The end of World War II witnessed a major renascence of fashion. After the privations of wartime and the 1930s Depression, women were ready for glamor and femininity again -- and costume jewelry makers responded with some of the prettiest designs of the 20th century.
These charming vintage earrings are an excellent example of the mood: an update of the traditional crescent moon form, featuring stylized modernist lines, engraved details at the base and luscious pearls that may be real. Cultured sea pearls did appear often on high-quality costume jewelry of the era and these feel somewhat rough against the teeth, instead of smooth like glass. They also show minor variations in size and color and they're carefully prong-set. Since they haven't been examined by a jeweler, however, we're pricing the earrings as if the stones are simulated.
The gold surfaces have a real look, too, although they're plated. The golden hue is subtle, not a bit brassy; it's very much like electrum (an alloy of gold with silver popular in Roman times). This color is extremely difficult to photograph, somewhat paler than it appears here.
Size is not quite an inch tall and about half an inch wide, condition is lovely (showing only slight surface wear under high magnification) and provenance is a Midwestern estate.
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