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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 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.
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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.
    USD$275.00
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  • Eisenberg brooch with amethyst and diamanté
    Close-up view of Eisenberg brooch center
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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!
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • 1940s Corocraft brooch with amethyst & diamante
    1943 Adolph Katz-designed Corocraft brooch
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    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!
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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.
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • 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 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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  • Flower petal earrings in gold-washed sterling with aquamarines
    Flirty 1940s earrings by Pennino Brothers
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    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.
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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.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Flower basket brooch with aquamarine & diamante
    Close-up view of flowers
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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!
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • 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.
    USD$325.00
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  • 1940s Walter Lampl brooch
    Close-up view of mesh & overlay of of leaves & stones
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    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.
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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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  • Dangling wood bead brooch by Miriam Haskell
    Miriam Haskell brooch with wooden coffee-bean-shaped beads
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    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!
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  • Trifari fur clip with chalcedony and moonstone fruit salads
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    Chalcedony & Moonstone Fruit Salad 1940s Trifari Fur Clip

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    This Trifari fur clip is a 1941 Alfred Philippe design. It features fruit salads in translucent chalcedony and moonstone, surrounded by diamanté in a rhodium-plated setting. This graceful, beautifully-detailed piece is shaped like a maple leaf. You can wear it like a brooch or as a pendant. The third photo shows this piece attached to a sterling chain (which is not included with the clip) – I wanted you to see how lovely this combination looks.
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  • McClelland Barclay vintage brooch with citrines & diamante
    Another view of McClelland Barclay 2-tone scroll brooch
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    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.
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    Citrine & Sterling Bouquet 1940s Brooch & Earrings Set by Hobé

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    The brooch in this amazing 1940s set by Hobé features flowers in shades of citrine glass atop sterling silver stems, surrounded by leaves and buds, 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.
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    Citrine & Sterling Bow 1940s Brooch

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    A gorgeous faceted, square-cut deep-citrine-glass stone forms the center of this 1940s Retro Modern sterling silver brooch. Its bow motif, so popular during this era, is further embellished with emerald-cut citrine-glass stones in a paler shade of yellow. This brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Pieces like this one never go out of style. The photos show this brooch in the horizontal and vertical positions. You decide which way to wear it!
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    Citrine & Sterling Flower Link 1940s Bracelet by Hobé

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    Five round plaques form this gorgeous 1940s sterling silver bracelet by Hobé. Each open-back circle is adorned with layered flowers, buds, and leaves. Each also has a faceted, round, collet-set citrine-glass stone. Even the connecting links are topped with tiny buds. This substantial bracelet has a concealed clasp and a safety chain. This piece is hand-made with superb quality, as are all pieces by this maker.  Scroll down to see the extraordinary Citrine & Sterling Bouquet 1940s Brooch & Earrings Set, also by Hobé, to wear with this bracelet.
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  • Calla lily brooch with citrine by Coro
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    Citrine Calla Lily Brooch by Coro

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    This calla lily brooch is a rose-gold-plated sterling silver ribbon tied in a three-looped bow. Three stems of flowers with citrine-glass navette centers sit on top, and three tiny navettes tie the stems together. This 1940s Retro Modern creation has a roll-over safety catch. Until I saw the drawing on the design patent (in the last photo), I thought the brooch should be worn the other way around, so the flowers are reaching for the sky! The photos show the brooch both ways, so you can decide. This lovely Adolph Katz design for Coro’s high-end line, Corocraft, was also made with multi-colored stones – scroll down to see it.
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  • 1940s earrings by Mazer – gold ribbons with diamanté
    Diamanté & gold ribbon 1940s earrings by Mazer
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    Diamanté & Gold 1940s Earrings by Mazer Bros.

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    These 1940s earrings by Mazer are a lovely and hard-to-find example of the Retro Modern style of that decade. They feature gold-plated ribbons embellished with faceted, round- and square-cut diamanté. These well-made ear clips face each other, to frame your face to perfection. They will make an elegant addition to any daytime or evening outfit. Just add a simple gold bracelet, and you'll be good to go.
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  • Reja brooch in rose-vermeil-sterling with diamante
    Close-up view of 1940s Reja brooch
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    Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling Floral Réja Brooch

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    This Réja brooch is a graceful 1940s creation in the Retro Modern style. It features rose-gold-plated sterling silver embellished with diamanté flowers and pavé leaves. The warm-toned metal setting makes this piece a perfect adornment for women who look best in warm colors. This maker’s jewels are hard to find, and this one is lovely and timeless.
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  • Coro sterling brooch or pair of clips in ‘Platina’ design
    Another view of Coro 'Platina' Duette
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    Diamanté & Sterling ‘Platina’ 1940s Duette by Coro

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    This Coro sterling brooch is a pair of flowers with diamanté centers and oval petals, crowned with baguettes, and set in pavé-embellished sterling silver. It was designed as part of the Platina line by Adolph Katz for the company’s high-end pieces. You can wear this one as a brooch or as separate dress clips. The double-prong fastener works well with weightier fabrics, such as wool blazers and dresses. This piece was advertised along with the complete Platina line in a fashion magazine with the copy: “Glittering glamour set in sterling silver with that ‘platinum look'”. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Coro’s name.
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  • Vintage silver bracelet by Catamore in sterling
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    Diamanté & Sterling 1940s Bracelet by Catamore

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    This vintage silver bracelet by Catamore has three vertical rows of channel-set diamanté. This well-articulated, well-crafted, sterling bracelet has engraved edges and settings. It closes with a concealed clasp and safety chain. A similar piece by this maker was advertised in the November 15, 1946 issue of Vogue. This bracelet dates from 1942 at the earliest, since the company did not open until that year. Please note that this bracelet was made for a slim wrist. Be sure to measure yours and note the bracelet's dimensions (6 7/8" length) before purchasing.
    USD$265.00
    USD$265.00
  • Coro vintage bracelet in sterling with diamante
    Sterling silver & diamante 1940s bracelet
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    Diamanté & Sterling 1940s Bracelet by Coro

