AC Silver is proud to present an extensive selection of antique 1950s jewellery, featuring a range of gemstones including diamonds, aquamarine, ruby, emeralds and more.
AC Silver offer a 14-day return policy, and include a free ring sizing service.
A date including “circa” reflects an approximation of 10 years to either side of the declared value; thus, an item bearing the date ‘circa 1950’ will be crafted between 1940 - 1960.
At first glance, the 1950s may be perceived as a time of fakery, costume jewellery, and anything cheap and cheerful to help raise spirits after the war. While this may be partially true, the 1950s was a time for designers of luxury jewellery to be more creative and push jewellery design boundaries to the limits, incorporating diamonds, gemstones to embellish designs that had never been seen before.
The 1950s was a period of growth; the war is over, the economy is back on its feet and the upper middle class was growing in size. This new found wealth and prosperity was mirrored in the 1950s jewellery styles – bigger, brighter, more glamorous, and of course, more diamonds. The jewellers Debeers almost predicted the future with their slogan “diamonds are forever”, marking an era that saw diamonds continuously grow in popularity; a trend that show no signs of slowing down. Yellow gold was no longer the precious metal of choice; platinum became more readily available and became the preferred setting to showcase gemstones and diamonds of all shapes and sizes.
The 1950s was a time of design innovation, in both fine and costume jewellery. The decade saw the use of larger, colourful precious gemstones, surrounded by an abundance of diamonds. Even with economic growth and associated increase in wealth however, not everyone could afford such finery; and thus saw the rise in popularity of ‘costume jewellery’.
Bold designs adorned with synthetic gemstones, rhinestones, colourful plastics, and base metals mimicked the styles and patterns of far more valuable, fine jewellery.
The 1950s saw the popularity of pearls soar; a string of pearls around the neck became the sure way to show class and wealth without over-gilding the lily as it were. The understated glamour of pearls was soon reflected the costume jewellery industry, and telling the difference between real and fake pearls became increasingly difficult.
In the 1950s, several types of jewellery were popular and reflected the fashion trends and styles of the era. Some of the popular jewellery pieces from that time include:
Yes, pearl necklaces were indeed popular in the 1950s. They were considered a classic and elegant accessory during that time. Pearls were highly prized and often associated with sophistication and femininity. Many women wore single or multiple strands of pearls as a fashion statement, particularly for formal or semi-formal occasions.
Pearl necklaces were commonly seen worn with dresses, suits, and other stylish outfits. The 1950s saw the emergence of iconic figures like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, who helped popularize the wearing of pearls and contributed to their status as a timeless and fashionable accessory.