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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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  • Baroque pearl earrings in Louis Rousselet-style
    Cream-colored faux pearl 1950s ear clips
    USD$225.00

    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$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Green glass bead necklace by Louis Rousselet
    Front of 2-strand French necklace
    USD$495.00

    Green Bead 2-Strand French Necklace

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    This green glass bead necklace is just gorgeous! Two strands of graduated beads in a soft-green with swirls of color form this French 1950s jewel. I think it was made by Louis Rousselet. (As you may know, few of his pieces were signed directly on the jewelry – instead, a paper hang tag was used.) The clasp, which is the type he typically used, is topped with his well-known button-shaped bead. This necklace from my personal collection was recently professionally restrung. A timeless addition to your jewelry wardrobe.
    USD$495.00
    USD$495.00
  • French art glass earrings in pastels
    Pale pink, green & blue glass bead earrings
    USD$275.00

    Pastel Art Glass French 1950s Dangling Earrings

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    These dangling art glass earrings feature pale pink, green and blue beads that dangle on chains suspended from a pink glass button. The pastel-colored beads in different shapes and sizes have white striations. These 1950s ear clips are lovely and versatile, and have lots of movement. Though unsigned, this pair resembles pieces made by Louis Rousselet, especially with the glass button at the earlobe and the high-quality of the beads. I am not certain, however, because of the style of the ear clip.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • USD$345.00

    Pearl & Blown Glass Flower French 1950s Earrings

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    Clusters of tiny faux pearls with blown-glass flowers and leaves form these 1950s ear clips. The design and style of the beads remind me of the work of the French maker Louis Rousselet, although the earring backs are not the same as those he typically used. However, the findings I'm familiar with would have been too small for this creation. Please note that although these earrings are not mirror images, the lack of symmetry – which is not unusual in hand-strung pieces – does not detract from their lovely appearance. What a great choice for a bride!
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • Blown glass brooch w/emerald & pearl beads
    Close-up view of other end
    USD$345.00

    Pearl & Emerald Blown Glass Brooch

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    This blown glass brooch was made in France in the 1950s. It has pearls and emerald beads in various shapes and sizes, all hand-wired onto a gilt metal filigree back 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 as a wedding accessory – on the bride's gown or in her hair? Scroll down to see French earrings from the same period and probably the same maker.
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • Pearl basket earrings by Louis Rousselet
    1950s French dangling earrings
    USD$345.00

    Pearl Basket French Dangle Earrings

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    These pearl basket earrings were probably made by Louis Rousselet, based on the French filigree back and ear clip he typically used. Each pendant has a basket of glass pearls suspended from a large, single pearl. It's held in place by a cluster of glass pearls mounted on a round, white-metal filigree back. This part is designed to adorn the earlobe. These ear clips are as perfect for a wedding, prom, or special occasion as they are for everyday wear. Add a single strand of pearls and look extraordinary!
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • 1950s French pearl cluster earrings
    Made-in-France earrings in style of Louis Rousselet
    USD$345.00

    Pearl Cluster French 1950s Dangle Earrings

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    These 1950s pearl cluster earrings resemble a bunch of grapes. They are suspended from a large glass-pearl button mounted on a white-metal filigree back. Though unsigned, these ear clips have the traditional filigree back, ear-clip mechanism, and button-bead at the earlobe typically used by Louis Rousselet. Moreover, the unusual shape of the pearls could only have been made by someone of his caliber. (Note that Rousselet pieces were typically signed only with a paper hang tag.) These beautiful earrings are right for day, evening or bridal/ wedding/prom wear. Scroll down to see a gorgeous brooch with similar pearls and emerald blown-glass.
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00