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1930s Jewelry

This collection of 1930s jewelry includes pendant earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and brooches, as well as new types of jewels – dress clips and double-clip brooches. In fact, dress clips were the most important jeweled accessory during the Great Depression. Costume jewelry makers also produced fruit salads, molded glass that imitated carved gemstones popularized by fine jewelers such as Cartier. Bakelite and other plastics were used to create whimsical jewelry in every possible form. The Art Deco style continued to evolve, with new motifs and streamlining. By decade’s end, Machine Age or Streamline Modern jewelry was in vogue. Read more about 1930s jewelry and fashion.

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    Amethyst & Diamanté Dangling Austrian Art Deco Earrings

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    These 1930s Art Deco dangling earrings from Austria feature a trio of faceted, rectangular-shaped deep-amethyst glass stones along with teardrop-shaped and round diamanté, all set in rhodium-plated metal. The color combination is striking and easy to wear. These earrings are all-original screw-backs, but they can be modified for pierced ears.

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    Amethyst & Sterling Art Deco Bracelet

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    Pale emerald-cut amethyst glass stones are prong-set in sterling silver in this late-1930s classic Art Deco bracelet. It closes with a concealed clasp. The stones are a lovely color. This bracelet looks elegant with amethyst Art Deco necklaces — scroll down to see a selection.

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    Aquamarine & Gilt Sterling Filigree German Art Deco Bracelet by Fahrner

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    Gilded sterling silver links with corded wire spirals hold collet-set faux aquamarines in this fabulous Art Deco bracelet by Fahrner.  It is an excellent example of the type of filigree the maker is known for.  This bracelet has a concealed clasp and safety catch. Scroll down to see a sterling Fahrner necklace that looks loveley with this piece.

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    Black & Red Galalith & Chrome Necklace

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    This Machine Age necklace has as its centerpiece a row of three arrow-shaped, black Galalith plaques covered with chrome triangle panels. A fourth plaque drops from the trio. Red Galalith cylindrical beads accent the chrome chain links.  This piece reminds me of the work of Jakob Bengel. I had four links removed from this necklace because I bought it for myself, but I saved the pieces for the future owner. Scroll down to see the perfect Bengel earrings to wear with this necklace.

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  • Art Deco dangle earrings with black-and-white cubes
    Art Deco earrings with trio of dangling cubes
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    Black & White Bakelite Art Deco Dangle Earrings

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    These Art Deco dangle earrings are an example of the whimsical type of jewelry that could be produced when the early plastics, such as Bakelite and Galalith, became available. Each earring features a trio of black-and-white Bakelite (?) cubes dangling from chrome bars and links. Two cubes are the same length, while the third is longer. These all-original earrings have ear wires with lever backs for pierced ears. The findings are unmarked, so I don’t know the metal content. Scroll down to see an equally fun matching bracelet.

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  • Vintage charm bracelet with black & white cubes
    Art Deco tank-track pattern bracelet with charms
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    Black & White Bakelite Vintage Charm Bracelet

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    This vintage charm bracelet has black-and-white Bakelite cubes that dance on either side of the metal center. The decorated chrome links form a tank-track pattern and close with a spring-ring clasp. To some people, these charms resemble a type of licorice candy (whose name I don’t know). To me, this piece says 1930s Europe. It’s definitely fun to wear. Scroll down to see the matching earrings.

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    Black Bakelite & Diamanté Art Deco Dress Clip

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    This stunning Art Deco dress clip features a large black Bakelite diamond-shaped carved shield with newly-replaced (by the previous owner) square and round diamanté. (The plastic was molded to simulate carving.) You can wear this piece as a dress clip or as a necklace on a black rubber cord, as shown in the last photo. A 17-inch, 2mm black rubber cord with a stainless steel twist lock is included with this purchase. If you are looking for something bigger and bolder, I have the matching brooch – scroll down to see it.

