With the look of Sarah Coventry, this set is unsigned but very special. It consists of a gorgeous big bracelet, set with huge rectangular simulated turquoise stones, ear clips and a necklace. It was made sometime in the early 1960’s.
The sixties marked radical changes in fashion and style. It was a period of rebellion hippy style (‘peace and love man’) and who could forget the music festival of ‘Woodstock’ which would forever change how we thought of music.
This sea change in the upcoming generations attitude resulted in completely new trends, like pop music, and pop culture, never seen before in the history of mankind. This global phenomenon originated in London, England, around the Carnaby Street area, and quickly spread like wildfire across to the USA.
This was a time of mini skirts, lots of plastic and big bold chunky styles. Non-traditional materials were heavily used in this innovative period. It was a time where everything (except the models and the mini-skirts) was super-sized. During this period too, non precious metal jewelery, combining plastic (as in this set), were the height of chic and modern fashion accessories.
Who could have known then, that the Baby Boomer generations would be the single most influential generations ever to have been born?
In Europe and the USA, Boomers are generally considered to be born between 1946 and 1964. This set is a survivor of a tumultuous time, and a time of great change, and arrives here today almost completely intact, with only the bare minimum signs of wear, but one of the stones to the ear clips has a hairline crack, from side to side. It is barely noticeable, but please look at the second to last picture if you want to see it in detail.
The ‘Swinging Sixties’ marked an explosion in pop art, and the celebration of ‘fake’ jewelery. This set definitely fits with the swinging sixties culture and ethos, and I can see it having been worn very proudly by style gurus and runway models of the period, such as the ultra stick-thin “Twiggy”.
Featured in the book “Collectible Costume Jewelery” by Cherri Simonds is an almost identical bracelet, on page 193. This book was published in 1997 and the (then) estimated value of the bracelet alone was $150-225.
Here I am offering the bracelet, the ear clips, and the necklace. If you are a collector of costume jewelery from the ‘Swinging Sixties’ then you should not miss out on his epic set.
It is your chance to own a small part of the now classic culture of the 'Swinging Sixties'.