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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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  • Brown and gold topaz earrings by Elsa Schiaparelli
    1950s ornate pendant earrings by Elsa Schiaparelli
    USD$185.00

    Brown & Golden Topaz Pendant Earrings by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    These brown and gold topaz earrings 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, these ear clips are marked with the utility patent for one type of finding Schiaparelli used. The design of these pendants is undoubtedly hers – the matching signed bracelet has been sold. A perfect pair for those who wear warm colors.
    USD$185.00
    USD$185.00
  • Citrine pin with diamanté on gold-tone textured leaf
    Another full view of Elsa Schiaparelli brooch
    USD$295.00

    Citrine & Diamanté Spray on Gold Leaf Brooch

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    This citrine pin by Elsa Schiaparelli is a lovely example of 1950s tailored jewelry. A richly-textured, gold-plated leaf forms the base. 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 as well as texture on the back. I’m not sure which way this jewel was intended to be worn, so I’m showing both orientations in the photos – take a look and decide which you prefer.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Schiaparelli earrings and brooch set with citrine & pearls in gold
    Schiaparelli brooch with dentelle faceted citrine
    USD$395.00

    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$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Gold leaf pin & earrings set
    Brooch w/layered trios of gold leaves
    USD$295.00

    Gold Leaf Pin & Earrings Set by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This gold leaf pin and earrings set was made by Elsa Schiaparelli in the 1950s. Three trios of textured leaves layered on the brooch are a lovely example of one of her favorite motifs. The matching ear clips each have a single leaf. The finish is a warm gold-tone. Although a bracelet with the same design is available, that piece has a silver-tone finish. Scroll down to see the bracelet.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Schiaparelli clover earrings with 3 topaz stones in gold
    1950s clover ear clips in gold-tone by Elsa Schiaparelli
    USD$245.00

    Golden & Brown Topaz & Gold Clover Earrings by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    These clover earrings by Schiaparelli have three faceted, shield-cut topaz-glass stones – two golden and one brown – with citrine accents. The exotic three-sided shape of the large stones enhances the three-leaf clover design in gold-tone metal. These details and the elaborate construction of the earring backs exemplify this maker’s ingenuity and quality. This color combination – which is perfect for those who look best in warm colors – can be found in other Schiaparelli pieces. You can see the utility patent for the earring clasp here, shown below the names Frederick A. Ballou, Jr. & Rogers T. Stafford.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Vintage rhinestone brooch in black & white
    Close-up view of center of 1 flower
    USD$495.00

    Onyx & Diamanté Brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This vintage rhinestone brooch is a stunning, three-dimensional 1950s jewel by Elsa Schiaparelli. It is formed by three layered flowers. The centers are clusters of onyx-glass beads that sit atop petals of onyx glass and aurora borealis rhinestones. This iridescent coating on the navettes reflects spectacular colors, creates a sense of movement, and gives this piece so much life. These effects are hard to capture in photos. The brooch setting is silver-tone metal with a roll-over safety clasp. If red is your color, scroll down to see the same design in that fiery hue. Wear either piece to create an unforgettable look!
    USD$495.00
    USD$495.00
  • Schiaparelli lava rock bracelet with shocking pink, pearls & diamante
    Lava rocks and AB stones dazzle in the light
    USD$295.00

    Pink Lava Rock Bracelet by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This Schiaparelli lava rock bracelet combines the designer’s signature stones with her signature color. The five pale-pink lava rocks are connected with Shocking Pink marquis-shaped glass stones, faux pearls, and round aurora borealis diamantés. Two Shocking Pink stones adorn the concealed clasp. This 1950s bracelet, which is mounted in gold-tone metal, also has a safety chain. Although some pearls show mild wear, this bracelet continues to dazzle. A classic Schiaparelli piece!
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Aurora borealis rhinestone brooch w/ruby bead flowers
    Brooch back
    USD$495.00

    Ruby & Diamanté Brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This aurora borealis rhinestone brooch features a trio of flowers. Clusters of ruby-glass beads form the centers that sit atop the rhinestone petals. In person, this piece looks like a display of fireworks – the iridescence of the navettes is hard to capture in photos. The setting of this 1950s Elsa Schiaparelli jewel is silver-tone metal with a roll-over safety clasp. Even the back of the brooch is textured! With this statement piece, all you need to complete your jewelry accessories is a pair of faux or real diamond stud earrings. If black and white is more to your taste, scroll down to see the same design in that color combination.
    USD$495.00
    USD$495.00
  • Schiaparelli brooch with sapphire lava rocks
    Schiaparelli lava rock brooch in vertical position
    USD$445.00

    Sapphire Lava Rock & Amethyst 1950s Brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This Schiaparelli brooch is one of those pieces that should come with instructions for how to wear it. So I’m showing this exquisite 1950s creation in three different positions, 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 lava rocks in dog-tooth prongs embellished with sapphires and amethysts. The complementary glass stones are round and navette in shape. The lava rocks have an incredible iridescence (like a fire within), and the color combination is delicious. The setting is silver-tone metal with a roll-over safety clasp. This gorgeous statement piece is Schiaparelli at her best!
    USD$445.00
    USD$445.00
  • Silver leaf bracelet by Elsa Schiaparelli
    1950s silver leaf bracelet by Elsa Schiaparelli
    USD$295.00

    Silver Leaf Bracelet by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This silver leaf bracelet by Elsa Schiaparelli is a true statement piece, at 1 3/4" wide. Each of the five panels has a trio of layered and textured leaves. Here she uses one of her favorite motifs to create a type of jewelry she favored – an unusual and bold bracelet. This piece has a fold-over clasp and safety chain. If you like this design, scroll down to see a brooch and earrings set by the same maker but with a different finish.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00