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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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  • Trifari earrings with diamanté-embellished crescents
    Trifari 1950s diamante crescent-shaped earrings
    USD$225.00

    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$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Bogoff earrings with diamante drops
    1950s Bogoff earrings
    USD$225.00

    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$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Wedding dress brooch by Frank Hess
    Close-up view of diamante
    USD$395.00

    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$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • 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. A perfect jewel for a woman who looks best in cool colors! Scroll down to see some coordinating bracelets.
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • Sparkly brooch w/emeralds & diamanté by Hattie Carnegie
    Sparkly brooch worn at an angle
    USD$395.00

    Emerald & Diamanté Double Clip Brooch by Hattie Carnegie

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    This sparkly brooch from Hattie Carnegie’s New York fashion house is both beautiful and practical. It has two hearts formed from three layers of diamanté topped with large, round, faceted emerald-glass stones. 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
  • Sunburst brooch with emerald & diamante
    Close-up view of emerald baguettes
    USD$245.00

    Emerald & Diamanté Sunburst Brooch by Hattie Carnegie

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    This 1950s sunburst brooch has rays of emerald-glass baguettes emanating from a pavé center and joined by an outer-circle of diamanté. The setting is rhodium-plated with a roll-over safety clasp. The design is classic, and the color combination is lush! In fact, Carnegie made a pair of ear clips with the same motif a few years later. Scroll down to see them.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Sunburst earrings in emerald & diamante
    1950s emerald & diamante earrings by Hattie Carnegie
    USD$245.00

    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
  • Marcel Boucher costume brooch in gold w/pavé & emerald
    Close-up view of embellishments
    USD$275.00

    Emerald & Pavé Vermeil Bow Marcel Boucher Brooch

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    This Marcel Boucher costume brooch from 1950 is a fine example of this maker’s design flair. A gold-plated open-work bow is embellished with diamanté and emeralds. The curled edges with pavé and square-cut, faceted emerald-glass stones that form the knot showcase his attention to detail. This jewel closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Scroll down to see the same design with sapphires.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Miriam Haskell earrings with emerald beads & rondelles
    Emerald chandelier earrings by Miriam Haskell
    USD$245.00

    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
    USD$275.00

    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$275.00
    USD$275.00
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    Miriam Haskell pin with grey pearls, emeralds & sapphires
    Close-up view of emerald bead, peal, and sapphire stone accents
    USD$345.00

    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$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • Gemstone pin w/colorful dangling beads
    Close-up view of brooch top
    USD$295.00

    Gemstone Bead & Rondelle Dangling Brooch by Hattie Carnegie

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    This gemstone pin with colorful glass beads is a 1950s Hattie Carnegie piece. Strands of ruby, sapphire, emerald, and amethyst beads and rondelles dangle from a circular top formed by the same elements. This imaginative and elegant jewel from the famed New York fashion house has gold-tone findings and a roll-over safety clasp. The combination of colors adds to the beauty and versatility of this brooch. Hattie Carnegie jewels are always special.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Umbrella brooch with seed beads by Ornella
    Close-up view of seed beads
    USD$195.00

    Gold & Black Bead Umbrella Brooch by Ornella

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    This umbrella brooch is made from gold, black, and colorless seed beads along with gold-tone rope and a diamanté-studded handle. The solid back supports the hand-beading and the trombone clasp. Tall and slender, this whimsical jewel was probably made in the 1950s. Pieces by Ornella, an Italian company, are well-made, hard-to-date, and hard-to-find.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Pair of 1950s brooches with delicate gold & pave ribbons
    1950s Boucher bow brooch
    USD$225.00

    Gold & Pavé Bow 1950s Brooches by Marcel Boucher

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    These 1950s brooches by Marcel Boucher are a pair of bows with pavé accents on delicate gold-plated, cut-out ribbons. These bows can be worn together with great effect, or wear just one! The pair would make a lovely adornment for a bride's hair. Each brooch has a roll-over safety clasp. The back of one is gold-plated; the other is rhodium-plated. Scroll down to see Gold & Pavé Swirl Earrings, also by Boucher, which feature the same delicate cut-out work with pavé accents in a graceful swirl design.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • 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
  • Gold pineapple bead necklace with fringe
    Hattie Carnegie fringe necklace with gold-tone, carnelian, & onyx beads
    USD$295.00

