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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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  • Sterling silver link bracelet by Alice Caviness
    Floral sterling silver bracelet
    USD$175.00
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    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.
    USD$175.00
    USD$175.00
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    Sterling Floral Link 1940s Bracelet by Felch

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    This 1940s bracelet by Felch features four sterling silver plaques decorated with flowers and leaves. Their textured surfaces are raised from the back (a technique called repoussé). This timeless piece goes with just about everything. According to the Researching Costume Jewelry website, Victor Primavera, who patented this design, was the designer for Felch & Co. when this bracelet was made. This piece has no maker's mark.
    USD$185.00
    USD$185.00
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    Sterling Flower & Leaf 1940s Brooch by Hobé

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    This petite (by Hobé standards) sterling silver flower and leaf 1940s brooch 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. 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$165.00
    USD$165.00
  • Coro earrings and bracelet with sterling silver flowers
    Coro-Craft sterling silver flower bracelet
    USD$175.00
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    Sterling Flower 1940s Coro Earrings & Bracelet Set

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    These Coro earrings and bracelet feature large sterling silver flowers. The bracelet has a small flower on each connecting link. The earrings have screw backs. You can easily remove the age-appropriate patina, if you wish. This set was designed in 1942 by Massa Raimond for the company’s high-end line. Scroll down to see a Coro-Craft brooch in the same design.
    USD$175.00
    USD$175.00
  • Coro flower brooch – sterling silver bouquet
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    USD$150.00
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    Sterling Flower Bouquet 1940s Brooch by Coro

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    This 1940s Coro flower brooch has five sterling silver stems tied in a bouquet. From Coro-Craft, the company's high-end line, this piece bears hints of the Retro Modern style of that decade – the slightly curved, stylized flowers and the 3 ¾” length. This piece has a roll-over safety clasp. Scroll down to see a Coro bracelet and earrings set by Massa Raimond in the same design.
    USD$150.00
    USD$150.00
  • Large vintage flower pin in sterling silver
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    USD$185.00
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    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$185.00
    USD$185.00
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    Sterling Rose Bough & Wildflowers 1940s Brooch by Hobé

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    In my opinion, Hobé made the best sterling silver flowers in the 1940s. On this brooch, the large blossom at the center with surrounding buds illustrate his extraordinary 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 silver bracelet by the same maker.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
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    Vermeil Sterling Leaf & Berry 1940s Dress Clip by Nettie Rosenstein

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    A layer of berries is attached to openwork leaves in this substantial piece by Nettie Rosenstein. Made of gold-plated sterling silver in the 1940s, this dress clip has a hinged, double-prong back. This decorative, high-quality piece looks great on the shoulder or lapel of a dress, jacket, or coat – the fabric just needs to be weightier to support the jewel. No wonder this maker's jewelry is highly-prized!
    USD$250.00
    USD$250.00