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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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  • Kreisler bracelet in sterling with amethysts
    Kreisler 1940s sterling bracelet
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    Amethyst & Sterling Flower 1940s Kreisler Bracelet

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    This Kreisler bracelet features four oval, open-back links that form the foundation of this 1940s piece. Atop each link sits a flower with silver petals and a deep-amethyst glass center. The layers add depth to this well-made, sterling silver bracelet. It closes with a fold-over clasp. A lovely piece for casual and office wear with cool colors.

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    Amethyst & Vermeil Sterling 1940s Brooch by Mazer Bros.

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    A large, faceted square-cut amethyst-glass stone sits at the center of this 1940s brooch by Mazer Bros. The four-pronged setting sits on top of a double-loop bow in gold-washed, sterling silver. The color of the stone is gorgeous, the design is very Retro Modern in style, and the complex construction is very characteristic of the maker. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Although the gold plating has darkened in a places, this brooch still has lots of warmth and beauty.

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    Amethyst 1940s Earrings by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    These classic and classy emerald-cut, amethyst-glass late-1940s ear clips by Elsa Schiaparelli are 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. 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 Duette by Coro

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    This 1940s Duette (Coro’s name for their double-clip brooch) looks like folded fabric crowned with jewels. It is made of rose-gold-plated sterling silver edged with diamanté accents. At the center of each side is a row of amethyst-glass navettes topped with a row of diamanté. This piece, which was created for the company’s high-end line, can be worn as a brooch or as separate fur clips. The latter work well as embellishments on heavier fabric, such as wool blazers and dresses. My camera picked up two stones that appear to be 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 & Rose-Gold Bow 1940s Brooch by Pennino Bros.

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    This striking, two-layer rose-gold bow brooch by Pennino is a lovely example of the Retro Modern style. The top is a pavé ribbon of rhodium-plated metal that’s edged with faceted, oval amethyst-glass stones topped with tiny diamanté. The center is cinched with rose-gold plated metal. The second layer is a furled rose-gold ribbon that’s attached to the top with a tiny screw. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. This brooch is not flat – the four corners of the bottom layer fold under, as curls of ribbon or fabric would. The back shows the high-quality, complex construction characteristic of this maker. Scroll down to see a variation of this design in rhodium-plated metal with sapphires.

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  • Eisenberg brooch with amethyst and diamanté
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    Amethyst, Diamanté & Sterling Bow 1940s Eisenberg Brooch

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    This Eisenberg brooch features faceted, amethyst-glass stones surrounded by diamanté. At the center of this substantial 1940s horizontal bow is a large, faceted amethyst oval. This sterling silver piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp. The color combination is divine, and the quality is superb. This stunning and regal brooch has undergone restoration, which has brought it back to life. You won’t be disappointed!

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    Amethyst, Diamanté & Sterling Flower Basket 1940s Brooch by Trifari

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    This flower basket brooch by Trifari was made during WWII, when romanticism was in style. This piece has faceted, oval amethyst-glass flowers surrounded by diamanté leaves in a diamanté-trimmed basket. The setting is rhodium-plated sterling silver; the pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. The design, materials and color combination make this brooch timeless. Two others by this maker in the same design are available: one has ruby flowers; the other, aquamarine – scroll down to see them. All three pieces are from my personal collection. Choose your favorite color, or take all three to wear in different combinations!

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    Amethyst, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling Bouquet 1940s Brooch by Coro

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    This stunning amethyst, diamanté and vermeil sterling silver bouquet brooch was designed by Adolph Katz for CoroCraft, Coro’s high-end line. This piece has four pavé stems topped with faceted, oval amethyst-glass stones and gathered through the center of a flower with diamanté-rimmed gold-plated sterling silver petals. The gold-plating on the flower is perfect – the difference in tone you see is from the camera’s reflection. What an outstanding example of the Retro Modern style! I have photographed the brooch 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 piece, which closes with a roll-over safety clasp, is rich in contrasting colors and 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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    This 1940s Hobé brooch is a basket of layered leaves and flower buds. The focal point is a trio of large, faceted, collet-set glass stones in amethyst, emerald, and sapphire. These popular colors make this round-shaped piece very versatile. Jewelry by this maker was well-designed and hand-crafted in this decade. You won’t be disappointed!

