Wachenheimer Brothers' 1933-34 ads in "The Jewelers' Circular"
This quintessential Art Deco line bracelet, by the renowned Wachenheimer Brothers (makers of Diamonbar pieces) has faceted square-cut onyx-glass stones set in sterling silver, with engraved edges and diamanté-studded clasps. This bracelet was made in two sections, with identical fold-over clasps in both places. Because of the type of clasp used, I know that this piece was made in the early 1930s, after the company stopped using their Diamonbar trademark and near the end of the their production. The last photo shows this bracelet along with two other line bracelets – scroll down to see their details as well as other onyx Art Deco pieces to wear with this lovely bracelet.
This Art Deco necklace features faceted, opaque chrysoprase, onyx and ruby glass disks and rhinestone rondelles. The components are strung on metal chain. The necklace closes with a screw-in clasp formed by two of the disks. Based on the construction of this piece, I think it is European in origin. As often happens with necklaces like this one, the chain has stretched. If you don't need the full 15" length and the extra chain bothers you, you could get it cut by an expert jeweler. This colorful and versatile necklace can be worn with many of my other Art Deco pieces, depending on which color you wish to emphasize — scroll down to see a selection. Or wear your real or faux diamond studs to complete the look.
Onyx-glass hoops attached to emerald-green-enamel and diamanté-embellished panels of silver-tone metal form these lovely and versatile Art Deco earrings. These all-original earrings with lever-backs for pierced ears have additional diamanté designed to adorn the earlobe. The lever-backs are unmarked, so I don't know if they are sterling silver. These earrings are probably European in origin. Though Art Deco in style, something about these earrings make me think they may be from a later Revival era. Nevertheless, they are beautiful! Scroll down to see a selection of Art Deco bracelets to wear with these earrings.
The drops of these unusual Art Deco black Bakelite (or other plastic from the 1920s) earrings are embellished with a silver painted design and inlaid diamanté. A sterling chain connects each drop to a diamanté-centered black bead designed to adorn the earlobe. These all-original screw-back earrings can be modified for pierced ears. Light-weight and easy to wear, these fun earrings work well for off-duty and business-casual wear. Scroll down to see a selection of Art Deco bracelets to wear with these earrings.
Rectangular, faceted onyx-glass and crystal stones with faceted onyx-glass triangles on the ends form this cut-out Art Deco bar brooch. The pattern creates a checkered effect. The stones are all open-back, and the workmanship is superb. This piece closes with a trombone clasp, which makes me think the brooch is European in origin. I think the setting is sterling silver, but the mark is unreadable. Scroll down to see Art Deco earrings and bracelets that coordinate beautifully with this brooch. Black-and-white never goes out of style!
The delicate black-and-white-enamel-flower accents add style to these 1920s Art Deco pendant earrings with oval onyx-glass stones at the bottom and round ones designed to sit at the earlobe. These all original screw-back earrings, which are possibly Czech in origin, can be modified for pierced ears. Scroll down to see a necklace adorned with onyx glass and black-and-white enamel as well as other coordinating pieces for these versatile earrings.
Polished disks of onyx and chrysoprase glass form this Art Deco necklace. The center beads are thicker, faceted, and graduated in size. This vibrant piece, in a striking color combination, closes with an older tongue-in-groove clasp that looks like a narrow tube when closed. You could emphasize either color by wearing either chrysoprase or onyx Art Deco pieces with this necklace – scroll down to see a selection. This necklace has so many possibilities!
This 1930s large, black Bakelite brooch with ornate carving is adorned with square-cut and round diamanté replaced by the previous owner. (The plastic was molded to simulate carving.) This brooch, which has a roll-over safety clasp, is not for the faint-hearted. A real statement piece. If you like this design but prefer something smaller, scroll down to see the matching dress clip.
This 1920s sterling silver line bracelet with onyx-glass stones and diamanté by Fishel, Nessler is an Art Deco classic. Each faceted, square-cut stone is set in its own box. This bracelet has a hidden, tongue-in-groove clasp with a safety catch. You can wear this bracelet with two other line bracelets, as shown in the last photo. I also have a sterling bar pin in black and white by the same maker. Scroll down to see it and other coordinating Art Deco pieces for this bracelet. Or wear it with more contemporary jewels.
This 1920s Fishel, Nessler sterling silver bar brooch has the black and white color combination and geometric motif that are characteristics of the Art Deco style. This timeless piece closes with a simple C-clasp. I have a sterling line bracelet by the same maker with the same colors. Scroll down to see it and other Art Deco bracelets to wear with this brooch.
This excellent example of an Art Deco line bracelet, the forerunner of today's tennis bracelet, features square-cut diamanté channel set in rhodium-plated sterling silver with engraved edges and a diamanté-encrusted fold-over clasp. The excellent articulation speaks to the high-quality construction of the piece. Line bracelets (known as flexible bracelets in that era) were all the rage in the 1920s-1930s and were typically worn in multiples. You can see this bracelet paired with other line bracelets in the detailed images.
Panels of flowers and leaves joined with decorative links, all in sterling silver, form this 1940s bracelet. As in all of Hobé's work in this era, this piece was hand-made. It closes with a hidden tongue-in-groove clasp. This bracelet is longer than most from this period. You could wear this beautiful piece with any of my Hobé brooches with a floral motif – scroll down to see a selection.
Sparkling baguette and round diamanté form this elegant 1950s bracelet by Hattie Carnegie. It is much more lively and beautiful than the pictures show and certainly worthy of her signature. The rhodium-plated setting, substantial weight, and hidden tongue-in-groove clasp with safety chain speak to the quality of her pieces. This bracelet can be worn with diamanté earrings by another great maker of this era -- scroll down to see my Eisenberg earrings.
Rhodium plating with channel-set and prong-set diamanté form this well-made Art Deco bracelet. It has excellent articulation and a hidden tongue-in-groove clasp with a safety catch. This bracelet is probably European in origin. The pairs of horizontal semi-circular components that are above and below the square openings look like German components I have in other pieces. This stunning bracelet was made for a slim wrist. Please note the bracelet length (6 3/4") and check your wrist size before purchasing this piece. Also note that the photos suggest yellowing of stones that is not present.
This 1950s bracelet by Elsa Schiaparelli features faceted brown topaz and golden topaz glass stones with diamanté accents set in gold-plated metal scrolls. This classic piece has a fold-over clasp with safety chain. The matching pendant earrings are available – scroll down to see them.