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    This Coro vintage bracelet is a well-crafted 1940s Retro Modern jewel designed by Adolph Katz for the company’s high-end line. This piece has large diamanté centers decorated with small diamanté set in curled, sterling silver plaques. This bracelet closes with a fold-over clasp; the safety chain is a replacement. This jewel is another wonderful example of period design and manufacture from one of the best! It and a pair of Art Deco earrings – an unexpected but splendid combination – were worn by a beautiful model on the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019! Scroll down to see these beautiful earrings as well as the same bracelet design in vermeil sterling with aquamarine-glass centers.
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    Diamanté & Sterling 1940s Dress Clip

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    Prong-set, large diamanté flowers are complemented with pavé ribbons in this substantial, yet graceful sterling silver 1940s dress clip. Although it is unsigned, the high-quality design and construction as well as the style of the piece makes me believe that it came from Eisenberg. It has a hinged, double-prong fastener, which works well with weighty fabrics. This piece would really stand out on the lapel or shoulder of a jacket or coat.  What a glorious statement!
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    Diamanté & Sterling Bracelet by Dorsons

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    This diamanté and sterling silver 1940s bracelet by Dorsons takes the line-bracelet design one step further. Square-cut diamanté channel-set in rhodium-plated sterling silver are enhanced with two squares of clear baguettes. This well-made bracelet with excellent articulation has a concealed clasp. All-diamanté pieces are really hard to photograph, and this one is no exception. All stones are clear and bright, and the overall effect is much brighter than my photos indicate. In fact, this lovely bracelet sparkled on the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019! The model wore it with Art Deco crystal bead pendant earrings. Scroll down to see them and other coordinating pieces.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Vintage Ciro brooch or pair of clips
    Ciro brooch or pair of dress clips
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    Diamanté & Sterling Ciro Brooch or Pair of Clips

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    This fine vintage Ciro brooch is a dainty and exceptionally well-made 1940s piece by this well-known, long-standing British company. The design of furled sterling silver ribbons set with diamanté reflects the romanticism of the decade.  Wear this piece as a brooch or as separate dress clips. This double-clip brooch is the only one I’ve seen with a brooch mechanism that frames the entire piece. Ciro pieces were not inexpensive. A 1941 Vogue ads shows a gold-plated, sterling silver and diamanté double-clip brooch for $25.
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    Diamanté & Sterling Earrings by Eisenberg

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    These late-1940s earrings by Eisenberg look like flowers in a vase. They have faceted oval and round diamanté set in rhodium-plated sterling silver with screw-backs. These earrings faces each other, so they will frame your face to perfection. This pair features all of the beauty and high-quality of this maker's creations. In fact, these earrings were chosen to walk the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019. The model wore them with a pair of bracelets made in Germany in the 1930s – scroll down to see them. Surprised at the combination? It rocked!
    USD$245.00
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  • Eisenberg fur clip in leaf shape with diamante
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    Diamanté & Sterling Leaf 1940s Eisenberg Fur Clip

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    This Eisenberg fur clip from the late 1940s is substantial in weight and size. It has two layers: square-cut diamanté flowers with a pavé stem that sit atop a sterling silver leaf embellished with additional diamanté. The cut-outs on the leaf add a graceful effect. You could wear this jewel on the shoulder or lapel of a dress, jacket or coat, and own any room you enter! What a knockout!
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  • Eisenberg earrings with diamanté set in sterling
    Diamanté & Sterling Sunburst 1940s Earrings by Eisenberg
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    Diamanté & Sterling Sunburst Eisenberg Earrings

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    These Eisenberg earrings have small round diamanté emanating from a larger stone, forming a sunburst design. The setting is sterling silver with screw-backs. These earrings are really alive with sparkle! They were advertised in the September 1, 1947 issue of Vogue. And they haven't lost their appeal – this pair sparkled on the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019. Scroll down to see a pearl and diamanté bracelet by the same maker, in a similar design.
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  • Dorsons sterling silver brooch with diamante
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    Diamanté & Sterling Twisted Bar Brooch by Dorsons

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    The design of this 1940s Dorsons sterling silver brooch with hand-set diamanté was called a ‘twisted bar pin’. It comes in its original box, marked with the Jubilee trademark used by the maker (aka D. Ornstein & Sons). This jewel is timeless, and it goes with everything! This brooch was advertised in the December 1, 1947 issue of Life magazine. Scroll down to see a selection of lovely coordinating bracelets.
    USD$225.00
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  • Maple leaf brooch by McClelland Barclay
    1940s McClelland Barclay brooch
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    Diamanté & Two-tone 1940s Maple Leaf Brooch by McClelland Barclay

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    This brooch by McClelland Barclay features a small silver-tone diamanté-encrusted maple leaf laid on top of a larger gold-tone one. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. With two colors of metal, this graceful piece can be worn with anything. The bright areas on the bottom leaf are camera reflections. The two small areas of darkening are not noticeable when worn. According to Brunialti, Gioia Mori's biography of Tamara de Lempicka includes a picture of the well-known Art Deco portraitist wearing a brooch like this one. Need a better endorsement?
    USD$275.00
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  • Gold plated flower brooch with diamante by Otis
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    Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling 1940s Flower Brooch by Otis

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    This gold-plated flower brooch is the only Otis piece I and my friend and co-author Robin Deutsch have ever seen with this finish. Though petite, this graceful sterling silver brooch with diamanté is charming. The finish has a few dark spots, but overall it looks much better with the naked eye than my camera indicates. You can read our Otis article here.
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    Diamanté Baguette & Pavé Ribbon Dress Clip by Marcel Boucher

