By Danielle Olivia Tefft, Jewelry Writer
This blog article is part two of two on the jewelry of the 1960s. If you recall, in part one, I mentioned that as I was going through my photo files, I found too many fabulous pieces from the 1960s to put in just one blog post.
In part one, we covered Mod and Op Art styles. We also included some Pop Art and Hippie favorites. We also rediscovered the big, bold dangling pendant necklaces with brightly colored stones inspired by exotic locales. (Those are my favorites!) Finally, we looked at 1960's style cameos, inspired by the Renaissance.
In this post, we'll cover three more iconic jewelry styles of the 1960s: cocktail jewelry, flower pins and jewelry with animal motifs. Enjoy!
Glamorous rhinestone cocktail jewelry inspired by the 1950s, loaded with sparkle and shine, was popular in the 1960s, as well. This dazzling jewelry was, not surprisingly, popular with the more mature women of the decade. It was was the complete opposite of the jewelry worn by the Hippie and Mod youth of the decade. The cocktail jewelry of the 1960s, however, began to include rhinestones in more natural tones, along with the blues and pinks of the 1950s.
One style of jewelry was popular with both the young and old in the 1960s. Flowers, flowers, everywhere flowers. Remember "Flower Power?" Big, bold, enameled flower pins in a rainbow of bright colors are now considered an iconic symbol of that era.
Much of the jewelry from the 1960s also was inspired by animals and insects. It embodied the Hippie mission to protect the earth and all of its creatures. The best examples are necklaces with large figural pendants. Owls and fish with moving dangles for eyes were particularly popular. They were joined by Butterflies and birds. Cats, dogs and a parade of exotic animals such as lions and zebras were frequently featured in this jewelry, as well.
If you've enjoyed these two posts on jewelry of the 1960s, I highly recommend Roseann Ettinger's delightful book, Popular Jewelry of the '60s, '70s & '80s. This book is a delightful trip down memory lane for those who experienced those eras. And of course, it is loaded with photos and detailed information. (I was not paid to say that!)
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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 to write for you? Visit her website danielleoliviatefftwrites.com for clips, terms and more information.
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