By Danielle Olivia Tefft, Jewelry Writer
All jewelry from the 1960s was big or flashy or both, regardless of the style. Going through my photo files, I found too many fabulous pieces from the 1960s to show in just one blog post. So I'll share them with you in two posts.
In part one below, I've singled out jewelry from the British Invasion: Mod and Op Art styles. I've also included some Pop Art and Hippie favorites. But we can't leave out the big, bold dangling pendant necklaces with brightly colored stones inspired by exotic locales. Nor can we forget the Renaissance influence of 1960's style cameos. So, please enjoy the following visual journey back in time!
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the British Invasion. The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in February, 1964. The United States would never be the same again. The mass hysteria created by the Beatles and other British rock groups blazed the trail for Mod style in fashion and jewelry, too. London's design icon of the day, Mary Quant, spearheaded the 1960's Mod style with her geometric print dresses and miniskirts in psychedelic color combinations.
Black and white Op Art fashions were popular, as well, especially with the more mature women of the decade. These black and white patterns were vivid and geometric. They created a mesmerizing optical illusion of movement. Both Mod and Op Art jewelry designs were bold and geometrical. Much of this jewelry was made of or with plastic and Lucite findings.
Fun Pop Art jewelry, characterized by exaggerated forms of ever day items, was also popular in the 1960s. Everything from candy to sailing ships was made into wearable form.
The Hippie movement embraced rustic jewelry made from materials like leather, wood, feathers and ceramic beads. Symbols of peace and love were also Hippie jewelry staples.
Much of the jewelry from the 1960s also was inspired by exotic, Middle Eastern and Oriental locales. The best examples of this jewelry are necklaces with large pendants containing colorful stones or beads and plenty of dangles.
Classic jewelry forms were not entirely left by the wayside in the 1960s, however. Renaissance inspired jewelry, especially cameos, was extremely popular among older generations. So, too, was the glamorous, sparkling cocktail jewelry they grew accustomed to in the 1950s. We'll explore this jewelry and more in the next blog article.
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Danielle Olivia Tefft is a professional writer with a lifelong passion for gems, jewelry and fashion. She is a GIA accredited jewelry professional and the owner of online antique and vintage jewelry shop, Treasure Box Antiques. Current projects include ghostwriting jewelry and fashion 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? Visit her website danielleoliviatefftwrites.com for clips, terms and more information.
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