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1940s Jewelry

This collection of 1940s jewelry includes ear clips, necklaces, double-clip brooches, bracelets, and brooches in bold Retro Modern and delicate Victorian motifs. Because women’s clothing during the war years was austere and masculine, jewelry became very feminine. Stylized flowers and animals as well as buckles, bows, ribbons and fabric-like folds were popular. Bracelets were wide and often worn over gloves. Big and bold brooches were worn on the shoulder of day and evening attire. Double-clip brooches, still enormously popular, evolved from geometric pieces into asymmetrical, three-dimensional images. White base metals were replaced with sterling silver, often with yellow-, pink-, green-, and/or rose-gold plating. Read more about 1940s jewelry and fashion.

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  • Another way to wear this vintage amethyst brooch
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    Amethyst & Pavé Gold Bouquet 1940s Brooch by Mazer Bros.

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    This vintage amethyst brooch is a bouquet of emerald-cut pale-purple-glass flowers with gold-plated stems and pavé accents is tied with a bow. Even the stem ends of this 1940s Retro Modern piece by Mazer are finished with diamanté. These details and the two-piece construction illustrate the high quality associated with this maker's work. This brooch has a roll-over safety clasp. I'm not sure which way the brooch was intended to be worn, so I'm showing both options in the photos. You decide!
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    Amethyst & Sterling Flower 1940s Bracelet by Kreisler

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    Four flowers with deep amethyst glass centers sit atop oval links in this sterling silver 1940s bracelet by Kreisler. The flower petals and stones add depth to this well-made piece. It closes with a fold-over clasp.
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    Amethyst & Vermeil Sterling 1940s Brooch by Mazer Bros.

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    A large, faceted square amethyst sits at the center of this sterling silver 1940s bow brooch with a pale gold wash by Mazer. The color of the stone is gorgeous, the style very Retro Modern and the construction very characteristic of the maker. This piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Although the gold plating is worn in places, this brooch still has warmth.  
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    Amethyst 1940s Earrings by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    These classic and classy emerald-cut, amethyst glass late-1940s earrings by Elsa Schiaparelli are Retro Modern in design but really hard to photograph. The stones are open back (without any green, as the photos may suggest) in a silver-tone setting. The actual color is a deep amethyst. These earrings are clip-backs.  I have a faux pearl bracelet with a similar clasp, also by Schiaparelli, which I will include with this purchase. (The clasp of the bracelet is lovely, but the quality of the pearls is disappointing and the strands need re-stringing -- hence, the no-cost offer.)
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    Amethyst, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling 1940s Brooch or Pair of Fur Clips by Coro

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    Two rows of amethyst glass stones separated by two rows of diamanté sit at the center of diamanté-studded folds of rose gold-plated sterling silver that form this 1940s Duette by Coro. This piece, which was created for Corocraft, the company's high-end line, can be worn as a brooch or as separate fur clips. (Duette is Coro's name for their double-clip brooch.) My camera picked up two stones that are a different shade of purple, but this difference cannot be seen by the naked eye. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Coro's name.
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    Amethyst, Diamanté & Sterling Bow 1940s Brooch by Eisenberg

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    A large oval faceted amethyst glass stone with diamanté at the top and bottom is at the center of this substantial 1940s horizontal bow brooch by Eisenberg. The loops and ends of the sterling silver ribbon are embellished with with oval amethyst glass stones surrounded by diamanté. This piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp. The color combination is divine, and the quality is superb. Please note that this brooch has undergone restoration which has brought it back to life.
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    Amethyst, Diamanté & Sterling Flower Basket 1940s Brooch by Trifari

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    Faceted oval amethyst-glass flowers are surrounded by diamanté leaves in a diamanté-trimmed basket in this rhodium-plated sterling silver 1940s brooch by Trifari. This classic piece has a Victorian Revival feel that makes it timeless. I have two other brooches in this design: one with rubies, the other with aquamarines – scroll down to see them. All three pieces are from my personal collection.
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    Amethyst, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling Bouquet 1940s Brooch by Adolph Katz for Coro

