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1940s Jewelry

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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  • 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
  • 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 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