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1950s Jewelry

About 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.

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  • Coro necklace with gold & diamanté centerpiece
    Corocraft gold necklace by Adolph Katz
    USD$275.00

    Diamanté & Gold Snake Chain 1950s Coro Necklace

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    This Coro necklace features gold-plated fretwork embellished with rows of gold-ended baguettes as its centerpiece, which reminds me of a cornucopia. A pear-shaped diamanté adorns the tail of the hook-and-tail closure of the snake chain. This piece is another great example of the work Adolph Katz produced for Coro’s high-end line. What’s interesting is that this piece appears in an October 1, 1953 Vogue ad with the following copy:  “excitingly beautiful as Paris by night … Vendome by Coro“.  (Vendome later became another one of the company’s high-end lines.) Also of interest is the difference of the clasp on the necklace versus that shown on the design patent.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Coro Duette pin in gold with sapphires & diamanté
    Gold spiral seashells Duette with jewels
    USD$275.00

    Sapphire, Diamanté & Gold Spiral Seashell Coro Duette

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    This Coro Duette pin looks like a pair of spiral seashells. The gold-plating is adorned with sapphire-glass baguettes and pavé centers. This Duette, Coro’s name for their double clip brooch, is like a '2-for-1' jewel! Wear it as a brooch or as separate dress clips. The double-prong fastener works well with heavier fabrics, such as wool blazers and dresses. The all-diamanté version of this piece appeared in a 1950 Coro ad in Life 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.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00