Glamorous 1950s Jewellery and 50s Costume Jewellery
1950's Jewellery: Glamour and Glitz
As life began to return to normal after World War II, designs and styles changed again in the 1950s which brought new designs and innovative materials. In Great Britain, most of the fashions and trends were influenced by the Festival of Britain which took place in 1951, which was held to boost people's morale after World War II. Many of the exhibits featured innovative radical space age designs which filtered down into costume jewellery. War time restrictions were lifted and once again diamante (crystal) from Europe (mainly Austria) was integrated back into costume jewellery along with various base metals.
Across the Pond,. with the United States economy emerging flushed with
victory after World War II, all those women who contributed in the war
wanted to spoil and treat themselves after the austerity and gloom.
Jewellery designers such as Christian Dior and Miriam Haskell responded
with the emergence of big bold pieces with fabulous large rhinestones
being integrated into brooches, necklaces,.earrings and bracelets.
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Plastics and metals were also very popular along with copper and enamel pieces by Matisse/Renoir. These designers were producing high quality well made pieces of jewellery which were not made to try to imitate the real thing but to create the the big bold glamorous, glitzy and