Period Pieces: Relive Yesterday’s Jewelry Trends Today



Vintage jewelry is ­hotter than ever—at the ­collector and ­connoisseur level, it’s all about these eras: Victorian (1835–1900), Art Deco (1920s–30s), and the 1960s/1970s. Meanwhile, we’ve noticed a number of present-day designers reimagining the iconic metalwork, motifs, and palettes of the past in ways that feel entirely au courant. Contemporary designers, such as the ones showcased on these pages, might be responding to what they’ve seen at jewelry exhibits at major museums (like “Jewels by JAR,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013–14, or “Set in Style,” the Van Cleef & Arpels retrospective that debuted at New York City’s Cooper Hewitt in 2011). The popularity of period TV shows such as Downton Abbey, Mad Men, and The Crown may likewise be exerting an influence. Or perhaps these designers are heeding a consumer demand for jewels imbued with roma
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