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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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  • Alice Caviness earrings with bi-color beads
    Black-and-white ear clips by Alice Caviness
    USD$195.00

    Onyx 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 an Art Deco onyx link bracelet. Scroll down to see it.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Diamante dangle earrings w/emerald enamel & onyx hoops
    Emerald, onyx & diamante earrings
    USD$345.00

    Onyx, Emerald & Diamanté Dangle Earrings

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    These diamanté dangle earrings are inset with emerald enamel accents and have additional sparkling stones at the earlobes. Onyx-glass hoops form the bottom of these lovely and versatile pendants. The ear wires for pierced ears are original, but the lever backs are unmarked. These earrings are probably European in origin. Though Art Deco in style, something about this pair makes me think they may be from a later Revival era. Nevertheless, they are beautiful! Scroll down to see a selection of complimentary Art Deco bracelets.
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • Art glass earrings in pastels, from France
    Pale pink, green & blue glass bead earrings
    USD$375.00

    Pastel Art Glass Earrings from France

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    These 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, they resemble pieces made by Louis Rousselet. The clues are the glass button at the earlobe and the beauty and uniqueness of the beads. (He often topped necklace box clasps with a button-shaped glass bead.) I am not certain about the maker, however, because of the style of the ear clip. Nonetheless, these jewels are fun!
    USD$375.00
    USD$375.00
  • Pearl and diamante pin by Hattie Carnegie
    Close-up view of bar brooch
    USD$185.00

    Pearl & Diamanté Bar Pin by Hattie Carnegie

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    This pearl and diamanté pin is a 1950s Hattie Carnegie jewel. It has tiny beads and stones wound in alternating layers and is finished with a rhodium-plated back and a roll-over safety clasp. Wear it on a jacket lapel, pocket, hat, purse or even as a barrette in your hair. How perfect for a bride! Scroll down to see another brooch by the same maker and in the same style – it has tiny deep-sapphire-blue glass beads alternating with gold wire.
    USD$185.00
    USD$185.00
  • Vintage pearl earrings by Miriam Haskell
    Pearl drop earrings by Miriam Haskell
    USD$245.00

    Pearl & Russian Gold Drop Earrings by Miriam Haskell

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    These vintage pearl earrings by Miriam Haskell from c.1960 are fit for a bride or everyday wear. They feature a baroque pearl dangling from a pearl-studded Russian-gold-layered plaque. These earrings have adjustable screw-backs (the combination screw and lever) and are simple, yet elegant and easy to wear.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • 1950s sterling silver and pearl bracelet
    Vintage sterling and pearl bracelet
    USD$195.00

    Pearl & Sterling Leaf Link 1950s Bracelet

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    Each link of this dainty sterling silver and pearl bracelet features a faux pearl encircled by an etched leaf. Light and easy to wear, this pretty jewel closes with a concealed clasp. This piece never goes out of style! Wear it any time and any where. A perfect accessory for a bride or anyone who looks best in cool colors.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Glass bead earrings by Louis Rousselet
    1950s Louis Rousselet earrings
    USD$375.00

    Pearl & Glass Bead Pendant Earrings by Louis Rousselet

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    These glass bead earrings have clusters in greens, purples, and reds, along with tiny faux pearls. This pair was made by Louis Rousselet, according to Ginger Moro (author of European Designer Jewelry and a Rousselet expert), who sold them to me. Though marked "Charlin" on the ear clips, Moro stated that these pendants are "a re-issue of an earlier design from the '50s using vintage glass beads and pearls". This maker's beads are highly-coveted because they were all hand-wound and finished. The colors and design make this pair very versatile and easy to wear for day or evening.
    USD$375.00
    USD$375.00
  • Vintage flower earrings probably by Louis Rousselet
    1950s French ear clips w/pearls & glass beads
    USD$375.00

    Pearl & Glass Flower Earrings

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    These vintage flower earrings have clusters of tiny faux pearls with glass flowers and leaves. The design and style of the beads remind me of the work of the French maker Louis Rousselet, but I can't attribute this pair to that company. The construction and findings are inconsistent with documented work by the firm. Although these earrings are unmarked, I believe they were made in France or somewhere in Europe. I also think the beads probably came from the Rousselet workshops, which were a major worldwide supplier of hand-made beads. These earrings are so lovely and unique, I don't think their maker really matters. Please note that although these ear clips are not mirror images, the lack of symmetry – which is not unusual in hand-strung pieces – does not detract from their appearance. What a great choice for a bride!
    USD$375.00
    USD$375.00
  • Pearl basket earrings possibly by Louis Rousselet
    1950s French dangling earrings
    USD$345.00

    Pearl Basket Dangle Earrings from France

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    These pearl basket earrings were possibly made by Louis Rousselet, based on the horseshoe-shaped 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
  • Vintage pearl brooch w/emerald glass beads
    Close-up view of one end
    USD$395.00