    Gold Pineapple Bead Necklace with Fringe

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    This late-1950s pineapple bead necklace illustrates a typical Carnegie theme – flora – with a clever combination of materials. Textured, gold-tone pineapple-shaped beads alternating with small carnelian-glass beads form the main necklace. Gold-tone beads in various shapes combined with onyx- and carnelian-glass beads dangle from the entire length of the piece. This elaborate fringe necklace closes with a pineapple-shaped concealed clasp. This jewel is the perfect adornment for a scoop-neck or strapless garment.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Gold swirl earrings w/pavé by Marcel Boucher
    1950 gold & diamante ear clips
    USD$195.00

    Gold Swirl Earrings with Pavé by Marcel Boucher

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    These gold swirl earrings have the high-quality detail that characterizes this designer's creations. Made in the 1950s, these ear clips feature a pierced design in gold-plated metal embellished with pavé. As was the custom at the time, the earrings face each other to frame your face. Wear them to the office or on an evening out. A pair of clip cushions is included for added comfort. These adornments look great with a pair of brooches, also by Boucher, which feature the same delicate gold-plated pierced work with pavé accents in graceful bows – scroll down to see them.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • 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
  • Golden topaz brooch with diamanté by Miriam Haskell
    Close-up view of layered brooch center
    USD$295.00

    Golden Topaz Brooch with Diamanté by Miriam Haskell

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    This golden topaz brooch has large, faceted deep-yellow glass stones (sometimes referred to as coffin-shaped), with the largest shooting out at various angles. They form the bottom layer of this dazzling 1950s brooch by Miriam Haskell. A large citrine-glass stone in the center is surrounded by silver-coated diamanté to add to the sparkle. The back is silver tone filigree with a roll-over safety clasp. Just add your own faux or real diamond studs.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Hattie Carnegie brooch with golden topaz & citrine
    Close-up view showing layered leaves
    USD$295.00

    Golden Topaz, Citrine & Diamanté Hattie Carnegie Brooch

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    This Hattie Carnegie brooch has as its centerpiece a large oval, faceted golden-topaz glass stone that looks like luscious caramel. It is surrounded by large, round, white-striped glass stones and further embellished with small citrines and layers of darker citrine leaves. This 1950s wreath-like piece is another three-dimensional example of Carnegie’s quality and design ingenuity. The gold-plated metal setting has a roll-over safety clasp. A lovely adornment for those who wear warm colors.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Christian Dior earrings with topaz, green tourmaline & diamanté
    Christian Dior 1950s ear clips
    USD$295.00

    Golden Topaz, Green Tourmaline & Diamanté Christian Dior Earrings

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    These Christian Dior earrings feature textured, gold-tone ropes intertwined with faceted golden-topaz and green-tourmaline glass stones and aurora borealis diamantés. (Swarovski invented aurora borealis – a coating that adds iridescence to faceted stones and beads. Dior was one of the first designers to adopt it in his designs.) The color combination and elaborate hook-and-eye construction of these 1950s ear clips are worthy of the maker’s name. Elegant, classic, and perfect for a woman who likes to wear warm colors. These earrings looked amazing when they walked the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • 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
  • Miriam Haskell bracelet with gray & cream pearls & rondelles
    Back view of gray & cream pearl bangle
    USD$375.00

    Grey & Cream Baroque Pearl & Rondelle 1950s Miriam Haskell Bracelet

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    This Miriam Haskell bracelet has two-tones of baroque pearls and rondelle accents. The embellishments are wired onto a gold-tone hard-mesh-hinged bangle. It closes with a concealed clasp and safety chain. Pieces with these good looks and high quality never go out of style! Scroll down to see a long strand of grey pearls with onyx beads by the same maker.
    USD$375.00
    USD$375.00
  • Grey pearl flower brooch by Miriam Haskell
    Miriam Haskell 1950s grey pearl flower brooch
    USD$295.00

    Grey Pearl Flower Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This pearl flower brooch by Miriam Haskell features a trio that forms a semi-circle. Each flower has a grey pearl center and engraved silver-tone petals. The components are wired onto filigree plaques. This jewel closes with a roll-over safety clasp. I’ve photographed the brooch in the vertical and horizontal positions, so you can decide which you like better. Great color and lovely detail!
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00