10 Ways Jewellery Changed during the 19th and 20th Centuries


10. Rhinestones and Other Faux Elements

During and after the Great Depression, few people had money to spend on expensive gems and precious metals, so savvy designers turned to more affordable materials like glass and base metals to create jewellery that any women could wear. Rhinestone jewellery and other costume jewels became popular in the 1930s, and this type of fashion jewellery remains still popular.

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The nineteenth and twentieth centuries were amazing times for jewellery. Jewels from these centuries remain uniquely collectible and continue to be revered for their modern sensibilities that make them so different from the jewels that came before. We rarely think about the history of jewellery, yet I think it’s crucial to know some facts that you could share with the others down the road. What facts do you know about jewellery during the other centuries?