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London’s post war recovery gained momentum in the 1950s, the economy flourished as trade increased, the docks were flooded with traders and the rebuild was well underway.
Skilled workers were recruited from throughout the Commonwealth to improve London’s infrastructure, to build new schools and hospitals. The birth of the NHS in July 1948 led to an evolution in Healthcare as hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists were brought to provide a free service and new Hospitals were build to accommodate them.
‘White collar’ jobs increased as office space became available creating over 50,000 new jobs in London and service took a greater share of London’s economy. The number of working women increased dramatically as they took a significant proportion of the City desk jobs that became available, eventually outnumbering men in London’s office for the first time! This increasingly affluent, style savvy middle class looked to America where Hollywood starlets were having an impact on fashion. It was a decade of timeless style. Monroe flaunted the classic, curvaceous silhouette associated with the 50s, Hepburn played with whimsical style, effortlessly pairing androgynous chic and feminine cuts and Elizabeth Taylor led a glamorous lifestyle exemplified by her astounding collection of jewels auctioned at Christies in 2012. The sale made a whopping £100,324,209, which indicates where she sat on the Glamometer!
The burgeoning middle class were equally in the market for household and consumer goods. British manufacturing prospered as people invested in the latest hoovers, televisions and appliances that became symbolic of a progressive outlook as the 50s housewife embraced modernity.

Chunky pieces in textured gold were characteristic of a decade of post war exuberance.

Cocktail rings became had their heyday as Hollywood style icons dictated trends. Dramatic shapes in mixed metal of raised, curved design mirrored the flow of fabric. Drapes, bows and ribbons were popular.

Fifties jewellery featured Florentine finishes like twisted rope, braiding, fluting foxtail chains and mesh.

Jewellery designers created abstract sprays of mixed cut diamonds in ‘atomic’ starburst shapes. Yellow gold and diamond jewellery was reserved for the evening, while during the day people opted for big pieces in yellow gold.

Turquoise, cultured pearls, coral and amethyst were all in.

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  • 18ct White Gold & Diamond Cluster Ring

    £975 Just Added
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  • 18ct Gold Van Cleef & Arpels Double Leaf Twist Ring

    £2,250 Just Added
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  • 9ct Gold & Amethyst Ring

    £975
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  • Silver, Marcasite & Mother of Pearl Oval Earrings

    £150
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  • 18ct Gold Diamond Cluster Ring

    £3,500
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  • Bernard Instone Silver, Amethyst, Green Garnet & Enamel ​Heart Shaped Pendant

    £1,875
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  • Silver & Marcasite Round Golfing Brooch

    £95
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  • Silver & Marcasite Paisley Design Necklace

    £675
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  • Silver, Mother of Pearl & Marcasite Cheetah Head’s Necklace

    £150
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  • Silver, Marcasite & Tiger’s Eye Oval Ring

    £175
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  • Silver, Amethyst & Marcasite Cross Pendant

    £85
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  • Silver & Marcasite Bambi Brooch

    £50
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  • Georg Jensen Silver Tie Clip

    £250
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  • Georg Jensen Silver Double Leaf Earrings

    £375
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  • Silver & Marcasite Trotting Horse & Carriage Brooch

    £95
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  • Silver & Marcasite Horse Head Brooch

    £250
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  • Silver & Marcasite Racehorse Brooch

    £250
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  • Silver & Marcasite Three Circus Horse’s Brooch

    £150
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  • 14ct Gold Diamond Cluster Ring

    £1,500
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  • Norman Hartnell Paste Earrings

    £150
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  • Silver & Marcasite Wave Design Ring

    £85
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  • 18ct White Gold Diamond Daisy Cluster Ring

    £2,950
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  • Silver, Marcasite & Amethyst Necklace

    £250
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  • 18ct Gold, Sapphire & Diamond Cluster Ring

    £1,875
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  • 1950s Silver & Marcasite Drop Earrings

    £250
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  • Silver Arts & Crafts Ring Set With Turquoise & a Citrine

    £250
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  • 18ct White Gold Emerald & Diamond 1950s Dress Ring

    £1,875
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  • 18ct Gold Sapphire & Diamond Oval Cluster Ring

    £1,275
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  • 1950s Silver & Paste Clip On Leaf Earrings

    £225
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  • Sapphire & Diamond Oval Cluster Ring

    £1,875
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  • Sapphire & Diamond Drop Cluster Earrings

    £1,875
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  • 18ct Gold & Platinum Diamond Daisy Cluster Ring

    £2,750
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  • Silver, Green ​& White Paste 1950’s Drop Earrings

    £275
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  • Large Mid-Century Silver ​& Marcasite Orchid Brooch

    £975
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  • Silver Gilt ​& Blue Enamel Leaf Earrings by Hans Myhre

    £175
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  • Silver Gilt ​& Blue Enamel Leaf Bracelet by Hans Myhre

    £375
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  • Silver Gilt ​& Blue Enamel Leaf Necklace by Hans Myhre

    £675
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  • Pearl in The Oyster Shell 18ct Gold Ring

    £1,275
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  • Sapphire ​& Diamond Oval Cluster Ring

    £2,950
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  • 18ct White & Yellow Gold Diamond Daisy Cluster Ring

    £3,950
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  • Alaskan Two Colour 14ct Gold & Diamond Heart Ring

    £975
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  • 18ct Gold & Platinum, Ceylon Sapphire & Diamond Cluster Ring

    £3,500
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  • Cartier 18ct Gold & Sapphire Stirrup Cufflinks

    £3,500
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  • 18ct White Gold Diamond Cluster Earrings

    £1,875
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  • 18ct Gold & Cabochon Coral Ring

    £975
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  • Silver ​& Marcasite Butterfly Ring

    £250
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  • 9ct Gold & Amethyst Round Stud Earrings

    £375
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  • Diamond Clip & Post Leaf Design Earrings

    £2,950
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  • Large Silver Filigree Butterfly Brooch

    £250
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  • 18ct Gold Dachshund Brooch

    £975
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  • Wolf’s Head 18ct Gold Ring

    £975
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  • Silver & Enamel Drop Earrings

    £375
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  • George Jensen Silver Brooch of a Lapwing in Bullrushes

    £675
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  • 18ct Gold Cultured Pearl & Diamond Ring

    £675
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  • Engraved Silver 1950s Bangle Set With Garnets

    £375
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  • 18ct Gold Ruby & Diamond Queen’s English Coronation Crown Earrings

    £1,275
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  • 9ct Gold Baby in Pram Charm

    £195
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  • Silver & Marcasite Marquise Shaped Wedgwood Ring

    £250
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  • High Carat Gold Diamond Hoop Clip On Earrings

    £2,950
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  • 18ct Gold 1950s Flowers in a Basket Ring

    £1,275
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mid1

Fifty Years of Collectable Fashion Jewellery

by Lillian Baker
Collector Books, 1989

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50s Fashion (Icons Series)

by Laura Schooling & Jim Heimann
Taschen, 2007

mid3

Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair With Jewellery

by Elizabeth Tayloe
Simon & Schuster, 2002

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