Step Back in Time with Era-Inspired Jewelry

Yellow Gold Pearl Stud Earrings with diamond halo
Yellow Gold Pearl Stud Earrings with diamond halo

Jewelry is a sentimental symbol, and a lot of today’s designs are inspired by the pieces that were loved in the past. At Shane Co., we continuously build on traditional jewelry that people have loved for decades while emphasizing a modern twist to keep things current and stylish. Now, we take a look back at several important eras in the industry and recommend pieces to make you feel like you’re traveling back in time.

The 1920s: Art Deco

The Art Deco period really took off in the 1920s thanks to influences in art and architecture and the rise of industrialization. The style carried over into the jewelry industry with bold, symmetrical designs. The movement is characterized by geometric shapes, bold colors, and the use of materials such as white gold and platinum. Check out our blog on Art Deco jewelry for a full look into the era and its mesmerizing pieces.

Art Deco Diamond Contour Wedding Band

This Art Deco Diamond Contour Wedding Band is the perfect way to incorporate the era into your bridal look. Its contour shape and baguette diamonds capture the romance of the Art Deco era.

The Twentieth Century: Pearls

Pearls have been popular throughout many decades. In the early 1900s, pearls were often worn as a sign of wealth and social status. They were commonly seen in elaborate jewelry designs, such as long strands of pearls worn as necklaces or wrapped around the wrist as bracelets.

In the 1920s and 1930s, Coco Chanel’s fascination with pearls influenced the fashion scene. Later on, in the 1940s and 1950s, women tended to look picture-perfect in pearl necklaces thanks to Hollywood’s glamorization of the look. And in the 1980s, we saw Princess Diana bring the style back once again.

These Tallulah Pearl and Diamond Earrings provide a vintage feel mixed with modern sophistication. Wear these as an ode to the pearls of the past while rocking a contemporary look.

The 1960s and 1970s: Flower Power

The 1960s and 1970s were all about groovy patterns and connecting with nature. During this time, fashion was heavily influenced by the hippie and bohemian subcultures, which embraced nature, freedom, and individualism. Floral jewelry reflected these values, as it featured natural motifs such as flowers, leaves, and vines.

Because of these factors, we saw a lot of colorful floral jewelry emerge during this era. Flower power was a popular motif during this time, and floral jewelry often featured brightly colored daisies and other cheerful flowers.

Especially in the 1960s, people liked adventurous, dazzling jewelry. Today, floral jewelry continues to be a popular accessory, and it can be found in a variety of designs and materials. From delicate flower-shaped studs to bold, oversized floral necklaces, floral jewelry remains a versatile and timeless fashion accessory.

We love this Mosaic Pink Sapphire and Diamond Pendant for its 1960s-inspired colors and design.

Mosaic Pink Natural Sapphire and Natural Diamond Flower Pendant in 14k Rose Gold

The 1980s: Statement Earrings

The 1980s were all about big and beautiful looks. People wore colorful eyeshadow, shoulder pads, and brightly colored heels. The jewelry of the time was no different, with chunky bangles and large rings making an appearance. Statement earrings were also a staple of this decade full of powerful-meets-fun fashion. The 1980s was a decade marked by an emphasis on excess and conspicuous consumption, and statement earrings were a way for women to make a bold and confident fashion statement.

Celebrities popularized statement earrings during the 1980s. Madonna, for example, was known for her oversized and asymmetrical earrings, often wearing different earrings on each ear for a bold and eclectic look.

Natural Garnet and Natural Diamond Statement Earrings

These Garnet and Diamond Statement Earrings are reminiscent of the 1980s with their bold, colorful design.

The 2000s: Lock and Key

The 2000s were all about personalization and quirky symbols. In this time period, we saw a lot of lock and key jewelry. It represents letting someone into your heart and keeping your love safe. Some lock jewelry designs were more minimalistic, featuring simple metal locks on chains, while others were more elaborate, incorporating pearls, enamel, or colorful gemstones.

We recommend this Lock Necklace for anyone who wants to rock a 2000s style with something that is equally fashionable in today’s world.

We offer a wide range of vintage-inspired designs at Shane Co. and are here to help you with your jewelry needs, whether you’re looking for something fresh or nostalgic. If you need help finding the perfect piece, book an online or in-store appointment. And be sure to let us know about your favorite era of jewelry in the comments below!

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