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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$375.00

    Amethyst & Sterling Flower 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$375.00
    USD$375.00
  • Amethyst costume earrings by Elsa Schiaparelli
    Another view of Schiaparelli earrings
    USD$195.00

    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, regal purple. Earrings like these never go out of style!
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • 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.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Trifari brooch w/amethysts & diamantes
    Close-up view of flowers
    USD$295.00

    Amethyst, Diamanté & Sterling Flower Basket Trifari Brooch

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    This Trifari brooch 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 jewel timeless. Another by this maker in the same design with aquamarine flowers is available – scroll down to see it. Both pieces are from my personal collection. Choose your favorite color, or take both to wear separately and together.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Brooch dress clips with amethysts in rose gold
    Center of Duette
    USD$295.00

    Amethyst, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil 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 diamantés. 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
  • 1940s Corocraft brooch with amethyst & diamantes
    Another view of Coro Retro Modern brooch
    USD$445.00

    Amethyst, Diamanté & Vermeil Bouquet Brooch

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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 vertical position as well as horizontally, as it appears in the patent drawing (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$445.00
    USD$445.00
  • 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
  • Bow brooch & earrings w/aquamarine
    Hobé sterling silver brooch w/aquamarine
    USD$345.00

    Aquamarine & Sterling Bow Brooch & Earrings Set

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    This bow brooch and earrings set was hand-made in sterling silver 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$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • 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
  • Aquamarine flower pin in gold-washed sterling
    Close-up view of faceted stones
    USD$195.00

    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$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • 1940s Hobe sterling & aquamarine bracelet
    USD$345.00

    Aquamarine & Sterling Flower Bracelet by Hobé

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    This vintage aquamarine bracelet has six panels of flower petals with a large, round aqua-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 sterling silver bracelet has a fold-over clasp. The same floral motif and sterling/aquamarine combination can be found in several brooches (some with matching earrings) by this maker – scroll down to see them.
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • Aquamarine earrings by Pennino Bros.
    Flirty 1940s earrings by Pennino Brothers
    USD$245.00

    Aquamarine Floral Earrings by Pennino Bros.

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    These aquamarine earrings were made by Pennino Bros. in the 1940s. The curled, flirty flower petals in gold-washed metal are the same shape and finish this maker used in a series of 1947 brooches called Sunburst. The glass stone settings are the same as their Bulrush brooch and earrings set from the same year. Both were made in vermeil sterling. According to Brunialti, the patent pending mark on these earrings refers to the clip mechanism, as these designs were not patented. Because the sterling mark is on the ear clip only, I can't say for sure that this pair is sterling silver. These details are just for background – all Pennino jewels are divine! And by facing each other, these earrings frame your face to perfection. Please note that bright spots are merely lighting reflections.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Flower basket brooch with aquamarine & diamante
    Close-up view of flowers
    USD$295.00

    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. Another brooch in this design with amethyst flowers is available – scroll down to see it. Both jewels were from my personal collection. You could wear them together on your shoulder for a unique embellishment!
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Coro leaf pin with aquamarine & diamante flowers
    Close-up view of one flower
    USD$445.00

    Aquamarine, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Coro Leaf Pin

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    This stunning Coro leaf pin in rose-gold-plated 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 and has a roll-over safety clasp. This jewel 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$445.00
    USD$445.00
  • Coro bracelet with aquamarine & diamante set in gold-plated sterling
    1940s Coro bracelet with aquamarine & diamante in gold
    USD$295.00

    Aquamarine, Diamanté & Vermeil 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
    Close-up view of cushion-cut aquamarine glass stone
    USD$445.00

    Aquamarine, Diamanté & Vermeil 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-plated, 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
  • Flower brooch in blue topaz w/rubies & diamantes
    Close-up view of flowers
    USD$375.00

