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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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  • Vintage Austrian earrings w/amethysts & diamante
    Amethyst & diamante 1930s pendant earrings
    USD$295.00

    Amethyst & Diamanté 1930s Austrian Earrings

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    These vintage Austrian earrings feature three rows of vertically-set stones. In the middle are two deep-amethyst baguettes with a round diamanté on top and a faceted, teardrop-shaped diamanté at the bottom. On either side of the middle, the pattern is repeated but with a single baguette. The setting is rhodium-plated metal shaped to hold the stones together, making each pendant one piece. A single, faceted, round diamanté sits at the earlobe. These 1930s Art Deco earrings are all-original screw-backs and can be modified for pierced ears. The color combination is rich, regal, and easy-to-wear.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Theodor Fahrner bracelet with gilded sterling & aquamarines
    1920s-1930s filigree bracelet by Theodor Fahrner
    USD$1,495.00

    Aquamarine & Gilt Sterling Filigree Theodor Fahrner Bracelet

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    This Theodor Fahrner bracelet is spectacular! Each gilded-sterling silver link with corded wire spirals holds a collet-set faux aquamarine. This fabulous Art Deco jewel is an excellent example of the type of filigree this maker is known for. The book cited as a reference indicates that the filigree pieces were made post-1932, but the same source dates the maker’s mark to the 1920s. I don’t think the date matters – this bracelet is exquisite! It has a concealed clasp and safety catch. Scroll down to see a sterling Fahrner necklace that looks lovely with this piece.
    USD$1,495.00
    USD$1,495.00
  • USD$495.00

    Black & Red Galalith & Chrome 1930s 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.
    USD$495.00
    USD$495.00
  • Art Deco dangle earrings with black-and-white cubes
    Art Deco earrings with trio of dangling cubes
    USD$295.00

    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 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.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Vintage charm bracelet with black & white cubes
    Art Deco tank-track pattern bracelet with charms
    USD$495.00

    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.
    USD$495.00
    USD$495.00
  • USD$375.00

    Black & White Marbled Glass Bead French Necklace

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    This substantial glass bead necklace is a lovely take on black-and-white. What appear as white glass beads are actually clear glass with white swirls. The variation in shape and size of beads adds to the beauty of this piece. The beads and black spacers are strung on chain. This French necklace from the 1930s closes with a bee-hive screw-in clasp. Once part of my personal collection, this stunning piece is perfect for a woman who looks best in cool colors.
    USD$375.00
    USD$375.00
  • 1930s earrings with black Bakelite & diamanté
    1930s earrings by Schreiber & Hiller
    USD$195.00

    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.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Art Deco Bakelite brooch in black with diamante
    Close-up view of 'carving'
    USD$195.00

    Black Bakelite & Diamanté Art Deco Brooch

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    This Art Deco Bakelite brooch is not for the faint-hearted! From the 1930s, this large black piece has ornate molding that simulates carving. Faceted, square-cut and round diamanté, which were expertly replaced by the previous owner, are a sparkly contrast to the dark color. At 3 ¾” long, this brooch is a real statement piece. It closes with a roll-over safety clasp.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Vintage Bakelite jewelry – bracelet with diamanté
    Close-up view of diamante & Bakelite links
    USD$295.00

    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.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Vintage Bakelite necklace with diamanté links
    Front of black Bakelite Machine Age necklace
    USD$295.00

    Black Bakelite & Diamanté German 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.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Machine Age necklace with Bakelite & diamanté
    German Machine Age necklace
    USD$395.00

    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.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Bakelite brooch with diamanté accents
    Curved links with channel-set stones
    USD$175.00

    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.
    USD$175.00
    USD$175.00
  • Vintage tank track brooch with black diamanté
    Close-up view of tank track brooch
    USD$195.00

    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.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • USD$245.00

    Blue Bead & Chrome 1930s Necklace

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    Cobalt-blue-glass beads, pierced chrome balls, and blue-plastic rings form the center of this Machine Age necklace. Decorative chrome links dotted with an additional bead on each side complete this 1930s treasure. It closes with a screw-barrel clasp. This piece is probably European in origin and is perfect for women who look best in cool colors. Scroll down to see a selection of bracelets that complement this fabulous necklace.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • USD$195.00

