Rocks of Ages: A Timeline of Vintage Jewelry

Breaking down vintage and estate jewelry by era, from Victorian to Contemporary.

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Midcentury Modern

Like the architecture and interior design of the same name, jewelry from the 1950s through the early 1970s leans toward bold, modern lines (mostly in yellow gold), but the details remain incredibly ornate. Van Cleef & Arpels gold, turquoise, and ruby brooch, $8,000;