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Mid-Century Modern Jewelry

Embrace the sleek simplicity of Mid-Century Modern jewelry (1950s-1960s). Clean lines, geometric shapes, and a focus on innovative materials define this era. Discover pieces that embody the spirit of mid-century design.

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The Mid Century Modern Era jewelry saw a different tone after the war ended. “Mid-Century jewelry burst with all the optimism and opulence of the post-war world, from the fabulous ‘50s through the mid-’60s”. (4) Pieces from this era are often referred to as ‘classic beauty’. Birds became popular as Tiffany & Co. produced the signature bird on a rock pendant. Jewelry started to look natural again and moved away from the more industrial feel of the Retro and Art Deco periods. As the economy boomed, more diamonds were featured in jewelry. Although the United States does not have ‘royalty’ in the traditional sense, Marilyn Monroe was a huge influence of the time. When she wore something, many tried to replicate the look.

What is Mid-Century Modern Jewelry?

Mid-century modern jewelry, associated with the 1950s and 1960s, is characterized by clean lines, simplicity, and innovative use of materials. Sterling silver and abstract designs reflect the broader mid-century modern aesthetic.

What colors are associated with Mid-Century Modern jewelry?

Mid-century modern jewelry often features bold and contrasting colors, reflecting the vibrant and optimistic spirit of the era. Turquoise, coral, and bright enamel are commonly associated with this style.

How do you know if something is Mid-Century Modern?

To identify mid-century modern jewelry, look for clean lines, simple and abstract designs, and the use of innovative materials like sterling silver. The overall aesthetic should evoke the modern and optimistic style of the mid-20th century.

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