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    This luscious 1940s dress clip features baguettes and pavé set in rhodium-plated metal. Even the underside of the furled upper corner is bejeweled. Marcel Boucher was one of the finest designers in this era, and this piece attests to his talent. Wear it to great effect on a weighty fabric, such as a coat or jacket. Or wear it as a bold pendant on a substantial chain. The third photo shows this clip on a sterling flexible choker from the same decade – scroll down to see it. Note that the stones do not have the yellow tinge suggested by the photos.
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  • Diamanté brooch with scrolls & swirls
    Diamante 1940s brooch
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    Diamanté Brooch or Pair of Dress Clips with Scrolls

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    This diamanté brooch, which can also be worn as separate dress clips, may be European in origin. The curvy design makes me think the piece is from the 1940s, which was the height of the popularity of the double-clip brooch. Although it is marked “SILVER”, I don’t think this brooch is sterling. Nevertheless, the workmanship is excellent, and the sparkle remains.
    USD$225.00
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  • Diamante dress clips or brooch
    Diamante brooch in horizontal position
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    Diamanté Dress Clips or Brooch

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    These diamanté dress clips have a mechanism that allows them to be worn together as a brooch. Set in rhodium-plated metal, each clip looks like a vase of flowers to me. The stones are foil backed. The lines are graceful, and the combination of round and navette stones with baguettes is lovely. This piece is unsigned but well-made.
    USD$225.00
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  • Coro Duette vintage jewelry with diamanté leaves
    Separate Coro leaf dress clips
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    Diamanté Leaf 1940s Coro Duette

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    This Coro Duette is a vintage jewelry piece composed of a pair of leaves with emerald-cut and round diamanté set in rhodium-plated metal. Designed by Adolph Katz, this piece can be worn as a brooch or as separate dress clips. This substantial double-clip brooch was advertised in the December 1, 1947 issue of Vogue and the April 1948 issue of Mayfair. The ad in the last photo shows an example of how to wear the clips. Their double-prong fasteners work well with heavier fabrics, such as wool blazers and dresses. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, beneath Coro's name.
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    Diamanté, Aquamarine, Ruby & Vermeil Sterling Flower 1940s Bracelet by Coro

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    This 1940s gold-plated sterling silver bracelet has a double snake chain that fastens to a flower corsage with a fold-over clasp. The corsage is adorned with ruby and aquamarine glass stones along with a diamanté center. Two larger diamanté are at each end, and the snake chain attaches to the corsage with pavé links. Scroll down to see two brooch/pendants and a larger brooch in the same design by Adolph Katz.
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    Diamanté, Aquamarine, Ruby & Vermeil Sterling Flower 1940s Brooch by Coro

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    This substantial gold-plated sterling silver flower brooch adorned with aquamarine and ruby glass stones and a diamanté center 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 them lots of life. This lovely piece was designed by the remarkable Adolph Katz. This three-dimensional brooch is the larger version of two brooch/pendants and a bracelet in this design – scroll down to see them.
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  • Vintage flower brooch by Coro with diamanté, aqua and ruby set in gold-plated sterling
    Close-up of Coro brooch
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    Diamanté, Aquamarine, Ruby & Vermeil Sterling Flower 1940s Brooch/Pendant by Coro

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    This substantial vintage flower brooch made from gold-plated sterling silver is adorned with aquamarine and ruby glass stones and a diamanté center – a fine example of the Retro Modern style. The petals of the flower are decorated with cut-outs and are tilted and slightly curled, giving them lots of life. Designed by the remarkable Adolph Katz, 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 the matching bracelet, a larger version of this brooch, and another brooch/pendant in the same design with a color variation.
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    USD$195.00
  • Emerald & diamante 1940s McClelland Barclay brooch
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    Emerald & Diamanté Circle 1940s Brooch by McClelland Barclay

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    This vintage emerald brooch, designed by McClelland Barclay, has two layers. On the bottom is a curved, rhodium-plated base with a pin and roll-over safety clasp. The top layer has faceted, emerald-cut emerald-glass stones, emerald baguettes, and diamanté accents, all set in a spiraling rhodium-plated frame. As with all of this designer’s creations, this 1940s piece  is well-constructed with a hefty weight. I’ve shown this jewel positioned in different ways, so you can choose which you prefer. Note that the Barclay’s name rather than the maker’s is marked on the brooch.
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    Emerald & Diamanté Flower & Vermeil Sterling Bow 1940s Brooch by Coro

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    A triple-loop bow of gold-plated sterling silver adorned with a row of diamanté at each end of ribbon forms the foundation of this 1940s brooch. A flower cupped in the same metal sits on top. It has a diamanté center and petals of baguettes alternating with teardrop-shaped emerald glass stones. This Retro Modern piece was designed by Adolph Katz for CoroCraft, Coro's high-end line of costume jewelry. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp.
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    Emerald Bead & Pavé Leaves 1940s Dress Clip by Miriam Haskell

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    This well-known Frank Hess World War II design features a bunch of emerald glass beads atop and hanging from silver-tone metal leaves inset with diamanté. In typical Haskell style, the large beads have metal tips. The pierced plastic back is finished with a dress clip. This piece is unsigned, but its maker is well documented. At this stage of its life, this lovely dress clip needs to be handled with care, but it has retained its original beauty.
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    Emerald Melon Bead 1940s Earrings by Miriam Haskell

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    These Miriam Haskell earrings feature an emerald-glass melon bead capped with a tiny emerald glass stone covered by four Russian-gold prongs. This centerpiece is encircled by smaller emerald-glass melon beads with twisted Russian-gold spacers. These components are wired together by hand and attached to a gold-tone metal filigree foundation. The short, flatback ear clips date this Frank Hess creation to the late 1940s. The color is divine, the quality is exceptional, and the design is timeless. These versatile earrings will take you anywhere in style!
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    Emerald, Diamanté & Gold Bow 1940s Brooch by Mazer Bros.