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  • 1930s earrings with black Bakelite & diamanté
    1930s earrings by Schreiber & Hiller
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    Black Bakelite & Diamanté 1930s Earrings by Schreiber & Hiller

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    At the top of these 1930s earrings is a link with engraved sides that holds seven diamanté. At the bottom is another diamanté -set link flanked by black Bakelite on three sides. In the middle is a single stone. Each earring has a small chip of Bakelite at the bottom, but that minor flaw in no way detracts from their beauty. The original ear clips were converted to sterling silver ear wires with lever backs for pierced ears by my expert jeweler. Scroll down to see two necklaces and a bracelet with the same materials by the same maker.

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    Black Bakelite & Diamanté Art Deco Brooch

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    This 1930s large, black Bakelite brooch with ornate carving is embellished 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 shield-shaped dress clip.

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  • Vintage Bakelite jewelry – bracelet with diamanté
    Close-up view of diamante & Bakelite links
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    Black Bakelite & Diamanté Flexible Bracelet by Schreiber & Hiller

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    Vintage Bakelite jewelry as beautiful as this German flexible bracelet from the 1930s is hard to find. It has vertical links of diamanté alternating with black Bakelite. The stones in this piece are relatively large – only four to each flat-top link. This Art Deco bracelet closes with a concealed clasp. Because one of the markings is “Patented” (an English word stamped by a German maker), I think this bracelet was intended for export. Scroll down to see some necklaces and earrings that complement this sophisticated, yet easy-to-wear piece.

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  • Vintage Bakelite necklace with diamanté links
    Front of black Bakelite Machine Age necklace
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    Black Bakelite & Diamanté German Art Deco Choker

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    This vintage Bakelite necklace is probably from Germany. It has curved links of black Bakelite alternating with slightly larger curved links of channel-set diamanté. The components are threaded on a chain with metal spacers between each link. When laid out on a table, the necklace retains a slightly curved shape. The back of one of the Bakelite links has a small chip (shown in the last photo), but the appearance and integrity of the piece have not been compromised. This necklace was made for a slim neck, so please note the length (14 3/4″) and check your neck size before purchasing this piece. The look of this necklace is Machine Age and very classy. Scroll down to see the perfect bracelet to wear with it.

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  • Machine Age necklace with Bakelite & diamanté
    German Machine Age necklace
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    Black Bakelite & Diamanté Machine Age Necklace by Schreiber & Hiller

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    I love the design of this Machine Age necklace! Six curved links set with diamanté alternate with black Bakelite links with roof-shaped (pointed) tops. Because the jeweled links are curved, the centerpiece follows the curve of your neck instead of laying out in a straight line. A scroll chain with a spring-ring-clasp completes this elegant and easy-to-wear necklace that I always enjoyed. Scroll down to see a bracelet and pair of earrings by the same maker that complement this piece.

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  • Bakelite brooch with diamanté accents
    Curved links with channel-set stones
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    Black Bakelite Brooch with Diamanté

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    This black Bakelite brooch has a curved centerpiece topped with a collet-set diamanté. Each end features three rows of slightly-curved links with channel-set stones. The components are attached to a rhodium-plated metal back. This piece closes with a trombone clasp. The design and construction remind me of pieces created by German makers in the 1930s. Although the channel-set stones have aged a bit, this brooch is still a stunner! Scroll down to see some great earrings and bracelets to wear with this piece.

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  • Vintage tank track brooch with black diamanté
    Close-up view of tank track brooch
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    Black Diamanté Vintage Tank Track Brooch by Schreiber & Hiller

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    This vintage tank track brooch is an unusual application of this classic Machine Age pattern. Schreiber & Hiller have made it even more distinctive by using black diamanté channel-set in slender, slightly curved links on the outside and a double-row of smaller, slightly lighter stones inside. The difference in colors is very subtle. At 3 ¼” long, this piece is a fabulous and versatile example of the era. This brooch closes with a trombone clasp.

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    Blue & Cream Carved Galalith Art Deco Necklace

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    Plastic beads that were molded to simulate carving were very popular in the Art Deco era. What sets this 1930s necklace apart is the colors — dark blue on cream. This combination and the design are lovely, and the different shapes of the beads add interest. Even the screw-in clasp forms a bead. I’m not sure what type of early plastic this piece is (possibly Galalith, the French equivalent of Bakelite) – it’s light, wonderful and fun to wear in any case.

