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Expert in vintage costume jewelry from the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s & 1950s

Red bead earrings from the 1920s
Art Deco red chandelier earrings
Close-up view of earring top
Close-up view of earring bottom

Red Bead Chandelier Earrings


MAKER: Unsigned

SIZE: 3 1/4" x 1/2" (approximate width at bottom)

CONDITION: Excellent (see description)

DATE: 1920s



These red bead earrings are deliciously long (3 1/4″) and fun to wear. Three chains dotted with bright red glass form these Art Deco chandeliers. The glass stone set at the earlobe and all but the bottom row of beads are faceted; the bottom ones are round balls. These all-original earrings have screw-backs which can be modified for pierced ears. Some of the beads have minor flaws, but none is visible when this pair is worn. Lots of movement here! Make your fashion statement with this unusual pair.

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Red Bead Chandelier Earrings

$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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