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Jewelry from the Happy Days

The 1950’s ushered in its own look stylistically. Rhinestones became all the rage, pearls gave that classic touch and glass beads and copper highlighted fun yet conservative fashionwear. If there’s a blast from the past you’d like to re-create, we can custom design a retro jewelry piece to fit today’s look.

1950s Jewelry – After the war was over, Americans returned to making large quantities of costume jewelry. Rhinestone jewelry returned with a vengeance giving rise to many makers of rhinestone studded necklaces, bracelets, rings and brooches.

Pearls were also popular for business and younger women. American efforts to help our former enemies to recover gave rise to much jewelry made in Japan, mostly of pearls and beads. And also jewelry from Western Germany was imported, typically glass beads.

Copper jewelry became popular giving rise to a number of companies based in California, as well as some individual designers such as Gret Barkin on the East Coast. Charm bracelets of silver, expansion rhinestone bracelets, gold-filled lockets were popular, as well as accessories such as rhinestone studded ladies compacts.


Hand Wrought Sterling Brooch & Earrings by Gret Barkin