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"JELLY BELLY" jewelry
Named for their clear transparent Lucite bellies, "Jelly
bellies" can be both beautiful and whimsical. Most were made in the 1940’s,
although some continued to be fashioned into the early 1960’s. Collector’s
usually agree that in order to qualify as a true "jelly belly", the belly
portion must be made of Lucite, not glass, and must be clear and not colored.
The most coveted pieces are the larger pieces with Lucite set in sterling vermeil (gold washed
sterling) and the larger figurals.
sterling vermeil Lucite jelly belly gazelle brooch, 4". It is pictured
in "Fun Jewelry" page 84 and on page 184 of Brunialti’s "American
Costume Jewelry". Circa 1941.
belly hand holding pink enameled flower brooch with aqua enameled
forget-me-not decorated wrist, circa 1945, 4". Shown in
Brunialti’s Tribute to America on page 139, in Carole Tanenbaum’s
"Fabulous Fakes" on pages 74 and 92, and in The Best of
Bakelite by Battle & Lesser on pages 157-8, and in
Brunialti’s "American Costume Jewelry, Art &
Industry" on page 214.
vermeil jelly belly frog pin with green cabochon eyes, marked
pat#135172 circa 1943, 2-3/4". Shown in Brunialti’s "American
Costume Jewelry" on page 149. View
TRIFARI swan jelly belly brooch with a Lucite body set in silver
tone, marked "Trifari 737201 des pat no" on the back, 2-5/8" by 2".
|FRED BLOCK jelly belly|
snowman, sandman or starfish brooch with ceramic face circa 1945, 3-1/8". It is marked on the
back "Fred Block Jewelry". Block was a Chicago ready-to-wear maker. It
is thought that his line of jewelry was made, at least in part, by the Sandor Goldberg Company of New York, hence you will see this same piece
marked "Sandor" as well. The Sandor piece, along with this information,
can be seen in Brunalti’s "Tribute to American Costume Jewelry" on page
|TRIFARI jelly belly sterling swan brooch|
with Lucite belly, clear rhinestones and pink glass cabochon eyes all set in
silver tone, 2-1/2".
Designed in 1944 by
Norman Bel Geddes for Trifari, it can be seen in Brunalti’s "American
Costume Jewelry: Art & Industry 1935-1980, Volume 2" on page 176. As you can
see there, this was originally a fur clip (two-pronged), but like the one in
the book, this has been professionally converted into a brooch.
Because of the conversion, the Trifari and sterling marks are no longer
here. It also looks like the one in patent number 129,164 from 1941. View
vermeil Lucite jelly belly
brooch, 3-5/8" wide. This is so beautiful in it’s
FRED BLOCK Lucite jelly belly flower trembler brooch. This
extraordinary piece is one of the most rare jelly belly pieces ever
made. A similar Fred A. Block pin is featured in the Brunialti’s book
"American Costume Jewelry" on page 177. A good friend of mine owned that
piece several years ago, but neither of us has ever seen this style with
the trembling parts before. This has five open backed blue rhinestones
petals each set on it’s own spring to impart wonderful movement and each
with a calyx of clear rhinestones set in silver tone metal. Bezel set
center rhinestones in pink are set with six prongs cups and set on
wires. The eight carved Lucite jelly belly leafy petals are held in
place with gold tone metal veins. Other than some light wear on the gold
tone finish this is in excellent condition, amazing for it’s age. It is
beautifully crafted, wonderfully dimensional and one of the best jelly
belly pieces I have ever seen. It is 3-1/2" by 3-1/2". View
JELLY BELLY brooch of a Lucite
leaf with green and red enameled lizard, a rare beauty, 3-3/4".
JOLLE sterling vermeil fly brooch with a very pale green Lucite jelly belly,
topaz colored rhinestones, similar to a jelly belly brooch, circa 1940, 3" by
|JOLLE jelly belly bird brooch|
with heart shaped wings and holding an arrow, all
set in sterling with deep rosy pink rhinestones, marked "Jolle sterling" on the
back, circa 1945, 2-1/8". I love jellies and this is one I hadn’t seen
jelly belly insect pin as is, marked on the back "Jolle sterling",
carved Lucite belly and tint colored rhinestones, 2-1/2" by 2".
JELLY belly lady face figural Lucite and silver brooch with a green rhinestone
in the turban she is wearing, 2-3/4" by 1-1/3". The face it made of Lucite
and the headdress is silver tone. This is in excellent condition in every
way and circa 1940’s. She has a bit of a ghostly look like the Roswell
alien, doesn’t she?
JELLY belly fish brooch with a Lucite body, 2" by 1-1/2".
CORO jelly belly large double flower brooch with Lucite flowers and
set among gold tone eaves with clear rhinestone veins, finish as is with
very light wear. As with many good jewelry pieces, these
flowers held on in the back by screws, and the entire brooch is 4" by 2-1/2". Another similar brooch by Coro
can be seen in Deanna Cera’s wonderful book, "Jewels of Fantasy" on page 178, and
she dates it circa 1940.
FISH silver and jelly belly 3-3/4" dolphin brooch, circa 1941.
Shown in Brunialti’s "Tribute to America" on page 133.
JELLY BELLY double
flower brooch with clear rhinestone accents, green enameled touches, 4-1/2",
circa 1942. Shown in Brunialti’s "Tribute to America" on page 139.
