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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 German brooch in gold-washed sterling w/citrine
    Close-up view of brooch center
    $ 175

    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.
    $ 175
    $ 175
  • Cobalt blue necklace with rondelles
    Front of blue glass & rondelle necklace
    $ 295

    Cobalt Blue Necklace with Rondelles

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    This cobalt blue necklace has poured-glass beads alternating with rondelles, which are all shaped like half-moons. The elements are strung on a chain that ends with a diamante-embellished screw-barrel clasp. This French Art Deco beauty is from my personal collection. The chain has stretched a bit over time – a typical issue with pieces from this era. This jewel is perfect for women who look best in cool colors. Simple diamond studs complete the look.
    $ 295
    $ 295
  • $ 185

    Colored Bead Dangling 1930s Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    A textured Russian-gold wreath embellished with blue, green, red and yellow glass beads forms the top of this whimsical 1930s brooch by Frank Hess for Miriam Haskell. 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. Primary colors never looked so good!
    $ 185
    $ 185
  • $ 295

    Crystal & Chrome Chicklet-Style 1930s Necklace by Kollmar & Jourdan

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    This German Art Deco necklace features three faceted, square-cut crystal chicklets flanked on either side by decorative chrome elements. A scroll chain – a style I've seen on many German pieces from this era – completes the necklace and closes with a spring-ring clasp. This piece is the only one I have ever seen by Kollmar & Jourdan, a prominent and long-standing Pforzheim jewelry maker. This lovely necklace goes with every color! Scroll down to see some earrings and a bracelet that do, too.
    $ 295
    $ 295
  • $ 245

    Crystal Briolette & Sterling 1930s Earrings

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    A fully-faceted crystal briolette is the focal point in these substantial 1930s earrings. A faceted, prong-set, round crystal stone sits at the earlobe. The screw-backs are sterling silver and can be modified for pierced ears. The round stone at the top is very prominent – 1/2" diameter by 3/8" deep – so be ready to make a statement! These beautiful and unusual earrings sparkled on the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019. Add some sparkle to your jewelry wardrobe!
    $ 245
    $ 245
  • Plaque necklace with diamanté links & Bakelite
    German Art Deco plaque necklace
    $ 325

    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.
    $ 325
    $ 325
  • Vintage Lapel Watch by Pennino in Art Deco design
    Art Deco design on front of clasp
    $ 595

    Diamanté & Sterling 1930s Lapel Watch by Pennino Bros.

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    This amazing vintage 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.
    $ 595
    $ 595
  • Otis sterling bracelet with diamanté
    Diamante & sterling Art Deco bracelet
    $ 185

    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.
    $ 185
    $ 185
  • Silver buckle bracelet by Otis
    Sterling & diamante two-row buckle bracelet
    $ 245

    Diamanté & Sterling Silver Buckle Bracelet by Otis

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    This silver buckle bracelet features two rows of round diamanté set in sterling. The concealed clasp has a flat, rectangular tongue with a floral-decorated release button in the center; the straight safety-clasp swivels. This style of clasp was used by Wachenheimer Brothers ("WB") late in their production. The back is stamped “3 20 17”, the date the patent was issued to them for the way the links are connected. However, even though this bracelet has these WB characteristics, it doesn’t have the Diamonbar mark. Some of the components or the entire piece may have been made by WB, but I believe this bracelet was sold by Otis, the company that purchased the equipment and inventory from WB after they went out of business. Read more about the connection between these companies. Scroll down to see a selection of lovely coordinating pieces.
    $ 245
    $ 245
  • Vintage bar brooch with diamanté
    Close-up view of German Art Deco brooch
    $ 175

    Diamanté 1930s Bar Brooch by Schreiber & Hiller

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    This vintage bar brooch has a 3 ½”-long, single channel of diamanté 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 brooch.
    $ 175
    $ 175
  • Honeycomb bracelet with 3 rows of diamanté
    Honeycomb bracelet by Schreiber & Hiller
    $ 295

