Hobé Cie was founded in 1887 by goldsmith Jacques Hobé, but when costume-jewelry collectors think of Hobé, they picture the tasselled and beaded necklaces made by Jacques’ son, William, who established an American offshoot of the company in 1927. That put Hobé at the beginning of the American costume-jewelry boom between the two world wars.

In fact, some scholars believe that Hobé actually had a hand in the phrase “costume jewelry” itself. After the younger Hobé landed in New York, but before he started his company, one of the his first assignments was to make costumes and jewelry for the "Ziegfeld Follies." According to some historians, Florenz Ziegfeld described the jewelry that accompanied Hobé’s costumes as costume jewelry.

Hobé’s showbiz origins served the company well. By the 1940s and ’50s, Hollywood stars such as Bette Davis and Ava Gardner were wearing Hobé. Especially prized today are the floral pins of that era, which featured tight clusters of vermeil petals. Earlier Hobé pieces that remain popular with collectors include filigreed bracelets and pins, some of which featured Victorian-style portraits or Japanese netsuke-like figures as focal points.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Researching Costume Jewelry

Researching Costume Jewelry

Jewelry lovers, venture through this amazing database of vintage jewelry articles, catalogs, and brochures, as well… [read review or visit site]

Emerald City Vintage Costume Jewelry

Emerald City Vintage Costume Jewelry

It looks like we're not in Kansas anymore with Elizabeth Rowlands' site on vintage costume jewelry from the 1940s a… [read review or visit site]

Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry

Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry

Jewelry collectors, feast your eyes on this internet gem! It's a goldmine of jewelry information featuring all styl… [read review or visit site]

All About Jewels Dictionary

All About Jewels Dictionary

This incredible reference dictionary on jewelry, from Enchantedlearning.com, is both beautiful and comprehensive. S… [read review or visit site]

Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery

Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery

With its vast galleries featuring clear images of jewelry and style, this site really covers it all! Divided up by … [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Most watched eBay auctions    

13+lbs.huge Lot Vintage Costume Jewelry Coro Hobe Laguna Castlemark Cr.trifariLarge Lot Of Vintage Rhinestone Jewelry, Miriam Haskell,hobe,florenza,coroHobe Early 1960s - Carved Novelty Glass Pink Floral Clamper Bracelet NrHobe Vintage Blue Jade Buddah Monk Diety Brahma God Figure Pendant No ReserveMost Amazing Figural Lot Ever! Designer Brooches Haskell Hobe Weiss EisenbergRare Vintage Signed Hobe Large Chunky Bracelet With Pearls And RhinestonesVintage Hobe Signed Multi Strand Necklace With Beads, CrystalsLot Of Vintage Estate Costume Rhinestones Plus Jewelry - West Germany, Hobe Etc.Hobe Vintage Crab Apple Green Jade Necklace Big Fire Breathing Dragon Pendant NrHobe Belt Buckle Bracelet Real Pearls Signed Vintage Imitation Turquoise & Ruby Vintage Signed Hobe Chunky Wide Bracelet Blue Cabochon Stones With Earrings NrHobe Silver Mesh NecklaceVintage Hobe Triple Strand Orange Peach Art Glass Bead NecklaceGreat Lot Southwestern Vintage Mod Jewelry Hobe Turquoise Silver Alpaca Mexico Beautiful Hobe Demi Paure Hobe Vintage Big 10mm Genuine Cream Majorca Pearl Necklace Choker Knotted SilkVintage Hobe Blue & Green Rhinestone Choker & Earrings SetEstate Hobe Brushed Gold Tone Love Infinity Circle Brooch Earrings Costume SetHobe Vintage Purple Art Glass 2 1/2" Retro Modernist Brooch Pin Unused No ReservLot Jewelry Hobe Coro Rhinestones Beads Lot # 17Hobe Vintage Amber Citrine Art Glass 1/2 Circle Earrings Clip On Unused MintHobe Sterling Silver Ring, Pearl Necklace,petit Point Earrings, Brooches (2) Vintage Gold Tone Hinged Bangle Bracelets ~ 1 Etched HobeHobe Blue Iridescent Rhinestone And Glass Bead EarringsVintage Huge Hobe' Black & White 3-strand Necklace & Earrings - Faux Pearls Vintag Hobe Costume Jewelry White Chain Rhinestones Beads Necklace NiceVintage Jewelry Brooch Signed Hobe Spray Of Blue Rhinestones NavettesVintage Hobe Rhinestone Brooch - Flower BasketVintage Hobe Signed Claw Clasp Necklace With Changeable BeadsEstate Costume Jewelry Vintage Hobe Signed Gold Tone 3/4" Cameo Earrings 5042Vintage Hobe 1965 Signed Gold Leaf Brooch With Jade Green And Pearl Color Stones