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  • Vintage drop earrings with blue glass and diamanté
    Blue art glass and diamanté vintage drop earrings
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    Blue Art Glass & Diamanté Art Deco Drop Earrings

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    These vintage drop earrings feature blue art glass stones with faint striations and filigree caps falling from links of rectangular and round diamanté set in white metal. The original screw-backs were converted to sterling silver lever-backs for pierced ears by my expert jeweler. These unusual Art Deco earrings are a lovely shade of blue. Although the diamanté are ageing, the blue stones — which are the star attraction — are perfect. I bought these earrings for my personal collection, but I’m reluctantly offering them for sale.

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    Blue Bead & Chrome Knot Machine Age Bracelet

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    Blue-glass beads are separated by chrome balls and knots of textured chrome wire in this 1930s Art Deco bracelet. It closes with a spring-ring clasp. The textured knots add interest and a Machine-Age look and feel. Wear this versatile bracelet with casual or office attire.

     

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    Blue Glass & Chrome Art Deco Fringe Necklace

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    Cobalt-blue glass tubes and chrome balls dangle from this Art Deco fringe necklace. The chrome links have a Machine-Age feel. Possibly French, this piece has lots of movement!  This chrome necklace, which closes with an old style spring-ring clasp, was part of my personal collection. I am reluctantly offering it to a new home.

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  • Bakelite bangle bracelet in marbled brown with 6 yellow dots
    Brown marbled Bakelite bracelet
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    Brown Marbled Bakelite Art Deco Bangle with 6 Yellow Dots

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    This Bakelite bangle bracelet combines shades of brown in marble-like swirls that are topped with six yellow dots. It is a charming example of the Art Deco era. The colors are on the outside and inside. This piece, which is from my personal collection, slips over the hand, as the bracelet doesn’t open.

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    Carnelian, Crystal & Sterling German Art Deco Bracelet

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    Double rows of faceted oblong carnelian stones are separated by triple rows of facted oblong crystal stones in this spectacular 1930s Art Deco bracelet from Germany. Because substantial sterling silver frames hold the stones (which may be glass), this bracelet has a double hidden tongue-in-groove clasp with safety chain. This striking and extraordinary piece was part of my personal collection.  This bracelet definitely makes a statement!

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  • Marcasite bracelet in sterling silver, carnelian & onyx
    Carnelian, onyx & marcasite bracelet in sterling
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    Carnelian, Onyx, Marcasite & Sterling German Art Deco Bracelet

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    This marcasite bracelet has faceted carnelian and onyx glass stones set in sterling silver panels in an Art Deco design. This piece is an excellent example of high-quality German craftsmanship of the late-1920s to mid-1930s. This bracelet, which has a concealed clasp with a safety catch, was part of my personal collection.

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  • Jakob Bengel necklace in chrome brickwork pattern
    Jakob Bengel brickwork necklace
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    Chrome Brickwork Necklace by Jakob Bengel

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    This Jakob Bengel necklace in the well-known Mauerwerk (brickwork) pattern is the epitome of German Machine Age design. This chromium-plated brass piece, which closes with a spring-ring clasp, feels very slinky. You can wear this necklace on either side. Scroll down to see several Machine Age bracelets to wear with this necklace, including two by Bengel.

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  • Chrome necklace with disks & balls
    Chrome German Machine Age necklace
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    Chrome German Machine Age Necklace

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    This chrome necklace from Germany has three sets of five curved semi-circular disks separated by two-part balls. Flat links of chain complete this piece, which closes with a spring-ring clasp. Substantial in weight, this necklace is extremely versatile and a great example of the Machine Age style of the 1930s. This piece is from my personal collection.

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  • Chrome bracelet with curved & textured links
    Chrome link Machine Age bracelet
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    Chrome Link Machine Age Bracelet

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    This chrome bracelet features a trio of curved, polished-chrome links that alternate with five rows of textured links. This piece, with a tongue-in-groove clasp, is another example of Machine Age design, inspired by radio or car grills. This wonderful bracelet goes with everything!

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