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  • Amethyst costume earrings by Elsa Schiaparelli
    Another view of Schiaparelli earrings
    USD$195.00

    Amethyst Earrings by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    These amethyst costume earrings by Elsa Schiaparelli feature the single, large emerald-cut stones that were so popular in the 1940s. Although classic and classy, this pair of ear clips is really hard to photograph. The stones are open back (without any green, as the photos may suggest) in a silver-tone setting. The actual color is a deep, regal purple. Earrings like these never go out of style!
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Aquamarine flower pin in gold-washed sterling
    Close-up view of faceted stones
    USD$195.00

    Aquamarine & Vermeil Sterling Flower Pin

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    This aquamarine flower pin in gold-washed sterling silver is bold and beautiful. It features a faceted, round glass stone set on each of the flower’s five petals. This tall (4-inch) piece was made by Hess-Appel under their Jollé trademark without the accent (which was used only in their advertisements). The stem and two leaves are curled a bit, a characteristic of the 1940s Retro Modern style. The finish is in great shape. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. If statement pieces, which are in vogue right now, are your style, this jewel is for you!
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • 1940s Walter Lampl brooch
    Close-up view of mesh & overlay of of leaves & stones
    USD$195.00

    Aquamarine, Pink Topaz & Gold Circle Walter Lampl Brooch

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    This gold-filled Walter Lampl brooch is formed by a series of rings in different designs. The widest is convex and made of gold-mesh, with an overlay of gold leaves and vines along with tiny pink-topaz-glass stones. A narrow ring of aquamarine-glass baguettes provides further embellishment. At the top is an elaborate horizontal bow with three loops on each side and in the center. This 1940s jewel has a roll-over safety clasp and a loop at the top and bottom to allow the piece to be worn as a pendant.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Black suede handbag with chrome trim
    Close-up view of handle front
    USD$195.00

    Black Suede Handbag with Chrome

    This black suede handbag is probably a 1930s European design. Nearly square in shape with a fixed, top handle, this bag has chrome trim around the frame, a faille lining, and what appears to be the original mirror and change purse. Each of these accessories has a separate inside pocket. While the slender shape doesn’t lend itself to today’s daytime requirements, this beautiful bag is a lovely evening accessory.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Vintage clutch purse in black velvet
    Close-up view of decorative tab and clasp
    USD$195.00

    Black Velvet Vintage Clutch Purse

    This vintage clutch purse in black velvet is shaped like a trapezoid. It has a chrome frame, decorative black Bakelite and chrome clasp, and faille lining with a pocket. At the center of the interior is a fixed change purse made of the same faille with a chrome frame. On the exterior, the front has a decorative rectangular tab, and the back has a hand strap in the same material. What a lovely accessory for evening! Just slide your hand under the strap, and you can dance the night away with the bag safely resting on top.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • 2-strand blue bead choker necklace
    1950s Hattie Carnegie 2-strand choker necklace
    USD$195.00

    Blue Bead 2-Strand Choker by Hattie Carnegie

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    This blue bead choker necklace is made from the unusual, high-quality beads typically used by Hattie Carnegie. Although the glass beads look blue from a distance, they are actually tri-colored: pale blue, white, and clear, all in the same bead! In between the beads are twisted gold-tone spacers. This 2-strand necklace has an adjustable hook-and-tail clasp. Scroll down to see a pair of Carnegie earrings that coordinates well with this piece.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • 1950s blue bead earrings by Hattie Carnegie
    Blue bead ear clips
    USD$185.00

    Blue Bead Earrings by Hattie Carnegie

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    These blue bead earrings by Hattie Carnegie are an imaginative example of the style that was so popular in the 1950s. They are formed by clusters of blue-glass beads in varying shapes, tones, sizes and finishes. The combination adds dimension to these ear clips. A few of the beads are iridescent because of their aurora borealis coating. Scroll down to see the Blue Glass Bead 2-strand Choker by the same designer. Both pieces are perfect for women who look best in cool colors.
    USD$185.00
    USD$185.00
  • Vintage German brooch in gold-washed sterling w/citrine
    Close-up view of brooch center
    USD$185.00

    Citrine & Vermeil Sterling German Brooch

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    This vintage German brooch in gold-washed sterling silver is highly-decorated. Its focal point is a flower with a faceted, round citrine-glass stone at the center. The twisted metal decoration on the sides gives this piece a bit of a Machine Age-feel. The markings indicate that this brooch was handmade in Germany, using sterling with a higher silver content (935) than the 925 North American standard. Please note that gold plating on the center flower is in tact, even though the photos suggest wear. A petite and lovely jewel.
    USD$185.00
    USD$185.00
  • Colorful wood bead purse by Schonanek
    Close-up view of bag front
    USD$150.00

