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The Goldenized Early 1950s — Necklace, Earrings

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    Posted 7 months ago

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    This is an early 1950s plastic necklace and earring set. Although the necklace hook itself is not marked, it appears to be somewhat the same as that of the necklace in the previous pink post. The clip earrings, also unmarked, are again almost identical in style to those of the previous post. This set was discovered with that previous one. (You will note the mottling of the metal on the back of these golden earrings; this does not appear to be wear, but, rather, deterioration.)

    By the early 1950s, the women who had gone to war ... or could be thought part of that generation, were at least somewhat along the way in the development of their families. Or had begun to achieve in post-war careers. The immediate post-war rhetoric that promoted a return to home & hearth and babies and ultra-femininity for women was slowly being invaded by other messaging. In coordination, the pervasive pinks of the previous half decade were being replaced by, supposedly, more sophisticated tans, creams, and golds in the jewelry offerings of several North American & other makers, including Coro, Sherman, and Eisenberg. Austrian, Czech, German, Japan jewelry was worn in abundance.

    Some writers have stated that the “goldenizing” that occurred at this time can be understood as a desire to recreate the golden period that existed before the war. That is somewhat of a fragile argument that might both lack in credibility: the decade before the war was the 1930s ... and the Depression; and, also, undermine full appreciation of the complexity of what was occurring in lives of North American women in this decade before Betty Friedan.

    I have included a “Star Weekly” cover photo of Canadian actress Alexis Smith, who was sometimes thought the face of the Goldenized Early Fifties Woman.

    Goldenized Necklace — 16 1/2”
    Goldenized Earrings — 7/8”

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    1. valentino97 valentino97, 7 months ago
      Very nice editorial for these pearly pieces. I only have a few because usually they are scratched up, not yours - just gorgeous!!
    2. Newfld Newfld, 7 months ago
      Beautiful golden pearl & bead set and nice vintage picture of Alexis Smith wearing pearls
    3. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 7 months ago
      Very interesting info!
    4. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 7 months ago
      Love the old Star magazine. I always miss the rhinestones when I see sets like this, bygone ages forever gone !~
    5. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 7 months ago
      History from our History Buff!
      These kinds of posts, though way before our time to sparkle, makes you want to turn back the clock. When Ladies were Ladies!
      Beautiful post Leanne!
    6. Daisy1000 Daisy1000, 7 months ago
      valentino97 — I understand what you are saying about the scratching. I’ve seen a lot of that, as well. These were in individual boxes, which I have, that I think protected them from the usual general-jewelry-box-type damage.

      Newfld — Thank you, Jenni. A lovely set, for sure. The difficulty with these, if you get beyond a scratched specimen, seems to be finding the matched earrings in excellent plus condition.

      Watchsearcher — Thank you. I am quite interested in the 1950s decade. More to discover here, write about here. The 1960s has been better-explored.

      Phil — Love rhinestones. One of my father’s friends wrote for the Star for decades. She and her husband gave my parents an interesting old set of English prints. I may post them in their amazing frames. She gave me these magazines. Wish I’d kept more than a few.

      Eileen — Love this set. Thank you, always, for your comments. This set “fits” me in colour and type.
    7. Daisy1000 Daisy1000, 7 months ago
      Thanks for the Loves —


      I very much appreciate them all.

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