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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 (aka Streamline Modern) jewelry was in vogue.

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  • Vintage amethyst earrings w/diamantes
    Close-up view of single earring
    USD$295.00

    Amethyst & Diamanté Earrings from Austria

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    These vintage amethyst earrings feature three rows of vertically-set stones. In the middle are two deep-purple 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 from Austria 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 box 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
  • 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!
    USD$495.00
    USD$495.00
  • 1930s French necklace w/black & white-marbled glass beads
    Full view of black-and-white beaded necklace
    USD$395.00

    Black & White Marbled Glass Bead French Necklace

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    This 1930s French 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 substantial piece. The beads and black spacers are strung on chain. This jewel closes with a barrel clasp. Once part of my personal collection, this stunning piece is perfect for a woman who likes to wear cool colors.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • 1930s earrings with black Bakelite & diamanté
    1930s earrings by Schreiber & Hiller
    USD$245.00

    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 diamantés. At the bottom is another diamanté-set link flanked by black Bakelite (or Galalith) 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$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • 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
  • Art Deco Bakelite brooch in black with diamante
    Close-up view of 'carving'
    USD$225.00

    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 jewel has ornate hand-carving accented with faceted, square-cut and round diamanté. The stones, 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$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Vintage black Bakelite necklace with diamanté links.
    German Machine Age necklace by Schreiber & Hiller
    USD$445.00

    Black Bakelite & Diamanté Necklace by Schreiber & Hiller

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    A beautiful example of Machine Age design that you will love. This vintage black Bakelite necklace features six curved links set with diamantés that alternate with Bakelite (or Galalith) links with 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. You can see it on my favorite model in this blog post. Scroll down to see a bracelet and pair of earrings by the same maker that complement this piece.
    USD$445.00
    USD$445.00
  • Bakelite brooch with diamanté accents
    Curved links with channel-set stones
    USD$225.00

    Black Bakelite Brooch with Diamantés

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    This black Bakelite (or Galalith) 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 jewelry created by the German makers Schreiber & Hiller 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 jewel.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • 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 diamantés channel-set in slender, slightly curved links on the outside with 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 jewel closes with a trombone clasp.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Blue bead bracelet with chrome knots
    Full view of blue bead & chrome bracelet
    USD$225.00

    Blue Bead & Chrome Knot Machine Age Bracelet

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    This blue bead bracelet has glass beads separated by chrome balls and knots of textured chrome wire. Made in the 1930s, this piece closes with a spring-ring clasp. The textured knots add interest and a Machine Age-look. Wear this versatile and fun bracelet with casual or office attire. It’s perfect for a woman who looks best in cool colors.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Fringe statement necklace w/blue glass tubes & chrome balls
    Full view of chrome & blue glass fringe necklace
    USD$375.00

    Blue Glass & Chrome Fringe Necklace

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    This fringe statement necklace has cobalt-blue glass tubes and chrome balls dangling from chrome links. The metal 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 1930s 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 and loves statement pieces.
    USD$375.00
    USD$375.00
  • Bakelite bangle bracelet in marbled brown with 6 yellow dots
    Brown marbled Bakelite bracelet
    USD$495.00

    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$495.00
    USD$495.00
  • 1930s necklace with disks & balls
    Chrome German Machine Age necklace
    USD$345.00

    Chrome 1930s Necklace from Germany

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    This 1930s 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 the design. Substantial in weight, this chrome necklace is a great example of the Machine Age style. This piece is from my personal collection. An unusual and versatile addition to the jewelry wardrobe of a woman who likes to wear cool colors! Scroll down to see the perfect bracelet from another German maker to wear with this jewel.
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • Jakob Bengel necklace in chrome brickwork pattern
    Front of chrome brickwork necklace
    USD$395.00

    Chrome Brickwork Collar 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 collar 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 bracelet with curved & textured links
    Chrome link Machine Age bracelet
    USD$225.00

