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Defining Retro Jewellery

1950-1980

Think big, is the key here! Harking back to the period of 1945-60. Big Hollywood style, and exaggerated, bold pieces. Does it twinkle? Does it jangle? Does it sparkle? Then it’s quite likely that it is a retro piece. Bangles, thick chain bracelets, cocktail rings, ostentatious watches and gaudy charms are classic examples of this era. The bigger, the better may as well have been their motto!

Visually, think of the iconic “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” musical scene with Marilyn Monroe from the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, the 1953 musical comedy. It’s a classic song, scene and dance- with Marilyn in her hot pink dress, purring her way through some incredible lines like:

“Men grow cold as girls grow old, and we all lose our charms in the end.

But square-cut or pear-shaped, these rocks don’t lose their shape.

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”

We can’t disagree with that statement! However, it’s those kinds of big, sparkly pieces that make the allure of a retro piece so attractive. Although they were often mass-produced and cheaply made, there are some truly spectacular pieces from this era that are made on a grand scale of quality, design and desirability.

Discover our current Retro Collection here.