In the world of vintage jewelry collectors, “patriotic jewelry” usually means jewelry from the 1940s, including World War II-era flags, stars, military medals and souvenirs. However, around the 4th of July, patriotic jewelry takes on a broader meaning – almost anything red, white and blue will do! Patriotic jewelry often comes up at auctions and estate sales around the country, and many vintage jewelry websites have specific patriotic jewelry “departments.” Here are some examples of highly collectible costume pieces and fine jewels in red, white and blue. Happy 4th of July everyone!
Staret Torch Brooch. An iconic piece with red and clear rhinestones and blue, red and pink enamel, circa 1940, 4-1/8”. Seen in Christie Romero’s “Warman’s Jewelry,” 2nd ED., page 191, and in Brunialti’s Tribute to America” on page 55 and in Brunialti’s “American Costume Jewelry, Art & Industry” on page 242.
DeRosa Dress Clip.
Blue cabochon with red and clear rhinestones, circa 1940, 2″.
Both available at MorningGloryAntiques.com. Price upon request.
Patriotic Necklace. 2.5-3 mm beads of cultured pearl, coral, and lapis lazuli, woven to create the Stars and Stripes. Necklace measures 16.5″ in length and is fastened with a 14k gold clasp (new). $1,100 from Marina Jewels of Past Elegance, via 1stdibs.com.
Uncle Sam Top Hat Brooch. 18k white gold, set with square-cut rubies and sapphires, and round diamonds (new). $2,995, from N. Green & Sons, Inc. via 1stdibs.com.
World War I-Era Patriotic Shield Brooch. Platinum set with diamonds, rubies, and sapphires, by Black, Starr & Frost, circa 1910. Available at Zeit Fine Jewelry via 1stdibs.com. Price upon request.