    Chrome Link Machine Age Bracelet

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    This chrome bracelet features a trio of curved, polished links, inspired by radio or car grills. They alternate with five rows of textured links in the tank-track pattern. This piece, with a concealed clasp, is a great example of Machine Age design that incorporates two motifs of the style. I think this wonderful and unusual bracelet is European in origin. It goes with everything, and it's perfect for a woman who likes to wear cool colors! Scroll down to see several colorful coordinating pieces.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Chrysoprase green necklace w/alternating crystal chicklets
    Front of chrysoprase & crystal chicklet necklace
    USD$495.00

    Chrysoprase & Crystal Chicklet Necklace

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    This chrysoprase green necklace has rectangular-shaped stones that alternate with square crystals. All are mounted on linked silver-tone frames, in the style of Art Deco chicklet necklaces. Although unmarked, the design and quality of this jewel make me think it was made in Germany. The faceting of the crystals is superb, the mountings of the stones are highly-decorated, and the weight is substantial. This gorgeous piece from my personal collection closes with a spring-ring clasp. Scroll down to see Art Deco earrings and bracelets to wear with this classic jewel.
    USD$495.00
    USD$495.00
  • Chrysoprase necklace with chrome spacers
    Chrysoprase & chrome Machine Age necklace
    USD$245.00

    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 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$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Vintage chrysoprase earrings
    Art Deco chrysoprase earrings
    USD$245.00

    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 complement this pair.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Vintage German brooch in gold-washed sterling w/citrine
    Close-up view of brooch center
    USD$185.00

    Citrine & Vermeil Sterling German Brooch

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    This vintage German brooch in gold-washed sterling silver is highly-decorated. Its focal point is a flower with a faceted, round citrine-glass stone at the center. The twisted metal decoration on the sides gives this piece a bit of a Machine Age-feel. The markings indicate that this brooch was handmade in Germany, using sterling with a higher silver content (935) than the 925 North American standard. Please note that gold plating on the center flower is in tact, even though the photos suggest wear. A petite and lovely jewel.
    USD$185.00
    USD$185.00
  • Dangling bead pin in primary colors
    Colored bead brooch by Frank Hess
    USD$225.00

    Colored Bead Dangling Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This dangling bead pin was designed by Frank Hess for Miriam Haskell in the 1930s. A textured Russian-gold wreath embellished with blue, green, red and yellow glass beads forms the top of this whimsical jewel. Note that the beads were hand-sewn onto the pierced metal foundation. Dangling tubes and beads in the same colors finish the piece. It closes with a simple C-clasp. Lots of movement here. Primary colors never looked so good!
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Briolette earrings that are runway-worthy
    Close-up view of glass briolette pendant
    USD$275.00

    Crystal & Glass Briolette Earrings

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    These briolette earrings from the 1930s definitely make a statement. Substantial in weight, each has a fully-faceted, teardrop-shaped glass pendant with a large prong-set, round crystal at the earlobe. This top stone is very prominent – ½” diameter by 3/8” deep. The screw-backs are sterling silver and can be modified for pierced ears. These beautiful and unusual earrings sparkled on the runway at a recent fashion show. Add some glamour to your jewelry wardrobe!
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Crystal brooch with onyx stripes
    Crystal & onyx brooch in horizontal position
    USD$275.00

    Crystal Brooch with Onyx Stripes

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    This crystal brooch features a beautifully-faceted triangle on each end. The centerpiece has three rows of alternating crystal and onyx-glass rectangles. The construction of this Art Deco piece is outstanding. White metal frames hold the stones, and the edges of the triangle frames are etched. This stunning jewel from my personal collection closes with a roll-over safety clasp. I believe this piece was made in Germany or the former Czechoslovakia.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Plaque necklace with diamanté links & Bakelite
    German Art Deco plaque necklace
    USD$395.00

    Diamanté & Bakelite 1930s Plaque Necklace by Schreiber & Hiller

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    This plaque necklace made in Germany in the 1930s has tapered, curved links of diamanté on either side of a black Bakelite disk. It is topped with a large, claw-set diamanté surrounded by smaller stones. When laid out on a table, the necklace forms a wide v-shape. A scroll chain with a spring-ring clasp completes this beautiful piece from my personal collection. Although some stones have aged, this necklace still has lots of sparkle. Scroll down to see a coordinating bracelet and earrings.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Vintage Lapel Watch by Pennino in Art Deco design
    Art Deco design on front of clasp
    USD$595.00

    Diamanté & Sterling 1930s Lapel Watch by Pennino Bros.

