Gemstone Fruit Salad & Diamanté Dress Clips
1 3/4" x 1 1/2"
Very good (slight ageing to a few diamante)
Utility patent # 1,801,128 (for dress clip) issued to Anthony E. Waller in 1931 (application filed in 1930)
Ruby, sapphire, and emerald acorn-shaped glass stones are surrounded by diamanté in this classic pair of 1930s dress clips. Costume jewelry makers adopted this practice of molding colored glass in the shapes of leaves or fruits to imitate Indian-carved gemstones used in fine jewelry. Firms such as Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels popularized these fruit salads or tutti frutti in Art Deco pieces. The trio of rubies, sapphires, and emeralds was a favorite combination. The setting of this pair is rhodium-plated base metal. Notice the photo showing one clip worn as a pendant on a sterling silver chain (which is not included), to illustrate the versatility of this type of jewel. You probably have a silver or white-gold necklace that would work as well. The utility patent for the dress clip mechanism is here, shown below the name of Anthony E. Waller.