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Double-Clip Brooches

Double-clip brooches were first made by Coro, who gave them the name Duette. Trifari soon followed with their patented design, called Clip-Mates. These pieces were the most important jeweled accessory of the 1930s-1940s and were made into the 1950s. Their popularity was due to their versatility: one can be worn as a brooch or as separate dress/fur clips. Other jewelry makers – including Boucher, Mazer, and Pennino – designed their own brooch mechanisms. (You can see these and other utility patents here.) Dress clips were particularly suited to square necklines of the 1940s, but these pieces are just as versatile with today’s fashions. Wear them at your neckline or waist; on your shoulder or lapel; on your purse or hat; on your shoes; or to fasten a scarf or shawl. See also Dress & Fur Clips.

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    Amethyst, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling 1940s Brooch or Pair of Fur Clips by Coro

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    Two rows of amethyst glass stones separated by two rows of diamanté sit at the center of diamanté-studded folds of rose gold-plated sterling silver that form this 1940s Duette by Coro. This piece, which was created for Corocraft, the company's high-end line, can be worn as a brooch or as separate fur clips. (Duette is Coro's name for their double-clip brooch.) My camera picked up two stones that are a different shade of purple, but this difference cannot be seen by the naked eye. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Coro's name.
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    Diamanté & Ruby German Art Deco Brooch or Pair of Dress Clips

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    Trios of ruby glass stones add contrast to this Art Deco diamanté-encrusted brooch that can also be worn as separate dress clips. The photos show a third option for wearing this piece: one clip worn as a pendant on a black rubber cord; you may prefer to use a silver or white-gold chain. A 17-inch, 2mm black rubber cord with a stainless steel twist lock (which is shown in the photo) is included with this purchase. The brooch mechanism, which is German, closes with a simple c-clasp. I have lovely ruby red Art Deco earrings to wear with this piece – scroll down to see them. Or wear your own real or faux diamond studs or hoops to complete your look.
    CAD$225.00
    CAD$225.00
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    Diamanté & Sterling ‘Platina’ 1940s Brooch or Pair of Dress Clips by Adolph Katz for Coro

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    This diamanté and sterling silver Duette, Coro's name for their double-clip brooch was designed as part of the Platina line by Adoph Katz for Coro Craft, Coro's high-end pieces. You can wear this Duette as a brooch or as separate fur clips. The brooch mechanism closes with a roll-over safety clasp. This piece was advertised along with the complete Platina line in a 1940s fashion magazine.
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    Diamanté & Sterling English Art Deco Brooch or Pair of Dress Clips by Ciro

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    This dainty and exceptionally well-made diamanté and sterling silver Art Deco piece by the British company Ciro can be worn as a brooch or as separate dress clips. The design of furled ribbons is very three-dimensional. This double-clip brooch is the only one I've seen with a true frame as the brooch mechanism.
    CAD$295.00
    CAD$295.00
  • Diamante Art Deco Brooch or Dress Clips
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    Diamanté Art Deco Brooch or Pair of Dress Clips

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    Round, baguette and marquis-shaped diamanté adorn this large geometric, vintage Art Deco brooch that can also be worn as separate dress clips. The setting is rhodium-plated with lovely cut-outs. The photos show a third option for wearing this piece: one clip worn as a pendant on a black rubber cord; you may prefer to use a silver or white-gold chain. A 17-inch, 2mm black rubber cord with a stainless steel twist lock (which is shown in the photo) is included with this purchase. Although the findings were made by Whitaker-Fielding Co., this piece is unsigned. It appears in L. & C. Mayers Co.'s 1943 Wholesale Jewelry Catalog. You can see the utility patent for the dress clips here, beneath Fielding's name, and the brooch mechanism patent here, the second drawing beneath Fielding's name. Scroll down to see my matching pair of dress clips.
    CAD$275.00
    CAD$275.00
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    Diamanté Floral Art Deco Brooch or Pair of Dress Clips

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    This geometric diamanté-encrusted Art Deco piece can be worn as a brooch or as two separate dress clips. The photos show a third option: one clip worn as a pendant on a black rubber cord; you may prefer to use a white gold or silver chain. A 17-inch, 2mm black rubber cord with a stainless steel twist lock (which is shown in the photo) is included with this purchase. The setting is rhodium-plated base metal; the brooch has a roll-over safety clasp. What's curious about this piece is its origin: although it is marked ""PRO. PAT. 864999", I cannot identify the country.
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    Diamanté French Art Deco Brooch or Pair of Fur Clips

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    This versatile diamanté French Art Deco piece can be worn as a brooch (at different angles, as shown) and as separate fur clips. The photos show a third option of wearing one clip as a pendant on a black rubber cord, although you may prefer a silver or white gold chain. The setting of this piece is rhodium-plated base metal; the brooch clasp is the trombone style, which is typically used in French pieces from this era. This piece is marked Deposé, which is the French word for patented. A 17-inch 2mm black rubber cord necklace with a stainless steel twist lock (the same as the cord pictured) is included with this purchase.
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    CAD$175.00
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    Diamanté Leaf 1940s Brooch or Pair of Fur Clips by Adolph Katz for Coro

