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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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  • Trifari dress clip with chalcedony & moonstone fruit salads
    Close-up view of center of maple leaf clip
    $ 295

    Chalcedony & Moonstone Fruit Salad Trifari Dress Clip

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    This Trifari dress 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 as a brooch – the hinged, double-prong fastener works well with weighty fabrics. Or wear the clip as a pendant. The third photo shows this piece attached to a sterling chain (which is not included with the clip) – I wanted you to see how lovely this combination looks.
    $ 295
    $ 295
  • McClelland Barclay vintage brooch with citrines & diamante
    Another view of McClelland Barclay 2-tone scroll brooch
    $ 295

    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.
    $ 295
    $ 295
  • $ 495

    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.
    $ 495
    $ 495
  • $ 195

    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!
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • $ 350

    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.
    $ 350
    $ 350
  • Calla lily brooch with citrine by Coro
    Close-up view of citrine navettes
    $ 195

    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.
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • Reja brooch in rose-vermeil-sterling with diamante
    Close-up view of 1940s Reja brooch
    $ 275

    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.
    $ 275
    $ 275
  • Coro sterling brooch or pair of clips in ‘Platina’ design
    Another view of Coro 'Platina' Duette
    $ 195

    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.
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • Vintage silver bracelet by Catamore in sterling
    $ 265

    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.
    $ 265
    $ 265
  • Coro vintage bracelet in sterling with diamante
    Sterling silver & diamante 1940s bracelet
    $ 295

    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.
    $ 295
    $ 295
  • $ 350

    Diamanté & Sterling 1940s Dress Clip

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    Prong-set, large diamanté flowers are complemented with pavé ribbons in this substantial, yet graceful sterling silver 1940s dress clip. Although it is unsigned, the high-quality design and construction as well as the style of the piece makes me believe that it came from Eisenberg. It has a hinged, double-prong fastener, which works well with weighty fabrics. This piece would really stand out on the lapel or shoulder of a jacket or coat.  What a glorious statement!
    $ 350
    $ 350
  • $ 225

    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.
    $ 225
    $ 225
  • $ 245

    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!
    $ 245
    $ 245
  • Eisenberg dress clip in leaf shape with diamante
    Close-up view of top
    $ 395

    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!
    $ 395
    $ 395
  • Eisenberg earrings with diamanté set in sterling
    Diamanté & Sterling Sunburst 1940s Earrings by Eisenberg
    $ 245

    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.
    $ 245
    $ 245
  • Dorsons sterling silver brooch with diamante
    Close-up view of brooch front
    $ 225

    Diamanté & Sterling Twisted Bar Brooch by Dorsons

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    The design of this 1940s Dorsons sterling silver brooch with hand-set diamanté was called a ‘twisted bar pin’. It comes in its original box, marked with the Jubilee trademark used by the maker (aka D. Ornstein & Sons). This jewel is timeless, and it goes with everything! This brooch was advertised in the December 1, 1947 issue of Life magazine. Scroll down to see a selection of lovely coordinating bracelets.
    $ 225
    $ 225
  • Maple leaf brooch by McClelland Barclay
    1940s McClelland Barclay brooch
    $ 275

    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?
    $ 275
    $ 275
  • Vintage Ciro brooch or pair of clips
    Ciro brooch or pair of dress clips
    $ 295

    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.
    $ 295
    $ 295
  • $ 165

    Diamanté 1940s Line Bracelet with Buckle by Mazer Bros.

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    This variation of a line bracelet 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!
    $ 165
    $ 165
  • $ 245

    Diamanté Baguette & Pavé Ribbon Dress Clip by Marcel Boucher

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    This luscious 1940s dress clip features baguettes and pavé set in rhodium-plated metal. Even the underside of the furled upper corner is bejeweled. Marcel Boucher was one of the finest designers in this era, and this piece attests to his talent. Wear it to great effect on a weighty fabric, such as a coat or jacket. Or wear it as a bold pendant on a substantial chain. The third photo shows this clip on a sterling flexible choker from the same decade – scroll down to see it. Note that the stones do not have the yellow tinge suggested by the photos.
    $ 245
    $ 245
  • Diamanté brooch with scrolls & swirls
    Diamante 1940s brooch
    $ 225

    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.
    $ 225
    $ 225
  • Diamante dress clips or brooch
    Diamante brooch in horizontal position
    $ 225

    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.
    $ 225
    $ 225
  • Coro Duette vintage jewelry with diamanté leaves
    Separate Coro leaf dress clips
    $ 195

    Diamanté Leaf 1940s Coro Duette

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    This Coro Duette is a vintage jewelry piece composed of a pair of leaves with emerald-cut and round diamanté set in rhodium-plated metal. Designed by Adolph Katz, this piece can be worn as a brooch or as separate dress clips. This substantial double-clip brooch was advertised in the December 1, 1947 issue of Vogue and the April 1948 issue of Mayfair. The ad in the last photo shows an example of how to wear the clips. Their double-prong fasteners work well with heavier fabrics, such as wool blazers and dresses. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, beneath Coro's name.
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • $ 250

    Diamanté, Aquamarine, Ruby & Vermeil Sterling Flower 1940s Bracelet by Coro

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    This 1940s gold-plated sterling silver bracelet has a double snake chain that fastens to a flower corsage with a fold-over clasp. The corsage is adorned with ruby and aquamarine glass stones along with a diamanté center. Two larger diamanté are at each end, and the snake chain attaches to the corsage with pavé links. Scroll down to see two brooch/pendants and a larger brooch in the same design by Adolph Katz.
    $ 250
    $ 250