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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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  • Pair of 1950s brooches with delicate gold & pave ribbons
    1950s Boucher bow brooch
    $ 175

    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.
    $ 175
    $ 175
  • $ 250

    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.
    $ 250
    $ 250
  • Gold pineapple bead necklace with fringe
    Hattie Carnegie fringe necklace with gold-tone, carnelian, & onyx beads
    $ 195

    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.
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • $ 150

    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.
    $ 150
    $ 150
  • Schiaparelli clover earrings with 3 topaz stones in gold
    1950s clover ear clips in gold-tone by Elsa Schiaparelli
    $ 225

    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.
    $ 225
    $ 225
  • $ 225

    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.
    $ 225
    $ 225
  • $ 295

    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.
    $ 295
    $ 295
  • Christian Dior earrings with topaz, green tourmaline & diamanté
    Christian Dior 1950s ear clips
    $ 245

    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.
    $ 245
    $ 245
  • $ 495

    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.
    $ 495
    $ 495
  • Miriam Haskell bracelet with gray & cream pearls & rondelles
    Back view of gray & cream pearl bangle
    $ 295

    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.
    $ 295
    $ 295
  • Grey pearl flower brooch by Miriam Haskell
    Miriam Haskell 1950s grey pearl flower brooch
    $ 225

    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!
    $ 225
    $ 225
  • $ 245

    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.
    $ 245
    $ 245
  • Jade bead earrings by Louis Rousselet
    Earrings with clusters of jade glass beads
    $ 250

    Jade Bead Dangling Earrings by Louis Rousselet

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    These jade bead earrings feature clusters of vibrant dark-apple-green-glass barrels cascading from French ear clips. Some of the beads have striations. Though unsigned, these delightful 1950s creations 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 playful and unusual earrings are perfect for any occasion.
    $ 250
    $ 250
  • Dangle brooch with jade beads, pearls & diamanté
    Close-up view of Hattie Carnegie brooch
    $ 795

    Jade Bead, Pearl & Diamanté Dangle Brooch

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    This 1950s dangle brooch by Hattie Carnegie is spectacular! Large, opulent, and three-dimensional, it certainly makes a statement. At the top is an elaborate, three-inch-wide bow set with small round and large marquise-shaped diamanté. From it falls a cascade of multiple layers of jade-green-glass beads, faux pearls, and round, pear-shaped, and marquise-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 jewel on a lapel, sash, or purse, or as a pendant. The last photo shows it 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!
    $ 795
    $ 795
  • Bow-shaped milk glass brooch
    Close-up view of bow
    $ 175

    Milk Glass Bead Bow Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This milk glass brooch has two rows of beads outlining a silver-tone metal filigree bow. This charming 1950s piece by Miriam Haskell closes with a roll-over safety clasp. You can wear this dainty brooch with sterling ball stud or hoop earrings or with milk glass earrings by the same maker — scroll down to see them. These adornments are perfect for those who look best in cool colors.
    $ 175
    $ 175
  • Alice Caviness earrings with bi-color beads
    Black-and-white ear clips by Alice Caviness
    $ 185

    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.
    $ 185
    $ 185
  • $ 475

    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.
    $ 475
    $ 475
  • $ 195

    Onyx & Silver Leaves 1950s Earrings by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    Each of these classic 1950s ear clips by Elsa Schiaparelli features two faceted, oval onyx-glass stones nestled in a trio of curled, textured, silver-tone leaves. Designed with one of her favorite motifs (leaves), this pair is so well-made that even the backs are textured. As was the custom in the 1950s, the earrings face each other, so they will frame your face to perfection. The matching necklace is available – scroll down to see it.
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • Schiaparelli necklace of onyx stones in silver leaves
    Onyx & silver leaves 1950s Schiaparelli necklace
    $ 295

    Onyx & Silver Leaves 1950s Necklace by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    Each section of this Schiaparelli necklace from the 1950s features a pair of curled, textured, silver-tone leaves revealing a faceted, oval onyx-glass stone. Leaves were one of her favorite motifs, and this piece aptly illustrates how well she designed them. Even the backs are textured. This necklace, with its detailed, decorative chain, closes with an adjustable-hook and ornamental tail. A graceful and stunning piece by an outstanding maker! The matching earrings are also available — scroll down to see them.
    $ 295
    $ 295
  • $ 295

    Onyx, Emerald & Diamanté Dangling Earrings

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    Onyx-glass hoops attached to emerald-green-enamel and diamanté-embellished panels of silver-tone metal form these lovely and versatile earrings. Additional diamanté adorn the earlobe. 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 complementary Art Deco bracelets.
    $ 295
    $ 295
  • Boucher brooch with diamanté & opal art glass
    Close-up view of opal art glass
    $ 195

    Opal & Diamanté Leaf 1950s Brooch by Marcel Boucher

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    This Boucher brooch from 1950 looks like fine jewelry, with its fiery-opal art-glass center surrounded by sparkling diamanté. The setting is rhodium-plated metal with a roll-over safety clasp. Of all the Boucher pieces in this collection, I think this one is the best. How beautifully it would adorn a bridal gown!
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • French art glass earrings in pastels
    Pale pink, green & blue glass bead earrings
    $ 185

    Pastel Art Glass French 1950s Dangling Earrings

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    These dangling 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, this pair resembles pieces made by Louis Rousselet, especially with the glass button at the earlobe and the high-quality of the beads. I am not certain, however, because of the style of the ear clip.
    $ 185
    $ 185
  • Blown glass earrings by Louis Rousselet
    1950s Louis Rousselet earrings
    $ 295

    Pearl & Blown Glass Bead 1950s Pendant Earrings by Louis Rousselet

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    These blown glass ear clips have clusters of beads in greens, purples, and reds, along with pearls. This pair was made by Louis Rousselet, according to Ginger Moro (the author of European Designer Jewelry and a Rousselet expert). Though marked "Charlin" on the ear clips, these pendants are "a re-issue of an earlier design from the '50s using vintage glass beads and pearls", stated Moro in correspondence, when I bought these earrings from her. The colors and design make this pair very versatile and easy to wear for day or evening.
    $ 295
    $ 295
  • $ 295

    Pearl & Blown Glass Flower French 1950s Earrings

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    Clusters of tiny faux pearls with blown-glass flowers and leaves form these 1950s ear clips. The design and style of the beads remind me of the work of the French maker Louis Rousselet, although the earring backs are not the same as those he typically used. However, the findings I'm familiar with would have been too small for this creation. Please note that although these earrings are not mirror images, the lack of symmetry – which is not unusual in hand-strung pieces – does not detract from their lovely appearance. What a great choice for a bride!
    $ 295
    $ 295