    Blue Topaz, Ruby, Diamanté & Vermeil Flower Brooch

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    This flower brooch designed by Adolph Katz is a stunning example of the Retro Modern style and the pieces created for Coro's high-end line in the 1940s. The gold-plated sterling silver center looks like folds of a fabric with pavé-trimming at each end. The same trim is wound around the center. From there emanate two boughs of faceted, oval blue-topaz-glass flowers with round ruby-glass accents. The blue stones have foil backs to intensify their color. The pin closes with a fold-over safety clasp. Gorgeous colors and amazing condition. This delicious jewel was advertised in the February 1, 1946 issue of Vogue.
    USD$375.00
    USD$375.00
  • Dangling wood bead brooch by Miriam Haskell
    Miriam Haskell brooch with wooden coffee-bean-shaped beads
    USD$225.00

    Brown Wooden Bead 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$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • 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
  • 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 jewelry set in sterling by Hobé
    Citrine & sterling tall bouquet brooch
    USD$495.00

    Citrine & Sterling Brooch & Earrings Set

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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
  • Silver and citrine bracelet by Hobé
    Sterling silver & citrine floral bracelet.
    USD$375.00

    Citrine & Sterling Flower Link Bracelet by Hobé

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    This silver and citrine bracelet by Hobé has five round plaques. Each open-back sterling circle is adorned with layered flowers, buds, leaves and ribbons surrounding a faceted, round, collet-set glass stone. Even the connecting links are topped with tiny buds. This substantial bracelet has a concealed clasp and a safety chain. Like all pieces by this maker, this jewel was hand-made and is superb in quality. Scroll down to see an extraordinary brooch & earrings set, also by Hobé, to wear with this bracelet.
    USD$375.00
    USD$375.00
  • Calla lily brooch with citrine by Coro
    Close-up view of citrine navettes
    USD$325.00

    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.
    USD$325.00
    USD$325.00
  • Reja brooch in rose-vermeil-sterling with diamante
    Close-up view of 1940s Reja brooch
    USD$275.00

    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.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Coro vintage bracelet in sterling with diamante
    Sterling silver & diamante 1940s bracelet
    USD$295.00

    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.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Vintage silver bracelet by Catamore in sterling
    USD$295.00

    Diamanté & Sterling 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$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Flower dress clip in diamanté & sterling
    Close-up view of blossoms & ribbons
    USD$445.00

    Diamanté & Sterling Flower Dress Clip

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    This flower dress clip has hand-set, large diamanté blossoms complimented with pavé ribbons. Substantial, yet graceful, this sterling silver pin is from the 1940s. Although it is unsigned, I have seen a signed version of the same design with colored stones. This clip has a hinged, double-prong fastener, which works well with weighty fabrics. This bold and sparkly jewel would really stand out on the lapel or shoulder of a jacket or coat. What a glorious statement!
    USD$445.00
    USD$445.00
  • Eisenberg dress clip in leaf shape with diamante
    Close-up view of top
    USD$495.00

    Diamanté & Sterling Leaf Eisenberg Dress Clip

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    This Eisenberg dress 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. The hinged, double-prong fastener works well with weighty fabrics. 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!
    USD$495.00
    USD$495.00
  • Eisenberg earrings with diamantés set in sterling
    Diamanté & Sterling Sunburst 1940s Earrings by Eisenberg
    USD$295.00

    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.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Maple leaf brooch by McClelland Barclay
    1940s McClelland Barclay brooch
    USD$275.00

    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
    USD$275.00
  • Dorsons sterling bracelet with diamanté
    Front of 1940s line bracelet
    USD$295.00

    Diamanté & Sterling Bracelet by Dorsons

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    This Dorsons sterling bracelet from the 1940s takes the line-bracelet design one step further. The square-cut diamanté channel-set in rhodium-plated sterling silver are enhanced with two squares of baguettes. This well-made jewel 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 more brilliant than my photos indicate. In fact, this lovely bracelet sparkled on the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019! Scroll down to see coordinating pieces.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Vintage screw back earrings in diamanté by Eisenberg
    Diamante & sterling earrings by Eisenberg
    USD$295.00

    Diamanté & Sterling Earrings by Eisenberg

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    These vintage screw back earrings made in the late-1940s by Eisenberg look like flowers in a vase. They have faceted oval and round diamantés set in rhodium-plated sterling silver. These earrings face 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 a recent fashion show. The model wore them with a bracelet made in Germany in the 1930s – scroll down to see it. Surprised at the combination? It rocked!
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Brooch back
    USD$295.00

