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About 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.

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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
  • Brooch dress clips with amethysts in rose gold
    Center of Duette
    USD$295.00

    Amethyst, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling Duette

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    This brooch/dress clips looks like folded fabric crowned with jewels. It is made of rose-gold-plated sterling silver edged with diamanté accents. At the center of each side is a row of amethyst-glass navettes topped with a row of diamanté. This Duette, which was created for Coro’s high-end line, can be worn as a brooch or as separate dress clips. Their double-prong fasteners work well with heavier fabrics, such as wool blazers and dresses. My camera picked up two stones that appear to be a different shade of purple, but this difference cannot be seen by the naked eye. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Coro's name.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Vintage rose gold brooch w/amethysts & diamanté
    Close-up view of bow
    USD$275.00

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

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    This vintage rose gold brooch is a striking Retro Modern piece made by Pennino Bros. in two layers. The top is a pavé ribbon of rhodium-plated metal that’s edged with faceted, oval amethyst-glass stones topped with tiny diamanté. The center is cinched with rose-gold plated metal. The second layer is a furled rose-gold ribbon that’s attached to the top with a tiny screw. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. This brooch is not flat – the four corners of the bottom layer fold under, as curls of ribbon or fabric would. The back shows the high-quality, complex construction characteristic of this maker.
    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
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    Eisenberg brooch with amethyst and diamanté
    Close-up view of Eisenberg brooch center
    USD$395.00

    Amethyst, Diamanté & Sterling Bow 1940s Eisenberg Brooch

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    This Eisenberg brooch features faceted, amethyst-glass stones surrounded by diamanté. At the center of this substantial 1940s horizontal bow is a large, faceted amethyst oval. This sterling silver piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp. The color combination is divine, and the quality is superb. This stunning and regal brooch has undergone restoration, which has brought it back to life. You won't be disappointed!
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • 1940s Corocraft brooch with amethyst & diamante
    1943 Adolph Katz-designed Corocraft brooch
    USD$395.00

    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 horizontal position, as it appears in the patent drawing, but you could also wear it vertically (as shown in the second photo). This jewel, which closes with a roll-over safety clasp, is rich in contrasting colors and was in my personal collection. Wear it on the lapel of a blazer, and I guarantee you’ll be noticed!
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Hobé sterling pin w/amethyst, emerald & sapphire
    Close-up view of gems & layer sterling accents
    USD$345.00

    Amethyst, Emerald, Sapphire & Sterling Hobé Pin

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

    Aquamarine & Sterling 4-Loop Bow Brooch & Earrings Set

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    Aquamarine and silver earrings complement this sterling silver four-loop bow brooch by Hobé. Each loop is embellished with layers of leaves and buds. The focal point is the flower that sits on top of the bow. Its center forms a vertical line with two additional round aquamarine-glass stones that adorn the piece. Each ear clip is a flower with aquamarine center, topped with two vertical, textured leaves. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. This set looks great with a Hobé bracelet – scroll down to see it.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • 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 bracelet with aquamarine & diamante set in gold-plated sterling
    1940s Coro bracelet with aquamarine & diamante in gold
    USD$295.00

    Aquamarine, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling 1940s Coro Bracelet

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    This Coro bracelet was an engagement gift from the former owner’s fiancé in 1945. It had remained in the family until the couple’s son sold it to me. A well-crafted Retro Modern design by Adolph Katz for Coro’s high-end line, it features aquamarine-glass-stone centers and diamanté set in gold-plated sterling silver with a fold-over clasp. The safety chain is a replacement. This piece is another wonderful example of period design and manufacture from one of the best! If you prefer white metal, scroll down to see the same bracelet in all diamanté set in sterling silver.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Coro leaf pin with aquamarine & diamante flowers
    Close-up view of one flower
    USD$495.00

    Aquamarine, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling 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$495.00
    USD$495.00
  • Aquamarine brooch in vermeil sterling
    Close-up view of cushion-cut aquamarine
    USD$445.00