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    Pavé-trimmed, gold-plated ribbon loops form the foundation of this late-1940s bow brooch by Mazer Bros. On top sits a flower with petals of emerald-glass baguettes and a round diamanté center. A silver-tone metal cup holds the flower, which is attached to the base with a screw. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. This company’s use of high-quality materials and techniques is evident in this piece. With its gold-tone metal and green stones, this brooch is perfect for a woman who looks best in warm colors. Scroll down to see a version with more jewels that's right for someone who wears cool colors.
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  • Coro screw back earrings & brooch set in flower motif
    Flower set with emerald-glass stones & diamante
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    Emerald, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling Flower 1940s Brooch & Earrings Set by Coro

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    These Coro screw back earrings and brooch in a matching flower motif are lovely. The tall (3 3/4″) brooch has two large flowers with curved petals surrounding round emerald-glass stones, each encircled with a row of diamanté. Two smaller, simpler flowers without petals complete the bouquet. The settings, stems, and ribbon that tie them together are rose-gold-washed sterling silver. The screw-back earrings are the same size and design as the large flowers. This Retro Modern set was made for Coro’s high-end line. Warm-toned, somewhat playful jewels!
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    Emerald, Diamanté & Sterling 1940s Dress Clip

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    This dress clip is beautiful in design and construction. Faceted emerald-cut and round emerald-glass stones, in sharp contrast to the diamanté and rhodium-plated sterling silver setting. This color combination is rich and versatile You can wear this piece on the shoulder or lapel of a jacket, on the shoulder of a dress or sweater, or on a hat or a scarf. The hinged, double-prong fastener works best on weighty fabrics. Although this piece is marked, I cannot identify the maker. The design and use of sterling make me think it's from the 1940s. But I don't think these details matter – this clip is stunning!
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    Emerald, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling Bouquet 1940s Brooch by Coro

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    Here is another beautiful Retro Modern brooch designed by Adolf Katz for Coro's high-end line. This one features a gold-washed-sterling silver furled ribbon with one edge trimmed in diamanté and emerald-glass baguettes at the center of the curl. A cut in the ribbon holds four baguette-lined stems with faceted, oval, foil-backed emerald-glass flowers with diamanté accents. This piece has a complex construction, as illustrated by the rivets that bind the elements. The pin fastens with a roll-over safety clasp. This brooch was included in an ad in the August 1, 1944 issue of Vogue that featured Coro-Craft "Masterpieces of Fashion Jewelry".The first image shows the brooch as it is positioned in the technical drawing for the design patent; the second shows it as positioned in the ad. You decide how to wear it!
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    Emerald, Rose Vermeil Sterling & Pavé Scroll Link 1940s Bracelet by Coro

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    Faceted, oval emerald glass stones set in rose-gold-plated sterling silver and accented with pavé scroll links form this 1940s bracelet. It was designed in the Retro Modern style by Adolph Katz for Coro's high-end line. This bracelet has a fold-over clasp with safety chain.
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  • Coro brooch from the 1940s, Stars in the Sky set in rose vermeil sterling
    Close-up of Coro bouquet brooch
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    Gemstone & Rose Vermeil Sterling ‘Stars in the Sky’ 1940s Brooch by Coro

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    This 1940s Coro brooch is named Stars in the Sky. At 4 1/2" in length, this bouquet brooch designed by Adolph Katz is a triumph of the Retro Modern style and the largest piece in this collection. Nine rose-gold-plated sterling silver stems are held together with furls of ribbon and topped with faceted-glass flowers in shades of emerald, sapphire, ruby and citrine. Diamanté accents complete the piece. This brooch, priced at $15, was advertised in the September 1, 1943 issue of Vogue.
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    Gemstone & Rose Vermeil Sterling Calla Lily 1940s Brooch by Coro

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    This 1940s brooch is a rose-gold-plated sterling silver ribbon tied in a three-looped bow. Three stems of calla lilies with navette centers of amethyst, ruby, and peridot glass sit on top. Tiny pink tourmaline, sapphire, and diamanté navettes tie the stems together. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Although the drawing in the design patent shows this brooch with the flowers facing down, I prefer them facing up, reaching for the sky! The photos show both positions, so you can decide. This gorgeous Retro Modern design by Adolph Katz for Coro's high-end line was also made with all citrine flowers – scroll down to see that version.
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  • Vintage bow brooch with gemstones, by Reinad
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    Gemstone & Silver Rope Double-Bow Brooch by Reinad

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    This vintage bow brooch by Reinad is colorful and sassy. It features faceted, oval-glass stones in every gemstone color: amethyst, emerald, ruby, sapphire, peridot, citrine, diamanté, and pink tourmaline. Each stone is set in its own silver-tone cup. The cups all sit inside the two rows of silver-tone rope that form each bow. Not for the faint-hearted, this statement piece goes with everything! Reinad had a short production period, and their pieces are hard to find.
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    Gemstone & Sterling Acrostic 1940s Earrings by DeRosa

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    Sterling silver set with gemstone-colored glass stones in a crescent shape make these 1940s ear clips by DeRosa very versatile. The colored stones are graduated in size and enhanced with an inner ring of diamanté. Moreover, the faux diamond, emerald, amethyst, ruby, emerald, sapphire and topaz form the word dearest, making these earrings acrostic (i.e., the initials of the stones form a word or name). This type of sentimental jewelry was very popular in the 19th century Victorian era, a style that inspired some 1940s jewelry designers. DeRosa pieces are always exceptionally well-made and hard to find.
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  • Flower bouquet brooches in sterling by Otis
    Otis sterling brooch with sapphire, ruby, amethyst & emerald flowers
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    Gemstone & Sterling Flower Bouquet Brooches by Otis

