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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.

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  • Kreisler bracelet in sterling with amethysts
    Kreisler 1940s sterling bracelet
    USD$345.00

    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.
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • Amethyst costume earrings by Elsa Schiaparelli
    Another view of earrings
    USD$175.00

    Amethyst Earrings by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    These amethyst costume earrings by Elsa Schiaparelli feature the single, large, emerald-cut stones that were so popular in the 1940s. Although classic and classy, this pair of ear clips is 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 purple. The faux pearl bracelet with a similar clasp by the same maker, which came with the earrings, will be included 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.) Earrings like these never go out of style!
    USD$175.00
    USD$175.00
  • Brooch dress clips with amethysts in rose gold
    Center of Duette
    USD$295.00

    Amethyst, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling Duette

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    This brooch/dress clips 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 Duette, which was created for Coro’s high-end line, can be worn as a brooch or as separate dress clips. Their double-prong fasteners work well with heavier fabrics, 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.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Vintage rose gold brooch w/amethysts & diamanté
    Close-up view of bow
    USD$275.00

    Amethyst, Diamanté & Rose-Gold Brooch by Pennino Bros.

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    This vintage rose gold brooch is a striking Retro Modern piece made by Pennino Bros. in two layers. 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.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Eisenberg brooch with amethyst and diamanté
    Close-up view of Eisenberg brooch center
    USD$345.00

    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!
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • USD$275.00

    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!
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • 1940s Corocraft brooch with amethyst & diamante
    1943 Adolph Katz-designed Corocraft brooch
    USD$395.00

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

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    This Corocraft brooch is just stunning! This Adolph Katz-designed piece has four pavé stems topped with faceted, oval amethyst-glass stones that are 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 jewel, 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!
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Hobé sterling pin w/amethyst, emerald & sapphire
    Close-up view of gems & layer sterling accents
    USD$345.00

    Amethyst, Emerald, Sapphire & Sterling Hobé Pin

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    This Hobé sterling pin is a basket of layers of beautifully-detailed leaves and flower buds sitting on a twisted-ribbon-like frame. The focal point is a trio of large, faceted, collet-set glass stones in amethyst, emerald, and sapphire. These popular colors and the piece's size and shape make it very versatile. Jewelry by this maker was well-designed and hand-crafted in this decade. You won’t be disappointed!
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • Aquamarine and silver earrings w/matching brooch
    Sterling brooch adorned w/aquamarine
    USD$295.00

    Aquamarine & Sterling 4-Loop Bow Brooch & Earrings Set

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    Aquamarine and silver earrings complement this sterling silver four-loop bow brooch 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 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 a Hobé bracelet – scroll down to see it.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Silver bow earrings & brooch w/aquamarine
    Hobé sterling silver brooch w/aquamarine
    USD$295.00

    Aquamarine & Sterling Bow Brooch & Earrings Set

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    This silver bow earrings and brooch set was hand-made by Hobé in the 1940s. The focal point of the brooch is a flower with an aquamarine-glass-stone center. It sits atop the four-looped bow foundation of ribbons 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 a bracelet by Hobé – scroll down to see it.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Fan brooch in sterling with aquamarines
    Close-up view of intricate details & stones
    USD$395.00

    Aquamarine & Sterling Fan Brooch by Hobé

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    This large fan brooch is another beautiful Hobé design in sterling silver from the 1940s. 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.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Vintage sterling silver flower bracelet with aquamarines
    1940s Hobe sterling & aquamarine bracelet
    USD$325.00

    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.
    USD$325.00
    USD$325.00
  • Flower petal earrings in gold-washed sterling with aquamarines
    Flirty 1940s earrings by Pennino Brothers
    USD$225.00

    Aquamarine & Vermeil Sterling Flower Petal Earrings by Pennino Bros.

