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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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  • $ 295

    Gold Leaf & Art Glass 1940s Brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This gold-tone late-1940s brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli is "designed as [a] dancing openwork leaf" (Becker) and set with emerald, ruby, sapphire and amber art-glass cabochons in dog-tooth prongs. The outline of the leaf and stem are textured. This versatile and elegant brooch 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!
    $ 295
    $ 295
  • $ 150

    Golden Topaz & Vermeil Sterling Flower 1940s Brooch by Coro

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    Oval, faceted golden-topaz glass stones form the flower on this graceful, large gold-plated sterling silver brooch by Coro. The tilt of the blossom and the furled leaves make this piece look as though it is blowing in the wind. Joan Crawford wore a similar brooch at the throat of her blouse in a scene in Mildred Pierce.
    $ 150
    $ 150
  • $ 195

    Golden Topaz & Vermeil Sterling Flower Earrings

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    These graceful earrings are so beautiful and well-made that I'm surprised they are unsigned. They feature curled sterling silver leaves surrounding a faceted, oval golden-topaz glass center. The metal has a hint of a warm gold wash, which was popular in the 1940s. These elegant screw-back earrings are timeless and great for both day and evening wear.
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • Sautoir necklace and earrings set with grey and white pearls
    Louis Rousselet pearl sautoir and earrings set
    $ 1,895

    Grey & White Pearl Sautoir Necklace & Earrings Set by Louis Rousselet for Chanel

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    This sautoir necklace and earrings set is a stunning Art Deco-style creation made with faux grey and white pearls for Coco Chanel’s boutique in 1948-1952. The white pearls are round; the grey, tear-drop shaped. The fringe pendant is capped with a rondelle. I bought this set for my personal collection from Ginger Moro, author of European Designer Jewelry and Rousselet expert. This set appears on page 67. The necklace broke when I wore it to my favorite nephew’s wedding. When I had it professionally restrung at a slightly shorter length, my jeweler created a bracelet. I'm including it with the purchase of this fabulous set.
    $ 1,895
    $ 1,895
  • Milk glass earrings with rondelles
    Miriam Haskell earrings with milk glass beads & disks
    $ 245

    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!
    $ 245
    $ 245
  • Vintage pearl bracelet with diamante by Eisenberg
    Eisenberg 1940s pearl, diamante & sterling bracelet
    $ 425

    Pearl Bracelet with Diamanté 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 diamanté 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 concealed 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.
    $ 425
    $ 425
  • Vintage gold flower brooch with pearl & diamante
    Center of 'Day to Night' flower
    $ 185

    Pearl, Diamanté & Gold Flower Brooch by Marcel Boucher

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    This vintage gold flower brooch from the late-1940s is one of several versions Marcel Boucher created with petals that open and close. This design is often referred to as Day to Night. With its gold-tone petals and stem, and a faux pearl adorned with diamanté in the center, this brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Note that the bright areas on the petals are only camera reflections. This piece is charming! A perfect adornment for women who look best in warm colors.
    $ 185
    $ 185
  • Hobe brooches with pink tourmaline
    Close-up view of one brooch
    $ 195

    Pink Tourmaline & Sterling Flower 1940s 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.
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • $ 250

    Pink Tourmaline, Sapphire, Peridot & Sterling Bouquet 1940s Brooch by Hobé

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    A bouquet of sterling silver flowers, stems, and leaves 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 sterling silver pieces Hobé is known for. I particularly love the vertical orientation of this piece. Scroll down to see one of this maker's bracelets with a floral motif that coordinate well with this brooch.
    $ 250
    $ 250
  • $ 175

    Ruby & Sterling Flower 1940s Brooch by Hess-Appel

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    A large, beautifully-faceted, cushion-cut ruby glass flower stands tall with curled sterling silver leaves and stem in this graceful 1940s Retro Modern brooch by Hess-Appel. This piece is signed with their Jollé trademark (without the accent, which was used only in their advertisements). This tall brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. You can easily remove the age-appropriate patina if you wish.
    $ 175
    $ 175
  • Miriam Haskell brooch (clip) with ruby glass beads & rondelles
    Close-up view of Miriam Haskell brooch/clip
    $ 450

    Ruby Bead & Rondelle 1940s Miriam Haskell Brooch/Clip

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    This Miriam Haskell brooch, which is also a dress clip, 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 a pierced plastic back. Frank Hess used this Machine Age-style in other designs. (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 piece 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.
    $ 450
    $ 450
  • Trifari bouquet brooch with enamel & ruby flowers
    Close-up view of ruby flowers with diamante
    $ 195

    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.
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • Coro Duette brooch & earrings set
    Coro-Craft Duette brooch
    $ 795

    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.
    $ 795
    $ 795
  • Trifari brooch with ruby flowers in a sterling basket
    Close-up of ruby flowers
    $ 225

