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Expert in vintage costume jewelry from the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s & 1950s

Aquamarine and silver earrings w/matching brooch
Sterling brooch adorned w/aquamarine
Close-up view of embellishments
Flower ear clips with leaf accents
Aquamarine and silver earrings
Brooch back
Earring backs
Hobé design patent D138,933

Aquamarine & Sterling 4-Loop Bow Brooch & Earrings Set



SIZE: Brooch: 2" x 2 1/2"; earrings: 1 1/4" x 3/4"

CONDITION: Excellent

DATE: c.1944 (based on date of similar design patent)

MARKS: Brooch: "Hobé STERLING" on triangular cartouche; earrings: "STERLING"

REFERENCE: Similar to design patent D138,933 issued to William W. Hobé in 1944

Aquamarine and silver earrings complement this sterling silver four-loop bow brooch by Hobé. Each loop is embellished with layers of leaves and buds. The focal point is the flower that sits on top of the bow. Its center forms a vertical line with two additional round aquamarine-glass stones that adorn the piece. Each ear clip is a flower with aquamarine center, topped with two vertical, textured leaves. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp.

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Aquamarine & Sterling 4-Loop Bow Brooch & Earrings Set

$295.00 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.

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