This is a set that absolutely glistens! It is composed of a necklace, clip back earrings, and an enormous brooch. The pieces have outstanding watermelon stones, which are characteristic in several famous costume jewelry designers' work. Additionally, D & E made many pieces for said type of designers, some of which have no signature. This is mostly likely a circa 1950's set, as indicated by the use of the aurora borealis (AB) stones, along with the watermelon ones, and its styling. However, another possibility is that this set is 1960's Juliana. If the set is a 1960's, it could well be a D & E design for Schiaparelli. This being said, for whomever the pieces were made, they are of stunning quality!
Constructed in silver tone metal, the 14 and 1/4 in necklace features a huge, oval center watermelon stone, bezel set with four prongs. Directly below it, in an arrow shape, are two marine blue navettes, two marine blue baguettes, and a same hue pear shaped rhinestone. These all flank a center, round AB stone. To either side of the center design is a festoon, with a center round watermelon stone, again bezel set with prongs, set off on either side with a round AB stone. Each festoon is outlined in square cut, small, marine blue rhinestones. The festoons are joined, on either side, by a single strand of the square marine blue stones. The closure is a simple J hook.
The 6 in long and 2 and 1/4 in wide (at its widest point) brooch is in a curved shape, rather like an undulating wave. Its center is a 1 in long square cut watermelon stone. It is complimented on each side with a comparable size oval watermelon stone. All of these are bezel and prong set. The other parts of the piece are a combination of navettes, pear shape, and baguette marine blue stones. These are embellished with AB stones. The stones are set in a "fruit salad" fashion, that being juxtaposed and not even in relationship to each other. The stones are all closed on the back and the straight pin, with a roll over safety clasp, is set on the bias.
The 1 and 3/4 in long matching earrings have an oval watermelon stone, topped by a replica of the bottom coming off the center stone of the necklace. The clip backs are snug.
This demi-parure is in excellent vintage condition. The stones have an unusual amount of fire, again displaying the extraordinary quality of these pieces. Whoever is lucky enough to catch this set will have adornment nonpareil!
D&E Parure With Water Melon Rhinestones