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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. Other 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.

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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Big & Wild Sterling Silver L.S. Co. Retro Brooch
Vintage Sterling Rhinestone Brooch
Fabulous Large 1940s Retro Sterling Red Rhinestone Brooch $55

Sterling Vermeil Retro Brooch with Red Glass Gems

Vintage Truart Sterling Silver Happy Lamb Brooch

Gorgeous Sterling Craft by Coro Ribbon Bow Blue Rhinestone Flower Burst Brooch
Harry Iskin Gold Filled Brooch & Sterling Earrings Set
Harry Iskin Sterling Vermeil Brooch & Earrings Set

Hobe Sterling Flower Bracelet

Book Piece!

Large Sterling Vermeil Rhinestone Umbrella Brooch & Earrings Set $95

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.


Retro Rhinestone Ribbon Curl Brooch Karu Arke
Rare Karu Arke Retro Rhinestone Brooch Gold Filled Cutwork Brooch/Pendant.

Vintage Rhinestone Crown Brooch Signed Robert
Original By Robert Regal Rhinestone Crown Brooch
Coro Aqua Rhinestone Earrings
Coro Aqua Rhinestone 
Retro Ribbon Curl Earrings
Frances Hirsch Vintage Charm Bracelet
Rare Frances Hirsch Beaded Dangle or Charm Bracelet

Gorgeous Rhinestone Girandole Pendant Necklace, Faux Mabe Pearls.

Jordan Gold Filled Retro Blue Rhinestone Brooch Set

Vintage Coro Pierced Bow Brooch
Beautiful Vintage Pegasus Coro Pierced Bow

Vintage Tassel Bangle Bracelet
Egyptian Revival Alabaster Tassel Bangle Bracelet

Scitarelli Reto-Atomic
Pendant Necklace  $38

Gold Filled Fiery Topaz Rhinestone Ribbon Floral Signed A Regal

Antique Lisner Bow Necklace & Bracelet
Vintage Lisner Voluptuous Bows Necklace & Bracelet Set

Signed Frog Brooch
H. Pomerantz Vintage Frog Pin $


Vintage Enameled Floral Spray Brooch-Gold, White &Green

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

Vintage Barclay Bracelet
Vintage Barclay
Purple Rhinestone Stars Bracelet 
Wooden Bobble Head Dog Pin Japa
Adorable Hand Painted Japan Bobble-Head Puppy Dog Pin

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

Book Piece!

Occupied Japan Celluloid
 Scotty Dog
Vintage Prancing Pony Brooch
Vintage Prancing Pony Brooch

Selro bracelet
Wide Chunky Victorian Revival  Bracelet 

Beaded Cluster Crystals Rhinestones Brooch
Enchanting Beaded Cluster 
Crystal Rhinestone Brooch
4" $38

Coro Starburst Black Cameo Huge Brooch
Coro Amazing Royal Garter Star Brooch with Black Cameo

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