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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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  • Hobé sterling silver brooch with flowers & leaves
    Close-up view of flowers & leaves
    $ 165

    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.
    $ 165
    $ 165
  • Coro earrings and bracelet with sterling silver flowers
    Coro-Craft sterling silver flower bracelet
    $ 175

    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.
    $ 175
    $ 175
  • Coro flower brooch – sterling silver bouquet
    Close-up view of flower
    $ 150

    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.
    $ 150
    $ 150
  • Large vintage flower pin in sterling silver
    Close-up view of pin front
    $ 185

    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)!
    $ 185
    $ 185
  • Sterling silver choker, 1940s, by Walter Lampl
    Walter Lampl sterling silver flexible choker
    $ 295

    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 necklace 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 – read it here. Cate Blanchett wore a gold version in the 2015 movie Carol. After seeing the 2019 Oscars, I was inspired by Amy Adams' red-carpet look to add a Marcel Boucher brooch to this necklace, as shown in the last photo. Scroll down to see this brooch as well as a gold flexible bracelet by another maker.
    $ 295
    $ 295
  • Sterling silver floral bracelet by Felch
    1940s bracelet by Victor Primavera
    $ 195

    Sterling Silver Floral Bracelet by Felch

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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. According to Researching Costume Jewelry, Victor Primavera, who patented this design, was the co-owner of and designer for Felch & Co. when this bracelet was made. He later started Danecraft. This piece has no maker’s mark.
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • Sterling silver rose brooch by Hobé
    Close-up view of rose
    $ 195

    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.
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • Turquoise bead bracelet by Miriam Haskell
    Close-up view of tiny beads & diamante
    $ 295

    Turquoise Bead Bracelet with Diamanté

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    This turquoise bead bracelet is a familiar style made by Miriam Haskell. This one has tiny glass beads and diamanté 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 look best in 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.
    $ 295
    $ 295
  • $ 250

    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!
    $ 250
    $ 250