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Signed Elle vintage costume jewelry

Clown with balloons brooch. Gold tone metal, enamel. 7.8 cm. 1970s. Signed Elle vintage costume jewelry

Signed Elle vintage costume jewelry
Using fashion as a benchmark for creative inspiration, ELLE’s designs, like the pages of ELLE magazine, changed from season to season as colors and fashion trends changed. A series of figural clown brooches in colorful enamel clothing on gold-tone metal, marked on the back with capital letters “Elle”, appeared in the mid-1980s. Circus-inspired style, bright clothes, and statement jewelry was in the 1980s fashion trend, partly embodied in the casual style.
Magazine Elle was first published on October 1, 1945 in Paris, but the history of costume jewelry labeled Elle began in the 1960s. The English translation of the French word “Elle” is “She”, it was SHE who became the inspiration for the first jewelry pieces. A tall and slender model from the runway or from the pages of a fashion magazine formed the basis of the design of the 1960s.
The value of vintage jewelry made in the 1960-80s is that the jewelers made them by hand. Hand painted in bright colors, each brooch, each bracelet, or a pair of clips is a work of art. Traditionally, jewelers used high-quality alloys of metals, zinc, rhodium, and sometimes 10 K gold and silver. Jewelry made before the 1990s is quite heavy, in contrast to jewelry made from lightweight aluminum after the 1990s.
Elle markings include: “ELLE” (1960-80s), “Elle Woman Paris” (1980s), and since 1990s – “925 Elle China”.

Fashion model woman in a long coral red dress brooch. 1980s

Fashion model woman in a long coral red dress brooch. 1980s

Noteworthy, the Elle jewelry trademark, like the magazine itself, belonged to the oldest French company Hachette Filipacchi Medias. Initially, Elle costume jewelry was produced in the USA, since the 1980s in France, and since the 1990s in China. Accordingly, the labeling of these products, style and materials vary. Thus, items marked “925 Elle China” with small ruby ​​insert are traditionally made of sterling silver. Elle’s modern costume jewelry is no longer hand-made, and is not at all like the vintage pieces from the 1960s.

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Signed Elle vintage costume jewelry

1960s brooch. Jewelry alloy of antique gold tone, enamel

1960s brooch. Jewelry alloy of antique gold tone, enamel

1970s Clown brooch. Gold tone metal alloy, enamel

1970s Clown brooch. Gold tone metal alloy, enamel

Balancing Clown Pin. Gold plated metal alloy, enamel, art glass

Balancing Clown Pin. Gold plated metal alloy, enamel, art glass

Clown playing the violin brooch. Gold tone metal. 7.8 cm. 1960s

Clown playing the violin brooch. Gold tone metal. 7.8 cm. 1960s

Cottage house brooch pin. Gold and silver tone metal alloy, enamel

Cottage house brooch pin. Gold and silver tone metal alloy, enamel

Dancing Clown brooch. Gold tone metal alloy, enamel. 7.3 cm. 1960s

Dancing Clown brooch. Gold tone metal alloy, enamel. 7.3 cm. 1960s

Diamond shaped faux pearl gold tone earrings

Diamond shaped faux pearl gold tone earrings

Fashion Lady brooch pin. Gold plated alloy, enamel. 4 cm. 1960s

Fashion Lady brooch pin. Gold plated alloy, enamel. 4 cm. 1960s

Four-petal flower pierced earrings. Gold plated metal alloy, enamel, rhinestones. 1980s

Four-petal flower pierced earrings. Gold plated metal alloy, enamel, rhinestones. 1980s

Gorgeous vintage clown brooch. Gold tone metal, enamel

Gorgeous vintage clown brooch. Gold tone metal, enamel

Grumpy Beethoven Playing The Cello gold plated brooch pin

Grumpy Beethoven Playing The Cello gold plated brooch pin

Happy clown gold tone enamel brooch

Happy clown gold tone enamel brooch

Jester clown beating his drum brooch. Gold tone metal alloy. 1980s

Jester clown beating his drum brooch. Gold tone metal alloy. 1980s

Jester clown beating his drum brooch. Gold tone metal alloy. 1980s

Jester clown beating his drum brooch. Gold tone metal alloy. 1980s

Mardi Gras vintage brooch. Purple, green, pink enamel, gold tone metal alloy

Mardi Gras vintage brooch. Purple, green, pink enamel, gold tone metal alloy

Panther enameled brooch

Panther enameled brooch

Woman silver tone pin

Woman silver tone pin

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French costume jewelry “Elle Woman Paris”:

Modernist design bracelet. Sterling silver enamel

Modernist design bracelet. Sterling silver enamel

Elle Woman Paris signed

Elle Woman Paris signed

925 Elle China (1990s):

925 China Elle signed

925 China Elle signed

Art Deco sterling silver screw back earrings

Art Deco sterling silver screw back earrings

Cuff bracelet. 925 Sterling Silver, rhodium, Cubic Zirconia, ruby

Cuff bracelet. 925 Sterling Silver, rhodium, Cubic Zirconia, ruby

Faux pearl sterling silver pendant

Faux pearl sterling silver pendant with ruby insert

Geometric design pendant. Sterling silver, tiger eye, citrine

Geometric design pendant. Sterling silver, tiger eye, citrine

Heart brooch pendant. 925 sterling silver, topaz

Heart brooch pendant. 925 sterling silver, topaz

Long Woven Sterling Silver 925 Ring. 1990s

Long Woven Sterling Silver 925 Ring. 1990s

Modernist design sterling silver cuff bracelet

Modernist design sterling silver cuff bracelet

Mother of pear sterling silver art glass bracelet

Mother of pear sterling silver art glass bracelet

Pastel colored gemstones chalcedony, mother of pearl, rose and clear quartz and ruby sterling silver toggle Bracelet

Pastel colored gemstones chalcedony, mother of pearl, rose and clear quartz and ruby sterling silver toggle Bracelet

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