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    This amazing lapel watch by Pennino is the ultimate in Art Deco design, with pavé and baguettes set in rhodium-plated sterling silver. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. And the best part is that the watch works! It has been cleaned by my expert watchmaker. The watch is attached to the brooch upside down, so you can read the time when you are wearing this piece. The numbers on the watch face are also SO Deco in design, and the original blue hour, minute and second hands are present. What an unusual and fantastic piece! Scroll down to see a selection of lovely coordinating bracelets.
    USD$595.00
    USD$595.00
  • Otis sterling bracelet with diamanté
    Diamante & sterling Art Deco bracelet
    USD$195.00

    Diamanté & Sterling Line Bracelet by Otis

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    This Otis sterling bracelet is a lovely example of an Art Deco line bracelet, the forerunner of today's tennis bracelet. It features faceted, square-cut diamanté channel-set in rhodium-plated sterling silver. Engraved edges and a diamanté-embellished fold-over clasp complete the design. The excellent articulation speaks to its high-quality construction, which actually was the same as that used by Wachenheimer Bros. (Read about the companies' connection.) Bracelets in this style (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 one paired with other line bracelets in the photos. Although the stones have aged a bit, this jewel still has lots of sparkle. Scroll down to see coordinating pieces.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Honeycomb bracelet with 3 rows of diamanté
    Honeycomb bracelet by Schreiber & Hiller
    USD$345.00

    Diamanté 3-row Honeycomb Bracelet by Schreiber & Hiller

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    This German Art Deco honeycomb bracelet has tapered links that are staggered to form the pattern, which is a variation of the tank track. Each rhodium-plated link has channel-set stones: a large diamanté in the center flanked by a smaller one on each side. This bracelet closes with a concealed clasp and safety catch. This jewel sparkled on the runway at a recent fashion show. The model wore it with diamanté 1950s Eisenberg earrings, shown below.
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • Vintage bar brooch with diamanté
    Close-up view of German Art Deco brooch
    USD$185.00

    Diamanté Bar Brooch by Schreiber & Hiller

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    This vintage bar brooch has a 3 ½”-long, single channel of diamantés in a rhodium-plated setting. From the side, the shape is a trapezoid. This design incorporates the flat-top construction of the patented link. This brooch closes with a trombone clasp. A great piece for a jacket lapel! Scroll down to see bracelets by this maker to wear with this jewel.
    USD$185.00
    USD$185.00
  • Double clip brooch by Mazer Bros.
    Another frontal view of Mazer double-clip brooch
    USD$395.00

    Diamanté Double Clip Brooch by Mazer Bros.

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    This double clip brooch by Mazer Brothers features sparkly round and baguette diamanté in a late-Art Deco design. What’s interesting about this piece is that the patent for the brooch mechanism that connects the dress clips was issued to Marcel Boucher in 1939, two years after he started his own company. He filed the patent application when he was working for Mazer Brothers, but the patent wasn’t assigned to them when it was issued. (You can see the utility patent here, below Boucher's name.) I was surprised to find the “MAZER” mark on this piece from the technical perspective but certainly not from an aesthetic point of view. Because this jewel was created with the Boucher mechanism, I think it was made while he still worked for the firm. Wear this lovely piece as a brooch or as separate dress clips. Scroll down to see several complementary bracelets.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • USD$325.00