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

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    This aquamarine brooch by Mazer Bros. is a fine example of the Retro Modern style. Tall and graceful, this substantial, stylized flower features a large, faceted cushion-cut glass stone as its focal point. The gold-washed, sterling silver setting is further embellished with four, faceted oval-cut stones along with pavé-accented gold swirls. This pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Pieces of this size with a gold-plated finish often don’t survive as well as this brooch has. But costume jewelry was well-made in the 1940s by companies of this maker’s stature. Note that any color variations in metal seen in the photos are only camera reflections.
    USD$445.00
    USD$445.00
  • 1940s Walter Lampl brooch
    Close-up view of mesh & overlay of of leaves & stones
    USD$195.00

    Aquamarine, Pink Topaz & Gold Circle Walter Lampl Brooch

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    This gold-filled Walter Lampl brooch is formed by a series of rings in different designs. The widest is convex and made of gold-mesh, with an overlay of gold leaves and vines along with tiny pink-topaz-glass stones. A narrow ring of aquamarine-glass baguettes provides further embellishment. At the top is an elaborate horizontal bow with three loops on each side and in the center. This 1940s jewel has a roll-over safety clasp and a loop at the top and bottom to allow the piece to be worn as a pendant.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Floral brooch by Miriam Haskell with black glass beads
    Close-up view of floral brooch
    USD$295.00

    Black Bead & Diamanté Floral Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This floral brooch features a cluster of black glass beads sitting atop silver-tone metal leaves paved in diamanté. These elements were wired and sewn by hand onto a pierced metal foundation with edges. The pin closes with a simple C-clasp. Another lovely Frank Hess design from the World War II era.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Flower brooch in blue topaz w/rubies & diamantes
    Close-up view of flowers
    USD$325.00

    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 vermeil center looks like folds of a fabric with pavé-trimmed white metal 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$325.00
    USD$325.00
  • 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$295.00

    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$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • 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
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    Coro sterling brooch or pair of clips in ‘Platina’ design
    Another view of Coro 'Platina' Duette
    USD$195.00

    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.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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    Vintage Ciro brooch or pair of clips
    Ciro brooch or pair of dress clips
    USD$325.00

    Diamanté & Sterling Ciro Brooch or Pair of Clips

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    This fine vintage Ciro brooch is a dainty and exceptionally well-made piece, probably from the early-1940s. The design of furled sterling silver ribbons set with diamanté reflects the romanticism of that decade. Although this jewel bears Ciro's mark, the piece was made by an unknown French or German company. Like the jewelry of many high-end retailers, Ciro’s was designed, produced and stamped with their logo by various manufacturers whose work was commissioned. The trombone clasp is a clue to the country of origin. Wear this lovely 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 jewels are hard to date and were not inexpensive.
    USD$325.00
    USD$325.00
  • 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
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    Coro Duette vintage jewelry with diamanté leaves
    Coro diamante dress clips
    USD$225.00

    Diamanté Leaf Coro Duette

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    This Coro Duette is a vintage jewelry piece composed of a pair of leaves with foil-backed, emerald-cut and round diamantés set in rhodium-plated metal. Designed by Adolph Katz, this piece can be worn as a brooch or as separate dress clips. This substantial jewel 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.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • 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 ribbon brooch w/jeweled flower
    Close-up view of emerald glass & diamante flower
    USD$195.00

    Emerald & Diamanté Gold 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 vermeil 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$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • 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 emerald bracelet in rose-gold.
    Front of 1940s Adolph Katz bracelet
    USD$345.00

    Emerald, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling Bracelet

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    This vintage emerald bracelet has faceted, oval emerald-glass stones set in rose-gold-plated sterling silver and accented with pavé scroll links. The color combination is rich and timeless. Designed in the Retro Modern style by Adolph Katz for Coro’s high-end line, this graceful piece has a fold-over clasp with safety chain. A lovely and versatile addition to anyone's jewelry wardrobe.
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • 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$195.00

    Emerald, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling 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-washed-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 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!
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • 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 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.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Calla lily pin with 3 gemstones by Coro
    Close-up view of amethyst, ruby & peridot glass stones
    USD$295.00

    Gemstone & Rose Vermeil Sterling Calla Lily Pin by Coro

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    This calla lily pin from the 1940s has a rose-gold-plated sterling silver ribbon tied in a three-looped bow. Three stems of calla lilies with a 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.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Adolph Katz brooch in vermeil w/faux gemstones
    Close-up view of jeweled flower center
    USD$295.00

