By Danielle Olivia Tefft
Author’s Note: Hi everyone! I apologize for the hiatus. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! If you missed it: Did the Pilgrims Wear Jewelry? Is a post I wrote a few years back you might enjoy right now.
If you rummage through as many old jewelry boxes as I have, you will undoubtedly identify with jewelry from the time period you grew up in. That’s how it is with me and jewelry from the 1970s. I can easily pick out these pieces, because my mother and my girlfriends and I all wore them!
This article is a trip down Memory Lane for me. I hope it helps you identify signature seventies jewelry the next time you come across any pieces in your treasure hunting travels.
One of the most iconic pieces of jewelry from the seventies was the mood ring. I think everyone had one at one time or another during the seventies. My friends and I had the cheaper versions that we bought with our allowance money or won at fairs. Even movie stars and other celebrities got swept up in the mood ring craze. Of course, their mood rings were genuine gold. I wrote an earlier blog article here on mood rings you might also enjoy.
Anything and everything to do with daisies was huge in the seventies. Daisy brooches, pins, earrings, bracelets and necklaces were extremely popular.
The look of pure yellow gold was the rage in the 1970s. Genuine gold itself was extremely pricey. So most of us opted for the look in costume jewelry.
Men and women were big, gold tone, plaque-like pendant necklaces like those from the 1960s but usually with less adornment. Gold Tone initial jewelry was huge, too. I have included a photo below of the gold tone “D” I wore throughout my 1970’s youthful days.
1976 was America’s Bicentennial. So everyone wore patriotic jewelry that year to celebrate the event.
Pewter whimsical jewelry was popular. I was especially fond of pieces with a fairy theme.
Native American jewelry was a favorite in the 1970s, too. The most popular pieces were sterling silver rings featuring turquois. Also popular were Native American beaded bracelets and earrings.
Etched scrimshaw jewelry was popular during the seventies. Below is a photo of the scrimshaw ring my Dad gave to me when I was a girl.
I was and am a big animal lover. So I loved wearing this ring! I think the etching is a bobcat.
Cloisonné was a very popular choice in the 1970s for jewelry, as well. Popular themes included butterflies and flowers.
Counter Culture or Hippy jewelry was also popular. Leather, wood, hemp were popular materials, especially in head bands, bracelets and belts. Popular themes of this jewelry included the peace sign and peacock feathers.
Jade jewelry became very popular in the 1970s, as well. Americans loved its Oriental mystique and promise of good luck. My mother gave me a jade heart pendant necklace one year for my birthday. Inexpensive nephrite jade pieces could be found in every department store.
I’m not saying some of these types of pieces weren’t popular other time periods. But if you come across an old jewelry box or rummage sale with several of these types together, the lot is most likely from the seventies.
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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 is the owner of online antique and vintage jewelry shop, Treasure Box AntiqueUS on Etsy. She is currently working on jewelry identification courses. When she is not working and writing, she spends time in the garden, spoiling her cats and traveling with her significant other. Would you like to advertise on her website or blog? Visit danielleoliviatefftwrites.com for her media kit and more information.
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