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The Antique Jewellery Company
1950s
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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  • Silver Bracelet by J Lauritzen

    £375
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  • 14ct Gold & Aquamarine Stud Earrings

    £375
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  • Silver & Marcasite “Brolly” Brooch

    £75
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  • Silver & White Enamel Necklace by Albert Scharning

    £495
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  • 10ct Gold Large Opal Ring

    £1,275
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  • 18ct White & Yellow Gold, Diamond Cluster Ring

    £975
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  • Silver Leaf Necklace by Herman Siersbol

    £375
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  • Silver Chain Necklace

    £375
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  • 14ct Gold Signet Ring By Tiffany With Crest Intaglio

    £1,275
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  • Long Silver “Prince of Wales Twist” Chain

    £175
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  • Silver Charm Bracelet

    £95
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  • Silver Curb Bracelet With Heart Padlock

    £175
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  • 9ct Engraved Gold Heart Charm

    £45
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  • Carnelian Cross

    £125
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  • Silver & Pearl Grapevine Necklace

    £975
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  • Silver Blue & White Enamel Collar by David Andersen

    £1,275
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  • 18ct Gold Clip On Pearl Earrings

    £495
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  • Large Triple Drop Diamond Earrings

    £6,750
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  • Silver Turquoise & Marcasite Earrings

    £195
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  • 18ct Gold & Platinum Three Stone Sapphire & Diamond Cluster Ring

    £2,500
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  • Platinum & Diamond Solitaire Ring With Diamond Set Shoulders

    £4,500
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  • 18ct White Gold Aquamarine & Diamond Cluster Ring

    £2,950
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  • Silver Bangle With Engraved Flower Motif

    £375
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  • 9ct Gold & Opal Dress Ring

    £675
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  • 18ct Gold, Diamond & Ruby Three Stone Ring

    £2,250
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  • 18ct Gold, Ruby & Diamond Bracelet

    £6,750
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  • Large 9ct Gold, Amethyst & Pearl Ring

    £675
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  • Silver & Marcasite Rose Brooch

    £175
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  • Multi Stone Silver & Marcasite Bracelet

    £375
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  • Silver & Marcasite Swirly Brooch

    £195
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  • Silver & Marcasite Fantasy Brooch

    £195
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  • Silver & Marcasite Heart Pendant

    £85
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  • French 18ct Gold Sapphire & Diamond Bracelet

    £1,875
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  • 18ct White Gold Pearl & Diamond Ring

    £675
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  • Scandinavian Silver Fringe Necklace

    £975
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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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  • Georg Jensen Silver Tie Clip

    £250
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  • Georg Jensen Silver Double Leaf Earrings

    £375
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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 & Amethyst Necklace

    £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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  • Pearl in The Oyster Shell 18ct Gold Ring

    £1,275
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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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  • 18ct Gold Dachshund Brooch

    £975
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  • Silver & Enamel Drop Earrings

    £375
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