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    These flower bouquet brooches from the 1940s have deep-colored-glass petals with diamanté centers and accents. The stems and settings are sterling silver. The brooch on the left features sapphire, ruby, amethyst, and emerald glass flowers; the one on the right is all emerald. Delicate and well-made by Otis, these brooches can be worn separately (e.g., on either side of a collar) or as a pair with great effect. These pieces were advertised in the 1949 catalog of George T. Brodnax Jewelry Co., a mail-order company located in Memphis, Tennessee.
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    Gemstone Fruit Salad Art Deco Bar Brooch by Trifari

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    This 1930s bar brooch features a line of teardrop-shaped ruby, emerald, and sapphire-glass stones topped with and surrounded by diamanté. The molded glass was used by costume jewelry makers to imitate the Indian-carved gemstones – known as fruit salads or tutti frutti – which were so popular in the Art Deco era. Trifari made their first fruit salad pieces in the late-1930s, typically using acorn-shaped stones. This piece has the popular trio of colors but in a different shape with an added gem: the company called cabochons with a diamanté center shoe-buttons. The design of this rhodium-plated setting is similar to pieces from the company's Ming series in the 1930s. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. This brooch goes with just about everything! Scroll down to see an early Trifari fruit salad double-clip brooch (Clip-Mates) in the same colors.
    USD$250.00
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  • Ribbon bow brooch with gemstone bouquets
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    Gemstone Ribbon Bow Brooch by Coro

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    This ribbon bow brooch was made by Coro in the 1940s, for their high-end Coro Craft line. Created from rose-gold-plated sterling silver, this piece is adorned with a small bouquet of navette flowers of emerald, amethyst, and sapphire glass on each loop. This richly-colored Retro Modern classic has a roll-over safety clasp. Wear it at the throat of a blouse, at the bottom of a V-neckline, or on the collar of a jacket.
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    Gold & Diamanté ‘Merry Whirl’ 1940s Duette & ‘Gay Swirl’ Earrings by Coro

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    This double clip brooch and earrings were sold to me as a set, but my research uncovered a different story. The diamanté-embellished gold-tone Coro Duette is named Merry Whirl, while the gold-tone and diamanté earrings are from their Gay Swirl design. Nevertheless, I wouldn't hesitate to wear these pieces together. The Duette, Coro's double clip brooch, can be worn as a brooch (in the positions shown) or as separate dress clips. The earrings are screw-backs. Both pieces were advertised in the April 1948 issue of Life magazine, which is how I found out the design names. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Coro's name.
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  • Vintage cuff bracelet by Forstner
    Front of double flexible cuff by Forstner
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    Gold 1940s Cuff Bracelet by Forstner

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    This vintage cuff bracelet is a variation of Forstner’s flexible bracelets, a popular style in the 1940s. This piece is formed from a tapering double-row with a decorative, fixed buckle. The polished finish of the center buckle adds a nice contrast to the coiled sides. Jewelry by Forstner was very well made and has retained its quality. Note that this piece is gold-filled, which means it has a thicker layer of gold than a piece that is gold-plated. This cuff is especially nice because the construction allows it to fit small- to medium-size wrists. Please note that dark areas in the photos are only reflections from the camera. Several Vogue ads for this company’s flexible bracelets in other styles date this cuff from about 1946-1947. Scroll down to see a sterling necklace in the same style by Walter Lampl as well as a gold-filled snake-chain necklace by Forstner.
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    Gold 2-strand Snake Chain 1940s Necklace by Forstner

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    This two-strand, gold-filled snake chain necklace is the epitome of mid- to late-1940s style. At that time, snake chains were made into necklaces, bracelets, key chains, brooches, and watchbands. Forstner made theirs in rhodium-plated sterling silver, gold-filled, and 10k and 14k gold. Different versions were advertised in Vogue from 1946-1948. An ad for a three-strand necklace like this one was in the November 15, 1948 issue. Scroll down to see a complementary bracelet by this maker.
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    Gold Brickwork Link 1940s Bracelet with Diamanté Buckle by Dorsons

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    Flexible, gold links in the brickwork pattern are adorned with a pavé buckle in this 1940s bracelet by Dorsons. This elegant Retro Modern piece has a fold-over clasp. Gold-tone costume jewelry of the 1940s with intact finishes is really hard to find. This piece is well preserved because it is gold-filled, rather than just plated. A Dorson's ad in Vogue for other designs made with the same materials said their stones were hand-set. Please note that dark areas in the photos are reflections of the camera.
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  • Gold calla lily pin with diamante
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    Gold Calla Lily & Diamanté 1940s Brooch by Mazer Bros.

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    This gold calla lily pin, made by Mazer Bros. in the late-1940s to early-1950s, is really elegant. It features a graceful design executed in gold-plated fretwork embellished with baguettes and round diamanté. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. A lovely accessory for the shoulder of a dress or a jacket lapel. Wear it with faux or real diamond studs and a gold bangle. In case you haven’t noticed, I love calla lilies!
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    Gold Leaf & Art Glass 1940s Brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This gold-tone late-1940s brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli is "designed as [a] dancing openwork leaf" (Becker) and set with emerald, ruby, sapphire and amber art-glass cabochons in dog-tooth prongs. The outline of the leaf and stem are textured. This versatile and elegant brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. I think this jewel was meant to be worn with the leaf pointing down, as shown in the first photo, but the third photo shows the leaf pointing up – you decide which you prefer!
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    Golden Topaz & Vermeil Sterling Flower 1940s Brooch by Coro

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    Oval, faceted golden-topaz glass stones form the flower on this graceful, large gold-plated sterling silver brooch by Coro. The tilt of the blossom and the furled leaves make this piece look as though it is blowing in the wind. Joan Crawford wore a similar brooch at the throat of her blouse in a scene in Mildred Pierce.
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    Golden Topaz & Vermeil Sterling Flower Earrings

