Jewelry from the 1980s was bold and bright but without losing elegance and sophistication. Pearls, gems, and gold dominated the look throughout the decade. From oversize earrings to huge beaded necklaces and neon bracelets, the 80s trends were more about expressing individuality.
The 1980s saw a huge increase of women not just in the workforce, but in high-powered and high-earning positions, and might have done more to influence that decade’s fashions than any other cultural trend. These women asserted themselves in ways that had been nearly impossible in previous decades thanks to new career paths and increasing legal and economic rights.
Until the 1970s, women did not even have the right to open their own bank accounts and have credit cards. A decade later, their economic power had increased massively. Women didn’t have to wait to receive jewelry as a gift anymore. Making their own money and controlling their own finances, women had more freedom to make their own choices when it came to buying jewelry.
A wonderful example with jammy-colored rubies and eight single-cut diamonds coming together to make a statement in your collection.
Materials and Features: diamond, ruby, 14k gold
Age/Origin: American, c. 1980
Measurements: Size 6, 1.10ctw, 2.9 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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