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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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  • Hattie Carnegie brooch with colorful stones
    Hattie Carnegie double-clip brooch
    USD$425.00
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    Emerald, Ruby, Pearl & Diamanté 1950s Double-Clip Brooch by Hattie Carnegie

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    This Hattie Carnegie brooch is a bold and beautiful 1950s piece. It features large, cabochon-cut, pear-shaped emerald glass stones surrounded by round, cabochon-cut emerald and ruby glass stones, faux pearls, and diamanté. The setting is gold-tone metal. This piece 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 black rubber cord; you may prefer to use a gold chain. The photos also show how the piece comes apart. Because one of the large emerald stones has lost one of its claws, my expert jeweler strongly advises you to pull the clips apart by grasping the pearl edges. He cleaned and re-glued the affected stone, so it is now secure. A 17-inch, 2mm black rubber cord with a stainless-steel twist lock (which is shown in the photo) is included with this purchase. What an exceptional and versatile piece!
    USD$425.00
    USD$425.00
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    Emerald, Sapphire & Golden Topaz 1950s Brooch & Earrings Set by Hattie Carnegie

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    Layers of emerald, sapphire and golden topaz glass stones are combined with black metal flower petals in this 1950s brooch and earrings set by Hattie Carnegie. Some of the stones appear teal in color, depending on the light. This set is a fine example of her imaginative color combinations, favored floral motifs, and complexity of design. What a knock-out! The settings are japanned metal, and the brooch has a roll-over safety clasp. When worn, the ear clips face each other and beautifully frame your face. The last photo shows how fantastic this brooch looks on a dress sash. Although the brooch has a ring designed to allow the piece to be worn as a pendant, my expert jeweler advises that the ring is not sturdy and cannot be replaced without damaging the back of the brooch. I don't see this point as a problem – I'm just mentioning it in the interest of full disclosure.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Hattie Carnegie bracelet in rich colors with faux pearls
    1950s Hattie Carnegie bracelet in warm hues
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    Gemstone & Pearl 1950s Hattie Carnegie Bracelet

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    This Hattie Carnegie bracelet has faceted round, navette, and pear-shaped glass stones in shades of emerald and citrine, interspersed with ruby cabochons and tiny faux pearls. The gold-tone setting of this 1950s beauty closes with a concealed clasp with safety chain. The rich colors and one-inch width create a real statement piece that is also versatile to wear. These hues are perfect for a woman who looks best in warm colors. Please note that this bracelet was made for a slim wrist. Be sure to measure yours and note the bracelet’s dimensions (6 3/4″ length) before purchasing. Elegance and quality not easily found!
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    USD$295.00
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    Gemstone Bead & Rondelle Dangling 1950s Brooch by Hattie Carnegie

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    This gemstone-colored dangling 1950s brooch by Hattie Carnegie features ruby, sapphire, emerald, and amethyst glass beads and rondelles. They dangle from a circular top adorned with the same beads. This imaginative and elegant piece has gold-tone findings and a roll-over safety clasp. The combination of colors add to the beauty and versatility of this brooch.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Umbrella brooch with seed beads by Ornella
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    USD$165.00
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    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$165.00
    USD$165.00
  • Pair of 1950s brooches with delicate gold & pave ribbons
    1950s Boucher bow brooch
    USD$175.00
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    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! 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$175.00
    USD$175.00
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    Gold Leaf 1950s Brooch & Earrings Set by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    Three trios of textured leaves are layered on this 1950s brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli. The matching ear clips each have a single leaf.  The finish is a warm (but not bright) gold-tone. Although I have a bracelet with the same design, that piece has a silver-tone finish. Scroll down to see the bracelet.
    USD$250.00
    USD$250.00
  • Gold pineapple bead necklace with fringe
    Hattie Carnegie fringe necklace with gold-tone, carnelian, & onyx beads
    USD$195.00
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    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$195.00
    USD$195.00
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    Gold Swirl & Pavé 1950s Earrings by Marcel Boucher

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    These 1950s gold-plated swirl and pavé-embellished ear clips feature the high-quality detail that characterizes Boucher's work. Wear these earrings to the office or on an evening out. They look great with a pair of brooches by Boucher, which feature the same delicate gold-plated cut-outs with pavé accents in graceful bows – scroll down to see them.
    USD$150.00
    USD$150.00
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    Golden & Brown Topaz & Gold Clover 1950s Earrings by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    Three faceted, shield-cut topaz-glass stones – two golden and one brown – with citrine accents form these ear clips by Elsa Schiaparelli. 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$225.00
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    Golden Topaz & Diamanté 1950s Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    Large, faceted golden-topaz (or deep-citrine) glass stones, with the largest shooting out at various angles, 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.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
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    Golden Topaz, Citrine & Diamanté 1950s Brooch by Hattie Carnegie

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    A large oval, faceted golden-topaz glass stone the looks like luscious caramel is the centerpiece of this 1950s brooch by Hattie Carnegie. The center is surrounded by large, round, white-striped glass stones and further embellished with small citrines and layers of darker citrine leaves. This 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.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Christian Dior earrings with topaz, green tourmaline & diamanté
    Christian Dior 1950s ear clips
    USD$245.00
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    Golden Topaz, Green Tourmaline & Diamanté Christian Dior Earrings

