Vintage STERLING Silver Brooch Pin Retro Flower Green

Vintage Sterling Retro Green Glass Flowers Brooch

Check out this Lovely Vintage Sterling Silver Brooch Retro Glass Flower!

Retro jewelry was produced in the 1940s and late 1950s. During the World War II years, base metals were needed for the military, so costume jewelry makers produced a lot of Sterling jewelry, some with Gold Vermeil plating. This is a lovely typical brooch from that era.

Retro brooches were created by top designers, such as Trifari, Coro, Monet, Napier, Mazer, and others. In addition, numerous other companies produced vintage sterling silver brooches in the retro era. Many of these were not signed, only marked “STERLING.”

This brooch exhibits influences from the earlier Art Deco era of the 1930s with its geometric design that mixes angular lineswith curves. The center of the brooch has green glass baguettes and the trailing flowers have emerald cut green glass stones. Even after all of these years, the glass sparkles brightly.

What a treasure for the vintage sterling silver brooch collector! I love retro brooches, and this one is very special.

Vintage Sterling Silver Brooch Retro Flower Green Glass Stones

Vintage STERLING Silver Brooch Retro Flower Green Glass Stones, 146.50 USD, by My Classic Jewelry

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Vintage Birds Rhinestone Brooch Mother Nest 3 Babies Charming Figural Colorful

Vintage Mama Bird 3 Babies Colored Rhinestones Brooch

A Must Have for the Vintage Bird Jewelry Collector!

Isn’t this vintage Mother with Three Baby Birds brooch just charming? I love the detail of the birds, branch, and nest and the lovely colors of the rhinestones. Wouldn’t this make a perfect gift for the figural vintage brooch collector? Or get it for yourself and wear it on your favorite blouse, vest, or sweater.

Vintage Birds Rhinestone Brooch Mother Nest 3 Babies Charming Figural Colorful, 67.50 USD, by MyClassicJewelry

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Jewelry in Fashion History: 1960s Mad Men Era โ€“ Necklaces and Jewelry Sets

During the 1960s, necklaces and jewelry sets were so popular. You could walk into any department store and find an abundance of chains, beads, pendants and lovely matching sets with any combinations of necklaces, bracelets, brooches, and earrings.

1960s Necklaces

In prior eras, much of the jewelry had the same look or style, but in the 1960s the jewelry industry exploded with a wide variety of styles. Glass, crystal and plastic beads were all the rage, but chunky chain necklaces were also very popular. In the photo below we see the Mad Men ladies wearing classic pearls, crystal beads, and a fabulous 4 strand necklace of faux pearls with beads.

Mad Men Ladies wearing vintage necklaces

Hong Kong and Japan Imports

During the 1960s jewelry took on a very bold look and beads were all the rage – the more strands the better. Hong Kong necklaces featured lightweight Acrylic beads, while the Japan necklaces were usually glass or a combination of glass and plastic beads. The blue and pink necklaces in the photo below are typical Japan necklaces of the era that women would wear for work or play, while the crystal fringe necklace in the center is more appropriate for a special evening out.

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Parures: Demi, Full, Grand

A full parure, or three piece set, usually included a matching necklace, bracelet, and earrings. Demi-parures are two matching pieces, such as a necklace with earrings or bracelet with earrings. A grand parure is four matching pieces and usually includes a necklace, bracelet, earrings, and a brooch or a ring. Below the Mad Men ladies are wearing demi-parures, necklaces with matching earrings.

Mad Men Ladies wearing vintage demi-parures

Variety of 1960s Jewelry Sets

In addition to necklaces with matching earrings, designers of the 1960s produced sets with various combinations in a variety of materials and colors. Shown below are a beautiful Trifari pink enameled brooch with earrings flower set, a smashing aqua enameled bracelet with earrings from Original by Robert, and an elegant Renoir necklace and earrings set made with anondized copper insets.

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We’re living in the best of times as far as necklaces and jewelry sets are concerned. We have the advantage of looking back over history’s designs as well as seeing what’s available today. A huge range of styles is available online and can be yours with just a quick click of the mouse!

