Earrings Set in Brown Topaz with Citrine
    Brown topaz & citrine brooch in layered gold-tone setting
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    Brown Topaz & Citrine 1950s Brooch/Pendant & Earrings Set by Schreiner

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    This Shreiner brooch, the centerpiece of this 1950s set, features huge multi-faceted, oval brown topaz glass stones with layers of citrine and clear inverted glass stone accents in elaborate gold-tone settings. Even if the pieces weren’t signed, the gorgeous glass, inverted stones, ornate settings and donut-hole clip-backs scream SCHREINER! This great color combination is stunning in any season. 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.

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    Brown Topaz & Citrine 1950s Dangle Earrings by Hattie Carnegie

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    These classy Hattie Carnegie 1950s ear clips 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 earrings would make a wonderful addition to your jewelry wardrobe, even if your birthday isn’t in November.

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    Citrine & Gold Spray 1950s Brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    A superbly detailed gold-plated leaf with an overlay of citrine glass stone flowers atop pavé silver-tone stems form this lovely example of 1950s tailored jewelry by Schiaparelli. This brooch has elaborate, layered construction and a roll-over safety clasp. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • Citrine brooch with golden topaz flowers
    Close-up view of citrine art glass stone
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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.

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  • Schiaparelli earrings and brooch set with citrine & pearls in gold
    Schiaparelli brooch with dentelle faceted citrine
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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. This brooch has a roll-over safety clasp; the matching earrings are clip-backs. You can see the utility patent here, below the names Frederick A. Ballou, Jr. & Rogers T. Stafford.

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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.

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    Crystal & Sterling Chicklet-Style Art Deco Necklace

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    Faceted clear crystal chicklets in sterling silver frames set at an angle give this Art Deco necklace a lot of class. The positioning of the stones adds to the sparkle and makes this piece unique. This necklace closes with a hidden tongue-in-groove clasp; its style makes me think this piece was produced in Japan in the early 1950s, one of the Art Deco Revival eras. After the war, Japan produced a lot of high-quality costume jewelry that was exported. Chicklet-style earrings and a lovely bangle that coordinate beautifully with this necklace are available – scroll down to take a look.

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    Crystal 1950s Necklace & Earrings Set

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    This faceted, rock-crystal-bead necklace with matching earrings and sterling findings 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.

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    Diamanté & Bead Flower 1950s Earrings by Miriam Haskell

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    With large, faceted, single round diamanté centers and petals formed from tiny clear and grey-glass bi-color beads wired together, these flower-shaped ear clips are much more beautiful than the photos convey. Designed by Frank Hess, these earrings features the style and workmanship that characterize Miriam Haskell pieces. The use of French ear clips dates this pair to no earlier than the late-1940s, but I think the style is more 1950s. You can wear these earrings for a special occasion or with everyday attire – they go with everything!

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    Diamanté & Gold Disk 1950s Brooch & Earrings Set by Pennino

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    Pavé disks intersect and overlay scored disks of gold-tone metal to form this classic 1950s brooch and earrings set by Pennino. The gold disks remind me of open fans. The layered design and construction of this set are characteristic of exceptional makers like this one. The brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Note that about 1/4″ of the pavé disk on each ear clip will sit below your earlobe. Wear the earrings and brooch together or separately, to create different looks. Your own real or faux diamond studs or hoop earrings would also work well with this brooch.

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