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

Vintage gold flower necklace/brooch & earrings
Floral brooch worn as pendant
Gold, pearl & diamante brooch on snake chain
Brooch w/three blossoms & pearls
Blossom ear clips
Boucher earrings
Earring backs
Brooch back
Maker's mark
Close-up view of snake chain & clasp

Pearl, Diamanté & Gold Flower Necklace/Brooch & Earrings Set


MAKER: Marcel Boucher

SIZE: Brooch: 1 3/4" x 1 3/4"; necklace: 14 3/8"; earrings: 3/4" x 3/4"

CONDITION: Excellent

DATE: 1950 (based on inventory number, per Brunialti)

MARKS: "BOUCHER 3131" on brooch; "320?" on earring


This vintage gold flower necklace and earrings set from 1950 is a ‘3-for-1’ jewel! It has a trio of heart-shaped blossoms that form the centerpiece, which can be detached and worn as a brooch. The ear clips are single blossoms. The gold-plated fretwork has swirled pavé edges that embrace champagne-colored faux pearls. Attach the brooch to the snake chain by inserting the pin stem through the necklace loops. Pretty clever, eh! While the pendant appears slightly off-center on the chain, its position was fixed at manufacture. Please note that this necklace (which measures 14 3/8″) was made for a slim neck, but you could easily add a chain extender. Wear the pieces together or separately with complimentary contemporary jewels.

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Pearl, Diamanté & Gold Flower Necklace/Brooch & Earrings Set

$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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