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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 & Blue & Grey “Plique-à-jour” Enamel Earrings

    £250
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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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  • 18ct White Gold Diamond Cluster Ring

    £2,500
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  • 18ct White Gold, Oval Diamond Single Stone 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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  • 18ct White Gold Diamond & Pearl Cluster Earrings with Post & Clip Fittings

    £2,950
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  • 18ct Gold, Emerald & Diamond Flower Ring

    £525
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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 & White Enamel Icicle Necklace by David Anderson

    £1,275
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  • Silver & Marcasite Rose Brooch

    £175
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  • Multi Stone Silver & Marcasite Bracelet

    £375
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  • Silver Engraved & Striped Oval Locket

    £175
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  • Silver & Marcasite Swirly Brooch

    £195
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  • Silver & Marcasite Peacock Brooch

    £175
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  • Silver & Marcasite Fantasy Brooch

    £195
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  • Tiny Silver & Marcasite Bambi Brooch

    £50
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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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  • Silver, Onyx & Mother of Pearl Bow Tie Cufflinks

    £375
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  • 18ct White Gold Pearl & Diamond Ring

    £675
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  • Scandinavian Silver Fringe Necklace

    £975
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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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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