Jewellery Trends Through The Decades

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Jewellery Trends Through The Decades

Jewellery has always been part of human culture.  In the past and still today, jewellery remains one of the pivotal driving forces of expressing our culture, fashion and individuality. Jewellery trends through the decades reveal human history.

Jewellery was initially produced from simple, readily available materials – stones, animal skins, feathers, plants, bones, shells, wood, and natural made semi-precious materials such as obsidian.

As the time went on, advancing technology enabled artisans to start manipulating metals and precious gems into works of art.

Through the ages the purpose of wearing jewelry always remained the same – jewellery enabled the wearer to express themselves, showcase wealth, rank, political and religious affiliation or affections toward someone. This enabled jewelry to become timeless and a target for constant development and refinement.

Let’s take a look at how jewellery has changed in the past century, starting from the 1920s until today. The graphic below,  complete with beautiful illustrations, looks at which stones, materials and styles were most popular for each decade over the last 100 years.

Let’s take a look at how jewellery has changed in the past century, starting from the geometric designs of the 20s through to the extravagant 90s until today, jewellery fashions have changed dramatically. Each decade is characterised and remembered best by its distinct jewellery pieces.

The beautiful illustrated guide below, produced by Raffles Hotel and Resorts, explores and celebrates the past 100 years of jewellery and the stories behind the trends:

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