    Gemstone & Vermeil Sterling Flower Adolph Katz Brooch

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    This Adolph Katz brooch is a substantial gold-plated sterling silver flower adorned with aquamarine- and ruby-glass stones and a diamanté center. The petals have decorative piercings and are tilted and slightly curled, giving them lots of life. Stylized and graceful, this piece is a fine example of the Retro Modern style so popular in the 1940s. This three-dimensional jewel is a larger version of two brooch/pendants in this design – scroll down to see them. Note that any bright color variations in metal are only camera reflections.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Vintage brooch pendant in vermeil sterling w/jewels
    Pendant on black cord
    USD$295.00

    Gemstone & Vermeil Sterling Flower Brooch/Pendant

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    This vintage brooch pendant is a substantial 1940s ‘2-for-1’ jewel. The gold-plated sterling silver flower is embellished with aquamarine- and ruby-glass stones and diamanté accents. The petals of the flower have decorative piercing and are tilted and slightly curled, giving it lots of life. Designed by the remarkable Adolph Katz, this three-dimensional piece is a fine example of the Retro Modern style. One photo shows the pendant on a black cord, but you may prefer a gold chain or a velvet ribbon. 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, each with a diamanté center (one has the pendant loop), by the same maker. Note that any bright color variations in metal are only camera reflections.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Vintage flower brooch by Coro with diamanté, aqua and ruby set in gold-plated sterling
    Brooch worn as pendant
    USD$295.00

    Gemstone & Vermeil Sterling Flower 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 piercings 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 or velvet ribbon. 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 a larger version of this brooch as well as another brooch/pendant in the same design with different colored stones. Note that any bright color variations in metal are only camera reflections.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Crescent earrings w/gemstones by De Rosa
    Acrostic earrings by De Rosa
    USD$295.00

    Gemstone Crescent Earrings by De Rosa

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    These crescent earrings with gemstone-colored glass stones were made by Ralph De Rosa. The gems are graduated in size and enhanced with an inner ring of diamantés. The variety of colors makes these ear clips very versatile. 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. De Rosa created a Dearest series, which included brooches, in 1949. This maker's pieces are always exceptionally well-made and hard-to-find. A pair of clip cushions is included with this purchase.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Ribbon bow brooch with gemstone bouquets
    Close-up view of gemstone flowers
    USD$195.00

    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.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Merry Whirl Duette & Gay Swirl earrings
    Horizontal view of Coro's Merry Whirl Duette
    USD$195.00

    Gold & Diamanté ‘Merry Whirl’ Duette & ‘Gay Swirl’ Earrings

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    This 'Merry Whirl' Duette was sold to me as a set with these earrings. Although all pieces are gold-tone with diamanté and made by the same company, my research uncovered a different story. The screw-back earrings are, in fact, 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. These jewels 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.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • 1940s earrings by Mazer – gold ribbons with diamanté
    Diamanté & gold ribbon 1940s earrings by Mazer
    USD$245.00

    Gold & Diamanté 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.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Gold plated flower brooch with diamante by Otis
    Close-up view of Otis brooch
    USD$185.00

    Gold & Diamanté 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.
    USD$185.00
    USD$185.00
  • Vintage cuff bracelet by Forstner
    Front of double flexible cuff by Forstner
    USD$395.00

    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.
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Art glass brooch in gold-tone leaf design
    Close-up view of cabochons & settings
    USD$395.00

    Gold Leaf & Art Glass Brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This art glass brooch from the late-1940s is described by jewelry historian Vivienne Becker as a “dancing openwork leaf” (Fabulous Costume Jewelry). It is set with emerald, ruby, sapphire and amber cabochons in dog-tooth prongs. The outline of the gold-tone leaf and stem are textured. This versatile and elegant piece 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!
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Leaf lapel pin with berries in gold-plated sterling
    Close-up view of layered design
    USD$275.00

