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1940s Jewelry

This collection of 1940s jewelry includes ear clips, necklaces, double-clip brooches, bracelets, and brooches in bold Retro Modern and delicate Victorian motifs. Because women’s clothing during the war years was austere and masculine, jewelry became very feminine. Stylized flowers and animals as well as buckles, bows, ribbons and fabric-like folds were popular. Bracelets were wide and often worn over gloves. Big and bold brooches were worn on the shoulder of day and evening attire. Double-clip brooches, still enormously popular, evolved from geometric pieces into asymmetrical, three-dimensional images. White base metals were replaced with sterling silver, often with yellow-, pink-, green-, and/or rose-gold plating. Read more about 1940s jewelry and fashion.

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    Brown Bead 1940s Dangling Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This brooch of dark-brown wood beads shaped like coffee beans is typical of the type of whimsical pieces produced by Miriam Haskell during World War II. At the top are beads in the shape of flower petals that surround small round beads with gilt metal caps. They are all hand-sewn onto a pierced, flat metal foundation. From there, a riot of beads dangle from gilt-metal links attached to three braided-silk cords. This brooch, which closes with a roll-over safety clasp, is in remarkable condition and fun to wear!
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    USD$195.00
  • Trifari fur clip with chalcedony and moonstone fruit salads
    Close-up view of center of maple leaf clip
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    Chalcedony & Moonstone Fruit Salad 1940s Trifari Fur Clip

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    This Trifari fur clip is a 1941 Alfred Philippe design. It features fruit salads in translucent chalcedony and moonstone, surrounded by diamanté in a rhodium-plated setting. This graceful, beautifully-detailed piece is shaped like a maple leaf. You can wear it like a brooch or as a pendant. The last photo shows this piece attached to a white gold necklace (which is not included with the clip) – I wanted you to see how lovely this combination looks.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • McClelland Barclay vintage brooch with citrines & diamante
    Another view of McClelland Barclay 2-tone scroll brooch
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    Citrine & Diamanté Scroll Brooch by McClelland Barclay

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    This McClelland Barclay vintage brooch has two layers. The bottom is a furled, gold-plated scroll. The top features faceted, emerald-cut citrine-glass stones, baguettes, and round diamanté, all set in connected, rhodium-plated frames that form a spiral. The intricate construction, as seen on the back, along with the use of two tones of metal are hallmarks of the designer. This brooch has a roll-over safety clasp and can be worn in any direction you choose. Notice that the maker’s name (Rice-Weiner) does not appear on McClelland Barclay-designed pieces.
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    Citrine & Sterling Bouquet 1940s Brooch & Earrings Set by Hobé

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

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

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    Five round plaques form this gorgeous 1940s sterling silver bracelet by Hobé. Each open-back circle is adorned with layered flowers, buds, and leaves. Each also has a faceted, round, collet-set citrine-glass stone. Even the connecting links are topped with tiny buds. This substantial bracelet has a concealed clasp and a safety chain. This piece is hand-made with superb quality, as are all pieces by this maker.  Scroll down to see the extraordinary Citrine & Sterling Bouquet 1940s Brooch & Earrings Set, also by Hobé, to wear with this bracelet.
    USD$350.00
    USD$350.00
  • Calla lily brooch with citrine by Coro
    Close-up view of citrine navettes
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    Citrine Calla Lily Brooch by Coro

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

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    These 1940s earrings by Mazer are a lovely and hard-to-find example of the Retro Modern style of that decade. They feature gold-plated ribbons embellished with faceted, round- and square-cut diamanté. These well-made ear clips face each other, to frame your face to perfection. They will make an elegant addition to any daytime or evening outfit. Just add a simple gold bracelet, and you'll be good to go.
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    USD$175.00
  • Reja brooch in rose-vermeil-sterling with diamante
    Close-up view of 1940s Reja brooch
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    Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling Floral Réja Brooch

