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Clover earrings by Elsa Schiaparelli
1950s Elsa Schiaparelli earrings
Close-up view of earring front, showing faceted stones
Earring backs, showing construction
Maker's mark

Golden & Brown Topaz & Gold Clover Earrings by Elsa Schiaparelli


MAKER: Elsa Schiaparelli

SIZE: 1 7/8" x 1 7/8"

CONDITION: Excellent (minor wear on back)

DATE: Early-1950s

MARKS: "Schiaparelli" (in script) and "PAT 2583988"

REFERENCE: Utility patent # 2,583,988 (for earring clasp) issued to Frederick A. Ballou, Jr. & Rogers T. Stafford in 1952 (application filed in 1949)

These clover earrings by Schiaparelli have three faceted, shield-cut topaz-glass stones – two golden and one brown – with citrine accents. The exotic three-sided shape of the large stones enhances the three-leaf clover design in gold-tone metal. These details and the elaborate construction of the earring backs exemplify the ingenuity and quality of this fashion house. This color combination can be found in other Schiaparelli jewels. See my favorite model wearing one ear clip as a pendant in this blog post. You can see the utility patent for the earring clasp here, shown below the names Frederick A. Ballou, Jr. & Rogers T. Stafford.

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Golden & Brown Topaz & Gold Clover Earrings by Elsa Schiaparelli

$295.00 USD
Why Buy Vintage Costume Jewelry?

One reason is that it’s environmentally friendly. Resale fashion and vintage jewelry has become a preferred sustainable and affordable shopping choice by today’s discerning fashion and eco-conscious consumer.

Another major reason is the quality. Although vintage costume jewelry was made for all levels of the marketplace – from dime stores to high-end fashion boutiques and jewelry stores – you will find only the best pieces here. They were well-designed and carefully made to last. The manufacturers represented here used only the finest materials – glass stones and beads from Bohemia, Austria, and France, and faux pearls from France and Japan. Settings were primarily sterling silver, gold-filled, or base metals heavily plated with gold, silver, or rhodium. Stones were hand-set, and pieces were hand-finished.

The northeastern part of the U.S. was the center of the industry, with the largest companies located in Providence, Rhode Island by the end of World War II. During the Depression, the quality of costume pieces climbed to new levels when many jewelers and craftsmen had to switch to this segment of the industry. In addition, it attracted many skilled workers who fled the political situation in Europe for the U.S. For these reasons, designs and manufacturing techniques rivaled those employed in the making of fine jewelry.

A third reason to buy costume jewelry is its uniqueness. Having survived for so many decades in such wonderful condition and having been selected for their aesthetic quality, the pieces you’ll find here are unlikely to be found elsewhere.

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