History of Retro Jewelry

Retro jewelry flourished in the 1940’s, characterized by it’s futuristic 3D designs and flowing curves. Let’s take a look at it’s origin and history.

In 1939, Van Cleef & Arpels showcased their futuristic designs at the world’s fair in New York…and the, later coined, “Retro” design was born!

Big, bold designs, reminiscent of Art Deco, but more three-dimensional in nature, with sweeping curves, along with floral influence, were the earmarks of this new Retro design.

Around the time of WWII gemstones were scarce, so small gems were used in designs. Wartime also brought about restrictions on white metals, as they were reserved for military use. Therefore, gold became the metal of choice, often mixed with copper to make rose gold.

If clients wanted gemstones or white metals in their designs, they often repurposed existing jewelry.

Earrings from this period were usually larger in scale, featuring scrolls, flowers, and fans.

The Retro style was big and bold, loud and proud right through the 1950’s. Retro jewelry is valuable and sought after. Add a piece to your collection from Solvang Antiques and enjoy their beauty and history for decades to come.

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