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1930s Jewelry

About 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 (aka Streamline Modern) jewelry was in vogue.

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  • Marcasite bracelet in sterling silver
    Marcasite bracelet w/buckle motif
    USD$1,495.00

    Marcasite & Sterling German Bracelet

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    This marcasite bracelet is extraordinary! With its classic buckle motif, this magnificent and hard-to-find piece has excellent articulation and loads of sparkle. This substantial sterling silver bracelet is an outstanding example of 1930s German craftsmanship and a real knockout! This jewel was part of my personal collection, and I am reluctantly offering it to a new owner. Scroll down to see the perfect pair of Art Deco crystal and marcasite earrings to quietly compliment this piece — or wear it alone to make an unforgettable statement.
    USD$1,495.00
    USD$1,495.00
  • Wachenheimer Bros bracelet with onyx in sterling
    1930s onyx & diamante bracelet
    USD$295.00

    Onyx, Diamanté & Sterling Wachenheimer Bros. Bracelet

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    This Wachenheimer Bros bracelet has faceted, square-cut onyx-glass stones channel-set in sterling silver, with engraved edges and diamanté-studded clasps. This jewel was made in two sections, with identical fold-over clasps in both places. The type of clasp dates this piece to the early 1930s, after the company stopped using their Diamonbar trademark and near the end of their production. This bracelet was made for a slim wrist, so please note the bracelet length (6 7/8″) and check your wrist size before purchasing this piece. The last photo shows it along with two other line bracelets – bracelets like these were commonly worn in multiples. Scroll down to see their details as well as other onyx jewels to wear with this lovely one.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Wachenheimer sterling, 3 row bracelet with onyx & diamanté
    Wachenheimer Brothers bracelet
    USD$345.00

    Onyx, Diamanté & Sterling 3-Row Bracelet by Wachenheimer Bros.

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    This Wachenheimer sterling, 3 row bracelet has a line of faceted, round onyx-glass stones on either side of a center row of diamantés. The bejeweled fold-over clasp, which joins the harp-shaped link at each end, was used by this maker in the early 1930s, when they were no longer using their Diamonbar trademark. This bracelet was made for a slim wrist. Please note the bracelet length (6 7/8") and check your wrist size before purchasing this piece. Scroll down to see a great selection of Art Deco pieces to wear with this lovely jewel.
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • Vintage glass bead necklace with pink beads & glass rings
    Pink bead necklace with clear glass rings
    USD$475.00

    Pink Glass Bead Necklace with Rings

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    This vintage glass bead necklace has clusters of small pale-pink beads wound together with wire and linked with large clear-glass rings. This Art Deco jewel from my personal collection looks like a garland when worn. The materials, construction, and barrel clasp make me think this necklace was made in Europe. A unique and classy piece that creates a lovely and memorable topping to a round-neck garment, any time of year. See my favorite model wearing this beautiful jewel in this blog post.
    USD$475.00
    USD$475.00
  • USD$195.00

    Red Bakelite Brooch with Chrome

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    This red Bakelite brooch is crafted from a cylinder of red plastic (Bakelite or Galalith?) wrapped in chrome. This Machine Age design reminds me of the work of the German maker Jakob Bengel. Early plastics were often combined with other materials during the 1930s. This piece closes with a simple C-clasp. Scroll down to see the perfect Machine Age bracelet to wear with this fashionable and fun brooch.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Sapphire brooch with diamanté in curved-links
    Close-up view of Art Deco bar brooch
    USD$245.00

    Sapphire Brooch with Diamantés by Schreiber & Hiller

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    This sapphire brooch has three curved links of diamantés between each one with blue-glass stones. At 3” long, this wonderful Art Deco piece is a quarter-inch-high half-dome backed by a flat metal plate. This lovely 1930s bar brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Scroll down to see a selection of diamanté bracelets made in Germany in the same decade to wear with this jewel.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Melon bead necklace in deep-sapphire-blue
    Full view of 18" necklace
    USD$225.00

    Sapphire Melon Bead Necklace

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    This melon bead necklace in deep-sapphire-blue raises a simple strand of beads to new heights! Exactly when this piece was made is uncertain, but I associate glass beads molded in the shape of melons with the Art Deco era. This strand of uniformly-sized beads was professionally restrung with knots by my expert jeweler after these photos were taken. It closes with a filigree, gold-tone concealed clasp. Scroll down to see a complementary bracelet.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Vintage German jewelry by WMF
    Front of Ikora silver-plated bracelet
    USD$245.00

    Silver Link 1930s Ikora Bracelet by WMF

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    An unusual example of vintage German jewelry, this silver link Machine Age bracelet was made by Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik (WMF). This German company is best known for its Art Nouveau and Art Deco silver-plated tableware. This silver-plated link bracelet from the Ikora line closes with a concealed clasp. The warm patina is the result of the oxidation process the jewelry department used in its manufacturing. This wonderful bracelet is attractive, yet neutral enough to be worn with a variety of attire for a range of day and evening activities. Scroll down to see some Machine Age necklaces to wear with this piece.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Art Deco bib necklace with silver rings
    Front of silver ring bib necklace
    USD$195.00

    Silver Ring Bib Necklace

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    This Art Deco bib necklace is an unusual 1930s piece. It is formed by embossed silver-tone rings connected with embossed links that suggest the appearance of inset stones. The bib portion is an additional two strands, which form a wide V-shape in the front. This piece closes with an older style spring-ring clasp. A versatile necklace for a woman who looks best in cool colors.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Theodor Fahrner necklace with gilt sterling flowers
    Front of 1930s Theodor Fahrner necklace
    USD$795.00

    Sterling Flower 1930s Necklace by Fahrner

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    This Theodor Fahrner necklace has scrolled filigree-topped flower petals and decorative links that illustrate the high quality of this maker’s work and the elegant simplicity of their design. This charming sterling silver piece has a touch of gilt remaining on the petals. This necklace closes with a spring-ring clasp. Even the link that attaches to the clasp is decorated! Scroll down to see a gorgeous Fahrner bracelet to wear with this lovely necklace from my personal collection.
    USD$795.00
    USD$795.00
  • Turquoise brooch with flowers & silver nasturtium leaves
    Close-up view of pate de verre
    USD$395.00

    Turquoise Brooch with Pate de Verre Flowers

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    This turquoise brooch has pate de verre flowers mounted on a base of two large, textured, silver-tone lily leaves. Additional silver-tone beads and textured elements embellish the intricate design. The closure is a simple C-clasp. The design is by Frank Hess, and the materials and construction are Haskell all the way. This beautiful jewel is from my personal collection. Scroll down to see a lovely bracelet by the same maker to wear with this piece.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00