    Colorful Wood Bead Purse by Schonanek

    This wood bead purse was made by Schonanek in the former Czechoslovakia. It features beads in various shapes and sizes, with single-color bands set within each other to form the oval shape. In the center is a pattern of three flowers. The same pattern is repeated on the back. A triple row of flat-bottomed round black beads forms top handle. The bag has a zipper closure and a lining of black faille with a pocket on one side. The maker’s label is intact. Just a fun piece!
    USD$150.00
    USD$150.00
  • Faceted crystal bead necklace w/filigree clasp
    Graduated strand of lead crystal beads
    USD$195.00

    Crystal Bead Art Deco Necklace

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    This faceted crystal bead necklace has the weight and quality of lead crystal. This strand in graduating sizes has knots in between and a filigree, fish-hook clasp. You can wear this Art Deco jewel with just about anything, anytime and anywhere. Did you know that faceted crystal beads were popular in the Twenties because they reflect light and brighten the wearer’s face? Note that this necklace is a bit longer than its contemporaries.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Art Deco pin with 2 rows of diamanté
    Close-up view of square-cut, channel set stones
    USD$195.00

    Diamanté & Sterling 2-Row Bar Brooch

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    This Art Deco pin with two rows of diamanté and sterling silver has the same look and construction of the channel-set glass-stone bangle bracelets of the era. Even the edges of the brooch are engraved. The faceted, square-cut stones are bright and sparkly. This piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp. This classic jewel goes with everything! Scroll down to see a selection of lovely coordinating bracelets.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Otis sterling bracelet with diamanté
    Diamante & sterling Art Deco bracelet
    USD$195.00

    Diamanté & Sterling Line Bracelet by Otis

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    This Otis sterling bracelet is a lovely example of an Art Deco line bracelet, the forerunner of today's tennis bracelet. It features faceted, square-cut diamanté channel-set in rhodium-plated sterling silver. Engraved edges and a diamanté-embellished fold-over clasp complete the design. The excellent articulation speaks to its high-quality construction, which actually was the same as that used by Wachenheimer Bros. (Read about the companies' connection.) Bracelets in this style (known as flexible bracelets in that era) were all the rage in the 1920s-1930s and were typically worn in multiples. You can see this one paired with other line bracelets in the photos. Although the stones have aged a bit, this jewel still has lots of sparkle. Scroll down to see coordinating pieces.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Vintage bar brooch with diamanté
    Close-up view of German Art Deco brooch
    USD$185.00

    Diamanté Bar Brooch by Schreiber & Hiller

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    This vintage bar brooch has a 3 ½”-long, single channel of diamantés in a rhodium-plated setting. From the side, the shape is a trapezoid. This design incorporates the flat-top construction of the patented link. This brooch closes with a trombone clasp. A great piece for a jacket lapel! Scroll down to see bracelets by this maker to wear with this jewel.
    USD$185.00
    USD$185.00
  • Diamanté tennis bracelet w/fixed, decorative buckle
    Front of Mazer Bros. line bracelet
    USD$195.00

    Diamanté Tennis Bracelet with Buckle by Mazer Bros.

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    This diamanté tennis bracelet by Mazer Bros. is a variation of a 1920s line bracelet. This one features faceted, emerald-cut diamanté, each set in its own rhodium-plated link. The focal point is a raised, fixed buckle adorned with diamanté in a unique assortment of shapes and sizes. This late-1940s to early-1950s piece by Mazer Bros. closes with a jeweled fold-over clasp and safety chain. Well-made, timeless, and versatile!
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Flower bouquet brooches in sterling by Otis
    Otis sterling brooch with sapphire, ruby, amethyst & emerald flowers
    USD$195.00

    Gemstone & Sterling Flower Bouquet Brooches by Otis

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    These flower bouquet brooches from the 1940s have deep-colored-glass petals with diamanté centers and accents. The stems and settings are sterling silver. The brooch on the left features sapphire, ruby, amethyst, and emerald glass flowers; the one on the right is all emerald. Delicate and well-made by Otis, these brooches can be worn separately (e.g., on either side of a collar) or as a pair with great effect. These pieces were advertised in the 1949 catalog of George T. Brodnax Jewelry Co., a mail-order company located in Memphis, Tennessee.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • 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
  • Gold plated flower brooch with diamante by Otis
    Close-up view of Otis brooch
    USD$185.00