    Ruby, Diamanté & Sterling Flower Basket Trifari Brooch

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    This Trifari brooch from the 1940s is a flower basket design in the Victorian Revival style. It has faceted, oval ruby-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. Two other brooches by this maker in this design are available: one has aquamarine flowers; the other, amethysts – scroll down to see them. All three are from my personal collection. You could wear one, two, or all together, creating unique looks each time!  
    $ 225
    $ 225
  • Trifari bracelet with ruby & diamanté in gold-plated sterling
    Trifari Retro Modern bracelet
    $ 250

    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.
    $ 250
    $ 250
  • Pennino brooch with sapphires & diamante in 2-layered bow
    Close-up view of brooch center
    $ 295

    Sapphire & Diamanté 1940s Bow Pennino Brooch

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    The design and construction of this Pennino brooch from the late-1940s is so fine that I bought it for myself. Now I’m reluctantly offering it to a new home. The top layer features a pavé ribbon of rhodium-plated metal that’s edged with faceted, oval sapphire-glass stones topped with tiny diamanté, and cinched in the center with two tones of metal. The bottom layer is a rhodium-plated larger bow. It’s edged with thin rays ending with collet-set, tiny sapphire stones. The two layers are connected with a tiny screw, and the pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Pennino pieces are always exceptional, and this one is superb. Its quality rivals that of fine jewelry, but this one is available for a fraction of the cost! Scroll down to see a variation of this design in rose-gold with amethysts.
    $ 295
    $ 295
  • $ 195

    Sapphire & Sterling Bow 1940s Brooch & Earrings Set by Hobé

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    This 1940s sapphire and sterling silver set by Hobé is a bit smaller and more restrained than others in the collection, but it is just as beautiful. A deep-sapphire-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.
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • Reinad brooch & earrings with sapphires & diamante
    Rose vermeil sterling brooch w/sapphires & diamante
    $ 375

    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.)
    $ 375
    $ 375
  • Silver bow brooch with diamante & sapphires
    Close-up view of flower layer
    $ 195

    Sapphire, Diamanté & Silver Bow Brooch by Mazer Bros.

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    This rhodium-plated silver bow brooch has a base formed by five loops and seven tails encrusted with diamanté. A flower with sapphire-glass-baguette petals and diamanté center, cupped in the same metal, sits on top. This piece was made by Mazer Bros. after World War II. As with all of their jewels from this period, this one is well-constructed from the finest materials. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. The colors of this piece make it perfect for a woman who looks best in cool colors. Scroll down to see another version in warm hues.
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • $ 195

    Sapphire, Diamanté & Sterling 1940s Bouquet Brooch by Trifari

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    Floral bouquets were a popular theme for Trifari and other costume jewelry makers during WWII. This design is horizontal in format, with faceted, oval sapphire-glass flowers, diamanté leaves, and silver stems. The setting is rhodium-plated sterling silver. The roll-over safety clasp has been replaced by my expert jeweler. Pieces like this one are easy to wear with modern jewelry – just add simple diamond (faux or real) studs or hoops to complete your jeweled accessories.
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • Oval Brooch with flowers and leave by Hobé
    Close-up view of brooch front
    $ 165

    Sterling 1940s Floral Oval Brooch by Hobé

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    This 1940s oval brooch has flowers and leaves in sterling silver applied to an oval base. The result is a piece with lovely textures and depth. Even the back shows the meticulous workmanship that went into the crafting of this jewel. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. This design is similar to two others the maker patented in the early 1940s. Scroll down to see a Hobé bracelet with a floral motif.
    $ 165
    $ 165
  • $ 295

    Sterling Floral 1940s Brooch & Earrings Set by Hobé

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    This sterling silver floral brooch has richly- detailed, textured layers of buds and leaves that emanate from the multi-layered flower in the center. In my opinion, the quality of Hobé's flowers is unsurpassed. The earrings replicate the center of the brooch. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp; the earrings have screw-backs. This set is one of the maker's more 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 set.
    $ 295
    $ 295
  • $ 250

    Sterling Floral Basket Link 1940s Bracelet by Hobé

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    This sterling silver bracelet with floral basket links has a concealed 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 bracelet with any of this maker's brooches with a floral motif – scroll down to see a selection.
    $ 250
    $ 250
  • Sterling silver link bracelet by Alice Caviness
    Floral sterling silver bracelet
    $ 175

    Sterling Floral Link 1940s Bracelet by Alice Caviness

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    This sterling silver link bracelet by Alice Caviness features panels of tiny flowers and leaves. It closes with the old-style spring-ring clasp. This maker's pieces are hard to date – I’m guessing this one is from the 1940s, when romanticism was a popular jewelry motif. This delicate bracelet can go anywhere. It’s perfect for women who look best in cool colors.
    $ 175
    $ 175