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Retro 1940s Jewellery and Retro Costume Jewellery

1940's Jewellery

1940s Retro BroochDue to restrictions on raw materials during World War II, materials such as Lucite and Bakelite really came into their own on the costume jewellery front. The most notable change was the substitution of Sterling Silver for various base metals.

In 1942, sterling silver was the only precious metal that was allowed for costume jewellery and in American various pieces of jewellery were made of vermeil (gold plated over Sterling Silver). Glamorous cocktail costume jewellery was very popular during this period as it was a way women could cheer up the austere wartime look and it became so popular in American that sales of cocktail jewellery had tripled by 1945.

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40s Jewellery: Colours

Colours: Blue
Blue
(5)
Colours: Sparkling
Sparkling
(2)
Colours: Gold
Gold
(2)
Colours: Green
Green
(2)
Colours: Clear
Clear
(1)
Colours: Cream
Cream
(1)
Colours: Brown
Brown
(1)
Colours: Pink
Pink
(1)

40s Jewellery: Period

40s Jewellery: Period: 1940s
1940s
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40s Jewellery: Period: Deco
Deco
(1)
40s Jewellery: Period: 1950s
1950s
(1)

40s Jewellery: Materials

40s Jewellery: Materials: Diamante
Diamante
(6)
40s Jewellery: Materials: Silvertone
Silvertone
(5)
40s Jewellery: Materials: Mink
Mink
(5)
40s Jewellery: Materials: Lucite
Lucite
(3)
40s Jewellery: Materials: Pearls
Pearls
(2)
40s Jewellery: Materials: Goldtone
Goldtone
(2)
40s Jewellery: Materials: Glass
Glass
(2)
40s Jewellery: Materials: Faux Pearls
Faux Pearls
(2)
40s Jewellery: Materials: Rolled Gold
Rolled Gold
(1)
40s Jewellery: Materials: Agate
Agate
(1)
40s Jewellery: Materials: Velvet
Velvet
(1)
40s Jewellery: Materials: Rhinestone
Rhinestone
(1)
40s Jewellery: Materials: Marcasite
Marcasite
(1)
40s Jewellery: Materials: Plastic
Plastic
(1)
40s Jewellery: Materials: Amber
Amber
(1)

40s Jewellery: Shapes

40s Jewellery: Shapes: Drop
Drop
(3)
40s Jewellery: Shapes: Square
Square
(1)

40s Jewellery: Types

40s Jewellery: Types: Brooches
Brooches
(10)
40s Jewellery: Types: Earrings
Earrings
(4)
40s Jewellery: Types: Necklaces
Necklaces
(2)
40s Jewellery: Types: Bracelets
Bracelets
(1)
40s Jewellery: Types: Jewellery Sets
Jewellery Sets
(1)
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1940's Jewellery: Through Post War Austerity

1940s Pink Lucite EarringsWith the advent of Dior's revolutionary New Look in 1947, this offered a welcome return to luxury and feminism after the gloomy austere period of the Second World War. Costume jewellery trends and designs were opulent, very well made, feminine and very very showy with big bold "conversation statement pieces". Large, vibrant and colourful diamante necklaces, bracelets, brooches, earrings were of the trend, the more opulent the better!

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