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December Birthstone Jewelry

Turquoise, the star of December birthstone jewelry, is one of the world’s most ancient gemstones. Worn by ancient Egyptians and carved by Chinese artisans thousands of years ago, turquoise was a ceremonial gem for Native Americans. If you think of this stone only in the context of jewelry from the American southwest, you’re missing out on the wonderful beads, cabochons, and carved stones found in vintage costume jewelry. Turquoise was especially popular in the 1950s. Designers used unlined stones (favored by makers of fine jewelry) as well as those with veins (known as the matrix) to form beautiful earrings, brooches, necklaces, and bracelets. Read this article for tips on styling contemporary fashion with turquoise vintage jewels.

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    Turquoise & Sapphire 1950s Earrings by Alice Caviness

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    An unusual textured turquoise glass stone is the centerpiece of these 1950s earrings by Alice Caviness. It is shaped like a thick button and has some sparkle in it. Aurora borealis sapphire glass stones and turquoise glass beads set in gold-tone filigree surround half of the turquoise center. These beads 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 showcase this designer's clever mix of colors and materials.
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    Turquoise & Silver Leaf 1950s Brooch by Marcel Boucher

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    Richly-textured silver-tone metal leaves are paired with turquoise-glass buds on this tailored and elegant 1950s brooch by Marcel Boucher. The turquoise stones have the gold-tone flecks and veins of the real gemstone. This piece has a rhodium-plated back with a roll-over safety clasp.
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    Turquoise Bead & Silver Chain Long Necklace

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    This long (47") Art Deco necklace features round and tubular-shaped turquoise-glass beads in various sizes connected with silver-tone chain. When I bought this versatile piece for my personal collection, I had my expert jeweler add the spring-ring clasp. The photos show this piece worn doubled; if you have a slim neck, you could also wear it tripled!
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  • Vintage turquoise glass earrings with pendants
    Turquoise drop ear clips, probably by Louis Rousselet
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    Turquoise Drop French 1950s Earrings

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    These vintage turquoise glass earrings may have been made by Louis Rousselet in the 1950s. They feature a large turquoise art-glass nugget hanging from a matching button-shaped stone designed to adorn the earlobe. The filigree earring backs have the traditional French clips of the era – actually, they and the glass buttons are the same elements as those used by Rousselet. The art glass is stunning, and the color is gorgeous!
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    Turquoise Glass Bead & Diamanté 1950s Bracelet

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    This 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 hinged bracelet 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.
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    Turquoise Glass Bead & Diamanté 1950s Choker

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    This 1950s necklace has molded turquoise-glass leaves with diamanté accents wired onto a brass-colored link base. The construction adds flexibility to this fun 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.
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    Turquoise Glass Bead & Diamanté 1950s Earrings

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    These colorful 1950s ear clips are fashioned from molded turquoise-glass leaves and diamanté woven onto a brass-colored filigree disk. This bold hue is great for spring/summer outfits but also adds splashes of fun and cheerfulness during fall and winter. These earrings have a matching necklace and bracelet – scroll down to see them.
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    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.
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