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1950s Jewelry

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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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  • Silver leaf brooch with amethyst & diamantes
    Miriam Haskell amethyst & diamante silver leaf brooch
    USD$395.00

    Amethyst & Diamanté 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. Diamantés 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$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Baroque pearl earrings in Louis Rousselet-style
    1950s cream-colored faux pearl ear clips
    USD$275.00

    Baroque Pearl Earrings from France

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    These baroque pearl earrings have a large, cream-colored glass pearl center encircled by a ring of small, matching round glass pearls. Though these 1950s earrings are unsigned, 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$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Vintage rose brooch by Marcel Boucher
    Black enamel & diamante rose brooch
    USD$375.00

    Black Enamel & Diamanté ‘Rose of Seville’ Brooch & Earrings

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    In this vintage rose brooch, Boucher crafted a lovely three-dimensional flower in black-enameled lattice trimmed with round diamanté. The stem of the rose is adorned with baguettes. The rhodium-plated setting closes with a roll-over safety clasp. The matching ear clips, which are just as well-designed, are a bonus. This incredibly-detailed 1950s set deserves its elegant name: Rose of Seville. Wear the brooch with real or faux diamond stud earrings. Or, if you like the style of the decade, wear the pieces together. Either approach will make your outfit memorable. Dazzling jewels for those who like to wear cool colors.
    USD$375.00
    USD$375.00
  • Black & white beaded necklace by Hattie Carnegie
    1950s beaded necklace by Hattie Carnegie
    USD$275.00

    Black, White & Cream Bead Necklace by Hattie Carnegie

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    This black and white beaded necklace has three strands. Smooth and faceted, round black-glass beads are highlighted by marbled-white and cream beads shaped like pebbles. A large, round, faceted black-glass-bead-topped box clasp finishes this 1950s jewel. The color combination is versatile and timeless. Carnegie’s glass beads were among the best! This piece adds a beautiful and elegant collar to a round neckline.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • 2-strand blue bead choker necklace
    1950s Hattie Carnegie 2-strand choker necklace
    USD$195.00

    Blue Bead 2-Strand Choker by Hattie Carnegie

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    This blue bead choker necklace is made from the unusual, high-quality beads typically used by Hattie Carnegie. Although the glass beads look blue from a distance, they are actually tri-colored: pale blue, white, and clear, all in the same bead! In between the beads are twisted gold-tone spacers. This 2-strand necklace has an adjustable hook-and-tail clasp. Scroll down to see a pair of Carnegie earrings that coordinates well with this piece.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • 1950s blue bead earrings by Hattie Carnegie
    Blue bead ear clips
    USD$185.00

    Blue Bead Earrings by Hattie Carnegie

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    These blue bead earrings by Hattie Carnegie are an imaginative example of the style that was so popular in the 1950s. They are formed by clusters of blue-glass beads in varying shapes, tones, sizes and finishes. The combination adds dimension to these ear clips. 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$185.00
    USD$185.00
  • 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
  • Beaded flower earrings w/citrines & silver-tone
    Miriam Haskell citrine & silver earrings
    USD$295.00

    Citrine Beaded Flower Earrings

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    These beaded flower earrings feature a large, faceted, round citrine that sits on a bed of textured, silver-tone petals. 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 early-1950s. Vibrant and easy to wear with casual, office, and evening attire, these earrings are timeless and unusual.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Vintage wreath brooch & earrings set by Alice Caviness
    Oval brooch w/layers of stones & leaves
    USD$395.00

    Citrine, Golden Topaz & Mother-of-Pearl Brooch & Earrings Set

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    This vintage wreath brooch and earrings 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 jeweled frame of the brooch is mounted on another that holds the pin and roll-over safety clasp; each earring has 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 wearable. Scroll down to see a similar pair of earrings by Caviness.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Citrine and topaz earrings by Alice Caviness
    Vintage beaded earrings
    USD$225.00

    Citrine, Golden Topaz & Mother-of-Pearl Earrings

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    These citrine and topaz earrings by Alice Caviness are a colorful and complex design. They feature layers of citrine- and golden-topaz-glass beads along with aurora borealis diamantés, 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 that leads me to say that this maker is underrated. These ear clips are just plain fun! Scroll down to see a similar pair of earrings with matching brooch, also by Caviness. Beautiful jewels for women who wear warm colors.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Citrine brooch with golden topaz flowers
    Close-up view of citrine art glass stone
    USD$245.00

    Citrine, Golden Topaz & Silver Bead 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 a gumdrop. 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$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • 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
  • Faceted rock crystal necklace
    USD$295.00

    Crystal 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 was registered to the Milglo Jewelry Co. in New York City. Read more about rock crystal and see my favorite model wearing this lovely set in this blog post.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Diamante earrings shaped like flowers by Miriam Haskell
    Miriam Haskell ear clips with diamante centers and beaded petals
    USD$325.00

    Diamanté & Bead Flower Earrings by Miriam Haskell

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    These flower-shaped diamante earrings are much more beautiful than the photos convey. Six petals formed from tiny clear- and grey-glass bi-color beads wired together surround each large, faceted, round diamanté center. Designed by Frank Hess, this elegant pair features the style and workmanship that characterize Miriam Haskell pieces. The use of French ear clips dates these earrings to no earlier than the late-1940s, but I think the style is more 1950s. You can wear this pair for a special occasion or with everyday attire – they go with everything! They even sparkled on the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019!
    USD$325.00
    USD$325.00
  • Gold disk earrings and brooch w/pavé by Pennino Bros.
    Gold disk & diamante brooch
    USD$245.00

    Diamanté & Gold Disk Brooch & Earrings Set by Pennino Bros.

