By Danielle Olivia Tefft, Jewelry Writer
I love learning games, especially trivia. So I couldn’t resist coming up with a Jewelry Era Quiz. It’s probably the first of many, if my readers like them. What better way to learn about the wonderful jewelry in those inherited and discovered jewelry boxes?
Below are four photos of pieces of jewelry from four different eras. Your choices are: The 1920s, the 1950s, Victorian times (1890-1901), the 1970s, Edwardian times (1901-1918) and the 1940s. (Yes, I’m giving you more choices than photos, just to kick things up a notch!
There are clues below each photo. Can you match the piece of jewelry to the era? Have fun! The answers can be found at the end of the article.
Jewelry item #1: This bracelet features big, bold geometric features that are signature of the time period it was made. It features a large imitation topaz center stone and a few additional clear rhinestone accents because stones were hard to come by in this era. This bracelet is from ____________.
Jewelry item #2: These sterling silver lion-head cufflinks are from a time period when society was fascinated with nature and the animal kingdom. They look ferocious but they are tame compared to the real animals like dried beetles and stuffed birds that people adorned themselves with in this era. These cufflinks are from_________________.
Jewelry item #3: This modernist brooch/pin is from a time when the economy was booming and the population was expanding at an enormous rate. Americans outfitted their homes with sleek, minimalist furniture and accessories. They watched singing cowboys and sci-fi fantasy flicks on TV. This brooch/pin is from____________.
Jewelry item #4: This dainty pendant is called a lavaliere. It’s no longer than a key on your key chain and no wider than a dime. The jewelry of this era was often ultra-feminine and contained soft colored accents. It was generally small and/or light-weight to accommodate the light-weight fabric clothes of the era. Pastels and white were the rage in fashion colors. Pearls were extremely popular. This pendant is from__________________.
#1: The 1940s. (Stones were scarce because supply was cut off while World War II raged. Big, single stone jewelry pieces with bold geometry was popular.)
#2: Victorian Times
#3: The 1950s
#4: Edwardian Times
I hope you enjoyed this jewelry quiz and learned a little more about jewelry than you already knew!
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Danielle Olivia Tefft is a professional writer with a lifelong passion for gems and jewelry. She is a GIA accredited jewelry professional and was the owner of online antique and vintage jewelry shop, Treasure Box Antiques for many years. Current projects include writing jewelry related web copy and blogs for clients worldwide. When she is not writing, she spends time in the garden, spoiling her cats and traveling with her significant other. Would you like to hire her? Would you like to advertise on her website or blog? Visit danielleoliviatefftwrites.com for clips, terms, her media kit and more information.
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