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Mid-Century Diamond Jewellery, for a touch of Old Hollywood Glamour

With their smoky eyes and crimson pouts, their sleek “hollywood waves”, and their abundance of outrageously magnificent diamonds, the leading ladies of Old Hollywood oozed glamour and sophistication. And while we can’t all have a Taylor-Burton Diamond of our own, we CAN add a little Old Hollywood magic with a sprinkling of Mid-Century jewellery.

Mid Century 14ct White Gold, Diamond Daisy RingElegant, feminine, and wonderfully sparkly – Mid-century pieces were, once again, all about the white-on-white look of the Art Deco era: white diamonds in a setting of platinum or white gold for maximum wattage. The war years were now firmly in the past, and with them the gemstone and platinum shortages that saw a predominance of yellow gold jewellery throughout the ’40’s. Fun and frivolity in fashion were starting to return, and this could also be seen in the emerging jewellery styles of the 1950’s.

In contrast to the uncompromising geometry that was characteristic of Art Deco pieces, Mid-century jewellery assumed a more relaxed form. Symmetry was less strict, while shapes became more flowing and less angular. Floral forms were hugely popular, though softer and less rigidly depicted than the stylised blossoms of Art Deco-era jewellery.

Settings became more substantial, the lacier forms of the early 20th Century now trending towards a heavier, bolder feel, heralded by the chunky forms of retro jewellery a decade before.

Of course for those with a Hollywood-sized budget, diamonds were the stone of choice and the bigger the better! But above all, Mid-century style was about looking polished and “well-turned out” – a look that can be effected on most budgets with a little care and attention to detail. As every fashionable lady knows, a few well-chosen pieces of jewellery can bring together and elevate a simple outfit to sophistication in a flash. Or a sparkle!

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