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    This Duette, Coro's name for their double-clip brooch, is a pair of leaves with emerald-cut and round diamanté set in rhodium-plated base metal. Designed by Adolph Katz, this piece can be worn as a brooch or as separate fur clips.  This substantial double-clip brooch was advertised in the December 1, 1947 issue of Vogue and the April 1948 issue of Mayfair. The ad in the last photo shows an example of how to wear the clips. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, beneath Coro's name.
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    Diamanté Ribbon Art Deco Brooch or Pair of Dress Clips by Trifari

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    Loops of diamanté-encrusted ribbons form this Art Deco Clip-Mate, Trifari's version of the double-clip brooch. The setting is rhodium-plated. This piece can be worn as a brooch (at different angles, as shown) or as two separate dress clips. The photos show a third option: one clip worn as a pendant on a black rubber cord; you may prefer to use a silver or white gold chain. A 17-inch, 2mm black rubber cord with a stainless steel twist lock (which is shown in the photo) is included with this purchase. Wear this piece with faux or real diamond studs for an added touch of sparkle. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Trifari's name.
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    CAD$195.00
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    Diamanté Winged Art Deco Brooch or Pair of Dress Clips by Coro (Unsigned)

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    This Art Deco Duette, embellished with round diamanté and baguettes, looks like a pair of wings. This piece can be worn as a brooch or separate dress clips. The rhodium-plated brooch mechanism closes with a roll-over safety clasp. This piece was made in Canada, where Coro had manufacturing operations and sales rooms from 1934 until about 1970. I'm surprised that the maker's name is absent, but I am confident that this Duette is by Coro. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Coro's name.
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    CAD$295.00
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    Emerald & Diamanté Pansy 1950s Brooch or Pair of Dress Clips by Hattie Carnegie

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    The pansy-shaped clips in this 1950s Hattie Carnegie creation have three layers of diamanté topped with large, round, faceted emerald green glass tones. What a sparkling confection! The setting is rhodium-plated. The layers make this piece very three-dimensional. It can be worn as a brooch (at different angles, as shown) or as two separate dress clips. The photos show a third option: one clip worn as a pendant on a black rubber cord; you may prefer to use a silver or white gold chain. A 17-inch, 2mm black rubber cord with a stainless steel twist lock (which is shown in the photo) is included with this purchase.
    CAD$395.00
    CAD$395.00
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    Emerald, Ruby, Pearl & Diamanté 1950s Brooch or Pair of Dress Clips by Hattie Carnegie

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    This bold and beautiful 1950s double- clip brooch by Hattie Carnegie features large cabochon-cut, pear-shaped emerald glass stones, surrounded by round cabochon-cut emerald and ruby glass stones, faux pearls and diamanté. The setting is gold-tone metal. This piece can be worn as a brooch (at different angles, as shown) or as two separate dress clips. The photos show a third option: one clip worn as a pendant on a black rubber cord; you may prefer to use a gold chain. The photos also show how the piece comes apart. Because one of the large emerald stones has lost one of its claws, I strongly advise you to pull the clips apart by grasping the pearl edges. My expert jeweler cleaned and re-glued the affected stone, so it is now secure. A 17-inch, 2mm black rubber cord with a stainless steel twist lock (which is shown in the photo) is included with this purchase.
    CAD$425.00
    CAD$425.00
  • Trifari fruit salad dress clips
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    Fruit Salad Art Deco Brooch or Pair of Dress Clips by Alfred Philippe for Trifari

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    This Trifari fruit salad piece was designed by Alfred Philippe. With ruby, sapphire and emerald molded glass (to imitate carved gemstones) and diamanté accents, it is one example of the company's Clip-Mates, their answer to Coro's Duette. This piece can be worn as a brooch or as separate dress clips. The influence of Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels on Philippe is evident in the fruit salad lines he designed for Trifari in the mid-1930s and early 1940s.  The setting of this special piece is rhodium-plated metal, and the brooch has a roll-over safety clasp. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Trifari's name.
    CAD$695.00
    CAD$695.00
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    Sapphire, Diamanté & Gold Spiral 1950s Brooch or Pair of Fur Clips by Coro

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    Gold-plated spirals are adorned with sapphire baguette glass stones 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 all diamanté version of this piece appeared in a 1950 Life Coro ad 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.
    CAD$175.00
    CAD$175.00
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    Sapphire, Emerald & Aquamarine 1950s Double-Clip Brooch & Earrings Set by Hobé

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    Marquis-shaped deep sapphire glass stones are accented with round emerald and aquamarine glass stones to form this large late-1950s double-clip brooch and earrings set by the second generation of Hobé designers. An arch of square-cut emerald glass stones at the center of the brooch remains in place when the dress clips are removed from the mechanism. The shape of the dress clips and matching earrings reminds me of Christmas trees. The color combination is late 1950s to 1960s — the early days of Mad Men. This set is definitely unusual!
    CAD$195.00
    CAD$195.00