The Elements of Style: A Decade-by-Decade Account of Fashion

Throughout JCK’s 150 years, hundreds of jewelry trends have cycled in and out of style. We didn’t cover them all—there were periods, particularly in the early years, when design was hardly discussed, let alone dissected—but most major jewelry eras were immortalized in our pages. And because there are few more clear-cut ways to digest a period of time than through its trends, fads, and fervors, we’ve distilled some standout jewelry styles from each decade of JCK’s existence. 1870s The Victorian era, which was already in its second half by the 1870s, was one of jewelry design’s most profoundly creative periods. When the American Horological Journal and The Jewelers’ Circular merged in 1873, the new magazine had plenty of juicy trends and innovations to report on—among them, the craze
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