The 1960s emerged as the decade of the "anything goes" youth culture, resulting in pieces of jewellery that were bigger and more over the top than ever before. Styles were youthful and fun-loving, with bold use of plastics and strong unsaturated colour-ways. Ladylike and feminine styles gave way to space age, mod and unisex fashion trends which was a total contrast to the 1950s.
Acrylic jewellery played a major part in the 1960s with
psychedelic colourful chunky rings, bangles and necklaces being the
flavour of the moment. The extravagant, glamorous rhinestones/paste
stones of the 1950s were now being given a new psychedelic look to them
with black metal becoming a new and popular foil for the new acid
colours. Green and white metals were also used along with colourful
enamel pieces.More Information about 1960's Jewellery
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This decade was a hugely
experimental era with a diversity of looks and trends, including flower
power, ethnic, gypsy and various retro revivals. The very first moon
mission inspired the Space Age look with costume jewellery being
produced in plain plastics and metals in geometric shapes and
designs. The American designer Kenneth J Lane (born in Detroit) was
a huge influence on jewellery design in the 60s, who was one of the
very few who managed to harness the very many diverse trends and styles
of the 1960s. He worked for Hattie Carnegie as creative director,
before becoming a costume jewellery impresario, launching his career
with a collection of large, over the top, rhinestone encrusted, plastic
earrings. The lightweight materials that he used permitted him to
design and create jewels so enormous that some of his clientele
had to use spirit gum in order to keep them on! His styles and
designs were worn by actresses and socialites, Audrey Hepburn and
Elizabeth Taylor. He also produced a successful "Jackie O" line
based on her sense of style and elegance.