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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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    Ruby & Diamanté 1950s Brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This stunning 1950s three-dimensional brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli features clusters of ruby-crystal beads atop ruby and aurora borealis (AB) rhinestones. In person, this piece looks like a display of fireworks – the iridescence of the AB navettes is hard to capture in photos. The setting 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 genuine diamond stud earrings. If black and white is more to your taste, scroll down to see the same design in that combination.
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    USD$495.00
  • Ruby bead necklace with gold filigree & rondelles
    1950s Miriam Haskell ruby bead necklace
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    Ruby Bead, Filigree & Rondelle 1950s Necklace by Miriam Haskell

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    This ruby-glass bead necklace by Miriam Haskell is a 1950s classic. The round beads are accented with large glass nuggets in the same color. They have a Russian-gold-filigree end cap, a rondelle, and a small filigree bead on each end. The filigree-topped box clasp is embellished with rose montées. Made in a rich color with elegant, this opera-length piece can go everywhere and never goes out of style!
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    USD$295.00
  • 1950s earrings by Schreiner, with ruby glass stones
    Another view of these Schreiner ear clips
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    Ruby Snowflake 1950s Earrings by Schreiner

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    These 1950s 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!
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    Ruby, Diamanté & Gold Circle 1950s Brooch & Earrings Set by Marcel Boucher

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    Marcel Boucher designed a number of circle pins and earrings in the 1950s, and this set is a lovely example of this work. The gold-plated open-circle brooch is embellished with an arrow of pavé topped with ruby glass baguettes. The closed-circle earrings 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!
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    Ruby, Diamanté & Pearl 1950s Dangle Earrings by Hattie Carnegie

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    Large, faceted ruby glass teardrops with diamanté caps are the focal point of these lovely and elegant ear clips by Hattie Carnegie. The rubies are suspended from two faux pearls – the top one adorns the earlobe. The setting is gold-tone. These 1950s earrings can go from day to evening wear with ease!
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  • Glass beaded brooch with diamante
    Close-up view of blown-glass beads & diamante
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    Ruby, Emerald & Diamanté Layered Brooch

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    This glass beaded brooch has foil-backed, pear-shaped diamanté set in silver-tone frames that form the base. On top are layers of ruby- and emerald-blown-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!
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    USD$395.00
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    Ruby, Onyx, Pearl, Diamanté & Gold Dangling 1950s Bracelet by Hobé

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    Prong-set diamanté surrounding gold-tone links decorated with dangling pearls, and ruby and onyx bi-color glass beads form this lively 1950s bracelet by Hobé.  It closes with a concealed 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 purchase.
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    USD$245.00
  • Trifari leaf brooch & earrings set
    'Jeweleaf' brooch
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    Sapphire & Diamanté ‘Jeweleaf’ Brooch & Earrings Set by Trifari

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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. Scroll down to see the perfect bracelet to wear with this set.
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    Sapphire & Pavé Vermeil Bow 1950s Brooch by Marcel Boucher

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    This 1950s bow brooch set in gold-plated metal is another outstanding example of Boucher's work. The pavé curls, open-work sides and square-cut, faceted sapphire-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 emeralds.
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    USD$175.00
  • 1950s clip on earrings with sapphire stones
    1950s sapphire glass earrings
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    Sapphire 1950s Clip-on Earrings by Schreiner

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    These 1950s clip-on earrings with multiple shades, shapes, cuts, and sizes of sapphire glass are another example of Schreiner's genius, even though they are unsigned. The silver-tone setting features his dog-tooth prongs and donut-hole ear clips. These earrings can beautifully accessorize the latest fashion trends as well as your perennial favorites. Wear them with casual, office and evening attire to great acclaim!
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    USD$195.00
  • Aurora borealis earrings with sapphire-blue stone
    Hattie Carnegie 1950s chandelier earrings
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    Sapphire Aurora Borealis 1950s Chandelier Earrings by Hattie Carnegie

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    These aurora borealis (AB) ear clips with iridescent sapphire-blue stones are dazzling late-1950s chandeliers by Hattie Carnegie. They will certainly get you noticed!  The faceted round and pear-shaped AB stones flash shades of blue and purple. The setting is gold-tone metal. These luxuriously long earrings add movement and sparkle to your off-duty jeans or little black dress.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Hattie Carnegie pin with sapphire beads & gold wire
    Close-up view of bar pin front
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    Sapphire Bead & Gold Wire 1950s Hattie Carnegie Pin

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    This tapered 1950s Hattie Carnegie pin features tiny deep-sapphire-blue glass beads and gold-tone wire wound in alternating rows. It is finished with a gold-tone back and roll-over safety clasp. Scroll down to another brooch in the same style, also by this maker, with tiny faux pearls and diamanté in a silver-tone setting. Both are great adornments for a jacket lapel.
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    USD$165.00
  • Schiaparelli brooch with sapphire lava rocks
    Schiaparelli lava rock brooch in vertical position
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    Sapphire Lava Rock & Amethyst 1950s Brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This Schiaparelli brooch is one of those pieces that should come with instructions for how to wear it. So I’m showing this exquisite 1950s creation in three different positions, hoping that at least one of them will appeal to you. Or you may think of a better one! This incredible brooch has two large sapphire-blue lava rocks in dog-tooth prongs embellished with sapphires and amethysts. The complementary glass stones are round and navette in shape. The lava rocks have an incredible iridescence (like a fire within), and the color combination is delicious. The setting is silver-tone metal with a roll-over safety clasp. This gorgeous statement piece is Schiaparelli at her best!
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    USD$425.00
  • Blue sapphire costume earrings by Hattie Carnegie
    Sapphire poured-glass ear clips
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    Sapphire Poured Glass Earrings by Hattie Carnegie