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    Aquamarine & Sterling 4-Loop Bow Brooch & Earrings Set by Hobé

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    A sterling silver four-loop bow forms the foundation of the brooch in this 1940s set by Hobé. Each loop is embellished with layers of leaves and buds. The focal point is the flower that sits on top of the bow. Its aquamarine center forms a vertical line with two additional round aquamarine-glass stones that adorn the piece. Each ear clip is a flower with aquamarine center, topped with two vertical, textured leaves. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. This set looks great with Hobé’s Aquamarine & Sterling Flower Bracelet – scroll down to see it.

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    Aquamarine & Sterling Bow 1940s Brooch & Earrings Set by Hobé

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    A flower with an aquamarine-glass-stone center sits atop the four-looped bow foundation of this 1940s Hobé brooch. The ribbons are adorned with layers of buds and leaves. An aquamarine-glass stone is at the center of each bow-shaped ear clip. The detail on these sterling silver pieces is a superb example of the maker’s craftsmanship. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. 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 sterling silver fan-shaped brooch is another beautiful Hobé design. It is layered and ornately-detailed with leaves and bezel-set aquamarine-glass stones. At the base sits a ribbon tied with a four-looped bow and aquamarine center. It suspends a twisted-rope pendant accented with another aquamarine. One 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 a bracelet that coordinates beautifully with this piece.

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  • Vintage sterling silver flower bracelet with aquamarines
    1940s Hobe sterling & aquamarine bracelet
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    Aquamarine & Sterling Flower 1940s Bracelet by Hobé

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    This vintage sterling silver flower bracelet has six panels of petals with a large, round aquamarine-glass-stone in each center. Hand-made by Hobé in the 1940s, this bracelet illustrates the high-quality of their pieces. Even the connecting links are decorated with small flowers. This bracelet has a fold-over clasp. The same floral motif can be found in several brooches (some with matching earrings) by this maker – scroll down to see them.

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    Aquamarine & Vermeil Sterling Bow 1940s Brooch by Hobé

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    This gorgeous horizontal, sterling silver bow brooch is a larger and more elaborate variation of a popular Hobé theme. Flowing buds are graceful embellishments to the trio of aquamarine glass stones that follows the curve of each ribbon loop. The gold-plated sterling flower in the center is a stunning rendition of my favorite Hobé form. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp.

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    Aquamarine & Vermeil Sterling Flower 1940s Brooch by Hess-Appel

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    This large 1940s gold-washed sterling silver Retro Modern brooch is bold and beautiful. It features a faceted, round aquamarine-glass stone set on each of the flower’s five petals. This tall (4-inch) piece was made by Hess-Appel under their Jollé trademark without the accent (which was used only in their advertisements). The stem and two leaves are curled a bit to give this brooch a jaunty look. The finish is in great shape. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp.

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    Aquamarine & Vermeil Sterling Leaf 1940s Earrings by Pennino Bros.

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    Curled, gold-plated sterling silver leaves adorned with aquamarine-glass stones form these lively ear clips by Pennino. The leaves are the same shape and finish this maker used in a series of 1947 brooches, called Sunburst. The stone settings are the same as their Bulrush brooch and earrings set from the same year. According to Brunialti, the patent pending mark on the earrings refers to the clip mechanism. These designs were not patented. These details are just for background – these ear clips are divine!

