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First, n
otice how the tropical deco styles of the 1930's evolved into the bare, curving bouquets, bows & fans of the 1940s. This style is known as Retro Modern. 

Many sterling retro jewels still remarkably under priced and will prove to be a wise investment for those who want to spend their money and have it too! Throughout WWII, base metals were called in for wartime use, and American costume jewelry manufacturers began to use Sterling for many pieces.

Because European trade was blocked, manufacturers had to use whatever rhinestones were on hand, so fewer rhinestones were used. Oher materials were used in place of imported crystal stones including plastics and even cloth! This is the only era, from 1942 to 1946, when Grandma wore plastic earrings with sterling findings. I have at least two sets of Coro cloth earrings on sterling findings.  Lucite became more popular than ever during this time.

We began to wonder why many pieces that are obviously Retro in style--with one big stone--are not marked
Sterling. If all the base metal had been called in for use by the military, why are these brooches, some of them huge--not sterling? Then we began to test them with our metal tester, and found that many of these are actually very high in silver content, over 800 but not high enough enough to be called Sterling. We will feature them whenever we get them.

During this time other materials were also used in place of imported crystal stones including plastics and even cloth! 

Also popular during the 1940's were figurals and Victorian Revival jewelry, although the Revival pieces tended to be smaller than those big 1930's jewels. Note that especially after the war, Revival jewelry designers did not try to imitate too closely the jewels worn by Victorians. Also, elements of Victoriana were added to retro restyles or restyled altogether.

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Large Sterling Vermeil Rhinestone Umbrella Brooch & Earrings Set
$95


Sterling Vermeil Retro Brooch with Red Glass Gems
$55

Harry Iskin Gold Filled Brooch & Sterling Earrings Set
Harry Iskin Sterling Vermeil Brooch & Earrings Set
$65

Other WWII jewelry



Vintage Truart Sterling Silver Happy Lamb Brooch
$48


Hobe Sterling Bracelet
$110





Post War Retro Costume Jewelry of Late 1940's and Early 1950's.

During the post war boom--base metals once again became available for luxury items such as costume jewelry, as well as rhinestones from Europe. But that didn't mean the Retro style suddenly disappeared! Elements of Retro designs can still be seen in late 1940's costume jewelry and into the early 1950's, along with motifs of Victorian Revival, figural jewels, and imports from Europe and Asia.


Haskell Style Beaded Cluster Brooch
$38

Vendome Chocolate Beads & 
Rhinestone Necklace Set
$65


Egyptian Revival Alabaster Tassel Bangle Bracelet
$48
Tulip Trembler Brooch
Vintage Rhinestone Trembler Tulip Brooch, Enameled.
$78
 

Czech Flower Necklace
Long Apricot Floral Necklace
$38

 

vintrage signed dancer pin
Scitarelli Figural 
Dancing Lady Pin
$38
Vintage Coro Pierced Bow Brooch
Beautiful Vintage Pegasus Coro Pierced Bow
$38
glass intaglio Oriental bracelet set
Reverse Carved Glass Intaglio Oriental Bookchain Bracelet Set
$78
Celluloid Scotty Dogs
Pair of Germany Celluloid
Drummer Dogs
$48

Vintage Cha-Cha Bracelet
Rare Frances Hirsch Beaded Dangle or Charm Bracelet
$85



Antique Lisner Bow Necklace & Bracelet
Lisner Voluptuous Bows Necklace & Bracelet Set
$120
Lucite Orchid Set
Lovely Reverse Carved Lucite Orchid Pendant & Earrings Set
$48
Wooden Bobble Head Dog Pin Japa
Adorable Hand Painted Japan Bobble-Head Puppy Dog Pin
$32
Vintage Prancing Pony Brooch
Vintage Prancing Pony Brooch

$125

Vintage Japanese Hand Painted Bobble Head Duck Pin
Happy Japan Wooden Bobble-Head
Duck Pin
$32

vintage gold filled brooch signed a regel
Gold Filled Fiery Topaz Rhinestone Ribbon Floral Signed A Regel
$32


vintage brooch, Coro
Coro Blue Navette Enamel Floral Spray Big Coat Brooch
  $78

 


Occupied Japan Celluloid
 Scotty Dog
$28

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You can find 1940's jewelry including retro modern sterling jewelry to buy online here. Also vintage jewellery, jewelry, jewlery, jewerly, collectible jewelry, unsigned jewelry, jewellry, broach, brooch pins necklaces and sets as well as earrings in the Retro modern style are available.

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