    Pearl Brooch with Emerald Beads

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    This vintage pearl brooch was made in France in the 1950s. It has faux pearls and emerald-glass beads in various shapes and sizes, all hand-wired onto a gilt-metal filigree back with a trombone clasp. This unusual three-dimensional creation reminds me of the work of Louis Rousselet. Although I haven't seen documentation showing any brooches by this company, the high quality of the pearls and beads suggest that these parts (if not the design and production) came from the Rousselet workshops. This spectacular piece is right for day or evening wear. Although the back of one pearl is peeling, this tiny blemish doesn't diminish the beauty of this jewel. 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 pearl earrings from the same period and possibly the same maker.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Pearl cluster earrings made in France
    French earrings in style of Louis Rousselet
    USD$375.00

    Pearl Cluster Dangle Earrings from France

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    These pearl cluster earrings resemble bunches of grapes. Each is suspended from a large glass-pearl button mounted on a white-metal filigree back. Though unsigned, these ear clips have the horseshoe-shaped fastener typically used by Louis Rousselet. The button-topped mounting reminds me of his button-topped box clasps for necklaces. Moreover, the unusual shape of the glass pearls could only have been made by someone of his caliber. Because Rousselet jewelry was rarely signed on the pieces and because so little has been documented, I can't be sure if these earrings were designed by him or made by another company using his beads. Either way, these beautiful earrings are right for day, evening or bridal/ wedding/prom wear. You can see these jewels on my favorite model in this blog post. Scroll down to see a gorgeous brooch with similar pearls accented with emerald-glass beads.
    USD$375.00
    USD$375.00
  • Vintage gold flower necklace/brooch & earrings
    Floral brooch worn as pendant
    USD$295.00

    Pearl, Diamanté & Gold Flower Necklace/Brooch & Earrings Set

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    This vintage gold flower necklace and earrings set from 1950 is a '3-for-1' jewel! It has a trio of heart-shaped blossoms that form the centerpiece, which can be detached and worn as a brooch. The ear clips are single blossoms. The gold-plated fretwork has swirled pavé edges that embrace champagne-colored faux pearls. Attach the brooch to the snake chain by inserting the pin stem through the necklace loops. Pretty clever, eh! While the pendant appears slightly off-center on the chain, its position was fixed at manufacture. Please note that this necklace (which measures 14 3/8″) was made for a slim neck, but you could easily add a chain extender. Wear the pieces together or separately with complimentary contemporary jewels.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Hobé bracelet with dangling pearls & bi-color beads
    Hobé bracelet with dangling beads
    USD$295.00

    Pearl, Gemstone & Gold Dangling Hobé Bracelet

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    This Hobé bracelet has gold-tone links edged with prong-set diamantés. Alternating horizontal rows of pearls, and ruby and onyx bi-color glass beads dangle from this base. This lively bracelet closes with a box clasp. This piece is a fine example of 1950s glam from the second generation of the company’s designers. Note that this bracelet was made for a slim wrist. Be sure to measure yours and note the bracelet’s dimensions (6 3/4-inch length) before purchasing this statement piece.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Pearl and gemstone earrings by Louis Rousselet
    Louis Rousselet 1950s earrings
    USD$395.00

    Pearl, Gemstone Bead & Rondelle Earrings

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    Pearl and gemstone earrings by Louis Rousselet are a welcome and versatile addition to any jewelry wardrobe. These 1950s French ear clips feature faux pearls in various sizes, with accents of ruby, sapphire, emerald and amethyst hand-wound-glass leaves along with rondelles. Though unsigned, these earrings match a signed necklace and earrings set that I have moved from my personal collection to offer for sale. The type of ear clip used is another clue to the creator, who usually signed his pieces with only paper hang tags. Rousselet was the premier faux pearl and bead maker in the first half of the 20th century. These earrings are a beautiful example of his work. Although the coating on some pearls appears to have bubbles, I think they are intended. Scroll down to see the magnificent necklace and earrings set in the same design.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Vintage pearl necklace signed by Louis Rousselet
    Louis Rousselet signed faux pearl & gemstone necklace
    USD$1,995.00

    Pearl, Gemstone Bead & Rondelle Necklace & Earrings by Louis Rousselet

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    This exceptional vintage pearl necklace by the incomparable Louis Rousselet features four strands of glass pearls in varied shapes and sizes. They are accented with hand-wound-glass beads in gemstone colors paired with rondelles. (In case you aren't familiar with his work, you need to know that he was regarded as the premier faux pearl maker in the first half of the 20th century.) The necklace closes with a box clasp adorned with pearls and colored beads, and signed with his initials in script. The matching ear clips are a bonus. Finding a Rousselet-signed piece is incredibly rare (most had only signed paper hang tags), which makes this set all the more extraordinary! Scroll down to see another pair of ear clips in the same style, sold separately. You can see this exquisite necklace worn casually by my favorite model in this blog post.
    USD$1,995.00
    USD$1,995.00
  • Miriam Haskell bracelet w/diamantés & hematite & onyx beads
    Front of Miriam Haskell bracelet
    USD$275.00