FISH jelly belly fish
pin with clear rhinestone accents, 1-7/8".
JELLY BELLY deer brooch with a Lucite belly set in sterling, marked
"sterling" on the back, A brooch like this one can be seen in Brunialti’s
book, "American Costume Jewelry, Art & Industry, M-Z" on page 224. This
piece can be seen in the book, "Warman’s Costume Jewelry" by Pam Wiggins, 2014
Edition on page 45.
FRENCH Lucite jelly belly double leaf brooch with Lucite leaves and gold
tone metal veins, marked on the back of the stem, "Made in France", 2-1/2"
JELLY BELLY sterling and Lucite llama fur clip, marked "sterling" on the
clip, 3" by 1-3/4".
Lucite bird’s head jelly belly brooch with red cabochons.
BELLY Lucite molded horse head jelly belly, 2-1/2". View
|SILVER hatching duck in|
egg jelly belly brooch with Lucite body set in silver tone with a red rhinestone
eye, 1-7/8". This is a real charmer! View
STERLING jelly belly pear brooch with carved Lucite set in sterling silver,
marked "sterling" on the back, circa 1940, 2" by 1-1/4". I am undecided as to
whether this "belly" is Lucite or glass, even though I can usually tell. If it is glass, then technically it
isn’t a jelly belly. Whichever, it is a fun pin to wear and in excellent condition.
TRIFARI jelly belly hour glass
brooch with clear rhinestones and artificial pearls, marked "Trifari, pat
pend", 1-3/4" pat 153,500, circa 1949.
flower brooch set in gold plated sterling, circa 1940, 3". This can be
seen in Brunialti’s "American Costume Jewelry, N-Z" on page 214.
TRIFARI jelly belly earrings,
TRIFARI sterling vermeil
chick and egg jelly belly brooch with clear and red rhinestones, marked
"Trifari, Des. Pat. No.135176, sterling", 2".
CORO fox jelly belly shown
in ad at right. Shown in Brunialti’s "American Costume Jewelry" on page 173.
Patented 141,468 dated 1945.
CORO 1945 ad
showing "jellly bellies".
TRIFARI jelly belly sailboat brooch, a realistic boat with Lucite sail set in
sterling vermeil. Signed "Trifari Sterling" 2-1/4".
JELLY sterling vermeil
jelly belly doxy 2".
sterling vermeil jelly belly rabbit
pin, 2-1/4", circa 1945. View
vermeil jelly belly duck pin, 2", circa 1945.
rooster jelly belly brooch, an Alfred Philippe design circa 1944. Shown
in Brunialti’s "American Costume Jewelry" on page 157. View
TRIFARI "Moonshell" sea shell jelly
belly set in original box, 1944.
brooch with "jelly belly", 1943. Shown in Brunialti’s "American
Costume Jewelry" on page 150.
TRIFARI sterling vermeil, Lucite and rhinestone curl, 1-1/3″ fur clip circa 1949. Shown
in Brunialti’s "American Costume Jewelry" on page 164.
TRIFARI 1960’s jelly belly rooster in
brushed gold tone setting.
TRIFARI jelly belly
bird brooch in brushed gold tone with rhinestones. View
DAUSCHUND sterling vermeil
jelly belly doxy brooch, 2-1/2".
TRIFARI sterling vermeil Lucite
jelly belly gazelle brooch, 4". It is pictured in "Fun Jewelry" page 84 and
on page 184 of Brunialti’s "American Costume Jewelry". Circa 1941.
KARLKRAFT sterling silver jelly
belly bird brooch with tiny green and clear rhinestones set in gold washed
sterling, 2-1/8". The mark is double struck so I may be reading it
wrong, as I am not familiar with this maker, but the piece is lovely. View
JELLY belly rooster
brooch set in silver tone, 2-3/4". The Lucite belly and head are carved
and shaped, the belly being 1/2" deep at the deepest so that it
TRIFARI sterling vermeil
jelly belly poodle pin, marked "pat 131371", circa 1943, 2-1/3". Shown
in Brunialti’s "American Costume Jewelry" on page 148.
TRIFARI jelly belly spider fur clip in gold plated sterling with Lucite
body and clear rhinestones and baguettes, circa 1943, 2". Marked on the
back "Trifari" with the crown, "sterling" and "pat. pend". This can be seen
in Brunialti’s "American Costume Jewelry, N-Z" page 184,
Inside the Lucite body are tiny lines, original to the piece and visible
only under close examination.
belly dove brooch set in silver with Lucite belly and green rhinestone eye,
circa 1945, 2-1/4".
TRIFARI jelly belly fly brooch with Lucite body, clear rhinestone
accents with red eyes, all set in gold washed sterling, marked "pat 137,200", circa
1943, 1-5/8" wide. This can be seen in Brunialti’s "American
Costume Jewelry, N-Z" page 184.View
TRIFARI jelly belly earrings set in gold tone and with clip backs, each
JELLY BELLY Lucite flower brooch with clear rhinestone dew drop, 3-1/2" by
3-1/4". There are tiny clear rhinestones along the veins of the gold tone
leaves, a nice detail. This is in excellent condition in every way.
TRIFARI jelly belly earrings set in gold tone and with clip backs, each