Retro period

The Retro period follows the Second World War which put an end to the Art Deco period. In the absence of stones and large fortunes ready to spend a lot, French jewelers launch collections rich in metal: yellow gold is in the spotlight. This is the appearance of the famous bracelets and rings tanks. These jewels are inspired by the chains of military tanks and often mix yellow and pink gold.

It is also the appearance of cocktail rings: big and high rings, with imposing stones but not very expensive at the time. Thus citrine, amethyst and smoky quartz have a nice place in the jewelry of the Retro period. Find the selection of Maison Mohs for the jewels of these years 40 to 60.


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  • Opal imitation braceletbracelet de theatre opale d'imitation et strass New

    Vintage paste costume bracelet in gold-plated metal. Vintage costume bracelet set with white rhinestones and cabochon glass imitating opals. Vintage bracelet, circa 1950. “Fake jewelry” was very fashionable at the time, as precious metals had been requisitioned for the war effort. Cost-effective adornment with rhinestones and gilded metal.

    Total length: 16.5 cm

    Weight : 33.11 gr

    More information : “Fake jewelry” was very fashionable at the time, as precious metals had been requisitioned for the war effort. Cost-effective adornment with rhinestones and gilded metal.

  • Tank gold braceletTank gold 18k bracelet New

    Retro gold bracelet in 18 karat rose gold (750 ). Long, hollow gold bracelet from the Retro period, with Y-shaped links giving it the appearance of “tank” jewelry. The motif recalls the tank chains that inspired this trend after the Second World War. Retro gold bracelet from the 1950’s, Italy.

    Partial Italian hallmark and 750 hallmark

    Length: 20 cm
    Width: 11 mm

    Note: two eights frame the clasp to secure it.

    Weight : 19.10 gr

  • bracelet en argent émaillé bleubracelet jonc vintage en argent charm's

    Silver enamel bangle bracelet adorned with royal blue guilloché enamel. Beneath the enamel, a decorative pattern of triangular frieze and dots is visible. The bracelet bears the inscription “Ella Birgitta 19 15/7 44”. The bracelet holds a charm in the shape of a sailor’s cap, enameled in white and black. Vintage bracelet, origin Sweden, 1940s.

    Swedish hallmarks on the charm: three crowns, control letter S, V8 for the year 1947, and manufacturer S&CO.

    Inner length: 16.5 cm

    Condition: signs of wear

    Weight: 7.74 gr

  • bracelet vintage en orbracelet bandeau en or

    Flexible band bracelet in 18 karat yellow gold (750). Vintage bracelet featuring a wide flat mesh, decorated in places with squared chasing. Two safety clasps on the edges of the main flat clasp. Vintage bandeau bracelet, circa 1970, France

    Weevil hallmark (french state hallmark for 18 karat gold) and goldsmith’s hallmark

    Total length: 19 cm
    Width: 12 mm

    Weight: 47.03 gr

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  • bouton manchette mexicobouton de manchette pierre d'Eilat

    Taxco style silver cufflinks. Pair of cufflinks decorated with a geometric motif and a cabochon-cut Eilat stone (stone composed of chrysocolla, turquoise and malachite). Cufflinks from the 1950s, probably Mexico or USA.

    A2 hallmark, sterling silver (925) mark.

    Dimensions: 19.7 x 14.5 mm

    Eilat cabochon diameter: 10 mm

    Weight : 12.20 gr

  • cabochon coral ring in goldbague corail en or

    Modernist coral ring in 18-karat yellow gold (750). The ring features an orange coral cabochon set with four thick, flat prongs. The ring’s band is delicately worked, the shoulders are openworked and form beautiful round lines typical of the Retro period. Vintage ring, circa 1950.

    Owl hallmark (French state hallmark for 18 karat gold).

    Finger circumference: 46 UE or 3.5 US (small sizing possible)

    Coral button diameter: 9 mm

    Condition: scratches from use

    Weight : 3.35 gr

  • pearl necklace gold claspcultured pearl necklace

    Cultured pearl necklace with 18 karat (750) yellow gold box-latch clasp.Cultured pearl necklace with 101 white cultured pearls in pinkish hues, beautifully orientated. Mid-20th century necklace.

    Eagle head hallmark (French state hallmark for 18 karat gold) and goldsmith’s hallmark.

    Total length: 45 cm
    Bead diameters: 3 mm to 7.3 mm

    Note: the clasp has a safety catch. The necklace has been threaded, the silk thread is new.