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    This stunning amethyst, diamanté and vermeil sterling silver bouquet brooch by Adolph Katz for CoroCraft, Coro's high-end line, is a wonderful example of the Retro Modern style. This piece has four pavé stems topped with amethyst glass stones and gathered through the center of a flower with diamanté-rimmed gold-plated sterling silver petals. I have photographed the piece in the horizontal position, as it appears in the patent drawing, but you could also wear it vertically (as shown in the second photo). This brooch, which closes with a roll-over safety clasp, is rich in contrasting colors. This piece was in my personal collection. Wear it on the lapel of a blazer, and I guarantee you'll be noticed!
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    Amethyst, Emerald, Sapphire & Sterling Basket 1940s Brooch by Hobé

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    A basket of layered sterling silver leaves and flower buds surrounds flowers of large, faceted amethyst, emerald and pale sapphire glass stones in this 1940s brooch by Hobé. His pieces in this decade were aways well-designed and hand-crafted. This particular brooch sports a mix colors that will harmonize with many of any season's favorites.
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    Amethyst, Pavé & Rose Gold Bow 1940s Brooch by Pennino

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    This striking 1940s Retro Modern brooch by Pennino features a rose-gold-plated metal bow cinched in the middle and embellished with diamanté-topped oval amethyst glass stones and pavé in silver-tone metal. This piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp. The back shows the high-quality construction associated with this maker.
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    Aquamarine & Sterling Bow 1940s Brooch & Earrings Set by Hobé

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    A single aquamarine glass stone-centered flower is surrounded by flowers and leaves applied to the ribbons of the bow that forms this sterling silver 1940s brooch by Hobé. An aquamarine glass stone is at the center of each bow-shaped earring. The detail on these pieces is a superb example of the maker's craftsmanship. The brooch has a roll-over safety clasp, and the earrings are clip-backs. The same floral motif is used in Hobé's Aquamarine & Sterling Flower Bracelet -- scroll down to see it.
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    Aquamarine & Sterling Fan 1940s Brooch by Hobé

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    This 1940s large, layered sterling silver fan-shaped brooch is ornately detailed with leaves and bezel-set aquamarine glass stones. An aquamarine-centered tied ribbon suspends an aquamarine stone pendant. For some reason, the stone at the top is clear, but it does appear to be original. This brooch, which closes with a roll-over safety clasp, is a great example of the genius of this maker.  Scroll down to see my Aquamarine & Sterling Flower Retro Bracelet by the same maker, which coordinates beautifully with this brooch.
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    Aquamarine & Sterling Flower 1940s Bracelet by Hobé

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    A large aquamarine glass stone forms the center of the flower on each panel of this 1940s sterling silver bracelet  by Hobé. Even the links between the panels are decorated with small flowers. The bracelet has a fold-over clasp. The same floral motif can be found in several of my brooches (some with matching earrings) by the same maker -- scroll down to see them.
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    Aquamarine & Sterling Leaf 1940s Earrings by Pennino

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    Curled sterling silver leaves are adorned with aquamarine rhinestones in this lively Pennino creation from the 1940s. The sterling appears warm, as if it might have once been gold-washed. The stones and leaves in these earrings resemble elements in the maker's Sunburst brooches. These earrings are clip-backs and very versatile.
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    Aquamarine & Vermeil Sterling 1940s Flower Brooch by Hess-Appel

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    This large 1940s gold-washed bold and beautiful sterling silver Retro Modern flower by Hess-Appel (under their Jollé trademark) has faceted round aquamarine glass stones in the center of the leaves. The finish is in great shape. This piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp.
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    Aquamarine & Vermeil Sterling Bow 1940s Brooch by Hobé