    Diamanté Floral Double Clip Brooch

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    This geometric diamanté-encrusted Art Deco piece can be worn as a brooch or as two separate dress clips. The photos show a third option: one clip worn as a pendant on a black rubber cord; you may prefer to use a white gold or silver chain. A 17-inch, 2mm black rubber cord with a stainless steel twist lock (which is shown in the photo) is included with this purchase. The setting is rhodium-plated base metal; the brooch has a roll-over safety clasp. What's curious about this piece is its origin: although it is marked "PRO. PAT. 864999", I cannot identify the country. Scroll down to see several complementary bracelets.
    USD$325.00
    USD$325.00
  • Art Deco dress clips on brooch mechanism
    French Art Deco brooch/pair of dress clips
    USD$295.00

    Diamanté French Art Deco Dress Clips or Brooch

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    These Art Deco dress clips from France are paved in diamanté set in rhodium-plated metal with cut-outs that enhance the design. The clips can be worn together as a brooch. Because the design is symmetrical, I like to wear this type of clip as a pendant on a chain or cord. The last two photos show this option: one with a sterling chain from my jewelry box (not included); the other with a 17-inch, 2mm black rubber cord (included with this purchase). Scroll down to see a selection of bracelets to wear with this piece.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • French brooch or pair of dress clips in diamante
    1930s French double clip brooch
    USD$225.00

    Diamanté French Brooch or Pair of Clips

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    This diamanté French brooch was designed to be worn as a brooch (at different angles, as shown) and as separate dress clips. With its symmetrical Art Deco design, this jewel has a third option: one clip as a pendant on a chain. The one shown in the photo is sterling silver and is not included. The setting of this piece is rhodium-plated base metal. The brooch clasp is the trombone style, which was typically used in European pieces from this era. This jewel is marked Deposé, which is the French word for patented. Scroll down to see a selection of coordinating bracelets.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • German flexible bracelet with diamante
    Front of bracelet showing links
    USD$345.00

    Diamanté German Flexible Bracelet

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    This German flexible bracelet features curved, rhodium-plated links with channel-set diamanté. Its design and construction remind me of other pieces made in Germany in the 1930s and 1950. A distinctive element of this one is the use of a small disk between each link. This bracelet is wider and longer than most I’ve seen from these decades. Although this piece has a maker’s mark, I cannot identify the company. Scroll down to see a necklace by the same maker as well as an unsigned one with the same construction.
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • Snake chain necklace with diamante
    Front of German snake chain necklace
    USD$325.00

    Diamanté German Snake Chain Necklace

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    This snake chain necklace from Germany has a curved centerpiece with a Machine Age-look. The white-metal links with channel-set stones are separated by trios of flat-metal links. All are connected with flat disks at the top and bottom (probably to cover a connecting chain). At each end is a triangle-shaped element formed by two long and one short link with channel-set stones. This piece closes with a spring-ring clasp. Although I had always associated snake chains with the 1940s, I just learned that they were first introduced in 1850. This necklace has a maker’s mark, but I have been unable to identify the company. Although this necklace was made for a slim neck (the length is 14 1/2"), you could add a chain extender if needed. The absence of an adjustable closure makes me think this piece was made before the 1950s. Scroll down to see a bracelet by the same maker.
    USD$325.00
    USD$325.00
  • 1930s brooch in lightning-bolt shape
    Close-up view of brooch
    USD$225.00

    Diamanté Lightning Bolt 1930s Brooch by Schreiber & Hiller

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    This 1930s brooch by the German maker Schreiber & Hiller reminds me of a bolt of lightning, a popular theme in Machine Age jewelry of that decade. This piece is formed by seven flat-top links that are bent to form a sort of zig-zag shape. Long (3 ¼”) and lean, this unusual brooch closes with a trombone clasp. An elegant and unusual adornment for a jacket lapel. Scroll down to see coordinating bracelets.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Diamanté link bracelet from 1930s Germany
    Close-up view of bracelet front
    USD$345.00

    Diamanté Link Bracelet by Schreiber & Hiller

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    This link bracelet has three rows of diamanté in the tank-track pattern so popular with this maker and in the 1930s. In this case, the set stones have a flat top. From the side, the links are trapezoid-shaped. The rhodium-plated setting closes with a concealed clasp and safety chain. What a great bracelet to wear on its own or with others from this group. Scroll down to see some suggestions.
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • Diamanté silver bracelet with 3 rows
    Front of German diamante bracelet
    USD$295.00