    Gold Leaf Lapel Pin by Nettie Rosenstein

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    This leaf lapel pin is a substantial piece by New York fashion designer Nettie Rosenstein. A layer of berries is attached to stylized, openwork leaves, creating a three-dimensional effect. Made of gold-plated sterling silver in the 1940s, this dress clip has a hinged, double-prong back. This decorative, high-quality pin 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 jewelry from this fashion house is so highly-prized!
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Flower brooch pin w/golden topaz & vermeil sterling
    Close-up view of faceted, oval golden-topaz stones oval
    USD$245.00

    Golden Topaz & Vermeil Sterling Flower Brooch by Coro

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    This flower brooch pin is a graceful, large gold-plated sterling silver jewel created by CoroCraft, the company’s high-end line. Oval, faceted golden-topaz-glass stones form the flower that sits atop the stem. The tilt of the blossom and the furled leaves make this piece look as though it is blowing in the wind. This stylized design was very popular in the 1940s. Joan Crawford wore a similar brooch at the throat of her blouse in a scene in Mildred Pierce.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Vintage topaz earrings in vermeil sterling
    'Dancing flower' earrings w/golden topaz
    USD$245.00

    Golden Topaz & Vermeil Sterling Flower Earrings

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    These vintage topaz earrings look like dancing flowers. Curled sterling silver petals have faceted oval glass stone centers. The metal has a hint of a warm gold plating, which was popular in the 1940s. These graceful Retro Modern jewels are so beautiful and well-made that I’m surprised they are unsigned. These elegant screw-back earrings are timeless and great for both day and evening wear. Note that any color variations in metal are only camera reflections.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Milk glass earrings with rondelles
    Miriam Haskell earrings with milk glass beads & disks
    USD$345.00

    Milk Glass Bead, Diamanté & Gold Earrings by Miriam Haskell

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    These milk glass earrings with 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 Miriam 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!
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • Vintage pearl bracelet with diamante by Eisenberg
    Eisenberg 1940s pearl, diamante & sterling bracelet
    USD$595.00

    Pearl Bracelet with Diamantés 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 diamantés 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 box 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.
    USD$595.00
    USD$595.00
  • Hobe brooches with pink tourmaline
    Close-up view of one brooch
    USD$245.00

    Pink Tourmaline & Sterling Flower 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. What a lovely adornment for a bride's hair! 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.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Jeweled brooch by Hobé in sterling with colorful flowers
    Close-up view of flowers, buds & leaves
    USD$295.00

    Pink Tourmaline, Sapphire, Peridot & Sterling Bouquet Brooch by Hobé

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    This jeweled brooch is a bouquet of sterling silver flowers, stems, and leaves. They 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 jewelry Hobé is known for. I particularly love the size and vertical orientation of this jewel. Scroll down to see one of this maker’s bracelets with a floral motif that coordinates well with this brooch.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Miriam Haskell brooch (clip) with ruby glass beads & rondelles
    Close-up view of ruby bead brooch
    USD$595.00

    Ruby Bead & Rondelle Miriam Haskell Brooch/Clip

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    This Miriam Haskell brooch, which is also a dress clip, is an extremely versatile piece. It 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 the pierced plastic back. Other Frank Hess creations used this Machine Age-design and construction, which allow the elements to move. (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 jewel 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. See my favorite model wearing this brooch as a pendant in this blog post.
    USD$595.00
    USD$595.00
  • Trifari bouquet brooch with enamel & ruby flowers
    Close-up view of ruby flowers with diamante
    USD$275.00

    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$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Trifari bracelet with ruby & diamanté in gold-plated sterling
    Trifari Retro Modern bracelet
    USD$295.00

    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$295.00
    USD$295.00
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    Coro Duette brooch & earrings set
    Coro-Craft Duette brooch
    USD$795.00

    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
  • Sapphire costume jewelry set of sterling brooch & earrings
    Bow brooch w/flowers, buds, leaves
    USD$195.00

    Sapphire & Sterling Bow Brooch & Earrings Set by Hobé

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    This sapphire costume jewelry set in sterling silver by Hobé is a bit smaller and more restrained than others in the collection, but it is just as beautiful. A deep-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. A wonderful combination for those who wear cool colors.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • 1940s brooch with bows of diamantes & sapphire glasss
    Close-up view of flower layer
    USD$245.00

    Sapphire & Diamanté Bow Brooch by Mazer Bros.

