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Silver and citrine bracelet by Hobé
Sterling silver & citrine floral bracelet.
Front view, showing all 5 plaques
Close-up view of sterling details w/citrine glass stone
Bracelet back
Close-up view of bracelet back
Hobé design patent D123,208
Hobé design patent D126,783
Hobé design patent D141,444

Citrine & Sterling Flower Link Bracelet by Hobé



SIZE: 7" x 1"

CONDITION: Excellent

DATE: 1940-1945 (based on dates of similar design patents)

MARKS: "Hobé" (in script) and "STERLING" within triangle shape

REFERENCE: Similar to 3 bracelet designs patented by William W. Hobé between 1940-1945: D123,208; D126,783 & D141,444

This silver and citrine bracelet by Hobé has five round plaques. Each open-back sterling circle is adorned with layered flowers, buds, leaves and ribbons surrounding a faceted, round, collet-set glass stone. Even the connecting links are topped with tiny buds. This substantial bracelet has a concealed clasp and a safety chain. Like all pieces by this maker, this jewel was hand-made and is superb in quality. Scroll down to see an extraordinary brooch & earrings set, also by Hobé, to wear with this bracelet.

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Citrine & Sterling Flower Link Bracelet by Hobé

$375.00 USD
Why Buy Vintage Costume Jewelry?

One reason is that it’s environmentally friendly. Resale fashion and vintage jewelry has become a preferred sustainable and affordable shopping choice by today’s discerning fashion and eco-conscious consumer.

Another major reason is the quality. Although vintage costume jewelry was made for all levels of the marketplace – from dime stores to high-end fashion boutiques and jewelry stores – you will find only the best pieces here. They were well-designed and carefully made to last. The manufacturers represented here used only the finest materials – glass stones and beads from Bohemia, Austria, and France, and faux pearls from France and Japan. Settings were primarily sterling silver, gold-filled, or base metals heavily plated with gold, silver, or rhodium. Stones were hand-set, and pieces were hand-finished.

The northeastern part of the U.S. was the center of the industry, with the largest companies located in Providence, Rhode Island by the end of World War II. During the Depression, the quality of costume pieces climbed to new levels when many jewelers and craftsmen had to switch to this segment of the industry. In addition, it attracted many skilled workers who fled the political situation in Europe for the U.S. For these reasons, designs and manufacturing techniques rivaled those employed in the making of fine jewelry.

A third reason to buy costume jewelry is its uniqueness. Having survived for so many decades in such wonderful condition and having been selected for their aesthetic quality, the pieces you’ll find here are unlikely to be found elsewhere.

True vs Fake - how to shop vintage costume jewelry with confidence

Barbara Schwartz, a noted costume jewelry historian, is the author of "True vs Fake" , an in-depth blog series providing examples of how vintage costume jewelry can be accurately attributed. She also shares tips on how to avoid being duped into buying misidentified vintage costume jewelry.