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1960s Mad Men Era โ€“ Bracelets
1960s Mad Men Era โ€“ Brooches and Earrings

Jewelry in Fashion History: 1960s Mad Men Era – Brooches and Earrings

One of the reasons why I thoroughly enjoy seeing the resurgence of all the fashion accessories on Mad Men is this – it reminds me of how my mother dressed during the 60s. I wasnโ€™t old enough then to doll myself up in fancy brooches and earrings, but I sure did love to see my mother looking so attractive and feminine whenever she and Dad would step out for the evening.

CORO COROCRAFT Vintage Extra Large Goldtone Faux Pearls Leaf Brooch

I must admit, Mom didn’t wear pearls to houseclean like Donna Reed and June Cleaver did, but she did wear elegant jewelry on special occasions, and would have definitely chosen a beautiful brooch for a special evening out, such as this lovely Corocraft design depicting a large, goldtone leaf with faux pearls.

 

The History of Brooches

The brooch, named “fibula” by the ancient Greeks and Romans, is perhaps the oldest type of jewelry. As fashions progressed, clothing often needed to be held together for modesty and comfort. In the Bronze Age, the first rough drafts of safety pins arose on the scene. The Byzantines are heralded for their unique brooch designs, and greatly influenced jewelry designers with the production of brightly enameled brooches.

WARNER Vintage Blue Green Art Glass Rhinestones Figural Butterfly Statement Brooch

The influence of the early Christian period during the fifth and sixth centuries brought the addition of symbols and inscriptions, which also gave the brooch its ornamental character. Throughout the ages brooch designs have flourished and advanced as metal workers strove to create the most fanciful and attractive pieces, such as this vintage Warner statement butterfly brooch made of blue and green art glass and rhinestones.

TRIFARI Huge Striking Pink Flamingo Brooch Pin Enamel Rhinestones

Clasp types and brooch styles have changed with the times, but the brooch is still a very popular jewelry accessory. Many women like to collect and wear brooches from earlier eras, since each period had its own favorite designs and themes. The Mad Men women would most likely have worn a brooch similar to this fabulous Trifari pink enamel flamingo with sparkling pink and lavender crystals. Created in the 1990s for sale on QVC, these special Trifari Limited Edition pieces were based on some of their earlier designs dating from the 1940s through the 1960s.

 

Earrings and Ear Piercing

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When the ladies from Mad Men put on their vintage earrings, they probably don’t give any thought to how earrings have evolved over the years. But earrings have a fascinating history.

The oldest earrings archaeologists have discovered were made in Iraq around 2500 BC. During Egyptian, Greek, and Roman times, jewelry was crafted and worn as a sign of status and luxury. Many of the earrings from that era were made with precious metals and gemstones. Over the centuries, the popularity of earrings rose and fell directed by hairstyles and fashions, especially elaborate hair pieces and high collars. Ear piercing was very common until clip on earrings finally made the scene in the 1920s. The popularity of clip earrings continued through the 1960s and they are still popular today.

Mad Men Era Vintage Earrings at My Classic Jewelry Shop

I think brooches and earrings are here to stay, and, as Martha Stewart would say, โ€œIt’s good thing.โ€ Perhaps the next time you pin on a brooch or select a pair of earrings, you’ll be reminded of all the many designers over the centuries who have worked so hard to bring us all the beautiful jewelry imaginable.

More Mad Men Era Brooches and Earrings

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

Mad Men Era Vintage Brooches at My Classic Jewelry Shop

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Other Articles in This Series:

1960s Mad Men Era โ€“ Bracelets
1960s Mad Men Era โ€“ Necklaces and Jewelry Sets

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

Itโ€™s 2013, but once a week we’re back in the 1960s all over again. Impossible, you say? Not if youโ€™re glued to your TV set weekly like millions of contented viewers are. Iโ€™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 itโ€™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 โ€œGrace Kelly-ishโ€ 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 donโ€™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. Iโ€™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

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Other Articles in This Series:

1960s Mad Men Era โ€“ Brooches and Earrings
1960s Mad Men Era โ€“ Necklaces and Jewelry Sets