    Blue Bead & Chrome Knot Machine Age Bracelet

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    Blue-glass beads separated by chrome balls and knots of textured chrome wire form this 1930s bracelet. It closes with a spring-ring clasp. The textured knots add interest and a Machine Age-look. Wear this versatile bracelet with casual or office attire. It's perfect for a woman who looks best in cool colors.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • USD$345.00

    Blue Glass & Chrome 1930s Fringe Necklace

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    Cobalt-blue glass tubes and chrome balls dangle from this 1930s fringe necklace. The chrome links and fringe elements have a Machine-Age look and give this piece lots of movement! Some of the blue glass tubes have minor chips, but they are not noticeable when this beauty is worn. 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. A perfect adornment for a woman who looks best in cool colors.
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • Bakelite bangle bracelet in marbled brown with 6 yellow dots
    Brown marbled Bakelite bracelet
    USD$425.00

    Brown Marbled Bakelite Bangle Bracelet with 6 Dots

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    This Bakelite bangle bracelet combines shades of brown in marble-like swirls. The outside is inlaid with six yellow dots.  This piece, which is from my personal collection, slips over the hand, as the bracelet doesn’t open. It is the perfect adornment for a woman who looks best in warm hues. Add a touch of whimsy to any outfit with this richly-colored piece.
    USD$425.00
    USD$425.00
  • Jakob Bengel necklace in chrome brickwork pattern
    Jakob Bengel brickwork necklace
    USD$395.00

    Chrome Brickwork 1930s 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 one by Bengel.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Chrome necklace with disks & balls
    Chrome German Machine Age necklace
    USD$295.00

    Chrome German Machine Age Necklace

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    This chrome necklace from Germany has three sets of five semi-circular disks separated by two-part balls. A flat-link-and-bar chain with a spring-ring clasp completes this piece. Substantial in weight, this necklace is a great example of the Machine Age style of the 1930s. This piece is from my personal collection. An unusual and versatile addition to the jewelry wardrobe of a woman who looks best in cool colors! Scroll down to see the perfect bracelet from another German maker to wear with this piece.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Chrome bracelet with curved & textured links
    Chrome link Machine Age bracelet
    USD$195.00

    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 concealed clasp, is another example of Machine Age design that was inspired by radio or car grills. I think this wonderful and unusual bracelet is European in origin. It goes with everything, and it's perfect for a woman who looks best in cool colors!
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Chrysoprase necklace with chrome spacers
    Chrysoprase & chrome Machine Age necklace
    USD$225.00

    Chrysoprase & Chrome Machine Age Necklace

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    This 1930s chrysoprase necklace has five polished-glass stones separated by geometric stacks of chrome spacers that give it a real Machine Age look. The silver-tone chain with alternating flat and wavy links closes with a screw-barrel clasp. I think this piece is European in origin. Scroll down to see chrysoprase Art Deco earrings and a Machine Age bracelet to wear with this necklace.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • USD$450.00

    Chrysoprase & Crystal Chicklet-Style German Necklace

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    Although unmarked, the design and quality of this early-1930s chrysoprase (glass?) and crystal chicklet-style necklace make me think it was made in Germany. The faceting of the crystals is superb, and the mountings of the stones are highly-decorated. The silver-tone metal may be sterling, although the stone frames are unmarked. This gorgeous piece from my personal collection closes with an older-style spring-ring clasp. Scroll down to see Art Deco earrings and bracelets to wear with this jewel.
    USD$450.00
    USD$450.00
  • Vintage chrysoprase earrings
    Art Deco chrysoprase earrings
    USD$195.00

    Chrysoprase Earrings

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    Simple, yet fun, these vintage chrysoprase earrings have faceted, square, and triangle-shaped apple-green-glass stones. They are mounted in silver-tone metal frames. These all-original 1930s screw-back earrings have a nice swing and can be modified for pierced ears. Scroll down to see other Art Deco pieces that compliment this pair.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • USD$295.00

    Citrine & Sterling Bracelet by Wells

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    This 1930s Wells sterling bracelet features a centerpiece of four faceted, cushion-cut citrine-glass stones set in silver frames. Four filigree panels are linked to each side of the center, which is finished with an outline of the stones. The detail on the front and back of this bracelet is extraordinary. The links that hold the panels together give it a bit of a Machine Age-feel and enhance the articulation of the piece. This well-made bracelet closes with a concealed clasp. A truly stunning and unusual piece! Scroll down to see Art Deco necklaces and earrings in similar shades of citrine that look great with this jewel.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00