By Danielle Olivia Tefft, Jewelry Writer
After some super feedback on the first jewelry quiz, I’ve decided to try to have one monthly. What better way to learn about the wonderful jewelry in those inherited and discovered jewelry boxes? So here is quiz #2 for all you jewelry and game lovers out there!
Below are four photos of pieces of jewelry from four distinct eras. Your choices are: The 1980s, the 1940s, Victorian times (1890-1901), the 1970s and Georgian times (1901-1918). (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 sweet demi-parure (French for partial jewelry set) features daisies. These flowers were iconic during the time period in which this jewelry set was made. The Jackson Five had hit after hit during this era. Sonny and Cher had a family hour TV show. Some popular rides were the Ford Pinto, Chevy El Camino and AMC Gremlin. These were some popular items back then: cloth wall calendars; olive green and gold kitchens; bell-bottom jeans; polyester suits with wide lapels and platform shoes. This jewelry set is from ____________.
Jewelry item #2: Pieces like this ring have three dimensional geometry that make them look futuristic. At first glance, these pieces are somewhat reminiscent of the 1920s Art Deco era. But most Art Deco pieces are flat and loaded with gemstones. In contrast, pieces like this ring have less gemstones (due to scarcity of supply during this time period) so the base metal is prominently displayed.
This ring is from_________________.
Jewelry item #3: This brooch/pin is from a time when American society looked to British Royalty for mourning etiquette following the loss of loved ones. Black dresses and black jewelry were the only proper attire for those in grieving. Mourning Lockets and brooches like this one often contained a deceased loved one’s hair. Women also wore elaborated braided jewelry from the hair of the dearly departed during this time period. Notice how the pin stem behind the brooch is longer than the brooch itself. This is a characteristic feature of many brooches from this time period. This brooch/pin is from____________.
Jewelry item #4: The famous jewelry firm Van Cleef & Arpels can be credited for introducing bold styles like this ring during this jewelry time period. They are now often referred to as Retro pieces. I’ll give you a big hint: It is from the same era as one of the previous three jewelry items! Look closely at its features. This ring is from__________________.
#1: The 1970s
#2: The 1940s
#3: Victorian Times
#4: The 1940s again! Are you starting to recognize the bold, 3-D geometric style of 1940’s Retro pieces?
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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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