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

Art glass earrings in pastels, from France
Pale pink, green & blue glass bead earrings
Close-up view of face of ear clip
Close-up view of bead striations
Earring backs
"Depose" mark (French word for "patented")

Pastel Art Glass Earrings from France


MAKER: Louis Rousselet?

SIZE: 2 1/4" x 1"

CONDITION: Excellent

DATE: 1950s

MARKS: "DEPOSE" (French word for "patented")


These art glass earrings feature pale pink, green and blue beads that dangle on chains suspended from a pink glass button. The pastel-colored beads in different shapes and sizes have white striations. These 1950s ear clips are lovely and versatile, and have lots of movement. Though unsigned, I believe these beautiful and unique beads were made by Louis Rousselet. Although the ear clips are not horseshoe-shaped (the style typically used), the current company manager has said that other types were used over the years. And the design features their signature button-shaped ("Californian") bead at the earlobe. These jewels are fun!

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Pastel Art Glass Earrings from France

$375.00 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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Barbara Schwartz, a noted costume jewelry historian, is the author of "True vs Fake" , an in-depth blog series providing examples of how vintage costume jewelry can be accurately attributed. She also shares tips on how to avoid being duped into buying misidentified vintage costume jewelry.