Citrine, Pearl & Gold 1950s Brooch & Earrings Set by Elsa Schiaparelli
Brooch: 1 3/4" diameter; earrings: 1" diameter
Brooch: "Schiaparelli" (in script) on oval cartouche; earrings: "Schiaparelli" (in script) and "PAT 2583988"
Utility patent # 2,583,988 (for earring clasp) issued to Frederick A. Ballou, Jr. & Rogers T. Stafford in 1952 (application filed in 1949)
This Schiaparelli earrings and brooch set from the 1950s features a large citrine glass stone surrounded by tiny pearls in an elaborate, antiqued, gold-plated setting. Notice how the faceting of each citrine ― known as a dentelle ― forms an eight-pointed star design. Schiaparelli frequently used this cut of glass stone in her pieces. The pin has a roll-over safety clasp. You can see the utility patent for the ear clip here, below the names Frederick A. Ballou, Jr. & Rogers T. Stafford.