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    These blue sapphire costume earrings feature translucent poured glass in a delicately-detailed gold-tone setting. The design is timeless and versatile! These 1950s ear clips were one of the Hattie Carnegie creations chosen by the designer to walk the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019. He paired them with an Art Deco necklace in a similar blue worn by a model in a black-and-white houndstooth evening gown. I confess that I was both surprised and delighted with this choice, and the audience was definitely pleased. Although that necklace is no longer available, scroll down to see a similar piece.
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    Sapphire, Diamanté & Gold Bouquet 1950s Brooch by Marcel Boucher

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    This 1950s sapphire, diamanté and gold-plated bouquet brooch by Marcel Boucher exemplifies the flowing motifs and textured metals of the period. The pavé ribbon that ties the stems speaks to the maker's attention to detail and design genius. This piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp.
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    Sapphire, Diamanté & Gold Spiral 1950s Duette by Coro

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    Gold-plated spirals are adorned with sapphire-glass baguettes and pavé centers on this 1950s Duette, Coro's name for their double-clip brooch. It is like a "two for one"! Wear it as a brooch or as separate fur clips. The latter work well as embellishments on heavier fabrics, such as wool blazers and dresses. The all-diamanté version of this piece appeared in a 1950 Coro ad in Life with the slogan "the perfect jewel of a gift" and with the price of $10.50! (In 1950, the average U.S. family income was $81.48 a week.) You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Coro's name.
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    USD$185.00
  • 1950s necklace by Engel Brothers with sapphire & diamanté set in sterling
    Sterling necklace with faux sapphire & diamante
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    Sapphire, Diamanté & Sterling 1950s Necklace by Engel Bros.

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    This 1950s necklace by Engel Bros. features a centerpiece of faceted, pear-shaped sapphire-glass stones along with round and navette diamanté. The setting is rhodium-plated, sterling silver. A square-cut faceted diamanté separates each link. This elegant and timeless necklace has a fold-over clasp.
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    USD$185.00
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    Sapphire, Onyx & Citrine Bead 1950s Earrings by Hattie Carnegie

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    A cluster of sapphire, onyx, and chartreuse glass beads form these ear clips by Hattie Carnegie. A prong-set, faceted citrine glass stone surrounded by tiny onyx beads complete the design. Except for the black beads, all are coated with aurora borealis, which adds iridescence. This vibrant and unique late-1950s color combination is set in gold-tone metal. These colorful earrings are a versatile addition to any jewelry wardrobe. They remind me of colors worn in the early episodes of Mad Men.
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    USD$150.00
  • Silver leaf bracelet by Elsa Schiaparelli
    1950s silver leaf bracelet by Elsa Schiaparelli
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    Silver Leaf Bracelet by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This silver leaf bracelet by Elsa Schiaparelli is a true statement piece, at 1 3/4" wide. Each of the five panels has a trio of layered and textured leaves. Here she uses one of her favorite motifs to create a type of jewelry she favored – an unusual and bold bracelet. This piece has a fold-over clasp and safety chain. If you like this design, scroll down to see a brooch and earrings set by the same maker but with a different finish.
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    Turquoise & Sapphire 1950s Earrings by Alice Caviness

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    An unusual textured turquoise glass stone is the centerpiece of these 1950s earrings by Alice Caviness. It is shaped like a thick button and has some sparkle in it. Aurora borealis sapphire glass stones and turquoise glass beads set in gold-tone filigree surround half of the turquoise center. These beads are mounted (wired?) onto a filigree back that holds the ear clip. The earrings face each other, so they beautifully frame the face when worn. This pair showcase this designer's clever mix of colors and materials.
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    Turquoise & Silver Leaf 1950s Brooch by Marcel Boucher

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    Richly-textured silver-tone metal leaves are paired with turquoise-glass buds on this tailored and elegant 1950s brooch by Marcel Boucher. The turquoise stones have the gold-tone flecks and veins of the real gemstone. This piece has a rhodium-plated back with a roll-over safety clasp.
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    USD$175.00
  • Vintage turquoise glass earrings with pendants
    Turquoise drop ear clips, probably by Louis Rousselet
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    Turquoise Drop French 1950s Earrings

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    These vintage turquoise glass earrings may have been made by Louis Rousselet in the 1950s. They feature a large turquoise art-glass nugget hanging from a matching button-shaped stone designed to adorn the earlobe. The filigree earring backs have the traditional French clips of the era – actually, they and the glass buttons are the same elements as those used by Rousselet. The art glass is stunning, and the color is gorgeous!
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  • Vintage glass bead bracelet in turquoise & diamante
    Turquoise glass bead bracelet w/diamante
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    Turquoise Glass Bead & Diamanté 1950s Bracelet

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    This vintage glass bead bracelet was made in one of the most popular colors of the 1950s: turquoise. It features molded-glass leaves interspersed with diamanté and woven onto a gold-tone mesh cuff. This bold, three-dimensional piece is not for the faint-hearted! Because it has a hinge but no clasp, this bracelet can accommodate a variety of wrist sizes. This is a rare instance where I have two of the same jewels, and they are shown together in the last photo. However, the bracelets are priced separately, so you may choose to buy only one. Scroll down to see the matching earrings and necklace.
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    Turquoise Glass Bead & Diamanté 1950s Choker

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    This 1950s necklace has molded turquoise-glass leaves with diamanté accents wired onto a brass-colored link base. The construction adds flexibility to this fun piece, which beautifully conforms to the shape of the neck. This choker closes with an adjustable hook-and-tail clasp, with beads on the end of the tail to add an extra touch of glamour. For even more of this fabulous color, add the matching earrings and/or bracelets – scroll down to see them.
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    USD$185.00