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    These graceful earrings are so beautiful and well-made that I'm surprised they are unsigned. They feature curled sterling silver leaves surrounding a faceted, oval golden-topaz glass center. The metal has a hint of a warm gold wash, which was popular in the 1940s. These elegant screw-back earrings are timeless and great for both day and evening wear.
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  • Sautoir necklace and earrings set with grey and white pearls
    Louis Rousselet pearl sautoir and earrings set
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    Grey & White Pearl Sautoir Necklace & Earrings Set by Louis Rousselet for Chanel

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    This sautoir necklace and earrings set is a stunning Art Deco-style creation made with faux grey and white pearls for Coco Chanel’s boutique in 1948-1952. The white pearls are round; the grey, tear-drop shaped. The fringe pendant is capped with a rondelle. I bought this set for my personal collection from Ginger Moro, author of European Designer Jewelry and Rousselet expert. This set appears on page 67. The necklace broke when I wore it to my favorite nephew’s wedding. When I had it professionally restrung at a slightly shorter length, my jeweler created a bracelet. I'm including it with the purchase of this fabulous set.
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    Milk Glass Bead, Diamanté & Gold Earrings by Miriam Haskell

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    These Miriam Haskell earrings with milk-glass beads and disks, rondelles, and gold-tone findings have a real Machine Age-look and associated movement. However, the use of French ear clips dates them to the late-1940s, and the white beads may take them into the 1950s, when white jewelry was extremely popular. I still consider this pair to be Art Deco in style, and I've seen the same motif used by this designer (Frank Hess) on earlier Haskell pieces. Whenever they were made, these ear clips are lots of fun! I saw them in an entirely new, bright, and glamorous light when they were chosen to walk the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019. See them on the model who looked stunning in a bridal jumpsuit with skirt. You don't have to be a bride to add glamour to an ensemble with these fabulous earrings!
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  • Vintage pearl bracelet with diamante by Eisenberg
    Eisenberg 1940s pearl, diamante & sterling bracelet
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    Pearl Bracelet with Diamanté in Sterling by Eisenberg

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    This vintage pearl bracelet is substantial, well-made, and stunning. Each link has a large glass pearl sitting atop a ring of diamanté set in sterling silver. The design is similar to the maker’s Cornucopia brooch and earrings but on a larger scale. This late-1940s jewel, which closes with a concealed clasp and safety chain, is another statement piece. You can wear it with the Diamanté & Sterling Sunburst Earrings, also by Eisenberg, which are similar in design – scroll down to see them.
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  • Vintage gold flower brooch with pearl & diamante
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    Pearl, Diamanté & Gold Flower Brooch by Marcel Boucher

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    This vintage gold flower brooch from the late-1940s is one of several versions Marcel Boucher created with petals that open and close. This design is often referred to as Day to Night. With its gold-tone petals and stem, and a faux pearl adorned with diamanté in the center, this brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Note that the bright areas on the petals are only camera reflections. This piece is charming! A perfect adornment for women who look best in warm colors.
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  • Hobe brooches with pink tourmaline
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    Pink Tourmaline & Sterling Flower 1940s Hobé Brooches

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    This pair of Hobé brooches is delicate and lovely. Each is a flower with a deep-pink tourmaline (almost fuchsia) center. The sterling petals on one side are furled; those on the other side feature a beautiful open-work design that is known as fretwork. You can wear the pair together on the shoulder of a dress or jacket, or on either side of a collar. These brooches were hand-made. Although they’re marked “DESIGN PAT’D”, I have been unable to identify a design patent that looks like them.
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    Pink Tourmaline, Sapphire, Peridot & Sterling Bouquet 1940s Brooch by Hobé

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    A bouquet of sterling silver flowers, stems, and leaves are tied in a bow and accented with collet-set pink tourmaline, pale sapphire and peridot glass stones. This brooch, with its roll-over safety clasp, is another example of the fine hand-made 1940s sterling silver pieces Hobé is known for. I particularly love the vertical orientation of this piece. Scroll down to see one of this maker's bracelets with a floral motif that coordinate well with this brooch.
    USD$250.00
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    Ruby & Sterling Flower 1940s Brooch by Hess-Appel

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    A large, beautifully-faceted, cushion-cut ruby glass flower stands tall with curled sterling silver leaves and stem in this graceful 1940s Retro Modern brooch by Hess-Appel. This piece is signed with their Jollé trademark (without the accent, which was used only in their advertisements). This tall brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. You can easily remove the age-appropriate patina if you wish.
    USD$175.00
    USD$175.00
  • Miriam Haskell brooch (clip) with ruby glass beads & rondelles
    Close-up view of Miriam Haskell brooch/clip
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    Ruby Bead & Rondelle 1940s Miriam Haskell Brooch/Clip

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    This Miriam Haskell brooch, which is also a dress clip, has deep-red glass beads separated by rondelles and small flat beads in silver metal findings. A World War II-style dress clip is attached to a pierced plastic back. Frank Hess used this Machine Age-style in other designs. (Scroll down to see a similar pair of earrings.) I bought this piece from Haskell expert Cathy Gordon, who indicated that the pin stem was probably added to the dress clip at a later date. In addition to wearing this piece as a clip or brooch, you can wear it as a pendant on a black cord (shown in the last photo) or on a silver or white-gold chain. The 17" black cord shown is included with this purchase.
    USD$450.00
    USD$450.00
  • Trifari bouquet brooch with enamel & ruby flowers
    Close-up view of ruby flowers with diamante
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    Ruby, Diamanté & Enamel Bouquet 1940s Brooch by Trifari

