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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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  • Flower-shaped diamante earrings by Miriam Haskell
    Miriam Haskell ear clips with diamante centers and beaded petals
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    Diamanté & Bead Flower 1950s 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$225.00
    USD$225.00
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    Diamanté & Gold Disk 1950s Brooch & Earrings Set by Pennino Bros.

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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.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
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    Diamanté & Gold Leaf 1950s Brooch by Hattie Carnegie

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    This 1950s brooch features ropes of gold-tone 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.
    USD$185.00
    USD$185.00
  • Coro necklace with gold & diamanté centerpiece
    Corocraft gold necklace by Adolph Katz
    USD$195.00
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    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$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Vintage starfish brooch & earrings by Alice Caviness
    Starfish earrings
    USD$395.00
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    Diamanté & Gold Starfish Brooch & Earrings Set by Alice Caviness

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    This vintage starfish brooch and earrings set by Alice Caviness is bold and dazzling. The aurora borealis rhinestones in the gold-tone setting take on the color of the metal, catch the light, and seem to dance. The starfish-shaped brooch has a roll-over safety clasp. Each ear clip is in the shape of one of the “arms”. This 1950s set is perfect for an outfit in a warm color palette and is guaranteed to get you noticed!
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
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    Diamanté 1950s Choker with Buckle by Mazer Bros.

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    A raised, fixed buckle adorned with diamanté in a unique assortment of shapes and sizes is the focal point on this early-1950s choker by Mazer Bros. The remaining necklace has a line of emerald-cut diamanté, each set in its own rhodium-plated link. Both ends finish with a square-cut stone, and the fold-over clasp is jeweled. This necklace was difficult to photograph because it contours to the neck and, therefore, does not lay flat. This choker was made for a slim neck. Please note the necklace length (14 1/2") and measure your neck before purchasing. The matching bracelet is also available – scroll down to see it.
    USD$150.00
    USD$150.00
  • 1950s expansion bracelet with diamanté
    Close-up view of diamante links
    USD$395.00
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    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
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    Diamanté 1950s Line Bracelet with Buckle by Mazer Bros.

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    This variation of a line bracelet features faceted, emerald-cut diamanté, each set in its own rhodium-plated link. The focal point is a raised, fixed buckle adorned with diamanté in a unique assortment of shapes and sizes. This early-1950s piece by Mazer Bros. closes with a jeweled fold-over clasp and safety chain. The matching necklace is also available – scroll down to see it.
    USD$165.00
    USD$165.00
  • 1950s German tank track bracelet
    Tank track bracelet by Schreiber & Hiller
    USD$350.00
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    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$350.00
    USD$350.00
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    Pennino earrings in diamante
    1950s Pennino chandelier earrings
    USD$295.00
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    Diamanté Chandelier Pennino Earrings

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    These Pennino earrings are 1950s diamanté-encrusted chandeliers with round, baguette and tear-drop stones set in rhodium-plated metal. The length, design, and materials create lots of bling and lots of movement. Pennino pieces are exceptionally well-made. These ear clips are guaranteed to make you feel glamorous! If you need more bling, add one of the 1950s bracelets shown below. See these earrings on a model in an exquisite bridal gown who walked the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019. She wore them with the aquamarine 1920s line bracelet shown below.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Trifari earrings with diamanté-embellished crescents
    Trifari 1950s diamante crescent-shaped earrings
    USD$185.00
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    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$185.00
    USD$185.00
  • Bogoff earrings with diamante drops
    1950s Bogoff earrings
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    Diamanté Drop Bogoff Earrings

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    These 1950s Bogoff earrings are much more beautiful and sparkly than their photos suggest. In fact, these ear clips were worn by a model who walked the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019. They feature a pendant with a large, faceted navette embellished with various sizes of round diamanté to maximize the bling. The setting is rhodium-plated metal. Add glamour and style to your wardrobe with this lovely pair!
    USD$185.00
    USD$185.00
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    Diamanté Floral 1950s Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This stunning early-1950s diamanté floral brooch by Miriam Haskell 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 piece is perfect for today, any time of day! And it would look gorgeous on a wedding gown. I bought this brooch for myself, but I am now reluctantly offering it to a new home.
    USD$325.00
    USD$325.00
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    Dior vintage jewelry – diamante trembler earrings
    1950s Dior trembler earrings
    USD$345.00
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    Diamanté Trembler Earrings by Christian Dior

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    Dior vintage jewelry doesn’t get much better than these 1950s trembler ear clips: diamanté-encrusted flowers tremble from stationary pavé leaves, set in rhodium-plated metal. A tiny spring connects the two elements in each earring to allow for movement. The right and left earrings face each other, to frame your face perfectly. This stunning pair was designed by Dior for the American market but made by Kramer. This American company signed an exclusive right of production agreement with Dior in 1952. These gorgeous earrings sparkled on the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019. The model wore them with a 1920s Diamonbar bracelet – scroll down to see it.
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • Vintage bib necklace with diamanté spray
    1950s German bib necklace
    USD$295.00
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    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. A perfect jewel for a woman who looks best in cool colors! Scroll down to see some coordinating bracelets.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
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    Emerald & Diamanté 1950s Double Clip Brooch by Hattie Carnegie

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    The heart-shaped dress clips in this 1950s Hattie Carnegie creation have three layers of diamanté topped with large, round, faceted emerald glass stones. What a sparkling confection! The setting is rhodium-plated, and the color combination is striking. The layers make this piece very three-dimensional. It can be worn as a brooch (at different angles, as shown) or as two separate dress clips. The photos show a third option: one clip worn as a pendant on a sterling silver chain (which is not included). A white-gold one would also work well. How's that for a three-in-one jewel!
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
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    Emerald & Diamanté 1950s Earrings by Mazer Bros.

