By Danielle Olivia Tefft, jewelry writer
In the post World War II fashion industry, renowned French fashion designer Christian Dior cast aside war years austerity to celebrate freedom and femininity. His new designs were bold and glamorous. He sought to create beautiful and ostentatious jewelry, as well.
In the early 1950s, Dior worked closely with the famous Austrian crystal manufacturer, Swarovski. Together, they developed a technique for applying a unique, iridescent metallic coating to rhinestones. This coating gave the stones a dazzling glimmer that had never been achieved before in the history of jewelry creation. They named the coating after the mysterious pulsating glow of the Northern Lights.
Dior and Swarovski finalized their process for creating aurora borealis coating (often shortened to AB in jewelry literature and descriptions) by 1953. The first mass produced aurora borealis coated costume jewelry was made available to the public in 1955.
This useful milestone will help you date costume jewelry in your family's jewelry boxes or out in public venues. Any piece with aurora borealis coating on the rhinestones can't have been made earlier than 1955. Of course, it is possible that unknowing or unscrupulous individuals replaced missing stones in older pieces of jewelry with aurora borealis coated stones. If this is the case, you should seek a serious discount, as the piece has been improperly repaired.
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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 fiancé. Would you like to hire her? Visit her website danielleoliviatefftwrites.com for clips, terms and more information.
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