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    This Réja brooch is a graceful 1940s creation in the Retro Modern style. It features rose-gold-plated sterling silver embellished with diamanté flowers and pavé leaves. The warm-toned metal setting makes this piece a perfect adornment for women who look best in warm colors. This maker’s jewels are hard to find, and this one is lovely and timeless.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Coro sterling brooch or pair of clips in ‘Platina’ design
    Another view of Coro 'Platina' Duette
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    Diamanté & Sterling ‘Platina’ 1940s Duette by Coro

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    This Coro sterling brooch is a pair of flowers with diamanté centers and oval petals, crowned with baguettes, and set in pavé-embellished sterling silver. It was designed as part of the Platina line by Adolph Katz for the company’s high-end pieces. You can wear this one as a brooch or as separate fur clips. The latter look great on weightier fabrics, such as wool blazers and dresses. This piece was advertised along with the complete Platina line in a fashion magazine with the copy: “Glittering glamour set in sterling silver with that ‘platinum look'”. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Coro’s name.
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    USD$195.00
  • Vintage silver bracelet by Catamore in sterling
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    Diamanté & Sterling 1940s Bracelet by Catamore

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

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

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    This 1940s diamanté brooch set in rhodium-plated sterling silver is in its original box!  Jubilee is a trademark used by Dorsons (aka D. Ornstein & Sons. This piece is timeless, and it goes with everything! This brooch was advertised in the December 1, 1947 issue of Life magazine. Scroll down to see a selection of lovely coordinating bracelets.
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    USD$195.00
  • Eisenberg bracelet with diamanté & sterling
    1940s Eisenberg bracelet
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    Diamanté & Sterling 1940s Eisenberg Bracelet

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    This Eisenberg bracelet features large oval and small round diamanté set in sterling silver with a concealed clasp and safety chain. This substantial and well-articulated 1940s piece epitomizes the high-quality of its maker and the glamour of the period. Although some of the stones have yellowed a bit, this piece is still beautiful and very wearable. In fact, it sparkled on the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019! The model wore it with a pair of beautiful earrings by the same maker – scroll down to see them. This bracelet was advertised in the May 15, 1947 issue of Vogue.
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    Diamanté & Sterling 1940s Fur Clip

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

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

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

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

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    This Eisenberg fur clip from the late 1940s is substantial in weight and size. It has two layers: square-cut diamanté flowers with a pavé stem that sit atop a sterling silver leaf embellished with additional diamanté. The cut-outs on the leaf add a graceful effect. You could wear this jewel on the shoulder or lapel of a dress, jacket or coat, and own any room you enter! What a knockout!
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    USD$395.00
  • Eisenberg earrings with diamanté set in sterling
    Diamanté & Sterling Sunburst 1940s Earrings by Eisenberg
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    Diamanté & Sterling Sunburst Eisenberg Earrings

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    These Eisenberg earrings have small round diamanté emanating from a larger stone, forming a sunburst design. The setting is sterling silver with screw-backs. These earrings are really alive with sparkle! They were advertised in the September 1, 1947 issue of Vogue. And they haven't lost their appeal – this pair sparkled on the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019. The model was also adorned with a diamanté bracelet by the same maker – scroll down to see it.
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    USD$245.00
  • Maple leaf brooch by McClelland Barclay
    1940s McClelland Barclay brooch
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    Diamanté & Two-tone 1940s Maple Leaf Brooch by McClelland Barclay

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

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    This gold-plated flower brooch is the only Otis piece I and my friend and co-author Robin Deutsch have ever seen with this finish. Though petite, this graceful sterling silver brooch with diamanté is charming. The finish has a few dark spots, but overall it looks much better with the naked eye than my camera indicates. You can read our Otis article here.
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    Diamanté Baguette & Pavé Ribbon 1940s Fur Clip by Marcel Boucher

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    This luscious fur clip features clear baguettes and pavé set in rhodium-plated metal. Even the underside of the furled upper corner is bejeweled. Marcel Boucher was one of the finest designers in this era. This piece attests to his talent. Wear it to great effect on a coat or jacket. Note that the stones do not have the yellow tinge suggested by the photos.
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  • Diamanté brooch with scrolls & swirls
    Diamante 1940s brooch
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    Diamanté Brooch or Pair of Dress Clips with Scrolls

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