1930s

The majority of jewelry constructed in this decade was made with pot metal. It is not vermeil or coated with rhodium.

Modern geometric forms very popular in this decade. Stepped motifs, chevrons and circles were common.

Flower motifs came back into fashion this decade but were streamlined and stylized rather than overtly figurative.

Filigree settings with rhinestones were popular, Hobé was best known for this.

Dress clips were popular from the late 1920's to the 1950's. Most manufacturers of costume jewelry in the 30s made them as their price suited depression incomes and their versatility meant they could add interest to any outfit. Many were mounted in frames so as to be worn together as a single brooch.

White on white was a very popular combination during this decade, especially in Hollywood. Diamonds and white fur were a must-have.

Whether real or faux, jewelry in every price range became distinctly flashy in the 30s.In 1936, King of England, Edward VIII leaves his position on the throne in order to marry Mrs. Simpson. During this time and into the 1940's crown and other royal motifs were popular, many made in sterling silver.

Many brooches are clips. If a brooch has a pin back, the pin is soldered to the piece in two places. (Later pin backs are V-shaped and attached by one central rivet).

In 1937, Lucite is patented by DuPont. This material is the inspiration for the famous Trifari and Coro jelly belly jewelry designs produced in the early 1940's

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