BRING ON THE BLING – Fabulous 1980s Enamel Diamanté Jewellery
BRING ON THE BLING – Fabulous 1980s Enamel Diamanté Jewellery
If there’s one thing I love, it’s a bit of ‘Fabulous Darling’ bling !! The 1980s were not only the age of Power Dressing, with square-shouldered Armani suits, but also the age of the most fabulous big and bold jewellery:-
Gold-plated Swarovski emerald-green and cobalt-blue Turtle brooch with pavé diamanté head and feet – £20. Turtle
Gorgeous enamelled diamanté creations that were heavy and substantial, more often than not gold-plated, and absolutely brilliant quality that has really stood the test of time. Don’t forget, it’s staggeringly 30 years since most of these bits of bijoux fun were created, and frankly, all of them look like they were made yesterday !!
Beautiful little bejewelled figurative brooches and earrings, in bright colours – shades of bright emerald-green and cobalt-blue, interspersed with sections of pavé diamanté, that is, diamanté stones set in beside each other in a flat gold or silver coloured setting as if they were paving stones – giving the brooch a brilliant sparkle !!
2 x gold-tone humming-birds flying in tandem – sold together or seperately – £12 each or £20 for both !! Humming-birds
Many designs were so popular that they actually started off in the late 60s and stayed in production for a long, long time. Also, every so often, you come across the same design over and over again, cropping up in twos and threes at a time, in mixed lots on e-bay and other places – one such design is this pretty quirky little Humming-bird brooch. It’s full of character and verve, and looks great in pairs or three even. Several companies brought out their own version of this design, which originally came from renowned jewellery designer, Marcel Boucher, I believe – well, they say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery !! My two aren’t by him alas, but they’re very colourful little characters, even so !!
Here’s another bird:
Beautiful owl sitting on a branch, with huge eyes and tufty head feathers. £16. Owl
I love this little owl, sitting on his branch, looking out at the world through his specs. Well, that’s what it looks like at first glance, but then you realise your own head made up the specs to account for the strange spaces behind his eyes !!
How about a quirky little frog ?
Bright emerald-green frog tac-pin, with moveable legs !! £14. Frog
Fantastic stuff – he is actually a tac-pin, a very popuar form of brooch back in the 80s, designed to be worn anywhere – on a collar, lapel, as a tie-pin, on cuffs or even on a hat.
How about some amazing 1980s enamel earrings – available in either studs or clip-ons, I have one pair of each, so first come, first served !!
Gorgeous big and bold emerald-green and cobalt-blue knot earrings, with stud backs or clip-ons. £12. Earrings
These are fabulous, and again, they crop with amazing regularity so I am fortunate enough to have two pairs on sale !!
Only one pair of these beauties, though, sadly – aren’t they lovely ?!!
Beautiful emerald-green and cobalt blue earrings with large faux pearl centres. £12. Blue-green earrings
I have had several bunches of grapes over the last year, both in brooch form and earrings, but none so nice as this. This brooch has a pleasing textured background beneath the enamelled sections, so it looks quite individual !! This is what makes it technically ‘Guilloche’ enamel, and it also set with brilliant diamanté stones.
Blue Guilloche enamel bunch of grapes. £14. Grapes
Next up is the most beautiful bronzey-coppery, golden autumn leaf brooch, with a very simple design, but the most fabulous colour !!
Golden-bronze enamel Autumn leaf brooch. £14. Autumn leaf
This simply glows – gorgeous !! Orangey-brown enamel always looks amazing, probably because you don’t see it that often.
Creamy-brown Autumn leaf enamelled brooch. £12. Creamy-brown leaf
I love this one too – another leaf, but this time in a more subtle subdued colour and pleasingly shaded enamel work, producing an ombré shading from a rich chestnut-brown to a pale creamy-beige colour. I love the fact that the colours are all swirled together.
The other subject for these amazing enamelled pieces were butterflies and dragonflies of course, and I have quite a few butterflies for sale !!
Here’s one – a multi-coloured beauty with diamanté eyes.This is a fairly big brooch, measuring nearly 7cms wide by 4cms high, so it’s definitely an eye-catcher !!
Gorgeous enamelled butterfly brooches in shades of black, red, green and blue enamel. £18 Red, blue, green and black butterfly
Here’s another one-very similar but with red and black enamelled wings, red diamanté eyes, and graduated faux pearls down the body.
Similar brooch with extra gold band across the bottom and with pavé diamanté wing sections and eyes, and faux pearl body. Also £18. Red, black and faux pearl butterfly
Of course, it wasn’t just about animals and birds – big and bold geometric shapes were also immensely popular all through the 1980s, and enamel-work was just perfect for that kind of design.
Here are a few pieces from the bigger names in the jewellery market, and they all went for black in a big way !!
Monet gold-plated choker necklace with black enamel detail. £20. Monet necklace
This Monet choker is gorgeous – chunky and solid, but immensely comfortable to wear, it features a triangular section of coloured enamel right in the centre. Mine is a black one, but I think this came in several colours at the time – defintely white, maybe green and blue, and probably red.
Here is another geometric design, this time from Napier:
Napier gold-plated black and pavé diamanté circular brooch, brand new condition, sold with original price tag and in original box !! £18 Napier brooch
I love this brooch, and I love it even more because this is a mint condition piece in its original box and with its price tag still on – it just says 40, so I don’t know whether it is £40 or $40, but I reckon it’s probably £40, seeing as it was from the UK.
Here is another piece from Monet:
Large black enamel and faux pearl button earrings by Monet. £18 Monet earrings
These are beautiful, big and bold, black enamel earrings, with huge faux pearl centres, featured in the book on the Monet company written by Alice vega – a fantastic reference source for any fans of Monet and their work.
Monet were responsible for immens production lines and huge output of amazing jewellery – I love their work as it’s always of the highest possible quality !!
Superb Art Deco-style enamelled geometric bar brooch set with diamanté and faux pearls, by Monet. £16 Monet bar brooch
We started with a number of animals and so we’re going to end with some too – a fabulously foxy little pair of earrings in black enamelled metal with diamanté accents:-
Fabulously foxy earrings with diamanté accents. £12. Foxy earrings
I love 1980s enamelled jewellery – the colours simply glow and they are often such good quality, they just look fabulous !! Do come along to my shop and see what else I have on offer – if you live in the UK, you still have time to get that last minute Christmas gift – 10% off for orders over £18 – just enter the code ‘CHRISTMASGIFT01’ at the checkout !!