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Double Clip Brooches

About 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 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 Clips.

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  • Brooch dress clips with amethysts in rose gold
    Center of Duette
    USD$295.00

    Amethyst, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Duette

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    This brooch/dress clips looks like folded fabric crowned with jewels. It is made of rose-gold-plated sterling silver edged with diamanté accents. At the center of each side is a row of amethyst-glass navettes topped with a row of diamantés. This Duette, which was created for Coro’s high-end line, can be worn as a brooch or as separate dress clips. Their double-prong fasteners work well with heavier fabrics, such as wool blazers and dresses. My camera picked up two stones that appear to be 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.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Diamanté brooch with scrolls & swirls
    Diamante 1940s brooch
    USD$245.00

    Diamanté Brooch or Pair of Dress Clips with Scrolls

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    This diamanté brooch, which can also be worn as separate dress clips, may be European in origin. The curvy design makes me think the piece is from the 1940s, which was the height of the popularity of the double-clip brooch. Although it is marked “SILVER”, I don’t think this brooch is sterling. Nevertheless, the workmanship is excellent, and the sparkle remains.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Diamante dress clips or brooch
    Diamante brooch in horizontal position
    USD$245.00

    Diamanté Dress Clips or Brooch

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    These diamanté dress clips have a mechanism that allows them to be worn together as a brooch. Set in rhodium-plated metal, each clip looks like a vase of flowers to me. The stones are foil backed. The lines are graceful, and the combination of round and navette stones with baguettes is lovely. This piece is unsigned but well-made.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • USD$325.00

    Diamanté Floral Double Clip Brooch

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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. Scroll down to see several complementary bracelets.
    USD$325.00
    USD$325.00
  • Art Deco dress clips on brooch mechanism
    French Art Deco brooch/pair of dress clips
    USD$295.00

    Diamanté French Art Deco Dress Clips or Brooch

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    These Art Deco dress clips from France are paved in diamanté set in rhodium-plated metal with cut-outs that enhance the design. The clips can be worn together as a brooch. Because the design is symmetrical, I like to wear this type of clip as a pendant on a chain or cord. The last two photos show this option: one with a sterling chain from my jewelry box (not included); the other with a 17-inch, 2mm black rubber cord (included with this purchase). Scroll down to see a selection of bracelets to wear with this piece.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • French brooch or pair of dress clips in diamante
    1930s French double clip brooch
    USD$225.00

    Diamanté French Brooch or Pair of Clips

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    This diamanté French brooch was designed to be worn as a brooch (at different angles, as shown) and as separate dress clips. With its symmetrical Art Deco design, this jewel has a third option: one clip as a pendant on a chain. The one shown in the photo is sterling silver and is not included. The setting of this piece is rhodium-plated base metal. The brooch clasp is the trombone style, which was typically used in European pieces from this era. This jewel is marked Deposé, which is the French word for patented. Scroll down to see a selection of coordinating bracelets.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Trifari costume jewelry – double-clip brooch with diamanté ribbons
    Diamanté ribbon Art Deco Clip-Mate by Trifari
    USD$395.00

    Diamanté Ribbon 1930s Clip-Mates by Trifari

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    Trifari costume jewelry of the late-1930s included Clip-Mates, their version of the double clip brooch. This example features loops of diamanté-encrusted ribbons. 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 sterling silver chain (which is not included). A white-gold one would also work well. Wear this piece with faux or real diamond studs for an added touch of sparkle. Scroll down to see a selection of coordinating bracelets. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Trifari's name.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Vintage brooch with diamantes & emeralds
    Vintage brooch worn at an angle
    USD$395.00

    Emerald & Diamanté Double Clip Brooch by Hattie Carnegie

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    This vintage brooch from Hattie Carnegie’s New York fashion house is both beautiful and practical. It has two hearts formed from three layers of diamantés topped with large, round, faceted emerald-glass stones. The setting is rhodium-plated, and the color combination is striking. The layers make this piece very three-dimensional and sparkly. Wear this jewel 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 sterling silver chain (which is not included). A white-gold one would also work well. Or pin the brooch horizontally on a velvet ribbon. How’s that for a three-in-one jewel!
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Merry Whirl Duette & Gay Swirl earrings
    Horizontal view of Coro's Merry Whirl Duette
    USD$195.00

    Gold & Diamanté ‘Merry Whirl’ Duette & ‘Gay Swirl’ Earrings

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    This 'Merry Whirl' Duette was sold to me as a set with these earrings. Although all pieces are gold-tone with diamanté and made by the same company, my research uncovered a different story. The screw-back earrings are, in fact, from their 'Gay Swirl' design. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t hesitate to wear these pieces together. The Duette, Coro’s double clip brooch, can be worn as a brooch (in the positions shown) or as separate dress clips. These jewels were advertised in the April 1948 issue of Life magazine, which is how I found out the design names. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Coro's name.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00