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  • Hobe brooches add romance to an outfit

    Find Romance with Hobé Brooches

    With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, romance is in the air. Everyone is thinking about roses and the color red. But I’ve decided to offer a different take on romance, with Hobé brooches. Pieces from the late 1930s through the 1940s by the incredible jewelry designer William Hobé are as romantic as they come.

    If you read my earlier post What’s Your Fashion Personality, you know that there are six personality styles and that most of us are a combination of two. So these remarkable jewels suit more than the Romantic woman. To show you how to wear them, I’ve styled outfits for her as well as for the Aristocratic and Classic personalities who have some romantic traits.

    For the Romantic Woman

    Every element in this outfit is feminine. The soft, fitted tulip dress flows over the curves of the Romantic woman’s body but has a neckline that’s appropriate for office wear. The curved lines are repeated in the coat and accessories. This Amethyst, Emerald, Sapphire & Sterling Brooch pinned to her shoulder has the elaborate details this personality style craves: a basket of layered sterling silver leaves and flower buds surrounding flowers of large, faceted amethyst, emerald and pale sapphire glass stones. The floral motif is repeated in the handbag.

    For the Aristocratic-Romantic Woman

    The Aristocratic woman wears structured clothing with clean straight lines. Her look is inspired by traditional menswear. This outfit features straight-leg jeans, a pinstriped shirt, and a navy blazer with pointed lapels. The shoes have a pointed toe. But this woman also likes to mix in some romantic elements: a saddle bag purse, silver hoop earrings, and this Hobé brooch. At 4” high, this Pink Tourmaline, Sapphire, Peridot & Sterling Bouquet has layers of sterling silver flowers, stems, and leaves tied in a bow.

    For the Classic-Romantic Woman

    This outfit reflects the smooth, uncluttered lines and couture details the Classic personality prefers. The silk top and gabardine trousers match, and the coordinating blazer with curved lapels is in one of her favorite patterns – jacquard. To this tasteful and refined outfit, I’ve added Romantic accessories: a gardenia-embellished handbag and this exquisite Aquamarine & Vermeil Sterling Bow Brooch, pinned to the jacket lapel. Larger and more elaborate than many of this maker’s pieces, it has buds that flow alongside aquamarine glass stones. The center flower, my favorite Hobé form, is gold-plated. If you wear earrings, I suggest gold or sterling hoops, aquamarine studs, or gold or sterling ball studs. This brooch is the main attraction.

    About the Maker

    William W. Hobé (1881 – 1961) started his own button company before becoming a costume jewelry maker in New York City in 1926. From the beginning, Hobé’s designs were often inspired by historical European jewelry, and their production was always top quality. The company used many of the same techniques and craftsmanship standards as those employed in the making of fine jewelry. In the 1940s, designs mainly featured leaves and flowers, bows, baskets and hearts, motifs common for that decade. However, this company’s pieces bear no further resemblance to those of their competitors. Hobé’s brooches, bracelets, and earrings were made of sterling silver, by artisans who crafted each piece by hand. The level of detail of their work is unsurpassed.

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    Click through to see Hobé jewelry from the 1940s-1950s.

  • Jewelry gift ideas for the Classic style woman

    7 Jewelry Gifts for the Classic Woman

    If you’ve read my post What’s Your Fashion Personality? and now want some jewelry gift ideas for the classic style woman, this article is for you. She is balanced – i.e., in between yin and yang in terms of physical and behavioral traits – but has more yin. The Classic…

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  • Jewelry gifts for women with Aristocratic style

    7 Jewelry Gifts for the Aristocratic Woman

    With the holidays approaching, my posts have focused on tips for choosing the perfect jewelry gifts for women, based on each one’s personality. The first article in this series – What’s Your Fashion Personality – describes the physical and behavioral traits of each style. This piece focuses on the elegant,…

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  • Jewelry gifts for her - the creative woman

    7 Jewelry Gifts for the Creative Woman

    Need some guidance in gift-giving this holiday season? I’ve been writing about reading a woman’s personality to find clues for choosing the right jewelry. My first post in this series – What’s Your Fashion Personality? – describes the six personality styles. I’ve written about the Romantic and the Dramatic. This piece…

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  • Meaningful jewelry gifts for the dramatic personality

    7 Jewelry Gifts for the Dramatic Woman

    My earlier post What’s Your Fashion Personality describes the six personality styles that will help you choose the perfect holiday gift for an important woman in your life. This article focuses on the Dramatic woman:  she is confident, strong, and sophisticated. Let me tell you about the clothes this yang…

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  • Romantic jewelry - unique gifts for women

    Vintage Jewelry Gifts for the Romantic Woman

    Finding the perfect holiday gift for an important woman in your life can be challenging. But if you know how to read her personality, you’ll have many clues that will help you make the right choice. My previous post – What’s Your Fashion Personality? – describes the six personality styles.…

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  • What's your fashion personality?

    What’s Your Fashion Personality?

    Couturier Hubert de Givenchy once said: “To have style is to have a feeling for what is currently fashionable, and still to simultaneously remain true to oneself”. So how do you know what style is right for you? The answer lies in your personality. Let me share with you what…

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