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Hobé et Cie

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For generations, the Hobé family has continued the tradition started in 1887 by founder Jacques Hobé, who believed that costume jewelry could be manufactured with the same care and attention to detail as fine jewelry. Making use of the newest manufacturing techniques, Hobé designed and produced magnificent costume jewels in France and passed along his pas- sion to his son, William, who eventually brought the business to New York in the 1930s.

Believing that clothing and jewelry were reflections of the time period during which they appeared, William Hobé studied historic costume and became renowned for his knowledge and ability to reinterpret historical designs into modern pieces. The results dazzled Hollywood, and he created jewelry, costumes, and set designs for many films. Because he believed, as did his father, that beautiful jewelry should be enjoyed not only by the wealthy, Hobé pieces were available through retailers as well.

Using components such as sterling silver and nonprecious metals, Hobé creations feature intricate workmanship and beautiful semiprecious and faux stones. The patented designs include brooches, handbags, and hair accessories, as well as necklaces, earrings, and bracelets—all meticulously executed.

There are currently over 1,200 styles in the Hobé line, each of which makes use of the special finishes and techniques that have immortalized the Hobé name. Among the family’s discoveries is the formula for magnificent faux pearls from Majorca, known for their amazing luster. William’s nephew, James Hobé is also credited with the invention of the detachable pearl enhancer which he developed in the 1980s, and which has become a staple in many a jewelry wardrobe.

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