    Diamanté Link German 1930s Bracelet

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    This diamanté silver bracelet has two rows of long, slender, slightly-curved links of channel-set stones. Each link is trapezoid in shape. A single row of slimmer, short, pointed-top connecting links is in the middle. The setting is rhodium-plated white metal. This bracelet closes with a concealed clasp and safety chain. This piece is unsigned, but it reminds me of the work of the German company Schreiber & Hiller. I think this bracelet was made in the 1930s, but it could have been made around 1950, when German companies were re-emerging after the war. Scroll down to see some complementary pieces.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Trifari costume jewelry – double-clip brooch with diamanté ribbons
    Diamanté ribbon Art Deco Clip-Mate by Trifari
    USD$295.00

    Diamanté Ribbon 1930s Clip-Mates by Trifari

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    Trifari costume jewelry of the late-1930s included Clip-Mates, their version of the double clip brooch. This example features loops of diamanté-encrusted ribbons. The setting is rhodium-plated. This piece can be worn as a brooch (at different angles, as shown) or as two separate dress clips. The photos show a third option: one clip worn as a pendant on a sterling silver chain (which is not included). A white-gold one would also work well. Wear this piece with faux or real diamond studs for an added touch of sparkle. Scroll down to see a selection of coordinating bracelets. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Trifari's name.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • German bracelet in tank track pattern
    Front of German bracelet
    USD$345.00

    Diamanté Tank Track German Bracelet

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    This German bracelet features four rows of slightly curved, tapered links channel-set with diamanté. The rhodium-plated setting closes with a concealed clasp and safety catch. Although this piece is unsigned, the tank-track pattern and the bracelet’s construction remind me of pieces made by German companies in the 1930s. This bracelet may have been made in the early 1950s, when the German companies were re-establishing themselves after the war. This bracelet was made for a slim wrist. Please note its length (6 7/8") and measure your wrist before purchasing this piece. Scroll down to see coordinating pieces.
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • German necklace with diamanté in tank track design
    German Machine Age Necklace
    USD$195.00

    Diamanté Tank Track German Necklace by Schreiber & Hiller

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    This German necklace has three rows of flat-top links of diamantés. The edges of the links are engraved, and the clasp is the concealed type. The ageing of some stones doesn't detract from the sparkle of this Machine Age piece. Schreiber & Hiller produced jewelry with many variations of this pattern. Scroll down to see an all-diamanté bracelet in a four-row, tank-track pattern, by the same maker.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Vintage link necklace with diamanté
    Diamante link Machine Age necklace
    USD$345.00

    Diamanté Vintage Link Necklace by Schreiber & Hiller

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    With this vintage link necklace from the 1930s, the maker used curved links of diamantés in a tank-track pattern as the centerpiece. The jeweled links have rhodium-plated backs. A link-and-bar chain with a spring-ring clasp complete this Machine Age piece. Because this necklace was in my personal collection, I had it shortened. Its purchase includes four additional links, which are each about one-half-inch long. Scroll down to see some tank track bracelets, also by Schreiber & Hiller, to wear with this wonderful necklace.
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • Coro Duette in Art Deco winged design
    Coro Duette made in Canada
    USD$295.00

    Diamanté Winged Coro Duette

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    This Coro Duette can be worn as separate dress clips or a brooch. Embellished with round diamantés and baguettes, this piece looks like a pair of wings. The rhodium-plated brooch mechanism closes with a roll-over safety clasp. This jewel was made in Canada, where Coro had manufacturing operations and sales rooms from 1934 until about 1970. I’m surprised that the maker’s name is absent, but I am confident that this double-clip brooch is by Coro. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below the company's name. Scroll down to see several coordinating bracelets.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Emerald bead earrings with dangles
    Emerald bead pendant earrings
    USD$245.00

