‘Jewelry’ Category

1950’s Jewelry

Monday, August 10th, 2009


1950’s Jewelry collection includes timeless and classic 50’s Chokers, Vintage Style Brooches & Pins from the 50’s , 1950’s Charm Bracelets, 50’s Era Bangles, & Earrings.
The first part of the 1950’s jewelry styles are still reflective of the 1940’s retro jewelry including pieces with Victorian design elements such as bows. Soon the 1950’s developed it’s own definitive styles which include multi strand beaded necklaces with much larger beads than seen in the faux pearls in previous years. Lucite thermoset inserts of the ’40s became the rage along with Confetti Lucite and embedded Lucite jewelry. White jewelry was well-loved, especially for summer and this trend continued into the 1960s.. Diamante (clear or crystal) rhinestone jewels, including “prom queen” necklace and earrings sets were chosen for diamond-like sparkle without the price. Modernist jewelry was available and particularly loved by “beatniks.” A style similar to Art Deco but not quite modernist also became fashionable–some dealers call it Art Moderne. This style, like Art Deco of the 20s and 30s, also made it’s way into fine art and furnishings, such as the streamlined curved burl “waterfall” bed & dresser sets. And, last but not least, lets never forget multi-strand beaded necklaces and button earrings shipped from overseas after WWII! Almost everyone’s Mom or Grandma had at least one set–and now it can be yours!

Costume jewellery from the 50s is very collectable.

Names to look out for are Trifari, Dior, Schiaparelli, Chanel and Miriam Haskell. Costume jewellery is sold in abundance on the web and I suggest you key in keyword phrases such as vintage Trifari costume jewellery into Google and see what sites come up. You will have the chance to browse through some wonderful pictures of Parures, bracelets, novelty brooches, pins, earrings in designs that will stun you.

To develop an eye for vintage costume jewellery you will need to study typical pieces and read about it in the same way you need to read about costume to have an understanding of seeking out vintage fashion.


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