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Jewellery trends of the past – 1980s


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Vintage jewellery fans, rejoice! We’re reminiscing about some of the best and brightest jewellery of the past, with our new series ‘Jewellery trends of the past’, and we’ve been through the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s so far. Now (neon and shoulder pads at the ready) it’s time to jump into the big, bold, and beautiful 1980s.

Fashion in the 1980s took everything to extremes – clothes were designed to make a statement and turn heads, and this confident attitude was reflected in the jewellery of the time too. Beads, jelly bracelets and oversize hoop earrings were three key trends that almost every woman jumped on, but other more traditional items such as pearl and costume jewellery also had a remarkably large fan base throughout the decade. Brooches were another style that experienced a resurgence in the 1980s – albeit in a more dramatic fashion that their dainty 1950s precursors.

For the wealthy, large, chunky necklaces and bracelets were crafted from precious metals like gold; for the less affluent, colourful plastic was the order of the day. However, regardless of the budget, each jewellery design in the 1980s was designed to make the wearer stand out from the crowd.

If you’re looking for a piece of 1980s inspired jewellery, look no further than the stores of Hatton Garden. With more than 50 stores offering a great selection, you never know what treasures you’ll discover!


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