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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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  • $ 165

    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.
    $ 165
    $ 165
  • Boucher pin of silver leaves with turquoise buds
    Close-up view of pin front
    $ 185

    Turquoise & Silver Leaf Marcel Boucher Pin

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    This Boucher pin has richly-textured silver-tone metal leaves paired with turquoise-glass buds. The blue stones have the gold-tone flecks and veins usually seen in the real gemstone. This tailored and elegant 1950s piece has a rhodium-plated back with a roll-over safety clasp. A great addition to the jewelry wardrobe of those who look best in cool colors.
    $ 185
    $ 185
  • Long turquoise bead necklace on silver-tone chain
    Close-up view of round beads
    $ 250

    Turquoise Bead & Silver Chain Long Necklace

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    This long turquoise bead necklace features round and tubular-shaped glass beads in various sizes connected with silver-tone chain. Today we’d call this piece a station necklace. When I bought it for my personal collection, I had my expert jeweler add the spring-ring clasp. The photos show this 47” piece worn doubled; if you have a slim neck, you could also wear it tripled!
    $ 250
    $ 250
  • Turquoise bead bracelet by Miriam Haskell
    Close-up view of tiny beads & diamante
    $ 295

    Turquoise Bead Bracelet with Diamanté

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    This turquoise bead bracelet is a familiar style made by Miriam Haskell. This one has tiny glass beads and diamanté wrapped around a narrow, gold-tone hinged frame that closes with a concealed clasp and safety chain. The color is more green than other turquoise pieces by this company. A classy and classic piece that’s perfect for those who look best in warm colors. Just add faux or real diamond studs, and you’re good to go. This bracelet was made for a slim wrist. Please note the bracelet length (6 1/2") and check your wrist size before purchasing this piece. Scroll down to see the perfect Haskell brooch to wear with this jewel.
    $ 295
    $ 295
  • Turquoise bead choker necklace with diamanté
    Full view of 1950s turquoise bead choker
    $ 195

    Turquoise Bead Choker Necklace

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    This turquoise bead choker necklace has molded glass leaves with diamanté accents wired onto a brass-colored link base. The construction adds flexibility to this fun 1950s 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.
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • Turquoise brooch with flowers & silver nasturtium leaves
    Close-up view of pate de verre
    $ 345

    Turquoise Brooch with Pate de Verre Flowers

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    This turquoise brooch has pate de verre flowers mounted on a base of two large, textured, silver-tone lily leaves. Additional silver-tone beads and textured elements embellish the intricate design. The closure is a simple C-clasp. The design is by Frank Hess, and the materials and construction are Haskell all the way. This beautiful jewel is from my personal collection. Scroll down to see a lovely bracelet by the same maker to wear with this piece.
    $ 345
    $ 345
  • Vintage glass bead bracelet in turquoise & diamante
    Turquoise glass bead bracelet w/diamante
    $ 155

    Turquoise Glass Bead & Diamanté 1950s Bracelet

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    This vintage glass bead 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 piece 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.
    $ 155
    $ 155
  • Turquoise bead earrings with diamanté accents
    Turquoise & diamante 1950s ear clips
    $ 150

    Turquoise Glass Bead & Diamanté 1950s Earrings

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    These turquoise bead earrings are fashioned from molded-glass leaves and diamanté woven onto a brass-colored filigree disk. This bold hue was the height of fashion in the 1950s and is perfect for those who look best in warm colors. A lovely color for warmer months, it also adds cheerfulness to the dark days of winter. These ear clips have a matching necklace and bracelet – scroll down to see them.
    $ 150
    $ 150
  • $ 175

    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.
    $ 175
    $ 175