This necklace features a vintage dress clip, circa 1930, converted into a pendant on a handwoven bronze chain. The focal pendant has taille d'epargne enamel, a multi-layer design with paste stones, and a scrolling foliate etched design. There are traces of its original gilded finish and the clip is worn in places to reveal the silver-toned metal beneath.
necklace is 20" long
pendant is 3/4" wide and 2" long
bronze hook clasp in the shape of a snake
vintage metal and paste dress clip
Dress and fur clips debuted in the 1920's, when costume jewelry first gained popularity. It is said Coco Chanel introduced the idea of wearing less expensive costume jewelry as art, instead of wearing fine jewelry as a symbol of status and wealth. When first introduced, dress clips were worn in pairs, often worn opposite one another on the neckline or straps of a dress. Popularity wanted in the 1950's, when brooches became a more desirable personal ornament. Today, you'll occasionally see vintage clips attached to the dresses, sweaters, handbags and scarves of trend-setting celebrities.
This colorful necklace features a circa 1930 "apple juice" bakelite dress clip, converted to a pendant. Vertical rows of clear and amethyst-colored rhinestones add sparkle, while the handwoven brass chain features vintage (circa 1960) faceted lucite links. An antique glass button dangles from the clasp.
bakelite pendant is 2" long and 1 3/8" wide
length can be extended - please indicate desired length when placing your order for this piece
vintage bakelite and rhinestone converted dress clip
This bracelet features handwoven, oxidized sterling chainmaille and a focal antique rhinestone shoe buckle, circa 1930. Inside the oval rhinestone frame of the buckle is a pierced floral motif. A vintage glass button, intended for use as an eye for a child's toy dangles from the end of the bracelet.
This bracelet features handwoven, oxidized sterling chainmaille and a focal antique rhinestone shoe buckle, circa 1930. A vintage button used as a eye for a child's toy dangles from the end of the bracelet.