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    This aquamarine glass stone and vermeil sterling silver bow brooch is a larger and more elaborate variation of a Hobé theme.  Flowing buds are graceful embellishments to the aqua stones. The gold-plated sterling flower in the center is my favorite Hobé form. This piece has a roll-over safety clasp. You can't get much classier than this!
    CAD$395.00
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    Aquamarine Bead & Diamanté Oval 1940s Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    Marquise-shaped diamanté flowers sit atop the layers of aquamarine glass beads that form this oval 1940s brooch by Frank Hess for Miriam Haskell. The beads are wired onto a pierced plastic back with a simple C-clasp closure. This World War II-era piece is a winner! It looks lovely when worn with one of my Art Deco aquamarine bracelets -- scroll down to see them.  
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    Aquamarine, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling 1940s Leaf Brooch by Adolph Katz for Coro

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    Aquamarine glass stone flowers with diamanté petals adorn a rose-gold-washed sterling silver leaf in this stunning 1940s brooch by Adolph Katz for Coro Craft, Coro's high-end line. This large, three-dimensional Retro Modern piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp. The condition of this brooch is amazing for its age. This piece was part of my personal collection -- I am reluctantly offering it to a new home.
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    Aquamarine, Diamanté & Sterling Flower Basket 1940s Brooch by Trifari

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    Faceted oval aquamarine-glass flowers surrounded by diamanté leaves in a diamanté-trimmed basket form this rhodium-plated sterling silver 1940s brooch by Trifari. This design is a classic, and the aquamarine stones are lovely. I have two other brooches in this design: one with rubies, the other with amethysts – scroll down to see them. All three pieces were from my personal collection.  
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    Aquamarine, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling 1940s Bracelet by Adolph Katz for Coro

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    This well-crafted Retro Modern bracelet by Adolph Katz for Coro's high-end line was an engagement gift from the former owner's fiancé in 1945 and had remained in the family until the couple's son sold it to me. This bracelet features aquamarine-glass-stone centers and diamanté set in gold-plated sterling silver with a fold-over clasp. The safety chain is a replacement. This piece is another wonderful example of period design and manufacture from one of the best! If you prefer white metal, I have the same bracelet in all diamanté set in sterling silver -- scroll down to see it.
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    Aquamarine, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling Flower 1940s Brooch by Mazer Bros.

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    A large faceted emerald-cut aquamarine glass stone is the focal point of this gold-washed sterling silver 1940s Retro Modern brooch by Mazer. The floral motif, which is typical of the era, is further embellished with four faceted oval-cut aquamarine glass stones and pavé in the swirls of the leaves. Pieces of this size and quality don't usually survive as well as this brooch has. It closes with a roll-over safety clasp.
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    Aquamarine, Pink Topaz & Gold Circle 1940s Brooch by Lampl

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    Aquamarine baguette and pink round glass stones adorn this gold-plated mesh disk brooch with an elaborate bow. This 1940s piece by Lampl has a roll-over safety clasp.
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    Aquamarine, Ruby, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling Flower 1940s Brooch/Pendant by Adolph Katz for Coro

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    This substantial 1940s gold-plated sterling silver flower brooch adorned with aquamarine and ruby glass stones and diamanté accents is a fine example of the Retro Modern style. The petals of the flowers are tilted and slightly curled, giving them lots of life. Designed by the remarkable Adolph Katz for Coro Craft, the company's high-end line, this piece can be worn as a brooch or pendant. One photo shows the pendant on a black cord, but you may prefer a gold chain. A 17-inch, 2mm black rubber cord with a stainless steel twist lock (just like the one in the photo) is included with this purchase. Scroll down to see three more pieces in this design, each with a diamanté center: a brooch/pendant, a larger brooch, and a bracelet.
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    Blue Topaz, Ruby, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling 1940s Brooch by Adolph Katz for Coro

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    This 1940s Adolph Katz-designed gold-washed-sterling-silver brooch with deep blue-topaz and ruby glass flowers is a stunning example of the Retro Modern style and the pieces created by this company. The pavé center gathers the draped and pavé-trimmed metal. This piece from Coro Craft, the company's high-end line, closes with a fold-over safety clasp. The same design with moonstones instead of the blue topaz was named Moonlight Sonata. It was described as "Coro's interpretation of Beethoven's immortal masterpiece" in a Vogue ad published in the February 1, 1946 issue.
    CAD$225.00
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