Due 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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With 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!