    Emerald Bead Pendant Earrings

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    These emerald bead earrings from the early-1930s are Czech in origin. An emerald-glass stone in a silver-tone setting sits at the earlobe. The chain that connects the top and the faceted, round glass ball pendant has a lantern-shaped bead in the middle. The color of the beads is a pale shade of emerald green (without a bluish tint). These all-original screw-back earrings can be modified for pierced ears. Earrings like these never go out of style! An elegant accessory for day or evening wear. Scroll down to see an Art Deco bracelet to complete your ensemble.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Vintage dress pins with fruit salads and diamanté
    Close-up view of one clip
    USD$275.00

    Gemstone Fruit Salad & Diamanté Dress Clips

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    This pair of vintage dress pins has ruby, sapphire, and emerald acorn-shaped glass stones surrounded by diamanté. Costume jewelry makers adopted this practice of molding colored glass in the shapes of leaves or fruits to imitate Indian-carved gemstones used in fine jewelry. Firms such as Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels popularized these fruit salads or tutti frutti in Art Deco pieces. The trio of rubies, sapphires, and emeralds was a favorite combination. The setting of these classic 1930s dress clips is rhodium-plated base metal. Notice the photo showing one clip worn as a pendant on a sterling silver chain (which is not included), to illustrate the versatility of this type of jewel. You probably have a silver or white-gold necklace that would work as well. The utility patent for the dress clip mechanism is here, shown below the name of Anthony E. Waller.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Fruit salads brooch by Trifari
    Close-up view of teardrop-shaped jewels
    USD$295.00

    Gemstone Fruit Salads Brooch by Trifari

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    This fruit salads brooch by Trifari features a line of teardrop-shaped ruby, emerald, and sapphire-glass stones topped with and surrounded by diamantés. The molded glass was used by costume jewelry makers to imitate the Indian-carved gemstones – known as fruit salads or tutti frutti – which were so popular in the Art Deco era. Trifari made their first fruit salad pieces in the late-1930s, typically using acorn-shaped stones. This jewel has the popular trio of colors but in a different shape with an added gem: the company called cabochons with a diamanté center shoe-buttons. The design of this rhodium-plated setting is similar to pieces from the company’s Ming series in the 1930s. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. This elegant and timeless brooch goes with just about everything!
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Vintage Bakelite brooch with diamantes
    Close-up view of brooch front
    USD$195.00

    Green Bakelite Brooch with Diamantés

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    This vintage Bakelite brooch is fashioned from a half-dome in light green. When jewelry makers embraced early plastics they no longer needed to imitate gemstones, so the range of colors was limitless. This 1930s piece is embellished with five rings of diamantés. This versatile Art Deco jewel is fun to wear and probably European in origin. It may be Galalith, an alternative plastic often used there. Although the pin is bent, it works very well. I love the mix of materials and the choice of green!
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Green bead necklace w/chrome accents
    Green bead & chrome Machine Age necklace
    USD$275.00

    Green Bead & Chrome Necklace

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    This green bead necklace from the 1930s is probably European in origin. A large, faceted glass bead capped with textured metal shaped like flower petals is the centerpiece. Textured chrome balls along with green-glass beads (two flower-shaped with caps, two round ones without) continue up the textured chain to the spring-ring clasp. This playful jewel has a Machine Age-feel. An unusual and delightful piece for a woman who likes to wear warm colors in any season. Scroll down to see a coordinating bracelet.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Art Deco jade earrings with diamante accents
    Art Deco jade pendants
    USD$275.00

    Jade & Diamanté Pendant Earrings

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    These lovely and delicate Art Deco jade earrings feature molded-glass stones that simulate carved jade. The square stones are set at an angle in silver-tone metal embellished with diamantés. Minor wear to some corners is not visible when these earrings are worn. The original screw-backs were converted to sterling silver ear wires with lever backs for pierced ears by my expert jeweler. If you don’t have pierced ears, scroll down to see jade Art Deco earrings with screw-backs.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00