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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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  • 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