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Louis Rousselet Jewelry

About Louis Rousselet Jewelry

This fine collection of Louis Rousselet jewelry includes necklaces, earrings, and parures made in France from the 1920s through the 1950s. His pieces were usually signed only with a paper hang tag. Jewelry with the L.R. mark is rare, but you will find one signed piece here. Rousselet manufactured hand-made glass and Galalith beads and faux pearls that he used in his own designs and also sold worldwide. Because some of the characteristics of his work have been documented, I have been able to attribute particular works to him. When in doubt, I have added a question mark to his name as “Maker”.

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  • Baroque pearl earrings in Louis Rousselet-style
    1950s cream-colored faux pearl ear clips
    USD$275.00

    Baroque Pearl Earrings from France

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    These baroque pearl earrings have a large, cream-colored glass pearl center encircled by a ring of small, matching round glass pearls. Though these 1950s earrings are unsigned, the ear-clip mechanism and materials are consistent with those used by Louis Rousselet. (His pieces were usually only signed with paper hang tags.) These earrings would make a lovely accessory for daytime, evening, or bridal/wedding/prom wear.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Green glass bead necklace by Louis Rousselet
    Front of 2-strand French necklace
    USD$495.00

    Green Bead 2-Strand French Necklace

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    This green glass bead necklace is just gorgeous! Two strands of graduated beads in a soft-green with swirls of color form this French 1950s jewel. 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 box clasp topped with a button-shaped bead is one type of closure he often used. It can be seen in books with photos of Rousselet jewels. This necklace from my personal collection was recently professionally restrung. A timeless addition to your jewelry wardrobe.
    USD$495.00
    USD$495.00
  • Jade bead earrings by Louis Rousselet
    Earrings with clusters of jade glass beads
    USD$395.00

    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 a white-metal back. Some of the beads have striations. Though unsigned, these delightful 1950s creations feature the same horseshoe-shaped ear clip typically used by Louis Rousselet. What’s more significant is the way the earrings are constructed. The backs have a "metallic support in the shape of a rosette" to which the beads are wired. Florence Müller (in Costume Jewelry for Haute Couture) cites this "rosette" as a "signature" of this maker’s work, which was rarely signed on the jewelry. These colorful, playful and unusual earrings are perfect for any occasion. You can see them on my favorite model in this blog post.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Vintage lapis necklace by Louis Rousselet
    Art Deco necklace with lapis & ivory Galalith beads
    USD$495.00

    Lapis & Ivory Galalith Bead Necklace by Louis Rousselet

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    This vintage lapis necklace is another example of Louis Rousselet’s "puzzle" designs. The mottled-blue-glass beads and spacers are interspersed with interlocking ivory and lapis Galalith barrel-shaped beads, all strung on chain. This French Art Deco jewel closes with a barrel clasp. Several examples of necklaces with these unique beads can be seen in Ginger Moro's European Designer Jewelry. This gorgeous piece was part of my personal collection. I guarantee you’ll love wearing it.
    USD$495.00
    USD$495.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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