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    This 1940s brooch shaped like bows was made in two layers. The base is formed by five loops and seven tails encrusted with diamantés. A flower with sapphire-glass-baguette petals and diamanté center, cupped in the same rhodium-plated base metal, sits on top. This piece was made by Mazer Bros. after World War II. As with all of the company's jewels from this period, this one is well-designed and constructed. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. This piece is perfect for a woman who likes to wear cool colors. Scroll down to see another version in warm hues.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Reinad brooch & earrings with sapphires & diamante
    Rose vermeil sterling brooch w/sapphires & diamante
    USD$375.00

    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.)
    USD$375.00
    USD$375.00
  • Hobé sterling jewelry set w/floral motif
    Richly-detailed sterling silver brooch
    USD$295.00

    Sterling Floral Brooch & Earrings Set by Hobé

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    This Hobé sterling jewelry set illustrates the unsurpassed quality of this maker’s flowers. The brooch has richly-detailed, textured layers of buds and leaves that emanate from the multi-layered center flower. The earrings replicate the brooch center. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp; the earrings have screw-backs. This set is one of this maker's more complex and 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 amazing set.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Hobé sterling silver brooch with flowers & leaves
    Close-up view of flowers & leaves
    USD$175.00

    Sterling Flower & Leaf Brooch by Hobé

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    This Hobé sterling silver brooch is petite (by Hobé standards), but it 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. From the 1940s, 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$175.00
    USD$175.00
  • Large vintage flower pin in sterling silver
    Close-up view of pin front
    USD$195.00

    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)!
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Sterling silver choker, 1940s, by Walter Lampl
    Walter Lampl sterling silver flexible choker
    USD$345.00

    Sterling Silver Choker by Walter Lampl

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    This sterling silver 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 jewel was advertised in the May 1947 issue of The Jewelers' Circular - Keystone (a trade publication). I wrote a blog post about two stars who wore this style of necklace in 1940s films, as part of my Jewelry in the Movies series. Cate Blanchett wore a gold version in the 2015 film Carol. You can see this Lampl sterling jewel on my favorite model in this blog post.
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
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    Sterling silver floral bracelet by Felch
    1940s bracelet by Victor Primavera
    USD$345.00

    Sterling Silver Floral Bracelet

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    This sterling silver floral bracelet features four plaques decorated with flowers and leaves. Their textured surfaces are raised from the back (a technique called repoussé). This timeless piece from the 1940s goes with just about everything. Victor Primavera, who patented this design, was an officer of and designer for Felch & Co. when this jewel was made. The company incorporated in 1946 and changed its name to Danecraft in 1953. This piece has no maker’s mark.
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00
  • Sterling silver link bracelet with baskets of flowers
    Hobé sterling silver bracelet
    USD$275.00

    Sterling Silver Link Bracelet with Flowers

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    This sterling silver link bracelet with floral basket panels has a box 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 jewel with any of this maker’s brooches with a floral motif – scroll down to see a selection.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Sterling silver rose brooch by Hobé
    Close-up view of rose
    USD$225.00

    Sterling Silver Rose Brooch by Hobé

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    This sterling silver rose brooch is just one of numerous floral pieces designed by this extraordinary maker. In my opinion, Hobé made the best sterling flowers in the 1940s. On this pin, the large blossom at the center with surrounding buds illustrate his exceptional 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 bracelet by the same maker.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
  • Turquoise bead bracelet by Miriam Haskell
    USD$345.00

    Turquoise Bead Bracelet with Diamantés

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    This turquoise bead bracelet is a familiar style made by Miriam Haskell. This one has tiny glass beads and diamantés wrapped around a narrow, gold-tone hinged frame that closes with a concealed clasp and safety chain. The color is more green than other turquoise pieces by this company. A classy and classic piece that’s perfect for those who like to wear warm colors. Just add faux or real diamond studs, and you’re good to go. This bracelet was made for a slim wrist. Please note the bracelet length (6 1/2") and check your wrist size before purchasing this piece. Scroll down to see the perfect Haskell brooch to wear with this jewel.
    USD$345.00
    USD$345.00