1960’s Collectible Jewelry

“The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

This old axiom can easily apply to the up and coming fashion trends for Spring 2011 – with some wardrobe elements looking more like the 1960’s. So what about jewelry?

Mod & Hippie

If you’re old enough to have jewelry from the 60’s or if you’ve been lucky enough to have been collecting 60’s jewelry, you may find a new demand for it following along with the new, upcoming fashion trends this Spring (2011).

While we typically think of jewelry from this period as being big enameled flower pins, lots of plastic bracelets, mood rings and ‘love’ beads, you may be surprised to find more fashionable jewelry manufactured by the notable designers was also very popular.  

Some of the designers from this period are:

  • Kenneth Jay Lane
  • William de Lillo
  • Panetta
  • Hobe
  • Eisenberg
  • Polcini
  • Schreiner
  • Ciner
  • Vendome (Coro)

Vendome was known for manufacturing a line of jewelry that was designed with lots of fringe and chains touted to “clink and jingle with every move you make” – making it particularly appealing to the mod-hippie market.

Glitzy

  There were very few limits with regard to jewelry in the 60’s with splashy, outrageous and luxurious being the new ‘normal’ including bib necklaces and shoulder duster earrings – all typically made from Austrian crystals, rhinestones and faux pearls.

Still popular but perhaps not as quite well known during this time,  there was also a trend to mass-produce more elegant jewelry with a focus on copying the fine jewelry made by Tiffany, Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels with Trifari, Napier and Monet manufacturing large quantities of tailored jewelry. The tailored jewelry was typically gold-plated or silver-plated.

The designer team – de Lillo and Clark – also addressed the ’60’s desire for ‘non-mod’ jewelry by developing their own elegant line that included jeweled pendants, brooches, stickpins, glittering chains, rings, bib necklaces, scatter pins, and jeweled belts in 18K gold-plate with with faux pearls and gemstones.

They also had a line that was more ‘novelty’  than elegant where their use of various colors of Lucite for jewelry translated into a top fashion seller and was offered at Bonwit Teller in the late 1960’s.

Conclusion

Whether your passion is Victorian or ‘Mod’ – Fine or Costume – jewelry collecting is as popular today as it ever was with signed jewelry, in good condition, from the well known designers retaining its desirability and value over  the years.

Want to learn more about the fascinating  jewelry styles of the the 60s? Get Popular Jewelry of the ’60s, ’70s & ’80s by Roseann Ettinger (with values!) – its 192 pages are full of colored pictures, information and values.

 

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