Sparkling drop earrings, jewelled necklaces, encrusted bracelets and glittering hair accessories; 1940s Hollywood jewellery was extravagantly glamorous. As Starlets made a name for themselves in the world of the Silver Screen their gems had to make a statement equal to their show-stopping performance.
Widely recognised as a Hollywood golden age despite the devastation brought by war, the film industry thrived from 1943 taking the decade to high octane glamour. GI pin-up girls Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable set a high standard in the style stakes and become fashion influencers as women began to embrace their curves in figure-hugging gowns.
In contrast to the previous two decades, hair was worn longer and curls softer. With the financial struggles and rationing, women were savvy about style. 1940s hair accessories such as bobby pins, slides and combs, served the dual purpose of adorning and securing.
While Starlets were adorned with show-shopping accessories in movies, in reality it was often costume jewellery. Bold earrings, jewel-dropping necklaces and glittering bangles were worn together for a decadent look. Understandably, the 1940s was an era that didn’t want to abide by the ‘less is more’ rule when it came to style which provided escapism to the reality of everyday life brought on by world politics.
A current red carpet favourite, get a touch of oh-so-glamorous silver screen starlet style with a sparkling collar length necklace.
Take inspiration from the original glamorous and iconic Screen Starlets of the 1940s and go for ultra glamorous jewellery for every special occasion.
Sparkling crystals, classic pearls or an ultra sophisticated combination of both - regardless of the gems, the style has to be full on glamour.