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    This Trifari bouquet brooch has enamel leaves with faceted, oval ruby-red glass flowers surrounded by pavé petals. Long pavé leaves and a pavé ribbon that ties the bouquet complete this graceful Alfred Spaney design. This lovely and timeless 1940s brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Coro Duette brooch & earrings set
    Coro-Craft Duette brooch
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    Ruby, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling 1940s ‘Sparkling Peonies’ Duette & Earrings Set by Coro

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    This Coro Duette brooch has two rose-gold-plated sterling silver flowers edged in diamanté with ruby-glass-stone centers. It can be worn as a brooch or as separate dress clips, and has matching earrings. Made for the company's high-end line, this stunning set showcases one of Adolph Katz’s brilliant Retro Modern designs, from both an aesthetic and engineering point of view. For Duettes that were asymmetrical like this one, the brooch frame had to be customized to work with the particular pair of clips. Truly gorgeous pieces in remarkable condition! You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Coro's name. This design was advertised by the company as Sparkling Peonies.
    USD$795.00
    USD$795.00
  • Trifari brooch with ruby flowers in a sterling basket
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    USD$225.00
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    Ruby, Diamanté & Sterling Flower Basket Trifari Brooch

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    This Trifari brooch from the 1940s is a flower basket design in the Victorian Revival style. It has faceted, oval ruby-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. Two other brooches by this maker in this design are available: one has aquamarine flowers; the other, amethysts – scroll down to see them. All three are from my personal collection. You could wear one, two, or all together, creating unique looks each time!  
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Trifari bracelet with ruby & diamanté in gold-plated sterling
    Trifari Retro Modern bracelet
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    Ruby, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling 1940s Trifari Bracelet

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    This Trifari bracelet was made during WWII, when costume jewelry makers had to use sterling silver because base metals were limited to war-related manufacturing. This piece features pairs of facing scroll-shaped links adorned with diamanté. Each pair is separated by a pair of faceted, oval, prong-set ruby-glass stones. Simple flat gold links hold the elements together and end with a fold-over clasp. The red stones really complement the gold-washed setting. This lovely bracelet can be worn anytime, anywhere.
    USD$250.00
    USD$250.00
  • Pennino brooch with sapphires & diamante in 2-layered bow
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    Sapphire & Diamanté 1940s Bow Pennino Brooch

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    The design and construction of this Pennino brooch from the late-1940s is so fine that I bought it for myself. Now I’m reluctantly offering it to a new home. The top layer features a pavé ribbon of rhodium-plated metal that’s edged with faceted, oval sapphire-glass stones topped with tiny diamanté, and cinched in the center with two tones of metal. The bottom layer is a rhodium-plated larger bow. It’s edged with thin rays ending with collet-set, tiny sapphire stones. The two layers are connected with a tiny screw, and the pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Pennino pieces are always exceptional, and this one is superb. Its quality rivals that of fine jewelry, but this one is available for a fraction of the cost! Scroll down to see a variation of this design in rose-gold with amethysts.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
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    Sapphire & Sterling Bow 1940s Brooch & Earrings Set by Hobé

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    This 1940s sapphire and sterling silver set by Hobé is a bit smaller and more restrained than others in the collection, but it is just as beautiful. A deep-sapphire-blue glass stone is the center of the flower that sits atop the six-loop bow that forms the brooch. The ribbons are adorned with applied leaves and buds. The pin has a roll-over safety clasp. The screw-back earrings are bow-shaped, with sapphire centers.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Reinad brooch & earrings with sapphires & diamante
    Rose vermeil sterling brooch w/sapphires & diamante
    USD$375.00
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    Sapphire, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling 1940s Reinad Brooch & Earrings

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    This Reinad brooch with matching earrings feature rose-gold-washed sterling silver set with large, faceted, triangular sapphire-glass stones and diamanté accents. This set is a wonderful example of the Retro Modern style of the 1940s. I couldn’t decide if the brooch should be worn horizontally or vertically until I saw Anne Baxter wearing one like it in the 1946 movie Angel on my Shoulder. Hers was perfectly placed in the vertical position at the base of her V-neckline. She even wore the matching earrings. The pin has a roll-over safety clasp, and the earrings are screw-backs. I’ve included a photo of the brooch in the horizontal position, so you can decide if you prefer it that way. A similar piece was shown in a 1945 wholesaler’s catalog. The page was entitled “New Pink Gold Finish on Sterling Silver — Styled by Master Craftsmen” (who were not named). The brooch was $28.50 retail, and the earrings were $13.50, or $42.00 for the set. (While I don’t have income statistics for the mid-1940s, to put these prices in perspective, the U.S. government reported that by 1950, the average American household’s weekly income was about $81.)
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    Sapphire, Diamanté & Silver Bow 1940s Brooch by Mazer Bros.

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    A rhodium-plated, diamanté-encrusted bow with five loops and seven tails forms the base of this sparkly brooch. A flower with sapphire-glass-baguette petals and diamanté center, cupped in the same metal, sits on top. This piece was made by Mazer Bros. after World War II. As with all their pieces from this period, this one is well-constructed from the finest materials. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. The colors of this brooch makes it perfect for a woman who looks best in cool colors. Scroll down to see another version in warm hues.
    USD$195.00
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    Sapphire, Diamanté & Sterling 1940s Bouquet Brooch by Trifari

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    Floral bouquets were a popular theme for Trifari and other costume jewelry makers during WWII. This design is horizontal in format, with faceted, oval sapphire-glass flowers, diamanté leaves, and silver stems. The setting is rhodium-plated sterling silver. The roll-over safety clasp has been replaced by my expert jeweler. Pieces like this one are easy to wear with modern jewelry – just add simple diamond (faux or real) studs or hoops to complete your jeweled accessories.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
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    Sterling 1940s Flexible Choker by Walter Lampl