    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. Each rhodium-plated link has channel-set stones: a large diamanté in the center flanked by a smaller one on both sides. This bracelet closes with a concealed clasp and safety catch. Scroll down to see a five-row bracelet in the same pattern, by this maker. Both sparkled on the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019! The model wore them with diamanté 1950s Eisenberg earrings, also shown below.
    $ 295
    $ 295
  • art deco fashion jewelry – honeycomb bracelet
    Honeycomb bracelet by Schreiber & Hiller
    $ 350

    Diamanté 5-row Honeycomb Bracelet by Schreiber & Hiller

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    Art Deco fashion jewelry made in the 1930s in Germany was unlike anything produced by North American companies. The foundation of this maker’s designs is an oblong link that holds channel-set stones. With this bracelet, they took this concept to another level. These flat, rhodium-plated links with three diamanté form a honeycomb pattern. A large stone is in the center, with a smaller one on each side. This bracelet has five rows; it closes with a concealed clasp and safety catch. Scroll down to see another bracelet by this maker in the same pattern with three rows. Both sparkled on the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019! The model wore them with 1950s diamanté Eisenberg earrings, also shown below.
    $ 350
    $ 350
  • Double clip brooch by Mazer Bros.
    Another frontal view of Mazer double-clip brooch
    $ 345

    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.
    $ 345
    $ 345
  • $ 245

    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.
    $ 245
    $ 245
  • Art Deco dress clips on brooch mechanism
    French Art Deco brooch/pair of dress clips
    $ 245

    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.
    $ 245
    $ 245
  • French brooch or pair of dress clips in diamante
    1930s French double clip brooch
    $ 175

    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 is typically used in French pieces from this era. This piece is marked Deposé, which is the French word for patented. Scroll down to see a selection of coordinating bracelets.
    $ 175
    $ 175
  • German flexible bracelet with diamante
    Front of bracelet showing links
    $ 295

    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.
    $ 295
    $ 295
  • Snake chain necklace with diamante
    Front of German snake chain necklace
    $ 245

    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.
    $ 245
    $ 245
  • Chevron link bracelet with diamanté
    1930s German chevron link bracelet
    $ 295

    Diamanté German Chevron Link Bracelet

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    This chevron link bracelet has diamanté channel-set in tapered, curved links. This pattern is quintessential Art Deco. The rhodium-plated setting closes with a concealed clasp and safety catch. The design and construction of this piece remind me of the work of German makers in the 1930s. Although this jewel is unsigned, I think it is one of their creations. 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 complementary pieces.
    $ 295
    $ 295
  • Fringe earrings with diamanté
    Front of German Machine Age earrings
    $ 395

    Diamanté German Fringe Earrings

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    These fringe earrings are the most amazing I’ve ever seen! A full inch of fringe dangles beneath a frame formed by an array of rhodium-plated links with channel-set diamanté. (They are much brighter than the first photo indicates.) At the top is a single stone. Great articulation! The original ear clips were replaced by sterling silver posts for pierced ears by my expert jeweler. The design and construction of this pair remind of Machine Age-style pieces produced in Germany in the 1930s. A rare find for someone who wants to make a statement! Scroll down to see some coordinating bracelets.
    $ 395
    $ 395
  • 1930s brooch in lightning-bolt shape
    Close-up view of brooch
    $ 195

    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.
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • Diamanté link bracelet from 1930s Germany
    Close-up view of bracelet front
    $ 295

    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.
    $ 295
    $ 295
  • Diamanté silver bracelet with 3 rows
    Front of German diamante bracelet
    $ 295

    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.
    $ 295
    $ 295
  • Trifari costume jewelry – double-clip brooch with diamanté ribbons
    Diamanté ribbon Art Deco Clip-Mate by Trifari
    $ 275

    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.
    $ 275
    $ 275