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  • Amethyst costume earrings by Elsa Schiaparelli
    Another view of earrings
    USD$185.00

    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 purple. The faux pearl bracelet with a similar clasp by the same maker, which came with the earrings, will be included with this purchase. (The clasp of the bracelet is lovely, but the quality of the pearls is disappointing, and the strands need re-stringing – hence, the no-cost offer.) Earrings like these never go out of style!
    USD$185.00
    USD$185.00
  • 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
  • Hobe earrings with dangling blue beads & pearls
    Close-up view of 1950s dangling earring
    USD$175.00

    Blue Bead & Pearl Dangling Hobé Earrings

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    These Hobé earrings from the 1950s feature a cascade of tubular, opalescent, blue-glass beads, glass pearls and textured, gold-tone lantern beads. Set in gold-plated metal, these ear clips by the second generation of Hobé designers have lots of movement. Wear this pair with jeans or for a night on the town all year round.
    USD$175.00
    USD$175.00
  • 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
  • Brown and gold topaz earrings by Elsa Schiaparelli
    1950s ornate pendant earrings by Elsa Schiaparelli
    USD$185.00

    Brown & Golden Topaz Pendant Earrings by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    These brown and gold topaz earrings by Elsa Schiaparelli feature multiple stones in a gold-tone setting. At the top, a large, faceted, round golden-topaz-glass stone is positioned to adorn your earlobe. This stone is linked to a smaller, faceted, round brown-topaz-glass stone, which is connected to the setting of the pendant. This focal point – the pendant – is a large, faceted, open-back, brown-topaz-glass stone in an ornate setting. Its top is crowned with diamanté; the bottom rests on a scroll accented with another brown topaz. Please note that the dark striations in the large stones shown by my camera are not visible when the earrings are worn. Though not signed with the maker’s name, these ear clips are marked with the utility patent for one type of finding Schiaparelli used. The design of these pendants is undoubtedly hers – the matching signed bracelet has been sold. A perfect pair for those who wear warm 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
  • Crystal teardrop bead necklace from 1920s
    Front of 1920s crystal bead necklace
    USD$195.00

    Crystal Teardrop Bead Necklace

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    This 1920s crystal teardrop bead necklace has faceted beads graduated in size surrounding a round center bead. Crystal spacers and a period-appropriate, diamanté-studded box-clasp finish the piece. Crystal necklaces are extremely versatile and timeless. This one was recently restrung by my expert jeweler. A perfect bridal accessory!
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Coro sterling brooch or pair of clips in ‘Platina’ design
    Another view of Coro 'Platina' Duette
    USD$195.00

    Diamanté & Sterling ‘Platina’ 1940s Duette by Coro

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    This Coro sterling 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 Adolph Katz for the company’s high-end pieces. You can wear this one as a brooch or as separate dress clips. The double-prong fastener works well with 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.
    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
  • Coro Duette vintage jewelry with diamanté leaves
    Separate Coro leaf dress clips
    USD$195.00

    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 dress 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. Their double-prong fasteners work well with 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
  • German necklace with diamanté in tank track design
    German Machine Age Necklace
    USD$195.00

    Diamanté Tank Track German Necklace by Schreiber & Hiller

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    This German necklace has three rows of flat-top links of diamanté. The edges of the links are engraved, and the clasp is the concealed type. The ageing of some stones doesn't detract from the sparkle of this Machine Age piece. Schreiber & Hiller produced jewelry with many variations of this pattern. This particular design is the same as that of the sapphire and diamanté bracelet in this group. Scroll down to see it as well as two all-diamanté bracelets in a four-row, tank-track pattern, by the same maker.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • 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
  • Gold ribbon brooch w/emerald & diamanté flower
    Close-up view of jeweled flower
    USD$195.00

    Emerald & Diamanté Gold Ribbon Brooch

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    This gold ribbon brooch is a triple-loop horizontal bow adorned with a row of diamanté at each end. A flower cupped in the same vermeil sterling sits on top. It has a diamanté center and petals of baguettes alternating with teardrop-shaped emerald-glass stones. This Retro Modern piece was designed by Adolph Katz for CoroCraft, Coro’s high-end line of costume jewelry. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Note that any bright color variations in metal are only camera reflections.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Coro bouquet brooch w/emeralds & diamanté in vermeil sterling
    Brooch as positioned in 'Vogue' ad
    USD$195.00

    Emerald, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling Coro Bouquet Brooch

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    This Coro bouquet brooch is another beautiful Retro Modern design by Adolf Katz for Coro’s high-end line. This jewel features a gold-washed-sterling silver wide furled ribbon. It has one edge trimmed in diamanté and emerald-glass baguettes at the center of the curl. A cut in the ribbon holds four baguette-lined stems with faceted, oval, foil-backed emerald-glass flowers with diamanté accents. This piece has a complex construction, as illustrated by the rivets that bind the elements. The pin fastens with a roll-over safety clasp. This brooch was included in an ad in the August 1, 1944 issue of Vogue that featured Coro-Craft “Masterpieces of Fashion Jewelry”. The first image shows the brooch as it is positioned in the technical drawing for the design patent; the second shows it as positioned in the ad. You decide how to wear it!
    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
  • Ribbon bow brooch with gemstone bouquets
    Close-up view of gemstone flowers
    USD$195.00

    Gemstone Ribbon Bow Brooch by Coro

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    This ribbon bow brooch was made by Coro in the 1940s, for their high-end Coro Craft line. Created from rose-gold-plated sterling silver, this piece is adorned with a small bouquet of navette flowers of emerald, amethyst, and sapphire glass on each loop. This richly-colored Retro Modern classic has a roll-over safety clasp. Wear it at the throat of a blouse, at the bottom of a V-neckline, or on the collar of a jacket.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00