    Pearl, Hematite, Onyx & Diamanté Bangle by Miriam Haskell

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    This Miriam Haskell bracelet has onyx- and hematite-glass beads, and diamantés, all hand-woven onto a silver-tone metal frame. The combination of grey, black and white makes this piece very versatile and easy-to-wear. Add pearl, onyx or diamond earrings, depending on the color you wish to emphasize. The shape of the bangle is oval, which conforms well to the wrist. This piece closes with a box clasp and safety chain. Scroll down to see a two-tone pearl and rondelle bangle by the same maker.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Schiaparelli lava rock bracelet with shocking pink, pearls & diamante
    Lava rocks and AB stones dazzle in the light
    USD$295.00

    Pink Lava Rock Bracelet by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This Schiaparelli lava rock bracelet combines the designer’s signature stones with her signature color. The five pale-pink lava rocks are connected with Shocking Pink marquis-shaped glass stones, faux pearls, and round aurora borealis diamantés. Two Shocking Pink stones adorn the box clasp. This 1950s bracelet, which is mounted in gold-tone metal, also has a safety chain. Although some pearls show mild wear, this bracelet continues to dazzle. A classic Schiaparelli piece!
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Bogoff brooch with pink tourmalines & diamantés
    Close-up view of glass stones
    USD$225.00

    Pink Tourmaline & Diamanté Snowflake Bogoff Brooch

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    This Bogoff brooch has hot-pink-glass stones and diamantés in a rhodium-plated setting shaped like a snowflake. This piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp. The color is elegant, and the shape is timeless. Bogoff made lovely, high-quality jewelry in the 1950s.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Aurora borealis rhinestone brooch w/ruby bead flowers
    Brooch back
    USD$495.00

    Ruby & Diamanté Brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This aurora borealis rhinestone brooch features a trio of flowers. Clusters of ruby-glass beads form the centers that sit atop the rhinestone petals. In person, this piece looks like a display of fireworks – the iridescence of the navettes is hard to capture in photos. The setting of this 1950s Elsa Schiaparelli jewel is silver-tone metal with a roll-over safety clasp. Even the back of the brooch is textured! With this statement piece, all you need to complete your jewelry accessories is a pair of faux or real diamond stud earrings. If black and white is more to your taste, scroll down to see the same design in that color combination.
    USD$495.00
    USD$495.00
  • Vintage ruby earrings by Schreiner
    Schreiner earrings in snowflake design
    USD$295.00

    Ruby Snowflake Earrings by Schreiner

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    These vintage ruby earrings by Schreiner feature faceted, deep-red glass stones set in Japanned metal. He has combined round, square, and oval shapes to form what looks like a snowflake. The design and hard-to-find color of these ear clips are just stunning! Wear them from day to evening in any season and feel extraordinary! In fact, they looked extraordinary on the model who wore them on the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019!
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Vintage circle pin in gold with ruby & diamanté accents
    Marcel Boucher gold pin w/embellishments
    USD$195.00

    Ruby, Diamanté & Gold Circle Pin & Earrings Set

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    This vintage circle pin is one of many designed by Marcel Boucher in the 1950s. This lovely example of his work comes with earrings. The gold-plated open-circle brooch is embellished with an arrow of pavé topped with ruby-glass baguettes. The closed-circle ear clips are embellished with the same stones in a leaf-like setting. Perhaps these pieces were not originally a set. (The brooch is unmarked; the earrings have no inventory number.) Even so, they look great together!
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Ruby pendant earrings w/diamanté & pearls
    Front of 1950s pendant earrings
    USD$295.00

    Ruby, Diamanté & Pearl Pendant Earrings by Hattie Carnegie

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    These ruby pendant earrings with large, faceted glass teardrops crowned with diamantés are lovely and elegant. The dangles are suspended from two faux pearls – the top one adorns the earlobe. The setting is gold-tone. These 1950s ear clips by Hattie Carnegie can go from day to evening wear with ease! Just add your own real or faux diamond, or pearl bracelet.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Glass beaded brooch with diamantes
    Close-up view of poured-glass beads & diamantes
    USD$395.00

    Ruby, Emerald & Diamanté Layered Brooch

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    This glass beaded brooch has foil-backed, pear-shaped diamantés set in silver-tone frames that form the base. On top are layers of ruby- and emerald-poured-glass beads and additional pear-shaped stones. The components are wired onto a silver-tone filigree back with a trombone clasp. Probably made in France in the late-1950s to early-1960s, this substantial piece is nearly one-inch high! Two stones have darkened a bit, but they are much brighter than the photos indicate. This jewel still has plenty of sparkle!
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Trifari leaf brooch & earrings set
    'Jeweleaf' brooch
    USD$245.00

    Sapphire & Diamanté ‘Jeweleaf’ Trifari Brooch & Earrings Set

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    This Trifari leaf brooch and ear clips set was named Jeweleaf. Designed by Alfred Philippe in 1951, it features diamanté-paved maple leaves outlined with sapphire-glass baguettes. The setting is rhodium-plated base metal. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. An all-diamanté version, described as “platinum-toned … paved with stones” and “one of two charming variations on a Spring theme”, was advertised in the February 1, 1952 issue of Vogue. The brooch was $17.50, and the earrings were $15.00, for a total of $32.50. (In 1950, the average U.S. family’s income was $81.50 per week.) Note that the photo of the brooch alone shows it in the position indicated in the design patent (last photo), but you can wear the jewel in any position you wish.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00