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  • Beaded aquamarine brooch by Miriam Haskell
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    Aquamarine Bead & Diamanté 1940s Oval Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This beaded aquamarine brooch is a 1940s design for Miriam Haskell. Diamanté navette flower petals sit atop the layers of aquamarine glass beads. They are wired onto a pierced plastic back with a simple C-clasp closure. This Frank Hess-designed brooch looks lovely when worn with diamond stud earrings (faux or real) and an Art Deco aquamarine bracelet – scroll down to see a selection of the latter. A touch of elegance from a bygone era that’s perfect for day or evening wear.

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    Aquamarine, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling 1940s Leaf Brooch by Coro

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    This stunning 1940s brooch features a large leaf in rose-gold-washed sterling silver with pavé along one curved edge. Layered on top are three stems topped with flowers formed by diamanté leaves and aquamarine-glass-stone centers. This spectacular piece was designed by Adolph Katz for Coro Craft, Coro’s high-end line. This three-dimensional Retro Modern brooch is in amazing condition and has a roll-over safety clasp. This piece was part of my personal collection – I am reluctantly offering it to a new home. Note that any color variations in metal are only camera reflections.

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  • Flower basket brooch with aquamarine & diamante
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    Aquamarine, Diamanté & Sterling Flower Basket Brooch by Trifari

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    This flower basket brooch by Trifari is a romantic design from the 1940s. It features faceted, oval aquamarine-glass flowers among diamanté leaves in a diamanté-trimmed basket. The setting is rhodium-plated sterling silver; the pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. This design is a classic, and the aquamarine stones are lovely. Two other brooches in this design are available: one has ruby flowers; the other, amethysts – scroll down to see them. All three pieces were from my personal collection. You could wear them together on your shoulder for a unique embellishment!

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  • Coro bracelet with aquamarine & diamante set in gold-plated sterling
    1940s Coro bracelet with aquamarine & diamante in gold
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    Aquamarine, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling 1940s Coro Bracelet

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    This Coro bracelet was an engagement gift from the former owner’s fiancé in 1945. It had remained in the family until the couple’s son sold it to me. A well-crafted Retro Modern design by Adolph Katz for Coro’s high-end line, it 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, scroll down to see the same bracelet in all diamanté set in sterling silver.

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    Aquamarine, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling Flower 1940s Brooch by Mazer Bros.

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    This tall and graceful brooch by Mazer Bros. is a fine example of the Retro Modern style. This substantial, stylized flower features a large, faceted cushion-cut aquamarine-glass stone as its focal point. The gold-washed, sterling silver setting is further embellished with four, faceted oval-cut aquamarines along with pavé-accented gold swirls. This pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Pieces of this size with a gold-plated finish often don’t survive as well as this brooch has. But costume jewelry was well-made in the 1940s by companies of this maker’s stature.

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    Aquamarine, Pink Topaz & Gold Circle 1940s Brooch by Lampl

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    This gold-filled circle brooch is formed by a series of rings in different designs. The widest is convex and made of gold-mesh, with an overlay of gold leaves and vines along with tiny pink-topaz glass stones. A narrow ring of aquamarine-glass baguettes provides further embellishment. At the top is an elaborate horizontal bow with three loops on each side and in the center. This 1940s brooch by Walter Lampl has a roll-over safety clasp and a loop at the top and bottom to allow the piece to be worn as a pendant.

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    Aquamarine, Ruby, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling Flower 1940s Brooch/Pendant by Coro

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    This substantial 1940s vermeil 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 flower have decorative cut-outs and are tilted and slightly curled, giving it lots of life. Designed by the remarkable Adolph Katz, this three-dimensional 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 similar brooches with a diamanté center (one has the pendant loop) as well as a bracelet with that design, all by the same maker.

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  • Floral brooch by Miriam Haskell with black glass beads
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    Black Bead & Diamanté 1940s Floral Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This floral brooch features a cluster of black glass beads sitting atop silver-tone metal leaves paved in diamanté. These elements were wired and sewn by hand onto a pierced metal foundation with edges. The pin closes with a simple C-clasp. Another lovely Frank Hess design from the World War II era.

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