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Retro (1940s)

By the 1940s many magazines were in colour and the bright, bold and fun styles of women’s jewellery jumped from their pages - a much needed morale booster in the austere decade around WWII.

The heavier styles in women’s fashion required jewellery to match. Expensive materials and skilled labour were in short supply and costume jewellery became popular.

Plastic, glass, wood, enamel and synthetic stones were typical 1940s materials used to create the colourful, eye-catching designs of the era. Patriotic symbols and lockets were popular due to the war, and a Victorian revival saw styles such as watch pendants come back into favour.

Charm bracelets, cocktail rings and bold, stackable bangles were fashionable while animals, bows and flowers remained popular motifs.

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Silver & Red Enamel Butterfly Brooch by David Andersen

Silver & Red Enamel Butterfly Brooch by David Andersen

£ 375
Retro 9ct Gold Bangle with Engraved Foliate Motifs

Retro 9ct Gold Bangle with Engraved Foliate Motifs

£ 1275
22ct Gold Wedding Ring made in 1937

22ct Gold Wedding Ring made in 1937

£ 495
22ct Gold Wedding Ring made in 1940

22ct Gold Wedding Ring made in 1940

£ 450
9ct Gold Signet Ring with Intaglio of a Spaniel

9ct Gold Signet Ring with Intaglio of a Spaniel

£ 675
18ct Gold, Sapphire & Diamond Cluster Ring

18ct Gold, Sapphire & Diamond Cluster Ring

£ 4950
Retro 22ct Gold Wedding Ring

Retro 22ct Gold Wedding Ring

£ 395
Retro 22ct Gold Wedding Ring

Retro 22ct Gold Wedding Ring

£ 450
Retro 22ct Gold Wedding Ring

Retro 22ct Gold Wedding Ring

£ 450
Retro 18ct Gold Emerald & Diamond Ring

Retro 18ct Gold Emerald & Diamond Ring

£ 3750
Retro Gilded Silver & White Enamel Necklace by Elvic & Co

Retro Gilded Silver & White Enamel Necklace by Elvic & Co

£ 550
Retro 18ct White & Yellow Gold Large Aquamarine Ring

Retro 18ct White & Yellow Gold Large Aquamarine Ring

£ 2950
Retro Platinum, Ruby & Diamond Cocktail Ring

Retro Platinum, Ruby & Diamond Cocktail Ring

£ 3250
French Retro 18ct Gold & Platinum, Diamond & Pearl Ring

French Retro 18ct Gold & Platinum, Diamond & Pearl Ring

£ 2950
Retro 18ct Gold Diamond Set Hoop Earrings

Retro 18ct Gold Diamond Set Hoop Earrings

£ 6750
Retro 18ct Gold, Emerald Diamond & Sapphire Earrings

Retro 18ct Gold, Emerald Diamond & Sapphire Earrings

£ 1875
Arts & Crafts Silver, Citrine & Chalcedony Brooch by Bernard Instone

Arts & Crafts Silver, Citrine & Chalcedony Brooch by Bernard Instone

£ 750
Retro 18ct White & Yellow Gold, Ruby & Diamond Clip On Earrings

Retro 18ct White & Yellow Gold, Ruby & Diamond Clip On Earrings

£ 2750
Silver & Blue Enamel Tulip Design Clip On Earrings by Andresen Scheinflug

Silver & Blue Enamel Tulip Design Clip On Earrings by Andresen Scheinflug

£ 250
Silver & Blue Enamel Clip On Leaf Earrings by David Andersen

Silver & Blue Enamel Clip On Leaf Earrings by David Andersen

£ 250
Retro Gilded Silver & White Enamel Tulip Bracelet by Asbjorn Burkelund

Retro Gilded Silver & White Enamel Tulip Bracelet by Asbjorn Burkelund

£ 675
French Platinum, French Cut Sapphires & Diamond Bombé Ring

French Platinum, French Cut Sapphires & Diamond Bombé Ring

£ 4950
18ct Gold Ring with Ivy Leaf Design

18ct Gold Ring with Ivy Leaf Design

£ 750
Retro 18ct Gold Multi Gem Bracelet

Retro 18ct Gold Multi Gem Bracelet

£ 2850
9ct Gold Wedding Band

9ct Gold Wedding Band

£ 375
Retro 18ct Gold & Large Rectangular Citrine Ring

Retro 18ct Gold & Large Rectangular Citrine Ring

£ 1275
18ct Gold & Ruby Square Cufflinks

18ct Gold & Ruby Square Cufflinks

£ 2250
15ct Gold, Diamond & Pearl Bangle

15ct Gold, Diamond & Pearl Bangle

£ 2250
14ct Gold Signet Ring with Carnelian Masonic Intaglio

14ct Gold Signet Ring with Carnelian Masonic Intaglio

£ 675
Retro 18ct Gold Multi Stone Cufflinks

Retro 18ct Gold Multi Stone Cufflinks

£ 1875
Swedish 18ct Gold Emerald & Diamond Cluster Ring

Swedish 18ct Gold Emerald & Diamond Cluster Ring

£ 6750
Silver Pendant of Kneeling Fawn on Silver Chain by Arno Malinowski for Georg Jensen

Silver Pendant of Kneeling Fawn on Silver Chain by Arno Malinowski for Georg Jensen

£ 750
Silver, Red & Black Enamel Collar Attributed to David Anderson

Silver, Red & Black Enamel Collar Attributed to David Anderson

£ 675
Silver & Blue Enamel Clip On Earrings

Silver & Blue Enamel Clip On Earrings

£ 175
18ct Gold, Opal, Diamond & Pearl Pendant

18ct Gold, Opal, Diamond & Pearl Pendant

£ 3750
9ct Gold Cross

9ct Gold Cross

£ 75
Retro Silver Flower Brooch by Georg Jensen

Retro Silver Flower Brooch by Georg Jensen

£ 675
9ct Gold Cross

9ct Gold Cross

£ 75
Silver Fairy Tale Bracelet by David Andersen

Silver Fairy Tale Bracelet by David Andersen

£ 675
Silver Pisces Charm by David Anderson

Silver Pisces Charm by David Anderson

£ 40
“Libra” Silver Gilt & Enamel Pendant by David Andersen

“Libra” Silver Gilt & Enamel Pendant by David Andersen

£ 95
Silver Red & Back Enamel Bracelet by David Andersen

Silver Red & Back Enamel Bracelet by David Andersen

£ 375
Silver B Ring

Silver B Ring

£ 120
Silver Amber Fishes Ring

Silver Amber Fishes Ring

£ 375
Georg Jensen Silver & Moonstone Clip On Earrings

Georg Jensen Silver & Moonstone Clip On Earrings

£ 675
18ct Gold & Citrine Long Drop Earrings

18ct Gold & Citrine Long Drop Earrings

£ 1500
Retro Gold & Citrine Ring

Retro Gold & Citrine Ring

£ 675
18ct Gold & Bloodstone Intaglio Signet Ring

18ct Gold & Bloodstone Intaglio Signet Ring

£ 1275
14ct Gold & Carnelian Crested Intaglio Signet Ring

14ct Gold & Carnelian Crested Intaglio Signet Ring

£ 975
Onyx & Gold Watch Pendant

Onyx & Gold Watch Pendant

£ 1875
Moonstone & Silver Flower Spray Brooch

Moonstone & Silver Flower Spray Brooch

£ 425
Silver Collar with Square Sections

Silver Collar with Square Sections

£ 525
Mexican Silver Bracelet

Mexican Silver Bracelet

£ 450

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