Milk Glass Bead French 1950s Torsade by Louis Rousselet
16" x 1 1/2" (at center)
"L.R." (in script) "MADE IN FRANCE"
Five strands of milk-glass beads in varying sizes are twisted into a torsade, with a sixth strand in the center. The tongue-in-groove clasp is topped with a white glass button. This lovely necklace by the incomparable Louis Rousselet is actually signed on the back of the clasp – a true rarity. (Most of this maker’s pieces had only a hang tag rather than the maker’s mark on the piece itself.) I have other lovely French pieces by or in the style of this maker — scroll down to see them.
- Vintage Necklaces, Costume Jewelry Sets / Parures, 1950s Jewelry, Louis Rousselet JewelryThis exceptional vintage pearl necklace by the incomparable Louis Rousselet features four strands of glass pearls in varied shapes and sizes. They are accented with hand-wound-glass beads in gemstone colors paired with rondelles. (In case you aren't familiar with his work, you need to know that he was regarded as the premier faux pearl maker in the first half of the 20th century.) The necklace closes with a concealed clasp adorned with pearls and colored beads. The matching ear clips are a bonus. Finding a Rousselet-signed piece is incredibly rare (most had only signed paper hang tags), which makes this set all the more extraordinary! Scroll down to see another pair of ear clips in the same style, sold separately.USD$1,995.00
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- Vintage Necklaces, 1950s Jewelry, Louis Rousselet JewelryThis green glass bead necklace is just gorgeous! Two strands of graduated beads in a soft-green with swirls of color form this French 1950s jewel. I think it was made by Louis Rousselet. (As you may know, few of his pieces were signed directly on the jewelry – instead, a paper hang tag was used.) The clasp, which is the type he typically used, is topped with his well-known button-shaped bead. This necklace from my personal collection was recently professionally restrung. A timeless addition to your jewelry wardrobe.USD$495.00
- Vintage Earrings, 1950s Jewelry, Louis Rousselet JewelryThese 1950s pearl cluster earrings resemble a bunch of grapes. They are suspended from a large glass-pearl button mounted on a white-metal filigree back. Though unsigned, these ear clips have the traditional filigree back, ear-clip mechanism, and button-bead at the earlobe typically used by Louis Rousselet. Moreover, the unusual shape of the pearls could only have been made by someone of his caliber. (Note that Rousselet pieces were typically signed only with a paper hang tag.) These beautiful earrings are right for day, evening or bridal/ wedding/prom wear. Scroll down to see a gorgeous brooch with similar pearls and emerald-glass beads.USD$345.00
- Vintage Earrings, 1950s Jewelry, Louis Rousselet JewelryThese baroque pearl earrings have a large, cream-colored glass pearl center encircled by a ring of small, matching round pearls. Though these 1950s earrings are unsigned, the construction (especially the ear-clip mechanism) and materials are consistent with those used by Louis Rousselet. (His pieces were usually only signed with paper hang tags.) These earrings would make a lovely accessory for daytime, evening, or bridal/wedding/prom wear.USD$245.00
- Vintage Earrings, 1950s Jewelry, Louis Rousselet JewelryThese pearl basket earrings were probably made by Louis Rousselet, based on the French filigree back and ear clip he typically used. Each pendant has a basket of glass pearls suspended from a large, single pearl. It's held in place by a cluster of glass pearls mounted on a round, white-metal filigree back. This part is designed to adorn the earlobe. These ear clips are as perfect for a wedding, prom, or special occasion as they are for everyday wear. Add a single strand of pearls and look extraordinary!USD$345.00
- ArchivesThis 1920s French Art Deco necklace is formed with jade and ivory Galalith inter-locking barrels, pale jade glass beads, and brass spacers strung on chain. Though unsigned, the beads and necklace design are unmistakably by Louis Rousselet. This piece, which is known as a puzzle necklace, closes with a screw-in beehive clasp. Although this jewel is no longer available, you might like another version of it in blue and cream – scroll down to see it.USD$425.00
- Vintage Earrings, 1950s Jewelry, Louis Rousselet JewelryPearl and gemstone earrings by Louis Rousselet are a welcome and versatile addition to any jewelry wardrobe. These 1950s French ear clips feature faux pearls in various sizes, with accents of ruby, sapphire, emerald and amethyst hand-wound-glass leaves along with rondelles. Though unsigned, these earrings match a signed necklace and earrings set that I have moved from my personal collection to offer for sale. The type of ear clip used is another clue to the creator, who usually signed his pieces with only paper hang tags. Rousselet was the premier faux pearl and bead maker in the first half of the 20th century. These earrings are a beautiful example of his work. Although the coating on some pearls appears to have bubbles, I think they are intended. Scroll down to see the magnificent necklace and earrings set in the same design.USD$375.00
- Vintage Brooches & Pins, 1950s Jewelry, Louis Rousselet JewelryThis vintage pearl brooch was made in France in the 1950s. It has faux pearls and emerald-glass beads in various shapes and sizes, all hand-wired onto a gilt-metal filigree back with a trombone clasp. This unusual three-dimensional creation is in the style of Louis Rousselet. Note that his work was usually signed only with a paper hang tag, so most of his surviving pieces remain unsigned. This spectacular brooch is right for day or evening wear. Although the back of one pearl is peeling, this tiny blemish doesn't diminish the beauty of this jewel. For a unique look, how about wearing this piece as a wedding accessory – on the bride's gown or in her hair? Scroll down to see French pearl earrings from the same period and probably the same maker.USD$395.00