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Ella L Cone modernist silver jewelry

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Ella L Cone modernist silver jewelry

Detailed shaped sterling silver earrings with the image of a Helmsman at a ship’s wheel. 1950-60s. Ella L Cone modernist silver jewelry

Ella L Cone modernist silver jewelry

Renowned modernist silversmith, jewelry designer and artist Ella L. Cone (1898-1974) was a representative of The Wearable Art Movement. She began making jewelry in the 1930s in New York. In the 1940s, she moved to Massachusetts and launched her own business which she ran until her retirement in the 1960s. The Silversmith’s Shop which she owned during the 1940s – 60s had two locations – 342 Bolyston Street, Boston 16, and 584 Main Street, Hyannis, Massachusetts.

Although her artisan jewelry items were featured in the books on modernist and mid-century jewelry, yet little is known about her biography. Handcrafting necklaces, earrings, cufflinks, pendants, brooches and bracelets, the designer used sterling silver and gold. Today, jewelry marked “Ella L. Cone” and “Sterling” have a high collector’s value.


Tragedy and comedy masks sterling silver earrings

Comedy and tragedy theatrical masks sterling silver earrings

Maker's mark 4

Maker’s mark

Abstract open work sterling silver pin

Abstract open work sterling silver pin

Abstract open work sterling silver ring

Abstract open work sterling silver ring

Boomerang modernist mid-century sterling silver brooch pin

Boomerang modernist mid-century sterling silver brooch pin

Dogwood flower sterling silver earrings

Dogwood flower sterling silver earrings

Geometric design sterling silver pin

Geometric design sterling silver pin

Heart and abstract link sterling silver bracelets

Heart and abstract link sterling silver bracelets

Hibiscus flower sterling silver necklace and earrings

Hibiscus flower sterling silver necklace and earrings

Hibiscus flower sterling silver pin

Hibiscus flower sterling silver pin

Ivy leaf sterling silver bracelet

Ivy leaf sterling silver bracelet

Mid-century sterling silver pin

Mid-century sterling silver pin

Ornate sterling silver dangle drop pierced earrings

Ornate sterling silver dangle drop pierced earrings

Primitive Jitterbug Dancers sterling silver earrings

Primitive Jitterbug Dancers sterling silver earrings

Sailboat ster;ing silver cufflinks

Sailboat ster;ing silver cufflinks

Sterling silver tall bypass bracelet

Sterling silver tall bypass bracelet

Sword and Shield sterling silver screw back earrings

Sword and Shield sterling silver screw back earrings

Tragedy and comedy masks sterling silver cuff bracelet

Tragedy and comedy masks sterling silver cuff bracelet

Vintage sterling silver necklace

Vintage sterling silver necklace

Maker's mark

Maker’s mark