    Weight : 13.77 gr

  • Augis love medal ruby ringAugis love medal ring

    Augis halo ruby ring in 18 karat (750) rose gold. Retro ring adorned with a “more than yesterday less than tomorrow” love medal in yellow gold set in synthetic rubies. The “+” sign is set with a diamond and the “-” sign with two calibrated synthetic rubies. The love medal is closed-set. Ring signed Augis, Retro period, circa 1950, France.

    Eagle head hallmark (French state hallmark for 18 karat gold), Augis master hallmark on the ring, signed Augis on the medal.

    Size: 56 EU or 7.5 US (possible sizing)

    Bezel diameter: 17.6 mm
    Basket height: 5.5 mm

    Condition: scratches from use

    Weight: 5.90 gr

    *The antique box is not sold with the jewel*

    More info: This refers to a quotation from a letter from Rosmonde Gérard, the poetess, to her love Edmond Rostand, the author of Cyrano de Bergerac: “For, you see, every day I love you more, Today more than yesterday and much less than tomorrow”. Inspired by these two lovers, Alphonse Augis used these lines in his “Médailles d’amour”, condensing them into “+ qu’hier – que demain”.

  • collier perles de culture en orcollier perles de culture fermoir en or

    Three-strand pearl necklace with 18-karat white gold and diamond clasp (750 hallmarked). This vintage “American-style” necklace features three strands of cascading white cultured pearls. The necklace is adorned with an 18-karat white gold clasp in the shape of a knot, fully set with round brilliant-cut, baguette-cut, and 8/8-cut diamonds (33 diamonds in total). The main diamond weighs 0.10 carats. Each strand consists of 63, 69, and 77 pearls, respectively. Dating back to the 1970s, made in France.

    Hallmarks: Eagle’s head (French state hallmark for 18-karat gold), 750 (indicating 18-karat gold), and maker’s mark.

    Length: 48.5 cm
    Clasp dimensions: 16 x 20 mm

    Estimated total diamond weight: 0.61 carat
    Pearl diameters: 5 mm (minimum) to 8.5 mm (maximum)

    Note: The clasp features an 18-karat white gold safety chain. The necklace has been restrung.
    Condition: Slight damage to one pearl near the clasp.

    Weight: 86.40 gr

  • bague en or et diamantbague diamant solitaire en or

    Solitaire engagement ring in 18-karat white gold (750) and platinum. This ring features a brilliant-cut diamond weighing 0.10 carats, secured by eight prongs. The setting is adorned with a decorative pattern of radiating points around the diamond. This Retro ring hails from around 1940 and was crafted in Lyon, France.

    Eagle’s head and dog’s head, along with the maker’s mark of Alphonse Moussière, an active jeweler in Lyon since 1902.

    Finger size: 53 EU or 6.25 US (resizable).

    Diameter of the setting: 9 mm.

    Estimated diamond weight: 0.10 carat.

    Condition: Minor signs of wear.

    Weight: 3.51 gr

    *The antique box is not sold with the jewel*

  • bague art deco diamanttank diamond ring in gold

    Wavy diamond tank ring in 18 karat (750) rose gold and platinum. The ring is adorned with 14 rose-cut diamonds set on a platinum base, arranged in two rows. The ring creates a voluminous wave-like pattern. This tank ring is from the Retro period, circa 1940, in France.

    Eagle’s head hallmark (french state hallmark for 18 karat gold)

    Ring size: 57 EU or 8 US (resizable).

    Ring head width: 13 mm.

    Condition: Normal signs of wear.

    Weight: 8.56 gr

    *The antique box is not sold with the jewel*

    Jewellery history: Retro jewellery is characterised by the use of yellow gold, the development of 3-D volumes and the rarity of precious stones. Here we have a perfect example of such jewellery: a large volume. The Second World War had a considerable impact on jewellery fashion at the time, sweeping aside the Art Deco taste for ‘white’, geometric ‘flat’ and abundant gemstones.

  • antique signet ring in goldbague chevalière en or 18k

    Vintage garnet signet ring in 18k gold (750). This ring features an oval faceted garnet in a closed setting at its center. The ring’s shank is adorned with fine gadroons on the shoulders and along the body, giving it the appearance of a signet ring. The stone has a beautiful deep red color. This vintage signet ring is from around 1970.

    Hallmarks: “750” inside the ring and maker’s mark GB.

    Ring Size: 53.5 EU or 6.5 US (resizable).

    Garnet Weight: 2 carats.

    Condition: Surface scratches from normal wear.

    Weight: 3.79 gr