    Diamanté & Sterling Twisted Bar Brooch by Dorsons

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    The design of this 1940s Dorsons sterling silver brooch with hand-set diamantés 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! You can even wear it as a barrette in your hair! This brooch was advertised in the December 1, 1947 issue of Life magazine. Scroll down to see a selection of lovely coordinating bracelets.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Rhinestone dress clip by Marcel Boucher
    Close-up view
    USD$295.00

    Diamanté Baguette & Pavé Ribbon Dress Clip

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    This rhinestone dress clip from the late-1940s features sparkly baguettes and pavé set in rhodium-plated metal, creating a luscious statement piece. 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.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Diamanté brooch with scrolls & swirls
    Diamante 1940s brooch
    USD$245.00

    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$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Diamante dress clips or brooch
    Diamante brooch in horizontal position
    USD$245.00

    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$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Diamanté tennis bracelet w/fixed, decorative buckle
    Front of Mazer Bros. line bracelet
    USD$195.00

    Diamanté Tennis Bracelet with Buckle by Mazer Bros.

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    This diamanté tennis bracelet by Mazer Bros. is a variation of a 1920s line bracelet. This one features faceted, emerald-cut diamanté, each set in its own rhodium-plated link. The focal point is a raised, fixed buckle adorned with diamanté in a unique assortment of shapes and sizes. This late-1940s to early-1950s piece by Mazer Bros. closes with a jeweled fold-over clasp and safety chain. Well-made, timeless, and versatile!
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Emerald & diamante 1940s McClelland Barclay brooch
    USD$295.00

    Emerald & Diamanté Circle 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-glass 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 stamped on this jewel.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Gold plated brooch w/emerald & diamanté flower
    Close-up view of center flower
    USD$225.00

    Emerald, Diamanté & Gold Bow Brooch by Mazer Bros.

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    This gold-plated brooch from the 1940s has pavé-trimmed, ribbon loops tied in bows. 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. Mazer Bros.’ 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 likes to wear warm colors. Scroll down to see a version in cool colors: an all diamanté base topped with a sapphire flower.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Vintage lapel pin w/faux emeralds & diamantés in sterling
    Close-up view of emerald glass baguettes
    USD$295.00

    Emerald, Diamanté & Sterling Dress Clip

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    This vintage lapel pin is beautiful in design and construction, and wearable in many ways. It has faceted emerald-cut and round emerald-glass stones, in sharp contrast to the diamantés and rhodium-plated sterling silver setting. This color combination is rich and versatile. You can wear this jewel 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 mid-1940s. But I don’t think these details matter – this clip is stunning!
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Coro bouquet brooch w/emeralds & diamantés in vermeil sterling
    Brooch as positioned in 'Vogue' ad
    USD$225.00

    Emerald, Diamanté & Vermeil Coro Bouquet Brooch

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    This Coro bouquet brooch is another beautiful Retro Modern design by Adolf Katz for Coro’s high-end line. This jewel features a gold-plated-sterling silver wide furled ribbon. It has one edge trimmed in diamantés 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 jewel 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!
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Gold ribbon brooch w/jeweled flower
    Close-up view of emerald glass & diamante flower
    USD$225.00

    Emerald, Diamanté & Vermeil Ribbon Brooch

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    This gold ribbon brooch is a triple-loop horizontal bow adorned with a row of diamantés at each end. A flower cupped in the same gold-plated sterling 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. Some spotting on gold-plating; any bright color variations in metal are only camera reflections.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Vintage bow brooch with gemstones, by Reinad
    Close-up view of Reinad brooch
    USD$395.00

    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.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Flower bouquet brooches in sterling by Otis
    Otis sterling brooch with sapphire, ruby, amethyst & emerald flowers
    USD$195.00

    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.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Coro brooch from the 1940s, Stars in the Sky set in rose vermeil sterling
    Close-up of Coro bouquet brooch
    USD$395.00

    Gemstone & Rose Vermeil ‘Stars in the Sky’ 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 jewel. This brooch was advertised in the September 1, 1943 issue of Vogue.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00