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    These lively flower petal earrings with aquamarine-glass-stone centers were made by Pennino Bros. in the 1940s. The curled, flirty flower petals in gold-washed sterling silver 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! And by facing each other, they frame your face to perfection.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Aquamarine flower pin in gold-washed sterling
    Close-up view of faceted stones
    USD$175.00

    Aquamarine & Vermeil Sterling Flower Pin

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    This aquamarine flower pin in gold-washed sterling silver is bold and beautiful. It features a faceted, round 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, a characteristic of the 1940s Retro Modern style. The finish is in great shape. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. If statement pieces, which are in vogue right now, are your style, this jewel is for you!
    USD$175.00
    USD$175.00
  • Coro leaf pin with aquamarine & diamante flowers
    Close-up view of one flower
    USD$395.00

    Aquamarine, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling Coro Leaf Pin

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    This stunning Coro leaf pin in rose-gold-washed sterling silver has 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 1940s piece was designed by Adolph Katz for Coro Craft, the company's high-end line. This three-dimensional Retro Modern brooch is in amazing condition, has a roll-over safety clasp, and is perfect for women who look best in warm colors. 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.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Flower basket brooch with aquamarine & diamante
    Close-up view of flowers
    USD$275.00

    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!
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Coro bracelet with aquamarine & diamante set in gold-plated sterling
    1940s Coro bracelet with aquamarine & diamante in gold
    USD$295.00

    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.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Aquamarine brooch in vermeil sterling
    Close-up view of cushion-cut aquamarine
    USD$445.00

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

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    This aquamarine brooch by Mazer Bros. is a fine example of the Retro Modern style. Tall and graceful, this substantial, stylized flower features a large, faceted cushion-cut glass stone as its focal point. The gold-washed, sterling silver setting is further embellished with four, faceted oval-cut stones 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. Note that any color variations in metal seen in the photos are only camera reflections.
    USD$445.00
    USD$445.00
  • 1940s Walter Lampl brooch
    Close-up view of mesh & overlay of of leaves & stones
    USD$195.00

    Aquamarine, Pink Topaz & Gold Circle Walter Lampl Brooch

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    This gold-filled Walter Lampl 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 jewel has a roll-over safety clasp and a loop at the top and bottom to allow the piece to be worn as a pendant.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Floral brooch by Miriam Haskell with black glass beads
    Close-up view of floral brooch
    USD$295.00

    Black Bead & Diamanté 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.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Dangling wood bead brooch by Miriam Haskell
    Miriam Haskell brooch with wooden coffee-bean-shaped beads
    USD$195.00

    Brown Bead Dangling Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This wood bead brooch is typical of the type of whimsical pieces designed by Frank Hess for Miriam Haskell during World War II. At the top, the coffee-bean-shaped beads form flower petals that surround small round beads with gilt-metal caps. They are all hand-sewn onto a pierced, flat metal foundation. From there, a riot of beads dangle from gilt-metal links attached to three braided-silk cords. This brooch, which closes with a roll-over safety clasp, is in remarkable condition and fun to wear!
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • McClelland Barclay vintage brooch with citrines & diamante
    Another view of McClelland Barclay 2-tone scroll brooch
    USD$295.00

    Citrine & Diamanté Scroll Brooch by McClelland Barclay

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    This McClelland Barclay vintage brooch has two layers. The bottom is a furled, gold-plated scroll. The top features faceted, emerald-cut citrine-glass stones, baguettes, and round diamanté, all set in connected, rhodium-plated frames that form a spiral. The intricate construction, as seen on the back, along with the use of two tones of metal are hallmarks of the designer. This brooch has a roll-over safety clasp and can be worn in any direction you choose. Notice that the maker’s name (Rice-Weiner) does not appear on McClelland Barclay-designed pieces.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Citrine pin in sterling bow setting
    One vertical view of brooch
    USD$295.00

    Citrine & Sterling Bow Brooch

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    This citrine pin has a gorgeous faceted, square-cut yellow-orange stone as its focal point. Its sterling silver bow, a popular motif during the 1940s, is further embellished with emerald-cut glass stones in a paler shade of yellow. This brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. What's unusual about this high-quality piece is that it is unsigned and that the sterling is not gold-washed (which was more typical of Retro Modern jewels like this one). The photos show this brooch in the horizontal and vertical positions. You decide which way to wear it!
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Citrine jewelry set in sterling by Hobé
    Citrine & sterling tall bouquet brooch
    USD$495.00

    Citrine & Sterling Brooch & Earrings Set by Hobé

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    This citrine jewelry set by Hobé is just stunning! The tall brooch features flowers in shades of citrine glass atop sterling silver stems, surrounded by leaves and buds. They are all wrapped in ribbon and tied with a bow. The earring centers of citrine glass are surrounded by furled petals. The brooch has a rollover safety clasp; the earrings are screw-backs. Pieces by this maker were all hand-made and very three-dimensional. This set is extraordinary! Scroll down to see a 1940s sterling bracelet with citrine flowers by the same maker.
    USD$495.00
    USD$495.00