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    These domed, early-1950s ear clips by Mazer Bros. are simply beautiful. The pavé tops have overlays of tapered, emerald-glass baguettes. Pairs of trapezoid-shaped emeralds complete the striking design in contrasting colors. These rhodium-plated earrings face each other, to frame your face to perfection. Wear them to add some sparkle to a day or evening ensemble. Scroll down to see a lovely jewel to wear with this pair.
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    USD$185.00
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    Emerald & Diamanté Sunburst 1950s Brooch by Hattie Carnegie

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    Rays of emerald-glass baguettes emanating from a pavé center are joined by a circle of diamanté in this 1950s sunburst brooch by Hattie Carnegie. The setting is rhodium-plated with a roll-over safety clasp. The design is classic, and the color combination is lush! In fact, Hattie made a pair of ear clips with the same motif a few years later – scroll down to see them.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Sunburst earrings in emerald & diamante
    1950s emerald & diamante earrings by Hattie Carnegie
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    Emerald & Diamanté Sunburst Earrings by Hattie Carnegie

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    These sunburst earrings by Hattie Carnegie have emerald-glass baguettes emanating from a pavé center. The setting is rhodium-plated. These elegant 1950s ear clips coordinate beautifully with a brooch by the same maker in a similar design. Pieces like these never go out of style and always look gorgeous wherever they’re worn. I got to see these earrings sparkle on a model who walked the runway at Toronto Fashion Week 2019. Scroll down to see the coordinating brooch and a dress clip to wear with these lovely jewels.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
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    Emerald & Gold Snake Chain 1950s Necklace by Coro

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    A large, faceted pear-shaped emerald-glass stone is the focal point in this glamorous 1950s gold-plated snake-chain necklace. It was designed by Adolph Katz for Coro's high-end line. Emerald-glass baguettes embellish the centerpiece. The chain closes with an emerald-topped folder-over clasp. Lovely detail in a well-made piece!
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    Emerald & Pavé Vermeil Bow 1950s Brooch by Marcel Boucher

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    This 1950s emerald and pavé bow brooch set in gold-plated metal is an outstanding example of Boucher's work. The pavé curls, open-work sides, and square-cut, faceted emerald-glass stones that form the knot showcase his attention to detail. This brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Scroll down to see the same design with sapphires.
    USD$250.00
    USD$250.00
  • Miriam Haskell earrings with emerald beads & rondelles
    Emerald chandelier earrings by Miriam Haskell
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    Emerald Bead & Rondelle 1950s Chandelier Earrings by Miriam Haskell

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    These Miriam Haskell earrings feature three emerald glass balls dangling from clear glass tubes with rondelles at the center of blue-green crystal beads. In typical Haskell fashion, the bluish-emerald crystal bead at the top is surrounded by a circle of clear glass beads, and the dangling emerald beads have clear glass tips. These all-original earrings have adjustable screw-backs (the combination screw and lever) and are signed. Great color and great movement!
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Schreiner earrings with emeralds, pearls, & diamante
    1950s Schreiner ear clips with emeralds
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    Emerald, Diamanté & Pearl Schreiner Earrings

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    These Schreiner earrings are striking in design and color, with lush-emerald-glass stones accented with faux pearls and diamanté. Though unsigned, these 1950s ear clips show all of the characteristics of Schreiner pieces. They have high-quality stones in dog-tooth settings with donut-hole ear clips. The emeralds even have inclusions! These silver-tone earrings are stunning for any occasion. They face each other, so they frame your face and make whatever you’re wearing look even more special. This pair sparkled on the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Miriam Haskell pin with grey pearls, emeralds & sapphires
    Close-up view of emerald bead, peal, and sapphire stone accents
    USD$295.00
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    Emerald, Pearl & Sapphire 1950s Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This Miriam Haskell pin is a real knockout! It features a large, pale-grey faux pearl in the center, surrounded by a ring of faceted, round sapphire-glass stones set in silver-tone metal. Ten rays emanate from there, each with a sapphire-glass bead; a ribbed, egg-shaped emerald-glass stone; and tiny faux pearl accents. The construction is superb: a scallop-edged, round filigree plaque supports the center and holds the pin with a roll-over safety clasp. Each ray is supported by its own round filigree plaque topped with a triangular frame. Because of the complexity of the brooch’s design, I suggest wearing simple pearl earrings and/or a pearl bracelet. After all, the brooch should be the star of the show!
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00