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    This sterling silver flexible choker by Walter Lampl was the height of style in the mid- to late-1940s. The simplicity of this piece makes it wearable with almost anything. This well-constructed necklace closes with a concealed clasp. This choker was made for a slim neck, even though the construction allows for a bit of stretch. Please note the length (14 1/2"), and measure your neck before making this purchase. This necklace was advertised in the May 1947 issue of The Jewelers' Circular - Keystone (a trade publication); the gold-filled and sterling silver versions each cost $4.50, at a time when the average family income in the U.S. about $50/week. I wrote a blog post about two stars who wore this style of necklace in 1940s films – read it here. Cate Blanchett wore a gold version in the 2015 movie Carol. Scroll down to see a gold flexible bracelet by another maker.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Oval Brooch with flowers and leave by Hobé
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    Sterling 1940s Floral Oval Brooch by Hobé

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    This 1940s oval brooch has flowers and leaves in sterling silver applied to an oval base. The result is a piece with lovely textures and depth. Even the back shows the meticulous workmanship that went into the crafting of this jewel. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. This design is similar to two others the maker patented in the early 1940s. Scroll down to see a Hobé bracelet with a floral motif.
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    Sterling Floral 1940s Brooch & Earrings Set by Hobé

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    This sterling silver floral brooch has richly- detailed, textured layers of buds and leaves that emanate from the multi-layered flower in the center. In my opinion, the quality of Hobé's flowers is unsurpassed. The earrings replicate the center of the brooch. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp; the earrings have screw-backs. This set is one of the maker's more unusual designs from the 1940s and doesn't need any colored stones to make it sparkle. Scroll down to see a flower bracelet by Hobé that coordinates with this set.
    USD$295.00
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    Sterling Floral Basket Link 1940s Bracelet by Hobé

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    This sterling silver bracelet with floral basket links has a concealed clasp and safety chain. The intricate flowers have layers of petals, and the back clearly shows the detailed design and handcrafted workmanship Hobé is known for. You could wear this beautiful bracelet with any of this maker's brooches with a floral motif – scroll down to see a selection.
    USD$250.00
    USD$250.00
  • Sterling silver link bracelet by Alice Caviness
    Floral sterling silver bracelet
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    Sterling Floral Link 1940s Bracelet by Alice Caviness

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    This sterling silver link bracelet by Alice Caviness features panels of tiny flowers and leaves. It closes with the old-style spring-ring clasp. This maker's pieces are hard to date – I’m guessing this one is from the 1940s, when romanticism was a popular jewelry motif. This delicate bracelet can go anywhere. It’s perfect for women who look best in cool colors.
    USD$175.00
    USD$175.00
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    Sterling Floral Link 1940s Bracelet by Felch

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    This 1940s bracelet by Felch features four sterling silver plaques decorated with flowers and leaves. Their textured surfaces are raised from the back (a technique called repoussé). This timeless piece goes with just about everything. According to the Researching Costume Jewelry website, Victor Primavera, who patented this design, was the designer for Felch & Co. when this bracelet was made. This piece has no maker's mark.
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    Sterling Flower & Leaf 1940s Brooch by Hobé

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    This petite (by Hobé standards) sterling silver flower and leaf 1940s brooch has the same level of detail and quality workmanship as its larger sisters. The intricate buds on either side of the central flower are particularly lovely. This three-dimensional piece has a roll-over safety clasp. Scroll down to see a bracelet by Hobé that also has a floral motif.
    USD$165.00
    USD$165.00
  • Coro earrings and bracelet with sterling silver flowers
    Coro-Craft sterling silver flower bracelet
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    Sterling Flower 1940s Coro Earrings & Bracelet Set

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    These Coro earrings and bracelet feature large sterling silver flowers. The bracelet has a small flower on each connecting link. The earrings have screw backs. You can easily remove the age-appropriate patina, if you wish. This set was designed in 1942 by Massa Raimond for the company’s high-end line. Scroll down to see a Coro-Craft brooch in the same design.
    USD$175.00
    USD$175.00
  • Coro flower brooch – sterling silver bouquet
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    Sterling Flower Bouquet 1940s Brooch by Coro

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    This 1940s Coro flower brooch has five sterling silver stems tied in a bouquet. From Coro-Craft, the company's high-end line, this piece bears hints of the Retro Modern style of that decade – the slightly curved, stylized flowers and the 3 ¾” length. This piece has a roll-over safety clasp. Scroll down to see a Coro bracelet and earrings set by Massa Raimond in the same design.
    USD$150.00
    USD$150.00
  • Large vintage flower pin in sterling silver
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    Sterling Flower Bouquet Brooch

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    This vintage flower pin in sterling silver has wonderful detail and an unusual design. A cluster of petals defines the flower, which sits atop a pair of veined leaves. The fourth stem ends in a spiral. This lovely piece is very three-dimensional, well-made and somewhat whimsical. Because of its size and motif, I’m guessing it dates to the 1940s. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. I only wish I could find information about the maker (which is definitely not Rafael Canada)!
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    Sterling Rose Bough & Wildflowers 1940s Brooch by Hobé

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    In my opinion, Hobé made the best sterling silver flowers in the 1940s. On this brooch, the large blossom at the center with surrounding buds illustrate his extraordinary design talent and the company's high-level of craftsmanship. Their pieces were all hand-made at this time. The unusual design of this brooch is similar to one that was patented in 1940. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Scroll down to see a sterling silver bracelet by the same maker.
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    Vermeil Sterling Leaf & Berry 1940s Dress Clip by Nettie Rosenstein

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    A layer of berries is attached to openwork leaves in this substantial piece by Nettie Rosenstein. Made of gold-plated sterling silver in the 1940s, this dress clip has a hinged, double-prong back. This decorative, high-quality piece looks great on the shoulder or lapel of a dress, jacket, or coat – the fabric just needs to be weightier to support the jewel. No wonder this maker's jewelry is highly-prized!
    USD$250.00
    USD$250.00