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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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  • $ 175

    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.
    $ 175
    $ 175
  • 1950s clip on earrings with sapphire stones
    1950s sapphire glass earrings
    $ 195

    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!
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • Aurora borealis earrings with sapphire-blue stone
    Hattie Carnegie 1950s chandelier earrings
    $ 225

    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.
    $ 225
    $ 225
  • Hattie Carnegie pin with sapphire beads & gold wire
    Close-up view of bar pin front
    $ 165

    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.
    $ 165
    $ 165
  • Schiaparelli brooch with sapphire lava rocks
    Schiaparelli lava rock brooch in vertical position
    $ 425

    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!
    $ 425
    $ 425
  • Blue sapphire costume earrings by Hattie Carnegie
    Sapphire poured-glass ear clips
    $ 245

    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.
    $ 245
    $ 245
  • Boucher flower brooch in gold w/sapphires & diamanté
    Close-up view of metal work
    $ 225

    Sapphire, Diamanté & Gold Boucher Flower Brooch

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    This Boucher flower brooch exemplifies the flowing motifs and textured metals of the period. Sapphire-glass stones and diamanté set in gold-tone form a beautiful bouquet with furled outside petals and a raised center. The pavé ribbon that ties the stems speaks to the maker’s attention to detail and design genius. This lovely jewel closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Just add faux or real diamond studs to complete your look.
    $ 225
    $ 225
  • Coro Duette pin in gold with sapphires & diamanté
    Gold spiral seashells Duette with jewels
    $ 195

    Sapphire, Diamanté & Gold Spiral Seashell Coro Duette

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    This Coro Duette pin looks like a pair of spiral seashells. The gold-plating is adorned with sapphire-glass baguettes and pavé centers. This Duette, Coro’s name for their double clip brooch, is like a '2-for-1' jewel! Wear it as a brooch or as separate dress clips. The double-prong fastener works well with 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.
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • 1950s necklace by Engel Brothers with sapphire & diamanté set in sterling
    Sterling necklace with faux sapphire & diamante
    $ 185

    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.
    $ 185
    $ 185
  • Hattie Carnegie earrings with citrine, sapphire & onyx beads
    1950s colorful beaded cluster earrings by Hattie Carnegie
    $ 165

    Sapphire, Onyx & Citrine Bead Hattie Carnegie Earrings

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    These Hattie Carnegie earrings feature a cluster of sapphire-, onyx-, and chartreuse-glass beads. 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 ear clips are a versatile addition to any jewelry wardrobe. They remind me of colors worn in the early episodes of Mad Men.
    $ 165
    $ 165
  • Silver leaf bracelet by Elsa Schiaparelli
    1950s silver leaf bracelet by Elsa Schiaparelli
    $ 295

    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.
    $ 295
    $ 295
  • Vintage turquoise glass earrings w/sapphire accents
    Turquoise & sapphire ear clips by Alice Caviness
    $ 175

    Turquoise & Sapphire Earrings by Alice Caviness

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    These vintage turquoise glass earrings are an imaginative 1950s design by Alice Caviness. An unusual textured turquoise stone shaped like a thick button with some sparkle is the centerpiece. Glass beads in sapphire blue (coated with aurora borealis) and turquoise set in gold-tone filigree surround half of the turquoise center. The components 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 showcases this designer’s clever mix of colors and materials.
    $ 175
    $ 175
  • Boucher pin of silver leaves with turquoise buds
    Close-up view of pin front
    $ 185

    Turquoise & Silver Leaf Marcel Boucher Pin

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    This Boucher pin has richly-textured silver-tone metal leaves paired with turquoise-glass buds. The blue stones have the gold-tone flecks and veins usually seen in the real gemstone. This tailored and elegant 1950s piece has a rhodium-plated back with a roll-over safety clasp. A great addition to the jewelry wardrobe of those who look best in cool colors.
    $ 185
    $ 185
  • Turquoise bead choker necklace with diamanté
    Full view of 1950s turquoise bead choker
    $ 195

    Turquoise Bead Choker Necklace

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    This turquoise bead choker necklace has molded glass leaves with diamanté accents wired onto a brass-colored link base. The construction adds flexibility to this fun 1950s 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.
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • Vintage glass bead bracelet in turquoise & diamante
    Turquoise glass bead bracelet w/diamante
    $ 155

    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.
    $ 155
    $ 155
  • Turquoise bead earrings with diamanté accents
    Turquoise & diamante 1950s ear clips
    $ 150

    Turquoise Glass Bead & Diamanté 1950s Earrings

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    These turquoise bead earrings are fashioned from molded-glass leaves and diamanté woven onto a brass-colored filigree disk. This bold hue was the height of fashion in the 1950s and is perfect for those who look best in warm colors. A lovely color for warmer months, it also adds cheerfulness to the dark days of winter. These ear clips have a matching necklace and bracelet – scroll down to see them.
    $ 150
    $ 150
  • $ 175

    Turquoise, Diamanté & Gold Leaf 1950s Brooch by Hattie Carnegie

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    Tiny turquoise glass beads decorate the flower layer on this graceful and elegant 1950s brooch by Hattie Carnegie. The bottom layer is a furled leaf made from openwork, gold-tone metal. Both layers are pavé-embellished. The detail is superb, especially on the back, as one would expect from this maker. This piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp.
    $ 175
    $ 175