Create an Elegant Look With 1930 to 1980 Retro Vintage Costume Jewelry

If you are looking to create a unique fashion statement, consider 1930 to 1980 preowned costume jewelry. Alternatively, these pieces often make great Mother's Day, birthday, and Christmas presents. Crafty people can often create amazing pieces of art with vintage costume jewelry available on eBay.

What are some common inexpensive costume jewelry pieces from different decades?

Each decade has its unique look. Therefore, you may want to consider these decades:

  • The 1930s: Bakelite, plastic, and molded glass were used to create vintage costume jewelry earrings, brooches, and bracelets. One new type of costume jewelry seen during this period was double-clip brooches.
  • The 1940s: Many materials including sterling silver, wood, leather, Bakelite, Lucite, natural shells, plaster, and ceramic were used to create antique costume jewelry necklaces, brooches, bracelets, ear clips, and double-clip brooches during this decade.
  • The 1950s: Decorative beads, art glass, and textured metals were used to create cluster earrings, pendant earrings, bib necklaces, brooches, bracelets, and jewelry sets.
  • The 1960s: Decorative beads, art glass, textured metals, plastics, vinyl, and Perspex were used to create large pendants, hoop earrings, ball drop earrings, and multi-strand necklaces.
  • The 1970s: Wood, stone, shell, and bone were used to create chains, pendants, bangles, and dangly earrings.
What were costume jewelry trends seen during each decade?

Each decade saw its jewelry trends. If you are looking to create a decade-specific outfit, then you might want to consider finding these types of antique costume jewelry for sale.

  • The 1930s: French fashion designers introduced the double-clip brooch that women often wore in pairs along their necklines or on their hats. Women also wore many colorful molded glass pieces designed to look like fruit baskets or flowers.
  • The 1940s: World War II brought more women into the workplace who loved to wear costume jewelry with pieces decorated with preference often given to seed pearls and imitation turquoise pieces.
  • The 1950s: Women watched Hollywood movie stars wearing matching sets of jewelry, and they wanted to wear them, too.
  • The 1960s: Following pop art trends, women used bold colorful pieces, including lots of bangles, to make their own fashion statements.
  • The 1970s: While some women were opting for bling, others were choosing the Bohemian look.
Important designers from 1930 to 1980

While the top designers often worked with real gems, soon their ideas were followed by those making costume jewelry. Therefore, it pays to watch the designers from each decade when you are looking for vintage costume jewelry for sale:

  • The 1930s: Emanuel Ciner, Gustavo Trifari, Jonas Eisenberg, Adolph Katz of Coro, and Marcel Boucher were often sought by stars to create their jewelry.
  • The 1940s: Joining Trifari, Weiss, Eisenberg, Ciner, and Coro as important jewelry designers during the 1940s were Jacques Hobe and DeLizza & Elster.
  • The 1950s: While Weiss, Hobe, Juliana, and Ciner were still busy making jewelry, many '50s costume jewelry collectors seek out pieces designed by Christian Dior.
  • The 1960s: Many new jewelry designers made their mark during the 1960s, including Elsa Schiaparelli, Kenneth Jay Lane, Paco Rabanne of Paris, Bill Blass, Hubert de Givenchy, and William de Lillo.
  • The 1970s: Many small designers became regional names during this decade while others looked to the work of John Donald, Gillian Packard, and Angela Pintaldi.