Jewelry in Fashion History: 1960s Mad Men Era – Bracelets

It’s 2013, but once a week we’re back in the 1960s all over again. Impossible, you say? Not if you’re glued to your TV set weekly like millions of contented viewers are. I’m speaking about the show, Mad Men, which has taken America by storm.

Why is Mad Men so Popular?

Vintage Bracelet Gorgeous Faux Pearl Rhinestone Rondelle AB Crystals

Not only is the storyline appealing, but its leading ladies have become something of fashion icons. And it’s not just their hairdos and outfits that are creating a stir and a following of a more feminine look, but their accessories are appealing as well. Take for instance the bracelets worn on the show similar to the faux pearl and crystal wrap bracelet in my photo.



Grace Kelly wearing Chunky Pearls Bracelet in Rear Window

How feminine and “Grace Kelly-ish” can you get? Remember her fantastic outfits in the movie Rear Window? She looked fabulous in everything she wore right down to the jeans in the last scene. And her jewelry was the height of style, including the pearl bracelet with chunky dangling charm seen in this photo from the film.



Vintage Extra Wide 4 Strand Egyptian Bracelet Green Lucite Beads Engraved Panels

The 1960s was the decade of “anything goes” and jewelry seemed to match that sense of freedom. Bracelets, in particular, were bigger and bolder than previously. Chunky was in and not just in peanut butter! Materials like plastic, black metal and enamel were very popular. Trends from the space age to hippies and ethnic themes, like the panels on this chunky Lucite beads bracelet, were often incorporated.

Fashion Icon: Blending Modern with Elegance

Jacqueline Kennedy with her husband, President John F. Kennedy

In the 1960s Jacqueline Kennedy lit up our TV screens as she accompanied her iconic presidential husband on his overseas diplomatic visits and domestic functions. Her glamorous gowns, hairstyles, and jewelry made her a style icon throughout the 1960s.


MARVELLA Vintage Wide Bangle Bracelet High End NOS Goldtone Cutouts Textured

Some of the jewelry of the 1960s was both fashionable and feminine. Creations such as this Marvella gold plated bracelet were influenced by the Dior look of the 1940s. The wide width, elegant brushed gold plating, and delicate cut-outs blend the chunky 1960s Mod look with a high fashion designer style.


Is Mad Men Style Here to Stay?

Current jewelry fashion designers are getting savvy. They have caught the Mad Men firebug and are beginning to revive the treasures of the 1960s era. Women of today want them to and the stylists are ready to comply. Smart designers are raiding the jewelry archives of yesteryear for style inspiration that has been buried over time. After all, those styles are just too good to be unseen by the current generation of women.

We don’t need a time machine to travel back to the 1960s, not when we have TV producers who are willing to revive that wonderful time of life for us. I’m sure the fashion influence of Mad Men will be around for a very long time. Isn’t it wonderful that the fabulous bracelets from this era are still available to dress up our wardrobes?

More Mad Men Era Vintage Bracelets

If you love 1960s bracelets, check out the many vintage bracelets listed in my store.

Mad Men Era Vintage Bracelets at My Classic Jewelry Shop

Click to view vintage bracelets at My Classic Jewelry Shop:
My Classic Jewelry Shop Vintage Bracelets

Coming Next: More Mad Men Era Vintage Jewelry

If you can’t wait for the next blog article and want to sneak a peek at more 1960s jewelry, visit the store home page: My Classic Jewelry Shop

Have fun shopping for Mad Men Era jewelry, and thanks for visiting! Christine 🙂

Other Articles in This Series:

1960s Mad Men Era – Brooches and Earrings
1960s Mad Men Era – Necklaces and Jewelry Sets

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