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  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1940-1945 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Platinum, diamonds, rubies and sapphires

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, room 91, case 31, shelf D, box 4

America joined World War II on the 8th of December, 1941, after the bombing of Pearl Harbour. To show solidarity with the war effort, a variety of patriotic jewels became popular. They frequently took the form of American flags (like this example) but could also feature jewelled representations of Uncle Sam or military figures.

Although the use of platinum in jewellery was outlawed by the American government during the war, in other respects the country’s jewellery trade prospered. Many stone dealers and cutters emigrated from Europe to America, taking their stock and expertise with them. As a result the United States, and the city of New York in particular, became an increasingly important centre for the gem and fine jewellery trade.

Physical description

Brooch with 'Stars and Stripes', made from platinum, diamonds, rubies and sapphires

Place of Origin

United States (made)


1940-1945 (made)


Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Platinum, diamonds, rubies and sapphires


Length: 1.5 cm, Width: 1.35 cm, Depth: 0.5 cm

Descriptive line

Brooch in the form of the form of the United States flag; platinum, diamonds, rubies and sapphires; USA, 1940-5.


Ruby; Sapphire; Platinum; Diamonds

Subjects depicted



Jewellery; Metalwork; Accessories

Collection code


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