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    These gold disk earrings and brooch were made by Pennino Bros. in the 1950s. Pavé disks intersect and overlay the scored disks of gold-tone metal, which 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 these lovely 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.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Gold leaf brooch with diamanté
    Close-up view of brooch front
    USD$295.00

    Diamanté & Gold Leaf Brooch by Hattie Carnegie

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    This 1950s gold leaf brooch features ropes of yellow metal that form a trio of leaves adorned with diamanté. This graceful piece by Hattie Carnegie has lots of sparkle. It goes with nearly everything and closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Wear your own yellow gold hoop earrings, or a pair of diamond studs or hoops to complete the look. Or put on your gold bangle bracelet if you have one. A lovely and elegant jewel for those who love diamonds and look best in warm colors.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Vintage starfish brooch & earrings set
    Dazzling Alice Caviness brooch
    USD$395.00

    Diamanté & Gold Starfish Brooch by Alice Caviness

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    This vintage starfish brooch is bold and dazzling. The aurora borealis diamantés in the gold-tone setting take on the color of the metal, catch the light, and seem to dance. The brooch with a roll-over safety clasp reflects the hue of the garment it's pinned to. Although women in the 1950s typically wore matching sets of jewelry, you don't have to do that. Just add gold studs or hoops. Consider these ear clips, each shaped like one of the creature's arms, a bonus. This jewel is versatile and guaranteed to get you noticed! What an imaginative adornment for a bride's hair or veil!
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • 1950s expansion bracelet with diamanté
    Close-up view of diamante links
    USD$395.00

    Diamanté 1950s Expansion Bracelet by Schreiber & Hiller

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    This expansion bracelet is unlike any you've ever seen! Four rows of rhodium-plated curved-top links set with diamanté stretch to allow you to put on the bracelet – it has no clasp. What's amazing is that the mechanism for stretching the piece – a series of springs – is concealed. The last photo shows part of the British utility patent for this construction. This bracelet is the only piece in this group with the 'SIMEX' trademark. I can’t figure out how to tell you the size of this piece other than how it fits me. My wrist is 6 ¾”, and the bracelet fits me fine. It stretches to the diameter of the widest part of my hand – 8 ½” – that’s required to put it on. Scroll down to see complementary necklaces.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • 1950s German tank track bracelet
    Tank track bracelet by Schreiber & Hiller
    USD$375.00

    Diamanté 1950s Tank Track Bracelet by Schreiber & Hiller

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    This tank-track bracelet features rhodium-plated links in raised settings that the maker called roof-shaped. The surface of each diamanté link is pointed. The edges are engraved. Unlike others with this pattern, this one has a double row in the center. This lovely bracelet closes with a concealed clasp and safety catch. Pair it with other bracelets and/or a similar necklace by this maker for a great day or evening look.
    USD$375.00
    USD$375.00
  • Diamante bracelet with dangling glass pearls & beads
    Front view of 1950s Hattie Carnegie bracelet
    USD$345.00

    Diamanté Bracelet with Dangling Pearls & Beads

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    This diamanté bracelet by Hattie Carnegie is a fun piece! Glass pearls and beads dangle from the center structure of three rows of diamantés set in gold-tone metal. This 1950s jewel closes with a concealed clasp and safety chain. Another delightful confection with lots of movement and sparkle from this New York fashion house. Scroll down to see one of their necklaces that looks great with this piece.
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • Trifari earrings with diamanté-embellished crescents
    Trifari 1950s diamante crescent-shaped earrings
    USD$245.00

    Diamanté Crescent 1950s Trifari Earrings

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    These Trifari ear clips from the mid- to late-1950s are diamanté-embellished crescents. A stack of baguettes positioned horizontally forms the focal point of each one. The setting is rhodium-plated metal. Designed to frame your face, this pair has a definite left and right earring. Just simply elegant to wear every day or for a special occasion!
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Wedding dress brooch by Frank Hess
    Close-up view of diamantes
    USD$445.00

    Diamanté Floral Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    Whether you’re looking for a wedding dress brooch or something unique and elegant for every day, this sparkly jewel is for you. It is identical to the “central motif” of a necklace shown in the Gordon & Pamfiloff book on this maker. There the centerpiece is described as “silver metal leaves edged with rose montées and two large clear rhinestones surrounded by smaller rhinestones”. While the necklace is much more elaborate, this Frank Hess-designed 1950s piece is perfect for today, any time of day! I bought this brooch for myself, but I am now reluctantly offering it to a new home.
    USD$445.00
    USD$445.00
  • Vintage bib necklace with diamanté spray
    1950s German bib necklace
    USD$345.00

    Diamanté Vintage Bib Necklace

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    This vintage bib necklace has a 3 ½”-wide centerpiece of tapered, curved links of channel-set diamanté and sprays of single stones. The setting is rhodium-plated white metal. An adjustable bar link chain with a spring-ring clasp completes the piece. This type of adjustable clasp – instead of the North American-style J-hook – was used by many German jewelry makers in the 1950s. The design and construction of this piece remind me of the work of Schreiber & Hiller, but this necklace is unmarked. Nonetheless, I think it was German-made. Scroll down to see some coordinating bracelets.
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00