    Gold & Diamanté Flower Brooch by Otis

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    This gold-plated flower brooch is the only Otis piece I and my friend and co-author Robin Deutsch have ever seen with this finish. Though petite, this graceful sterling silver brooch with diamanté is charming. The finish has a few dark spots, but overall it looks much better with the naked eye than my camera indicates. You can read our Otis article here.
    USD$185.00
    USD$185.00
  • Gold swirl earrings w/pavé by Marcel Boucher
    1950 gold & diamante ear clips
    USD$195.00

    Gold Swirl Earrings with Pavé by Marcel Boucher

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    These gold swirl earrings have the high-quality detail that characterizes this designer's creations. Made in the 1950s, these ear clips feature a pierced design in gold-plated metal embellished with pavé. As was the custom at the time, the earrings face each other to frame your face. Wear them to the office or on an evening out. A pair of clip cushions is included for added comfort. These adornments look great with a pair of brooches, also by Boucher, which feature the same delicate gold-plated pierced work with pavé accents in graceful bows – scroll down to see them.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Art Deco bar pin with golden topaz in sterling
    Close-up view of faceted channel-set stones
    USD$195.00

    Golden Topaz & Sterling Art Deco Bar Pin

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    This Art Deco bar pin is made in the same way as the imitation-gemstone bangle bracelets of the era. The faceted, square-cut golden-topaz (or citrine) glass stones are channel-set in sterling silver with engraved edges. This piece, which closes with a roll-over safety clasp, never goes out of style! Scroll down to see a matching Diamonbar bracelet. Both are a lovely caramel hue that is perfect for those who look best in warm colors.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Vintage Bakelite brooch with diamantes
    Close-up view of brooch front
    USD$195.00

    Green Bakelite Brooch with Diamantés

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    This vintage Bakelite brooch is fashioned from a half-dome in light green. When jewelry makers embraced early plastics they no longer needed to imitate gemstones, so the range of colors was limitless. This 1930s piece is embellished with five rings of diamantés. This versatile Art Deco jewel is fun to wear and probably European in origin. It may be Galalith, an alternative plastic often used there. Although the pin is bent, it works very well. I love the mix of materials and the choice of green!
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Vintage long beaded necklace w/grey pearls & onyx accents
    Grey pearl & onyx bead necklace worn doubled
    USD$195.00

    Grey Baroque Pearl & Onyx Bead Long Necklace by Miriam Haskell

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    This vintage long beaded necklace has faux grey baroque pearls interspersed with faceted onyx-glass beads, creating a striking color combination. The variation in pearl and bead sizes and arrangement of the elements adds to the elegance of this Miriam Haskell creation. Wear it as a single long strand or doubled, depending on your neckline and the look you want to create. Although I usually prefer earlier vintage jewels, this lovely necklace was part of my personal collection because it is so refined, timeless and versatile. The wear to the nacre of some pearls does not detract in any way from the stunning appearance of this jewel. Scroll down to see another baroque pearl necklace and a bangle with grey and cream pearls, also by Haskell.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Milk glass brooch in bow shape
    Close-up view of bow
    USD$195.00

    Milk Glass Bead Bow Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This milk glass brooch has two rows of beads outlining a silver-tone metal filigree bow. This charming 1950s piece by Miriam Haskell closes with a roll-over safety clasp. You can wear this dainty brooch with sterling ball stud or hoop earrings or with milk glass earrings by the same maker — scroll down to see them. These adornments are perfect for those who look best in cool colors.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Vintage milk glass earrings by Miriam Haskell
    1960s milk glass pendants
    USD$195.00

    Milk Glass Bead Pendant Earrings by Miriam Haskell

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    These vintage milk glass earrings by Miriam Haskell have a scored drop. The top is formed by a round white bead surrounded by smaller ones, a typical trait of this maker. These earrings have adjustable screw-backs (the combination screw and lever normally used by this maker in the 1960s). Scroll down to see two more milk-glass pieces, a brooch and necklace both by Haskell, that look great with these pendants.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Art Deco handbag in navy suede with enamel
    Close-up view of enamel embellishment on front
    USD$165.00

    Navy Suede Art Deco Handbag

    This Art Deco handbag in navy suede has enamel embellishments on the front that may have been the original owner’s initials. Nearly square in shape and slender in design, this piece has a decorative clasp. It features a trio of trapezoid-shaped elements in silver-tone, navy, and gold-tone metal. The light-blue faille lining is very clean. On one side is a pocket. In the center, attached to a metal frame, is a change purse in the same fabric. This beautiful top-handle bag is perfect for day, if you don’t wish to carry much, and elegant for evening.
    USD$165.00
    USD$165.00