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    These Christian Dior earrings feature textured, gold-plated ropes intertwined with faceted golden-topaz and green- tourmaline glass stones and AB diamanté. (Swarovski, in collaboration with Dior, invented aurora borealis – a coating that adds iridescence to stones.) 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 looks best in warm colors. These earrings looked amazing when they walked the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
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    Green Bead 2-Strand French 1950s Necklace

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    Graduated glass beads in a soft-green with swirls of color form this two-strand French 1950s necklace. 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. And best of all, I actually have a pair of pendant earrings with matching green-glass beads – scroll down to see them. These pieces look fabulous together!
    USD$495.00
    USD$495.00
  • Miriam Haskell bracelet with gray & cream pearls & rondelles
    Back view of gray & cream pearl bangle
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    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$295.00
    USD$295.00
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    Grey Pearl Flower 1950s Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This 1950s brooch by Miriam Haskell features a trio of flowers that form a semi-circle. Each flower has a grey pearl center and engraved petals. The components are wired onto filigree plaques. This piece 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$225.00
    USD$225.00
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    Jade Art Glass, Gemstone & Pearl 1950s Brooch & Earrings Set by Hobé

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    Large jade-art-glass nuggets set in gold-plated metal are the focal point of this 1950s brooch and earrings set by Hobé. The oval-shaped brooch has two nuggets surrounded by faux pearls and glass stones in amethyst, sapphire, and citrine. These embellishments are in various shapes and sizes. An overlay of gold-plated filigree flowers with tiny sapphire centers complete the brooch. It closes with a roll-over safety clap. The ear clips each have one jade nugget with a semi-circle of the same colorful stones. The earrings face each other, so they will frame your face to perfection. The combination of elements and the complexity of design make this set very special. It's a great example of Hobé's '50s Glam look.
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    Jade Bead 1950s Dangling Earrings by Louis Rousselet

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    Clusters of jade-green-glass barrel-shaped beads cascade in these delightful 1950s French ear clips. The color is a vibrant dark-apple green, with striations on some of the beads.  Though unsigned, these earrings feature the same style of ear clip typically used by Louis Rousselet. What's more significant is the way the earrings are constructed: on the backs we see the flower-shaped links to which the beads are wired, a unique trait of this maker's work. (Note that he typically signed his pieces with only a paper hang tag.) These earrings are perfect for any occasion.
    USD$250.00
    USD$250.00
  • Vintage jade necklace with beads
    Vintage jade bead necklace
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    Jade Bead 1950s Necklace

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    This vintage jade necklace is hard to date. Strands of beads like this one have inevitably been restrung and had their clasps replaced. Whenever this piece was made, it features very-good-quality jade-glass beads strung with knots in between. The concealed clasp is gold-plated sterling silver. Necklaces like this one are timeless and elegant for both day and evening wear.
    USD$185.00
    USD$185.00
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    Jade Bead, Pearl & Diamanté Dangling 1950s Brooch by Hattie Carnegie

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    This large, opulent, three-dimensional 1950s brooch by Hattie Carnegie is spectacular! At the top is an elaborate, three-inch-wide bow set with small round and large marquis-shaped diamanté. From it falls a cascade of multiple layers of jade-green-glass beads, faux pearls, and round, pear-shaped, and marquis-shaped diamanté. All of the stones are faceted and bright. The setting is rhodium-plated metal with a roll-over safety clasp. Wear this substantial statement piece on a lapel, sash, or purse, or as a pendant. The last photo shows the brooch as the centerpiece on a white gold and diamond chain. (This necklace is not included.) This amazingly-detailed piece  is not for the faint-hearted, but it's guaranteed to get you noticed!
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    USD$795.00
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    Milk Glass Bead 1950s Bow Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    Two rows of milk glass beads outline a silver-tone metal filigree bow in this charming 1950s brooch by Miriam Haskell. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. You can wear this dainty brooch with some of my other milk glass pieces, including earrings by Miriam Haskell — scroll down to see them.
    USD$165.00
    USD$165.00
  • Milk glass earrings with gold wire & diamante
    1950s ear clips by Hattie Carnegie
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    Milk Glass Earrings with Gold Wire & Diamanté by Hattie Carnegie

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    These milk glass earrings by Hattie Carnegie are substantial and incredibly well-made. They feature prong-set, opaque-white-glass stones wrapped in gold wire and accented with diamanté. From the 1950s, these ear clips feature the same gorgeous gold-wire construction this designer used with a variety of stones to create earrings, necklaces, brooches, and bracelets. I was proud to see this pair worn on the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Alice Caviness earrings with bi-color beads
    Black-and-white ear clips by Alice Caviness
    USD$185.00
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    Onyx & Crystal Bi-color Bead Alice Caviness Earrings

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    These Alice Caviness earrings have clusters of black- and clear-glass bi-colored beads. Some have caps of silver-tone filigree, while other caps are solid metal. These ear clips were designed in the starburst or atomic motif that was popular in the 1950s, yet they are so versatile and wearable now! In fact, these earrings walked the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019. The designer paired them – unexpectedly, yet perfectly – with a 1930s German Art Deco bracelet. Scroll down to see it.
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    USD$185.00
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    Onyx & Diamanté 1950s Brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This stunning three-dimensional 1950s brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli features clusters of onyx crystal beads atop clear aurora borealis (AB) and onyx rhinestones. The AB navettes reflect spectacular colors and give this piece so much life, which is hard to capture in photos. The setting is silver-tone metal with a roll-over safety clasp. If red is your color, scroll down to see the same brooch in fiery red.
    USD$475.00
    USD$475.00