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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 and Sets & Parures.

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    Amethyst, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling 1940s Duette by Coro

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    This 1940s Duette (Coro’s name for their double-clip brooch) 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 diamanté. This piece, which was created for the company’s high-end line, can be worn as a brooch or as separate fur clips. The latter work well as embellishments on heavier fabric, 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$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Enamel brooch with diamanté by DeRosa
    Double-clip enamel & diamante brooch by DeRosa
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    Black Enamel, Diamanté & Sterling Double-Clip Brooch by DeRosa

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    This enamel brooch with diamanté embellishments in a sterling silver setting was made by Ralph DeRosa in the 1950s. The detailed design is a fine example of this exceptional maker’s work. This piece can be worn as a single brooch or as separate fur clips. (The latter work well with heavier fabrics, such as wool dresses or blazers.) 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. A 17-inch, 2mm black rubber cord with a stainless-steel twist lock (which is shown in the photo) is included with this purchase. I’ve also shown a single clip placed on my own white-gold-and-diamond chain, to show you how beautiful they look together. This necklace, obviously, is not included. I would wear faux or real diamond studs with this gorgeous piece.

    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
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    Diamanté & Sterling ‘Platina’ 1940s Duette by Coro

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    This Duette, Coro’s name for their double clip/brooch, is a pair of flowers with diamanté centers and oval petals, crowned with baguettes, and set in pavé-embellished sterling silver. It was designed as part of the Platina line by Adoph Katz for the company’s high-end pieces. You can wear this one as a brooch or as separate fur clips. The latter look great on weightier fabrics, such as wool blazers and dresses. This piece was advertised along with the complete Platina line in a fashion magazine with the copy: “Glittering glamour set in sterling silver with that ‘platinum look'”. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Coro’s name.

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    USD$195.00
  • Vintage Ciro brooch or pair of clips
    Ciro brooch or pair of dress clips
    USD$295.00
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    Diamanté & Sterling Ciro Brooch or Pair of Clips

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    This fine vintage Ciro brooch is a dainty and exceptionally well-made 1940s piece by this well-known, long-standing British company. The design of furled sterling silver ribbons set with diamanté reflects the romanticism of the decade.  Wear this piece as a brooch or as separate dress clips. This double-clip brooch is the only one I’ve seen with a brooch mechanism that frames the entire piece. Ciro pieces were not inexpensive. A 1941 Vogue ads shows a gold-plated, sterling silver and diamanté double-clip brooch for $25.

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    USD$295.00
  • Vintage Art Deco brooch or pair of dress clips
    Diamante 1930s brooch or pair of 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 a matching pair of dress clips and a selection of coordinating bracelets.

    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Diamanté brooch with scrolls & swirls
    Diamante 1940s brooch
    USD$225.00
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    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$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Double clip brooch by Mazer Bros.
    Another frontal view of Mazer double-clip brooch
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    Diamanté Double Clip Brooch by Mazer Bros.

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    This double clip brooch by Mazer Brothers features sparkly round and baguette diamanté in a late-Art Deco design. What’s interesting about this piece is that the patent for the brooch mechanism that connects the dress clips was issued to Marcel Boucher in 1939, two years after he started his own company. He filed the patent application when he was working for Mazer Brothers, but the patent wasn’t assigned to them when it was issued. (You can see the utility patent here, below Boucher’s name.) I was surprised to find the “MAZER” mark on this piece from the technical perspective but certainly not from an aesthetic point of view. Because this jewel was created with the Boucher mechanism, I think it was made while he still worked for the firm. Wear this lovely piece as a brooch or as separate dress clips. Scroll down to see several complementary bracelets.

    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • Diamante dress clips or brooch
    Diamante brooch in horizontal position
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    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$225.00
    USD$225.00
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    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.

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    USD$245.00
  • Art Deco dress clips on brooch mechanism
    French Art Deco brooch/pair of dress clips
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    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 cord or chain. The next to the last photo shows this option. 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 last photo shows a clip on a gold chain, that chain is not included. But you get the idea! Scroll down to see a selection of bracelets to wear with this piece.

    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
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    Diamanté French Double-Clip Brooch

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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. Scroll down to see a selection of coordinating bracelets.

    USD$175.00
    USD$175.00
  • Coro Duette vintage jewelry with diamanté leaves
    Separate Coro leaf fur clips
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    Diamanté Leaf 1940s Coro Duette

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    This Coro Duette is a vintage jewelry piece composed of a pair of leaves with emerald-cut and round diamanté set in rhodium-plated 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. They work well as adornments to heavier fabrics, such as wool blazers and dresses. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, beneath Coro’s name.

    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Trifari costume jewelry – double-clip brooch with diamanté ribbons
    Diamanté ribbon Art Deco Clip-Mate by Trifari
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    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 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. 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$275.00
    USD$275.00
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    Diamanté Winged 1930s Duette by Coro

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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. Scroll down to see several coordinating bracelets.

    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
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    Emerald & Diamanté 1950s Double-Clip Brooch by Hattie Carnegie

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    The heart-shaped clips in this 1950s Hattie Carnegie creation have three layers of diamanté topped with large, round, faceted emerald glass stones. What a sparkling confection! The setting is rhodium-plated, and the color combination is striking. 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.

    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Hattie Carnegie brooch with colorful stones
    Hattie Carnegie double-clip brooch
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    Emerald, Ruby, Pearl & Diamanté 1950s Double-Clip Brooch by Hattie Carnegie

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    This Hattie Carnegie brooch is a bold and beautiful 1950s piece. It 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, my expert jeweler strongly advises you to pull the clips apart by grasping the pearl edges. He 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. What an exceptional and versatile piece!

    USD$425.00
    USD$425.00
  • Trifari Fruit Salad Brooch or Pair of Dress Clips
    Trifari fruit salad dress clips
    USD$795.00
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    Gemstone Fruit Salad 1930s Clip-Mates by Trifari

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    This Trifari fruit salad piece was designed by Alfred Philippe. It features the company’s popular trio of acorn-shaped, molded glass to imitate carved gemstones (rubies, sapphires, and emeralds). This design is one example of Trifari’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 early piece is rhodium-plated metal with diamanté accents. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Trifari’s name. Scroll down to see a fruit salad bar brooch, also by this maker but with stones in a different shape.

    USD$795.00
    USD$795.00
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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.

    USD$185.00
    USD$185.00